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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Stuff a Cruiser for CCSO

Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Stuff a Cruiser event at the Family Dollar at Guilford Lake from noon to 6 p.m. today. The new unwrapped toys collected are going to Nina’s Closet and the Children Services Angel Tree program this year. Toys can also be dropped off at the sheriff’s offices on County Home Road and at the county courthouse.

Sebring BOE to meet

The Sebring school board will hold a special meeting at 7 a.m. Monday at the administrative office conference room to terminate the employment of Ryan Jones as interim treasurer and Brian Stidham as interim payroll, as well as discuss discipline of a public employee or official.

Christmas concert in Salem

Allegheny Wesleyan College will hold its annual Christmas Concert, “Behold This Child,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Salem High School Auditorium. Prelude music will begin at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, a freewill offering will be taken.

Minerva Second Friday

The Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Second Friday event, encouraging shoppers to visit downtown between 5 and 9 p.m. Dec. 10.

Simply Scarves . . . and Such, 111 N. Market St., will host a holiday open house, 6 to 8 p.m. Shoppers can enjoy light refreshments and a beverage, and 10 percent of all purchases all day will be donated to Local Hope, a nonprofit supporting patients fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The shop is also open noon to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Market Street Art Spot will feature “Winter White,” featuring wintry works by the gallery’s resident artists and other area artists. Live music will be provided by Tom Freeland, 5 to 9 p.m.

The Minerva Historical Society’s Haas Museum will be open 7 to 8 p.m., before the society’s Christmas concert by the Alliance Symphony Orchestra Big Band in the Roxy Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available from historical society members.

Sphon’s CCW & Armory will be open until 7 p.m., with gifts for the outdoorsy people on your list.

For information, contact the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-868-7979 or denise.freeland@minervachamber.org.

Camp Frederick Christmas

Camp Frederick, 6996 Millrock Road, Rogers, will host its first Christmas Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. A major highlight will be a live Nativity complete with animals. There will also be a lighted hiking trail leading to a Christmas village which includes a gingerbread house, reindeer games, a toy shop and Santa’s house. Children can decorate cookies, play games, make crafts and visit Santa. Everyone can join in with Christmas caroling while warming themselves by a fire. Cookies, hot chocolate and cider will be for sale in the lodge. The admission to the event is $10 per car. (This is not a drive through event.) Warm clothing and comfortable shoes or boots are advised because this is an outdoor event. For information on Camp Frederick visit https://www.campfrederickohio.com/events.

Calla Church cookie walk

Calla Church, 6482 W. Calla Road, Canfield, will hold a Drive Thru Cookie Walk from 10 a.m. until sold out Dec. 11 in the church parking lot. There will be five kinds of cookies, sold in prepackaged one dozen containers. There will be no mixed containers. The price is $6 per dozen. The varieties are Old Fashioned Cut Outs, Ginger Snaps (dipped in white chocolate), Butterballs, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Maple Nut Rolls. No preorders this year. For information visit www.callachurch.com or call 330-533-6007.

Light display benefit

There will be a Drive By Christmas Light Display from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at 40287 Kelly Park Road, Leetonia. All donations donated to Sofia Anguili’s medical care. Sofia has a progressive life-limiting rare disease called Leukodystrophy that has limited her ability to walk, talk and swallow. Santa will be on site with treat bags for the kids. To avoid traffic congestion, enter through the north end of Kelly Park from Lower Elkton.

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Beloit

West Branch Class of 1970, 10 a.m., Perkins

Boardman

DARE (Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End), bowling at Boardman Lanes, 7 p.m.; information at 330-729-0127

Canfield

Angels for Animals Antiques, Collectibles & Christmas Sale, 9 am-4 pm

Columbiana

Good As New Shop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First United Methodist Church; men’s and women’s clothing, 50% off Christmas items, 30% off boots, shoes and footwear

East Palestine

Gingerbread House Display and Contest, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., East Palestine Memorial Public Library; part of the Snowflake Festival

Rotary Club’s Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., community center

Ozer Ministries open house, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 407 N. Market St.; raffles and gift bags for children

The Way Station/Kingdom Kloset, Presbyterian Church, 109 W. Rebecca St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bingo, American Legion, 6 p.m., doors open 4:30 pm

Lisbon

Christmas activities: pancake and sausage breakfast, 9-11 a.m. at Italo’s, $7 adults and $5 children; children’s musical event, noon, crafts, 1 p.m., cookie decorating and cocoa bar, 3 p.m. at the chamber of commerce; Village Singers, 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church; Christmas story in the Gazebo at 4:45 p.m.; annual parade at 5 p.m., followed by lighting of the tree; Stage Left Players’ “It’s Christmas, Carol” at 7:30 p.m.

Drive-in Christmas Caroling at the Historic Williamsport Chapel, 12834 Leslie Road, 7 p.m.

Village Singers, “It’s Christmas” Christmas Concert, 2 p.m., First Christian Church; donations only;

Lepper Library monthly Writer’s Group, 2-3 p.m.

New Waterford

Eagles Band night with the Dudes, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., open to the public

Salem

Salem Hunting Club all you can eat breakfast, 7-11 a.m.; $5 donation includes eggs, pancakes, potatoes, sausage, toast coffee/tea and orange juice. Carryout orders at 234-567-4693 after 6:15 a.m. Open to the public

Salem Class of 1971, breakfast, Old Town Country Grill, Leetonia, 9 a.m.

Stuff A Cruiser, 2-5 p.m., Salem Walmart, sponsored by Salem Police, Ohio CAN Columbiana County, Nina’s Closet, Quaker FOP Lodge 88, Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office, Columbiana Police, special guest K-9s Simon, Jax, Csuti, Argo and Hunter, donations of new toys and clothing to help families in need.

Eagles, Christmas Auction, 5 p.m., kitchen 4 p.m., simply the deal

Visit the Burchfield Homestead, 867 E. 4th St. 1-5 p.m. Each room has at least one festive tree decorated with the inspiration of a Burchfield painting. Admission is $3. More info at 330 717-0092

Winona

Winona Area Historical Society’s 9th annual Christmas in the Country, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1838 Meeting House at the corner of Winona Road and Cameron Street

The Hazel Circle of the Winona United Methodist Church, 32114 Winona Road, Cookie Walk and Craft Sales, 9 a.m.-noon. $8 per dozen. No outside containers — containers will be provided.

