January 9th, 2012
CELINA — Over the past approximately 60 years, the absent father rate has jumped from 7 percent to 33 percent, according to Mercer Dads Director Ted Goodwin.
“As the absent father rate has climbed, what has happened in our society?” Goodwin said. “Things have gotten worse progressively in society. Dad has that much of an impact.”
Goodwin said the statistics about children with an absent father are shocking.
CELINA — More than 200 residents visited the YMCA in Celina on Saturday to check up on their health and learn some valuable lessons.
Joint Township District Memorial Hospital held its annual winter family health fair, which featured a slew of booths that ranged from wound care tips to testing balance. Community Outreach Coordinator Anne Larger said the event always draws a crowd.
“It’s going very well,” Larger told The Evening Leader. “We’re very excited.”
Spencerville 50, St. Marys 46
ST. MARYS — St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier threw out his hands and wondered when his team would catch a break.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, but I’ve never seen a team with such bad karma,” Hegemier said.
The Roughriders stormed back from a double-digit deficit but couldn’t quite come all the way back in Saturday night’s 50-46 loss to the Spencerville Bearcats.
Minster 31, Celina 27
CELINA — No one would’ve blinked if the shot went down in this rollercoaster of a basketball game.
Minster and Celina’s low-scoring, back-and-forth affair looked like it might be in for another drastic turn when Hillary Heiby got what appeared to be a wide-open look at a potential go-ahead three-pointer in the game’s final 25 seconds.
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ELIDA — The St. Marys boys basketball team was charged with the task of stopping a rested and ready Elida Bulldogs eight days after they suffered their first loss of the season against Toledo Central Catholic and experienced the first roadbump in its expected charmed run through the WBL and the regular season.
NEW BREMEN — Minster got the better of its rival New Bremen 46-43 in a Midwest Athletic Conference back-and-forth showdown on Friday night by scoring eight of the game’s final 10 points to rally.
DELPHOS — An almost half-court shot by Delphos St. John’s guard Curtis Geise provided a boost of momentum to the Blue Jays heading into the fourth quarter. They went on to defeat the New Knoxville Rangers 50-43 in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest at the Vatican on Friday night.
Delphos turned up the defense in the fourth quarter limiting New Knoxville to only four points, while the Jays scored 10 points for the seven-point victory.
Lima Bath 61, Wapakoneta 47
WAPAKONETA — The Bath Wildcats used a balanced offensive attack and took advantage of a lackluster showing by the Redskins to pull away to a 61-47 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.
“It seems like we’ve got to be down 10 points in the fourth quarter to start really playing hard defensively,” Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said. “It’s got to be that way all the time.”
WAPAKONETA — Deputies with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a harassing letter placed in the home mailbox of the Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent.
“It appears that the correspondence may be related to current contract negotiations in the district,” Sheriff Al Solomon said on Friday about the letter found last weekend in the mailbox at Keith Horner’s Cridersville area residence.
ST. MARYS — Local students participated in their first “in-school field trip,” where they learned how to find their own DNA code, during a science class on Friday.
The students in Tami Golliday’s cell biology and genetics course at St. Marys Memorial High School stayed in Golliday’s classroom all day Friday to participate in an extensive, first-time lab where they extracted DNA and found the DNA code, similar to what is done in forensics.