February 12th, 2012
How the top 10 teams in the AP state poll fared
COLUMBUS (AP) — How the top teams in the weekly Associated Press state boys basketball poll fared:
NEW KNOXVILLE — It all came down to free throws as Minster defeated New Knoxville 56-52 in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest on Friday night.
“Going on the road, you just have to make sure that you stay aggressive, even though it wasn’t pretty,” said Minster head coach Mike Lee. “Hats off to their team as well. I thought both teams competed hard.”
After trailing by a point with 1:44 left in the game, Minster hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:02 for the victory.
ST. MARYS — Ottawa-Glandorf emerged with a 58-54 win over the St. Marys boys basketball team on Friday night in a ragged, physical game that featured 65 combined free throws — 28 of which were missed — and the constant interrupting trill of whistles.
The Titans went on a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to build a big enough cushion to overcome an awful night at the free throw line and from the floor. O-G won for the fifth time in their last six outings.
NEW BREMEN — A 7-0 run midway through the third quarter got the Versailles Tigers some space. They went on to defeat the New Bremen Cardinals 67-62 Friday night in a key MAC contest played at New Bremen.
“I thought it was a product of them being more aggressive in the second half,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “Early in the second half they were more aggressive than we were. (Mitch) Campbell got the ball and went to work.”
Carman A. Hirschfeld, 95, of New Bremen, died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1916, on a farm near New Bremen, the son of Benjamin and Malinda (Kellermeyer) Hirschfeld, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 4, 1940, he married Norma Davenport, and she preceded him in death on May 30, 1998.
Lester L. Johnson, 76, of 220 Lincoln Drive, Celina, died at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on March 29, 1935, in Mercer County, to Albert W. and Mary Lavaun (Kendall) Johnson, and they preceded him in death.
On July 8, 1963, he married Jeanie Ousley, and she survives in Celina.
He is also survived by his daughter, Candy (Tom) Wale of Celina; a granddaughter.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War in Germany.
ST. MARYS — A local high school organization raised money by providing dinner for the public as part of a fourth-annual event.
During the Memorial High School National Honor Society’s Wing Ding, residents could snack on a catered meal by 2Willy’s barbecue of half a chicken, potato chips, applesauce and a roll with butter from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Commons area before the St. Marys-Ottawa Glandorf basketball game on Friday.
NEW BREMEN — A group of area sixth-grade students are on a mission to educate the public about a topic that they have become knowledgeable and passionate about over the first half of their school year.
ST. MARYS — A St. Marys optometrist’s prison sentence has been stayed, pending the outcome of his appeal.
MINSTER —A series of free throws in the final two minutes allowed the New Knoxville Rangers to down Minster 43-41 in a match-up of two of the Midwest Athletic Conference's top teams.
“It’s a big win whenever you can come into Minster here and pull off a win, because they’ve got a very good team,” said New Knoxville head coach Tim Hegemier. “I think the girls worked real hard on defense.”