SUN/12-5

Austintown

DARE (Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End), breakfast, 10 a.m., Charly’s Family Restaurant; information at 330-729-0127

Beloit

East Goshen Friends Church Messy Church, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Heaven & Nature Sing; info at 330-537-3177

Canfield

Angels for Animals Antiques, Collectibles & Christmas Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Columbiana

40&8 Haystack Breakfast, 7-11 a.m.; $8 adults, $5 children; dine in, carry out

East Palestine

Eagles breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon; dine in or carry out

Lisbon

Lions Club Bingo canceled until further notice

Negley

Negley VFD monthly breakfast, with Santa, 8-11:30 a.m.; children under 10 years eat free

New Waterford

Eagles breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, eat in or carry-out, 330-457-7230

Salem

Salem Elks Lodge No.305 annual Memorial Service for deceased members, 1 p.m., Elks lodge, 824 E. State St.

MON/12-6

Columbiana

American Legion Post 290 Auxiliary Meeting, 7 p.m.; discussion of Wreaths Across America to be held on Dec. 18; information, Linda Moll at 330-518-3788

East Palestine

School board, 6 p.m., Elementary Media Center

Lisbon

Automatic Data Processing Board meeting, 10 a.m., auditor’s conference room

Finance Committee, 5:15 p.m., village hall

Negley

Middleton Township trustees, 7 p.m., township garage

Perry Township

Township Zoning Board, public hearing, 5 p.m., township administration building, regarding zoning changes related to animals, zoning permit fees and penalties and a zoning change requested for a church property on Jones Drive.

Salem

American Red Cross blood drive, 2-7 p.m., Elks Lodge

City Planning Commission, 4:30 p.m., city hall council chambers, request to modify deed restrictions on Don Santee-Painter Road plat.

Drive Thru Banquet in Salem, 5 p.m. until gone (no later than 7 p.m.), Salem Memorial Building; sponsor: employees of the city of Salem; menu: sweet Italian sausage sandwiches with green peppers and onions, cheesy potatoes, green beans, applesauce, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and cookies; one meal per individuals in the vehicle; line up behind Memorial Building, do not block East Pershing or park at library; information, Patty Colian at 330-831-2169

Committee of the Whole, 6 p.m., city hall

Salem Community Pantry food distribution to residents in the 44460 zip code, 9-11 a.m., masks required; choice shopping limited to two visits per month

Sebring

School board, 7 a.m., administrative office conference room; special meeting to discuss discipline of a public employee or official

TUE/12-7

Columbiana

City council, 7 p.m., city hall; Zoom link at www.columbianaohio.gov

East Palestine

American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., First Church of Christ

Eagles kitchen open 4-8 p.m.; stuffed cabbage, parsley potatoes and roll, $8; 330-886-0397

Eagles kitchen open 4-8 p.m.; lasagna, side salad and roll, $8; 330-886-0397

Hanoverton

Hanover Township Trustees, 8 p.m., township hall

Knox Township

Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., administration building; review bills at 6:45 p.m.

Leetonia

American Legion Auxiliary meeting, 6 p.m.

Lisbon

Veterans Service Commission, 1 p.m., veterans office

Lisbon Historical Society closed, will reopen Jan. 11

Salem

Rotary Club of Salem, noon, Salem Community Center

United Quilt Guild Christmas Party, A La Catering in Canfield, doors open 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.; reservations only

City council meeting, 7 p.m., city hall council chambers.

Families Anonymous, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church cafe

WED/12-8

Elkton

Elkrun Township trustees, 7 p.m., admin building

Hanoverton

United Local BOE, high school library, 6 p.m.

Leetonia

Classes of 1958-61, 10 a.m., Das Dutch Haus

New Waterford

Crestview school board, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center

Salem

Class of 1956, 11:30 a.m., Ezio’s

Salem Historical Society Christmas Light Trolley tour, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m., load at Dale Shaffer Library; $7 adults, $4 children under 12 years, free for children under 3 years; reservations at 330-337-8514

THU/12-9

Boardman

DARE (Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End), 7-9 p.m., Boardman United Methodist Church; information at 330-729-0127; Christmas Gift Exchange ($10 gift required)

Canfield

American Red Cross blood drive, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Old North Church

Columbiana

Oasis Food Ministry distribution, 4-6 p.m., First Christian Church; drive thru only, empty trunks; must have photo ID and live in Ohio; maximum two households per car

Good As New Shop, First United Methodist, 5-8 p.m. during moonlight madness

Damascus

Tops 1329, United Methodist Church, weigh in 9 a.m., meeting 9:30 a.m.

East Palestine

The Way Station/Kingdom Kloset, Presbyterian Church, 109 W. Rebecca St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Eagles kitchen open 4-8 p.m.; hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes and vegetable, $8; 330-886-0397

Knox Township

Mile Branch Grange soup sale, pick up 4-6 p.m., 495 Knox School Road, Alliance; $7 per quart; Loaded Potato and Stuffed Pepper; order by noon Dec. 8 at 330-821-8023 with name, number, type of soup and quarts

Lisbon

Cemetery Board, 9 a.m., in the Chapel

One-on-One Computer and Smart Device Sessions, 1-4 p.m., Lepper Library; appointments at 330-424-3117

Columbiana County Budget Commission, 1:30 p.m., auditor’s office; approved Emergency and Bond Levies and accept the tax rate abstract DTE 27

School board, 5 p.m., board office conference room

Lepper Library craft class for adults, Puzzle Piece Wreath, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., reservation at 330-424-3117

Architectural Review Board, 6 p.m., village hall

New Waterford

Eagles Wing Nite, 4-9 p.m., full menu, eat in or carry-out, 330-457-7230

North Lima

Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner, 3-6 p.m. or sold out, Calvary United Methodist Church; $9; stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and a brownie; reservations at 330-549-2588

Salem

Salem Community Pantry food distribution to residents in the 44460 zip code, 3-6 p.m., masks required; choice shopping limited to two visits per month

Eagles, kitchen special, 5:30-7:30 p.m., dine in, carry out 330-387-8053

Salem Hunting Club Pistol League target shooting from 25 yards. Rim fore or center fire pistols permitted. Shot from indoors at 6 p.m. Open to public

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AROUND THE HORN

Rebels split with Campbell

SALEM — Crestview’s bowling teams split matches with Campbell on Friday at Hunt Club Lanes.

