October 28th, 2011
MINSTER — If projections hold up, the Minster football team will play Springfield Catholic Central for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday night.
JoeEitel.com projects Minster to be the sixth-seed in Division VI's Region 24 after the Wildcats stunned Coldwater, 22-6, on Friday night to deny the Cavaliers a piece of the MAC title. Minster beat the top-seeded Irish in Springfield, 44-21, in the first round of its Cinderella run through the playoffs to the regional title game.
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen got a pair of record-setting performances, but it wasn't enough against a Delphos St. John's team that clinched a piece of the Midwest Athletic Conference title with a 42-21 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.
In the game senior Ben Chaney broke two records with most receiving yards in a season and most receptions in a season. Both records were held by Scott Steineman.
WAPAKONETA — Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense — both in the air and on the ground — to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.
The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskins’ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.
LIMA — Braden Billger went 26-of-34 for 264 yards and a touchdown as the Celina Bulldogs pulled out their second win of the season, 49-34, over Bath on Friday night.
Celina's Derek Waterman led the Bulldogs with 7 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Bath was without leading rusher Aaron Smith for the second straight week. The Wildcats still rushed for 324 yards, with Keanu James picking up the slack for Smith with 188 yards and four TDs rushing on 24 carries.
Celina finishes the season 2-8. Bath finishes the season 4-6.
Frederick Leo Cress, 85, of Lima, died on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Vancrest of Delphos.
He was born to Cecil and Catherine Cress of Bucyrus, and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia; a daughter, Kathleen (Robert) Wittorf of Sarasota Springs, Utah; two sons, Larry (Virginia) Cress of Lima and Eric (Mary) Cress of El Paso, Texas; five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in St. Marys.
Herbert C. Topp, 72, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, after injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1939, in New Bremen, to Walter Carl and Angela Catherine (Berning) Topp, and they preceded him in death.
ST. MARYS — A St. Marys native went back to school to speak about his experience as a soldier with a unique duty to eighth-grade students on Friday at St. Marys Middle School.
La Vern “Vern” Pax visited all the eighth-grade middle school students in their social studies class periods on Friday, explaining what his duties were as a member of the Honor Guard.
ST. MARYS — A group of local junior and senior high school students recently competed in a district competition as part of a class.
Memorial High School students in DECA — or Distributive Education Clubs of America — attended the District 3 Fall Leadership Conference held Oct. 5 at Ohio Northern University.
"It was a general competition to introduce the students to some of the competitive events they will work on throughout the year," DECA Adviser Heidi Lisi said.
WAPAKONETA — After almost 13 hours of deliberations spread across two days, a jury in the rape trial of a St. Marys optometrist issued a verdict.
The jury of six men and six women found Douglas Wine, 52, guilty of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of sexual battery and rape, a first-degree felony.
While Wine was indicted on the rape charge, Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple instructed jurors they could consider the gross sexual imposition and sexual battery charges as lesser included offenses.
WAPAKONETA — After close to 13 hours of deliberations spread across two days, an Auglaize County jury found Douglas Wine guilty of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and not guilty of sexual battery and rape, a first-degree felony.
Wine faces a maximum of 18 months in prison when sentenced. He also will appear at a sex offender status hearing.