April 12th, 2012
COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association will add a seventh division in football.
The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the measure with a 6-3 vote on Thursday.
The new division will be in place starting in 2013.
The new Division I will include the top 10 percent of schools in enrollment. The rest of the state's 644 programs will be divided evenly among the other six divisions.
CELINA — Law enforcement officials in Mercer County checked up on the registration information of more than 60 sex offenders this week.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said deputies teamed with members of the United States Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force to verify compliance with all 64 registered sex offenders in Mercer County on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sex offenders are required to register their address and place of employment with the sheriff periodically.
NEW BREMEN — Jason McGaharan fielded some sympathetic responses from people he told in the last week that he’s going to be the new head football coach at New Bremen.
“They’ve looked at me and said, ‘Ooh, that’s going to be challenging,’” McGaharan said.
Challenging McGaharan can do.
McGaharan, who was introduced as New Bremen’s new head coach at a press conference at New Bremen High School on Wednesday night, is no stranger to overcoming life’s obstacles.
CELINA — A Korean man convicted of causing a collision that killed a Minster girl in October was sentenced to 180 days in jail and will be deported.
Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham imposed the jail term on Jinghao Xu, 50, as a result of a collision that took place Oct. 15 at the intersection of Ohio 119 and U.S. 127 in Granville Township. Aubrey L. Bruns, 3, of Minster, died from injuries suffered in the collision.
NEW BREMEN — District residents will soon find a survey in their mailbox for feedback about their feelings about the New Bremen Local School District and the school levy voters turned down in March.
ST. MARYS — Residents looking for something to do on Saturday can stop by a local school for food and entertainment as part of an annual fundraiser for the area’s young musicians.
The St. Marys Band Parents Organization is holding its annual Italian Night on Saturday.
The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with attendees dining on lasagna, applesauce or tossed salad, garlic bread, corn or green beans, drink and dessert.
NEW BREMEN — The fans huddled beneath blankets, fielders’ teeth chattered as they left the dugout to take their spots in the field and the icy wind howled across the open layout surrounding New Bremen High School.
New Bremen pitcher Brent Bertke thought it was perfectly lovely weather.
Bertke tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts to lead the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over Coldwater on Tuesday night.
Call him New Bremen’s Mr. Freeze.
KENTON 2, ST. MARYS 1
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Roughriders committed four errors and the Kenton Bulldogs took full advantage as they scored two unearned runs to defeat the Riders 2-1 in a WBL game held at K. C. Geiger Park.
The Riders, down 2-0, got on the board with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kiley Schamp led off with a single to center and went to second on a bunt by Kaitlyn Brown and Schamp scored on a single to left by Harle Smith, but Roop grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The St. Marys boys track team finished second and the Rider girls were second in a tri-meet at Versailles on Tuesday night.
The Riders’ 3200 meter relay team of Lexi Grothause, Amanda Dues, Kristen Dammeyer and Sara Lininger won with a time of 11:03.
St. Marys’ Kami Menchhofer won the 100 meter hurdles with a 17.93-second time.
Dammeyer captured the 1600 meter run victory with a 6:13.47 pace.
Lininger won the 300 meter hurdleswith a 53.07-second time.
ST. MARYS — City councilors on Monday night gave the green light for the creation of a revitalization district in downtown.