The Rebel boys were 1,919-1,567 winners. Sam Campbell had a 362 series with a 211 high game.

The Red Devil girls were 1,403-1,204 winners. Jessie Rose had a 217 series for the Rebels. Naudia McCoy had a high game of 124.

Notre Dame promotes Freeman

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame promoted defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach of the Fighting Irish on Friday to replace Brian Kelly.

Freeman, 35, takes over less than a week after Kelly’s surprising and abrupt departure for LSU with the Irish still in contention for the College Football Playoff spot.

Notre Dame released a video on social media of Freeman being introduced to the team at a morning workout for the first time as head coach.

“Marcus’ ability to connect with people, his fit at Notre Dame and the way he coaches young men set him apart as we went through our search process,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in statement. “I can’t wait to see how the culture created by these remarkable student-athletes continues to grow under the tutelage of Marcus and his staff.”

In a statement, Freeman said he was “eternally grateful” to both Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins and Swarbrick for the opportunity.

“Notre Dame is a very special place and I look forward to pursuing a national championship with the most outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff in college football,” Freeman said.

Notre Dame scheduled a news conference on campus with Freeman for Monday.

Swarbrick said Tuesday, just hours after a brief 7 a.m. meeting in which Kelly said goodbye to the team, that Notre Dame would conduct a thorough search for the storied program’s 30th coach. The search didn’t last long as word began to leak on Wednesday afternoon that Freeman was Notre Dame’s choice.

Notre Dame officials acted fast to keep most of its staff together, with Kelly interested in bringing Freeman, offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, recruiting coordinator Mike Elston, strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis and others to Baton Rouge. Promoting Freeman was the final piece of the puzzle on Friday.

Notre Dame is on a run of five consecutive seasons with double-digit victory seasons and its leadership decided to prioritize continuity while also taking the risk of handing over the top job to a first-time head coach who is one of the newest members of Kelly’s staff.

Kelly, who became Notre Dame’s winningest coach in 12 seasons at the school, hired Freeman away from Cincinnati after the 2020 season. The former Ohio State linebacker spent four seasons with the Bearcats, helping Cincinnati develop into a playoff contender.

At Notre Dame, Freeman helped the Irish go 11-1 in what was expected to be a transition season after making the playoff. He also established himself as a vital recruiter for Notre Dame. Less than two weeks before college football’s early signing period, Notre Dame has a class of verbally committed prospects that ranks fifth in the country, according to 247 Sports.

“Marcus Freeman has not only proven himself a superb football coach, he has shown – both in his time at Notre Dame and in my conversations with him this week – that he is a person of highest integrity who cares deeply about our student-athletes and is committed to their success in the classroom as well as on the field,” Jenkins, who is in Rome, said in a statement.

The Fighting Irish have won seven straight games since their 24-13 loss at home to Cincinnati (CFP No. 4) and finished the season allowing just two touchdowns in four November games.

Independent Notre Dame is No. 6 in the CFP rankings and idle heading into conference championship weekend. But it still has a shot to be selected for the playoff. If the help the Irish need doesn’t come, they are still in position for New Year’s Six bowl, possibly a bid to the Fiesta in Arizona.

The Notre Dame defense got off to a shaky start under Freeman, but finished strong to rank sixth nationally in interceptions (15) and defensive touchdowns (four), seventh in sacks (40), 11th in takeaways (23) and scoring defense (18.2 points per game) and 18th in third-down conversion percentage (.329).

The 40 sacks are one shy of the school record set in 1996.

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Irish come up one short of title

CANTON — Youngstown Ursuline always expected to be here. Even amidst all the trials and tribulations of the past few seasons, including injuries and COVID-19, the Fighting Irish felt they were good enough — knew they were good enough to play for a state championship.

They just expected it to end differently.

Ursuline gave up 22 unanswered points in the final 16 minutes to fall to Clinton-Massie, 29-28, Friday in the Division IV state championship game before 5,615 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

“To say I’m incredibly proud of our seniors would be a massive understatement,” Ursuline coach Dan Reardon said. “The momentum shifts within the game were dramatic. We had a lot of momentum in the first half and they obviously had it in the second half and credit to them. They’re a very good football team that knows how to win. I think we had a lot of missed opportunities that will create some ‘what-ifs’ in the back of everyone’s mind.”

Ursuline finishes its season 11-4 as the Division IV state runner-up, while Clinton-Massie claims its third state championship in the last decade and first since going back-to-back in 2012 and 2013.

“I’ll probably never have another opportunity to coach a group of seniors like this for the rest of my life,” Clinton-Massie coach Dan McSurley said. “This will without question go down in history as one of the greatest comeback victories in high school history.”

Down 28-21, the Falcons faced fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 48 seconds left. Falcons quarterback Kody Zantene had the Irish defense fooled on a fake handoff and kept it on a bootleg to walk into the end zone.

After closing the deficit to one, the Falcons opted to go for two and the win.

“I thought we had the momentum of the game in our favor,” McSurley said. “I was thinking, ‘Let’s go ahead and kick it and we’ll beat these guys in overtime,’ but I gave these guys a choice. All the seniors said, ‘Coach, let’s go win this thing.'”

Even in their old-fashioned, ground-and-pound wishbone offense, the Falcons have a lot of weapons offensively that a defense has to account for on any given play. A little misdirection and Clinton-Massie’s Carson Vanhoose went around right end to give the Falcons the victory.

“The play we went for two on — they’ve been running it since third grade,” McSurley said. “It was a thing of beauty — it was like Darrell Royal’s spirit came out of the grave and pulled Carson across the goal line.”

Ursuline had 36 seconds left to score, but four incomplete passes later, the Irish turned the ball over on downs and the game was over.

“This is just going to make us stronger,” Ursuline senior receiver Dean Boyd said. “I thought we deserved this more than anyone else in Ohio. We’ve worked so hard towards this and to come up short — it’s heartbreaking. Right now I just feel kind of numb. It’s not really sinking in yet.”

The Falcons knew in order to keep Ursuline’s quick-strike offense off the field, they would have to play keepaway and control the ball for long drives that chewed up clock.

In the beginning, that’s what it did. Clinton-Massie took the ball first after Ursuline deferred to the second half, and the Falcons then grounded and pounded their way to a touchdown on a 17-play drive that ate up 9:13 of the first quarter.

But it didn’t matter.

Ursuline scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, two of which came on runs by senior running back DeMarcus McElroy and the third on a 39-yard pass from senior quarterback Brady Shannon to senior receiver Jakylan Irving.

None of Ursuline’s four touchdown drives took longer than 2:51. McElroy led all rushers with 157 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, while Shannon was 15-of-28 for 185 yards and two scores. Boyd caught Shannon’s other touchdown pass.

After its first touchdown, Ursuline recovered a high pooch kick on the ensuing kickoff. The extra possession gave the Irish the extra possession it needed to take the lead.

“We knew coming in that we were going to use that at some point in time,” Reardon said. “Their offense has the ability to grind out clock and we knew at some point in time we were going to try to steal a possession.”

Ten plays later, Ursuline had a 14-7 lead, and then the defense went to work. The Irish forced punts on each of Clinton-Massie’s next three possessions en route to its 21-7 halftime lead.

The second half was a different story.

After the Falcons amassed just 123 total yards in the first half, they racked up 223 in the second half — all of those coming on the ground.

“They have the ability to wear you down and they’re patient — they’re very good at what they do,” Reardon said. “Aside from the opening drive, I thought our guys played really well defensively in the first half. But they have a lot of answers for what you do defensively. We were giving some different looks up front and they’ve run this offense for a long time. They know how to adjust to everything. Ultimately they did a good job making adjustments and made more plays than we did in the second half.”

After struggling to move the ball in the first half, Clinton-Massie’s offensive line began opening up all kinds of holes for its runners to go through in the second half. Several long run plays led to scores that kept the Falcons in the game till it finally pulled ahead in the end, as Zantene, Vanhoose and fellow running back Colton Trampler started breaking tackles and bouncing off Ursuline defenders.

“Our guys were coming off the ball with attitude and effort, but they were able to get the ball on the perimeter,” Reardon said. “The thing is, you have to commit so many resources to stop the inside run game that it makes you vulnerable and you have to be almost perfect for those perimeter plays.”

Game notes

¯ Ursuline rolled through the Eastern Buckeye Conference in the postseason with playoff wins over Canton South (48-20), Salem (54-35) and West Branch (64-35).

¯ Clinton-Massie completed 1-of-3 passes for 1 yard, but ran for 345 yards on 52 carries, an average of 6.6 yards per attempt.

The Falcons threw 49 passes all season –in 15 games. They ran 668 times (44.5 times per game).

¯ Falcons fullback Colton Trampler was a difference maker, finishing with 117 tough yards on 19 carries Friday. Carson Vanhoose added 102 yards on 15 carries and Kody Zantene had 91 yards on seven carries.

¯ Massie featured three 1,000-yard rushers this season with Vanhoose totaling 1,945 yards, Trampler getting 1,202 yards and Carter Frank finishing with 1,007 yards.

¯ McSurley is in his 36th season as head coach.

“I’ve been a part of some great teams, and this is one of the absolute best football teams I’ve been part of,” he said. “We knew this senior class was special all the way down to the third grade.”

¯ In the first 22 seasons of Clinton-Massie football, the Falcons had 62 wins in 219 games.

That was before McSurley arrived. The Falcons went 30-31 in his first six seasons as head coach and have gone 220-32 since.

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College Football Conference Championship Saturday

Big Ten Conference

No. 2 Michigan (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) vs. No. 15 Iowa (10-2, 7-2, No. 13), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (Fox) in Indianapolis.

Line: Michigan by 10 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Michigan leads 42-15-4

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Iowa returns to the title game for the first time since 2015 and the second time in the 11-year history of the event. The Hawkeyes have won three of four trophy games this season and a fourth would give them their first conference crown since 2004. Michigan, meanwhile, makes its first Lucas Oil Stadium appearance. Everyone wants to see how the Wolverines react after an emotional victory over Ohio State.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan’s running game vs. Iowa’s run defense. This matchup may rekindle images of a long-ago Big Ten era. The Wolverines have the league’s most productive ground game (224.9 yards per game, ninth in the FBS) and a pair of dominant backs. Hassan Haskins is second among conference runners with 1,232 yards and his five TD runs last week gave him a share of the league lead (18). Blake Corum is eighth in the conference despite missing two games and needs 135 yards to reach 1,000. The Hawkeyes allow 103.8 yards rushing (14th nationally).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan: DE Aidan Hutchinson. He had three sacks in the win over Ohio State, which hadn’t given up more than two sacks in a game, to set a single-season record at the school with 13. Pro Football Focus ranks him the No. 1 NFL prospect

Iowa: QB Spencer Petras. After making 17 consecutive starts, a shoulder injury forced the junior out Nov. 6. Alex Padilla started the next three games before Petras returned for the second half last week. All Petras did was rally Iowa from a 21-6 deficit, capping what turned out to be a West Division-clinching victory with the decisive 2-yard scoring run with 2:58 to play.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan has won four straight and will play its first game in Indianapolis in more than a century. The Wolverines two previous games in Indy were an 18-0 victory over DePauw 18-0 in 1892 and a 22-0 victory over Wabash in 1907. … The Hawkeyes have beaten three ranked teams this season and six in a row overall, the second-longest active streak in the FBS (Alabama, 10). … The Wolverines won the last meeting between these schools (10-3 in October 2019) but have lost five of the last seven. … Iowa needs two interceptions to break the school’s single-season school record (23), which was done previously in 1986, 1987 and 2008. … Hawkeyes RB Tyler Goodson went over the 1,000-yard mark by rushing for 156 yards in last week’s victory. … Haskins needs one TD run to tie Ron Johnson’s single-season school record (19), which has stood since 1968. … Iowa LB Jack Campbell ranks second in the Big Ten with 124 tackles.

Southeastern Conference

Georgia (12-0, 8-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) vs. No. 4 Alabama (11-1, 7-1, No. 3), Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (CBS).

Line: Georgia by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Alabama leads 41-25-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Alabama is playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, though it is possible the Crimson Tide could make the four-team field even with a loss to the Bulldogs. Georgia is playing to protect its No. 1 ranking in the playoff but likely is assured of a spot even if its loses to Alabama.

KEY MATCHUP

Alabama LB Will Anderson Jr. vs. Georgia’s offensive line. Anderson is tied for the national lead with 14.5 sacks and his 30.5 tackles for loss are 8.5 more than any other player. Georgia’s offensive line has provided QB Stetson Bennett with good protection despite senior LT Jamaree Salyer missing the last four games with a foot injury. Freshman Broderick Jones has gained valuable experience as the fill-in starter for Salyer. Georgia, which has allowed only eight sacks, will need its best blockers against an Alabama pass rush led by Anderson.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: Freshman TE Brock Bowers has provided perhaps the best production at his position in team history. Bowers leads the Bulldogs with 37 catches for 652 yards. His 10 touchdown catches also lead the team and have set a school record for a tight end. Wide receiver Terrence Edwards set a school record for any position with 11 scoring catches in 2002.

Alabama: RB Brian Robinson Jr. ranks third in the SEC with 1,016 yards rushing, but his status is uncertain due to a left leg injury. Robinson has rushed for 14 touchdowns and has added 29 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson’s production, and Alabama’s lack of depth at the position, makes his status crucial to the Crimson Tide’s hopes.

FACTS & FIGURES

Since 2006, the only year the winner of the SEC championship game did not play in the national championship game was in 2014. … Alabama is playing for its 29th SEC championship and third in the last four years. Georgia is playing for its 14th SEC title and first since 2017. … Alabama’s six consecutive wins over Georgia include two in the SEC championship game. The Crimson Tide took a 41-24 home win over Georgia last season. … This is the fourth consecutive season the nation’s top-ranked team has played in the game. … Georgia leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing 6.9 points per game. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with their third shutout, a 45-0 win over Georgia Tech. … Georgia trailed only four times this season, including only once after the first quarter and never in the second half. … The Bulldogs were undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1982 and are 12-0 for the first time since their 1980 national championship season.

Atlantic Coast Conference

No. 17 Pittsburgh (10-2, 7-1 ACC, No. 17 CFP) vs No. 18 Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1, No. 18), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (ABC), at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Line: Pitt by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Pitt leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the honor of officially ending Clemson’s dominant six-year run as champs. The Tigers represented the ACC in the College Football Playoffs for six straight years, but this year’s ACC champion won’t be headed to the playoffs. However, the winner of this game will be attending a more prestigious bowl game than the loser.

KEY MATCHUP

Pitt QB Kenny Pickett vs. Wake Forest’s secondary: Pickett threw for 40 touchdown passes this season, breaking Dan Marino’s school record of 37. That leaves him one shy of the ACC record set by Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, which was established over the course of a 15-game season in 2016. Pickett has thrown 79 career TD passes, tied with Marino for the most in school history. He faces a Wake Forest secondary that has been suspect as the season has gone along.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pitt: WR Jordan Addison is producing at an All-America level. A Biletnikoff Award finalist, Addison leads the country with 17 touchdown catches. That is the most by a Pitt player since 2003 when Larry Fitzgerald had a school-record 22.

Wake Forest: QB Sam Hartman threw for 3,711 yards with 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Hartman may be listed as a sophomore, but he’s more experienced than you might think having already played in four different seasons for the Demon Deacons.

FACTS & FIGURES

Wake Forest is 1-0 in the championship game, beating Georgia Tech 9-6 in a defensive struggle in 2006. … Pitt previously played in the title game in 2018, losing to eventual College Football Playoff champion Clemson 42-10. … Pitt won the only other matchup between the teams 34-13 in 2018. … Since 2015, coach Pat Narduzzi has directed Pitt to 36 victories in ACC play, the third-highest win total during that span. Only Clemson (52) and Miami (37) have won more. … After starting the season 9-0, Wake Forest has gone 2-2 since allowing 158 points during that span. The losses came to North Carolina and Clemson.

BIG 12 Conference

No. 5 Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP) vs. No. 9 Baylor (10-2, 7-2, No. 9), Saturday at noon EST (ABC) in Arlington, Texas.

Line: Oklahoma State by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Oklahoma State leads 22-18.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Oklahoma State is playing in its first Big 12 title game. A win would keep the Cowboys in contention for a possible spot in the College Football Playoff, depending on what the teams ahead of them in the CFP rankings — Georgia, Michigan, Alabama and Cincinnati — do in their conference title games. Baylor, which lost to Oklahoma State 24-14 on Oct. 2, is playing in its second Big 12 title game in three years. The Bears could go to the Sugar Bowl with a win, or even with a loss like two years ago after they lost in the league title game to an Oklahoma squad that reached the playoff.

KEY MATCHUP

Baylor running back Abram Smith, the Big 12’s second-leading rusher, against the nation’s sixth-best rushing defense. Smith had 97 yards rushing on 10 carries, including one for 55 yards, in the first meeting with Oklahoma State. He averages 113.8 yards rushing per game with 12 TDs. Oklahoma State has allowed only 93.6 yards rushing per game, but gave up a season-high 189 against Oklahoma last Saturday. The Cowboys have allowed just nine rushing touchdowns this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: Senior linebacker Terrel Bernard missed the first game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, but he’s ready for this one. He’s second on the team with 62 tackles and has a team-high five sacks.

Oklahoma State: Running back Jaylen Warren, the redshirt senior transfer from Utah State, has averaged 108.8 yards rushing while starting the last 10 games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oklahoma State won its only other Big 12 title in 2011, the first of six seasons in a row when there wasn’t a title game. … Baylor is one of five FBS teams that hasn’t allowed more than 30 points in a game this year. … This is the first time the Cowboys will play the same team twice in a season since 1908. … Oklahoma State has a chance to beat top-10 teams in back-to-back games for the second time in school history. The previous time was in October 1976. The Sooners were No. 10 last week when they lost 37-33 in Bedlam. … Baylor’s defense has forced a turnover in 20 consecutive games.

American Athletic Conference

Houston (11-1, 8-0 American Athletic Conference, No. 21 CFP) at No. 3 (Cincinnati (12-0, 8-0, No. 4), Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (ABC).

Line: Cincinnati by 10 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Houston leads 15-12.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The American Athletic Conference championship is on the line for both teams, but the stakes are greater for Cincinnati, which is in position to become the first non-Power Five team to reach the College Football Playoff. The Bearcats are ranked No. 4 in this week’s rankings. The final rankings will be announced on Dec. 5.

KEY MATCHUP

The Bearcats need to be wary of Cougars senior Marcus Jones, who has two kickoff return touchdowns and two punt return TDs. On defense, Jones leads the nation with five interceptions, but his big plays on special teams have been game-changers for Houston.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Houston: QB Clayton Tune threw 191 passes without an interception this season. In his past seven games, Tune has passed for 2,029 yards, 19 touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Cincinnati: Junior RB Jerome Ford ranks eighth nationally with 17 rushing touchdowns, but he’s been especially effective at home, rushing for 678 yards and 12 TDs in Nippert Stadium.

FACTS & FIGURES

Cincinnati has won 26 straight at Nippert Stadium, which is the second-longest home winning streak in the country behind Clemson (34). … Houston’s 11-game win streak is one shy of the program record and third-longest nationally behind Georgia (16) and Cincinnati (12). … Houston and Cincinnati are among four FBS teams ranked in the top 10 nationally in both scoring offense and total defense, joining Alabama and Georgia. … Houston leads the all-time series 15-12, but Cincinnati has won two straight and seven of nine.

Pacific-12 Conference

No. 10 Oregon (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12, No. 10 CFP) vs. No. 14 Utah (9-3, 8-1, No. 17), Friday at 8 p.m. EST (ABC) in Las Vegas.

Line: Utah by 2½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Oregon leads 23-11.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The Ducks are seeking to become the first team to win three straight Pac-12 titles and make it to the Rose Bowl. The Utes are seeking their first Pac-12 championship in their third trip to the title game and first Rose Bowl appearance.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon RB Travis Dye vs. Utah LB Devin Lloyd. Dye is one of the most dynamic running backs in the conference, ranking second in the Pac-12 with 16 TDs, including 13 in the past seven games. Lloyd is one of the top defensive players in the country with 22 tackles for loss. That’s second in the nation to Will Anderson’s 28 for Alabama.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: QB Anthony Brown leads the Pac-12 with 264.8 yards of total offense per game with 16 TD passes, four INTs and nine TD runs. Brown struggled in the first meeting against Utah, completing only 48.6% of his passes for 231 yards and being held to 8 yards rushing.

Utah: QB Cam Rising has 17 TD passes and only three INTs this season and helped turn the Utes season around when he took over as starter after a 1-2 start. Rising has also rushed for 346 yards and five TDs and has helped the Utes lead the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Utes won at home 38-7 two weeks ago for its third win in eight meetings vs. Oregon since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. … The Ducks won the only previous conference title meeting 37-15 in 2019. … Utah has won five straight games. … Oregon is 4-0 on Pac-12 title games. … The Utes are first in the Pac-12 and 13th nationally in rushing offense with 218.2 yards per game and have gotten 100-yard games from Tavion Thomas, TJ Pledger and Micah Bernard. … Oregon is 47 for 74 (63.5%) on third down over the last six games. … Ducks DB Verone McKinley III is tied for the national lead with five INTs this season.

Ironton Tribune
Published 23 hours ago

Jump Start! Morrison to help Hocking Hawks get their softball program started

Rock Hill Redwomen infielder Abby Morrison signed a letter-of-intent to play softball for the Hocking College Hawks. Attending the signing ceremony were, from left to right, father Josh Morrison, Abby and mother Tara Morrison. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)

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PEDRO ¬— Abby Morrison knows after graduation that she will be jumping up to the next level, but she also knows she will be helping to jump start a new women’s softball program.

This spring will be the first year for softball at Hocking College in Nelsonville and the Rock Hill Redwomen senior standout is anxious to help build the program from the ground up after signing a letter-of-intent to play for the Hawks.

“I’m looking forward to it and meeting everybody,” said Morrison. “It’s a great opportunity and it’ll be exciting to try and build a program.”

Hocking College is a National Junior College Athletic Association program who are one of 12 members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.

Two other schools Morrison was interested in attending were Kentucky Christian and Ohio Christian. But she said the overall atmosphere won out.

“I wanted a smaller school. I really liked the coach (Kevin Lewis) there. We kind of clicked instantly. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the team so far. I’m really excited about it. It was a really pretty place met. I met a lot of great people there. I just really like it,” said Morrison.

Morrison is known for her power and ability to drive in runs. She said that won’t change with the Hawks.

“They are definitely looking at me for my hitting. I’m not sure where they’re going to play me. I’m a little short for first base so I think they may play me at third,” said Morrison.

“I haven’t played there very much, but I’m going to butt off to be as good as I can be when I get there.”

Morrison started playing tee ball when she was 5 and two years later began to play softball.

“I played volleyball my first year of high school but I quit because it wasn’t for me,” said Morrison.

The biggest aspect of softball that draws Morrison to the sport is the close-knit ties with her teammates.

“Every single one I’ve had has been amazing. They’re more like my sisters than my teammates,” said Morrison.

“I really like getting on the field. It’s kind of like a stress reliever. I can just get way from everything in my life and just think about what I have to do on the field and that I have to produce. That alone is great for me to just get away from everything.”

Although Morrison is headed to the college level to play, she knows there is a great challenge lying ahead besides just being part of an upstart program.

“I know I’m going to be facing a lot harder pitching. I’m looking for home runs and I want to get on the field. If they need me at third, I’m going to work and try to get better,” said Morrison.

While there have been many people who have passed through Morrison’s life and been a part of her career, she said one person stands out above the rest.

“Oh, my dad (Josh). Oh goodness. He’s coached me since tee-ball. He’s been a big part of it on and off the field. He really helps me a lot. He’s the one who gets on me, but it means a lot to me because I wouldn’t be where I am at without him.”

With the signing, Morrison has answered the question of what comes next after she graduates from high school. She said it is a bittersweet moment.

“I’m really sad that this is my senior year, but I’m really excited that I know where I’m going and I’m going to get to play at the next level,” she said.

Morrison plans to major in early childhood education.

Ironton Tribune
Published 23 hours ago

Darlene Hard, 3-time major tennis champion, dies at 85

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FILE - Darlene Hard hits a forehand to Zsuzsa Kormoczy during a quarterfinal on June 28, 1955 at Wimbledon tennis championships in London. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

1 hour ago

Hall of Fame tennis player Darlene Hard has died at age 85

Darlene Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles and 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, has died. She was 85.

She died Thursday at Northridge Hospital in the Los Angeles area after a brief illness, according to Mona Cravens, director of student publications at the University of Southern California, where Hard worked for 45 years.

Hard appeared in seven major championship singles finals, winning titles at the 1960 French Championships and the 1960 and ‘61 U.S. Championships — the tournaments that preceded the French and U.S. Opens. She was a Wimbledon finalist in 1957 (losing to Althea Gibson) and ’59, and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian championships in 1962.

She had even greater success in doubles. She won three French titles, four Wimbledon titles (including 1957 with Gibson) and six U.S. championships with eight different partners. In mixed doubles, she won twice at the French and three times at Wimbledon, partnering with Rod Laver for titles in 1959 and '60.

Hard was ranked in the U.S. top 10 every year between 1954 and 1963, including four times as No. 1. She rose to No. 2 in the world in 1960 and '61.

She helped the U.S. win Wightman Cup titles against Britain four times and played on the winning U.S. Fed Cup team in 1963.

Hard played at Pomona College in 1957, competing in the first intercollegiate championship in 1958 and winning the national title. She was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame in 1974. She went into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.

She became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1973.

Darlene Ruth Hard was born on Jan. 5, 1936, in Los Angeles. She was taught her power game by her mother, Ruth, on public courts in Southern California. She came along at a time when the women's game was transitioning from lengthy baseline rallies to an all-court style that was well-suited to Hard's aggressiveness.

The majority of Hard's success came during tennis' amateur era. The professional era began in 1968, and Hard played only briefly as a pro in the 1969 U.S. Open. She won her last doubles title in New York that year at age 33, six years after she had retired from serious competition to teach tennis. She lost in the second round of singles.

Cravens met Hard when she and her husband took tennis lessons from the retired champion, who kept quiet about her accomplishments. It wasn't until Cravens went to the library and did some pre-internet research that she discovered Hard's impressive career.

“She was gruff on the outside, but a real softy on the inside,” said Cravens, who became a close friend of Hard.

Cravens later offered Hard a job at USC, where she did everything from maintenance on the university's computer systems to design work on the El Rodeo yearbook and Daily Trojan newspaper.

“She had a very good eye for design,” Cravens said Friday. “She was very committed to whatever she did."

Hard is survived by her sister, Claire Brundage. She was briefly married and had no children.

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FILE - Darlene Hard, of the U.S. team, reaches for a backhand shot in her Wightman Cup singles match against England's Ann Haydon at Wimbledon in London in June 1960. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - Darlene Hard, of the U.S. team, reaches for a backhand shot in her Wightman Cup singles match against England's Ann Haydon at Wimbledon in London in June 1960. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - Darlene Hard, left, of the United States, and partner Lesley Turner, of Australia, pose for photos after winning the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association women's doubles championship at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 28, 1961. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis, File)

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FILE - Darlene Hard, left, of the United States, and partner Lesley Turner, of Australia, pose for photos after winning the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association women's doubles championship at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 28, 1961. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis, File)

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Published 1 day ago

No. 14 Utah beats No. 10 Oregon 38-10 for 1st Rose Bowl bid

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Utah running back Tavion Thomas (9) celebrates his touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Nation & World

By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press

1 hour ago

Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No. 14 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No. 14 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.

This game was a near carbon copy of the one in Salt Lake City two weeks ago when the Utes (10-3, No. 17 CFP) jumped out early and won 38-7.

While that game all but ended the playoff hopes for Oregon (10-3, No. 10), the rematch delivered coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utes the Rose Bowl prize they had been seeking since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

It capped an emotional last 12 months for the Utes program that has dealt with the deaths of two players.

Utah had lost its first two trips to the conference title game, including two years ago to Oregon, but left little doubt this time.

Rising engineered a TD drive on the opening possession after converting a sneak on fourth down near midfield. Tavon Thomas capped it with a 2-yard run.

Lloyd then returned an interception 34 yards for a score later in the first quarter and Utah put the game away by scoring twice in the final 27 seconds of the first half.

Rising hit Dalton Kincaid on an 11-yard pass with 27 seconds left. Then Malone Mataele intercepted an ill-advised pass from Anthony Brown to set up Jadon Redding's 50-yard field goal on the final play of the half to make it 23-0.

Thomas and T.J. Pledger added TD runs in the second half for the Utes to the delight of the huge contingent of Utah fans among the 56.511 in attendance for the first title game in Las Vegas.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oregon: The Ducks had playoff aspirations after winning at Ohio State in September, but struggled to maintain that level of play. They were upset at Stanford on Oct. 2 before getting outscored 76-17 by Utah in two losses over the final three weeks and were denied a third straight conference title.

Utah: The Utes are playing as well as almost anybody in the country late late in the season with six straight wins. But back-to-back losses in September to BYU and San Diego State before Rising took over as starting quarterback mean the Pac-12 champion will miss the College Football Playoff for a fifth straight season.

MOMENT OF LOUDNESS

There was an emotional moment during a break in the second quarter when the Utah fans took part in their ”moment of loudness" to honor Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe, who both died of gunshot wounds nine months apart.

A video tribute was played as fans lit up the stadium with cell phone flashlights and cheered. The Utes have held the "moment of loudness" instead of moments of silence to honor the former players.

Lowe’s mom, Donna Lowe-Sterns, also served as an honorary captain for the game.

UP NEXT

Oregon: A bowl game to be determined.

Utah: The Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 against a Big Ten team.

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) scores a touchdown past Oregon safety Jordan Happle (32) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) scores a touchdown past Oregon safety Jordan Happle (32) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Oregon cornerback Trikweze Bridges (11) attempts to recover a fumble by Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, not seen, as Utah offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea (78) also looks to recover the ball during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Oregon cornerback Trikweze Bridges (11) attempts to recover a fumble by Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, not seen, as Utah offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea (78) also looks to recover the ball during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah wide receiver Britain Covey carries against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah wide receiver Britain Covey carries against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) celebrates his touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) celebrates his touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, right, runs the ball under pressure from Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Journal-News.com
Published 1 day ago

Madelyn F. Socciarelli 1928-2021

GIRARD — Madelyn F. “Madge” Socciarelli, 93, formerly of Youngstown, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Girard.

One of six sisters, she was born April 6, 1928, in Moosic, Pa., to the late Francis and Madelyn Noll Walsh. She graduated from Moosic High School, where she was a majorette with the school band.

On June 19, 1947, Madelyn married Verdi “Sach” Socciarelli at St. Mary Church in Avoca, Pa. The couple later moved to Youngstown’s East Side, where they raised their family of six children.

Madelyn was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish (a.k.a. Sacred Heart Catholic Church) in Youngstown. She retired in 1981 from the Youngstown City Schools, where she worked as a cleaning matron for Lincoln Elementary School. She loved playing bingo and watching the Yankees baseball team, and was Frank Sinatra’s biggest fan. Madelyn’s pride and joy was always her family and, above all else, she adored spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving Madelyn are children, James Socciarelli (Gloria) of Columbiana, Frank Socciarelli of Youngstown, Patricia Socciarelli of Boardman, Michael Socciarelli (Geri) of Cuyahoga Falls and Madelyn Piper (Brian) of Girard, who was also her caregiver; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and her favorite companion, Lucky.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Verdi; son, David Socciarelli; grandson, Adam Socciarelli; her parents; and sisters, Marguerite Walsh, Mary Gordon, Geri Tigue, Patricia Olanovich and Evelyn Walsh.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown, with interment in Calvary Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Material tributes may be made to the church.

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Youngstown Vindicator
Published 1 day ago

Valley orthodontist stands tall in mentoring city young people

Staff photo / Lily Nickel ... Dr. Moshood Martins, an orthodontist at Precision Orthodontics, demonstrates how he treats his patients with the help of one of his assistants, Janie Farkas of Fowler, at his Niles office. He also has offices in Poland and Salem.

YOUNGSTOWN — Right after his pre-game prayer, Moshood Martins was hit with a reality check while sitting on the bench waiting for his last game to start — he was ready to say goodbye to his dream of a career in the NBA.

Through a few tears, he glanced up at the jersey of his idol, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, former basketball player for the University of Houston and later the Houston Rockets, and came to terms with what was now the end of a childhood dream. Martins hoped to follow in the footsteps of Olajuwon and take his own basketball career at the University of Houston, a Division I school, to the professional leagues.

“There was a shift. I had a reality check, I needed to get something with a little more of a foundation,” Martins said.

That realization was in 2005, and now 16 years later, Martins is known to the Youngstown area as “Dr. Mo,” an orthodontist at Precision Orthodontics in Salem, Niles and Poland. While his career took a different direction, standing 6 feet 10 inches tall, he could easily pass for a professional basketball player at first glance, especially when sporting one of the many pairs of sneakers in his collection.

After graduating from the University of Houston, Martins left his hometown of Houston and went on to pursue a doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University, and later a master’s degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics from Seton Hill Center for Orthodontics in Greensburg, Pa.

After graduating, he was offered a position running the orthodontics division of the North American Dental Group, which landed him in the “hidden gem” known as Youngstown. Living and working in the area allowed him to tap into another passion of his — mentorship.

Martins has been involved with mentorship programs in the area, including Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and has plans to start his own summer mentoring program for kids who want to pursue dentistry or orthodontics. In addition to his mentorship in the area, Martins has volunteered his time and dental services to those who have limited access to dental care in Uganda, Africa, and has donated $10,000 to the Flint, Mich., clean water initiative.

His mentorship has reached beyond the limits of his specialty, and he has made it a point to be a role model and advocate for minorities, both young and old. To his knowledge, Martins is one of the first African American male orthodontists in the area. According to a nationwide report produced by the American Dental Association, only 3.8 percent of dentists identify as African American.

“It’s a duty, I mean it goes beyond representation,” Martins said. “I believe there needs to be way more positive role models in this area. A role model doesn’t wear a cape; a role model is just someone who wants to reach society, and in turn changes lives.”

Martins has had multiple role models in his life, from ones he’s never met like Hakeem Olajuwon to ones that he had dinner with this week like Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown. One that sticks out to him was the University of Houston’s team dentist that allowed Martins to shadow him, which made Martins fall in love with dentistry.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have mentorship,” Martins said. “I had a lot of people that guided me and pushed me to tap into my full potential. Someone gave me that chance, and now it’s my turn to give back and that’s where I’m at right now.”

Martins uses his position as an orthodontist as an opportunity to connect with people, especially his younger male patients that have a desire or a passion, but no direction. One of his favorite success stories is that of the 22-year-old son of one of his former employees. He lacked direction and his mother came to Martins for help. Through Martin’s direction and mentoring, the son started his own cleaning business, and now the mother and son work together cleaning all of Precision Orthodontics’ offices.

“They’re local, they’re in the community, they’re active, and he’s looking at expanding to different businesses. It wasn’t about me; it was about him tapping into himself,” Martins said.

Martins does not approach each young person he mentors in the same way. He helps each one set up a step-by-step plan on how to achieve the goal they set together, but he said he doesn’t make it easy on them, and doesn’t describe his approach as gentle. He wants to mentor only those who are passionate about what they hope to do.

“I’m a little harsh, to be honest. I’m not apologetic about it,” he said. “It has to be a passion, it has to be something that you are willing to not sleep over, to lose your mind over. That means it’s your heart’s desire, and nothing’s going to stop you from getting it.”

To suggest a Saturday profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com.

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Youngstown Vindicator
Published 1 day ago

No. 1 Georgia looks to become top dog over Alabama in SEC

Dec 02, 2021 9:37 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have faced sporadic challengers during their long reign over the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn will pop up every few years to take on college football's greatest dynasty. Joe Burrow led LSU to a national title at Alabama's expense. Florida showed flashes of sticking it to the Tide.

None of them had any staying power.

Georgia could be different.

Kirby Smart and the top-ranked Bulldogs look like a program built for the long haul, capable of going toe-to-toe with Alabama on an annual basis.

In a season of turmoil, Georgia (12-0, 8-0 SEC, No. 1 in CFP) has stood above everyone and appears to be a shoe-in for a spot in the College Football Playoff no matter what happens Saturday in the league championship game against the Crimson Tide.

“Georgia has been the No. 1 team in the country for good reason,” Saban said. “They’re probably the most consistent, most dominant team week in and week out.”

No. 4 Alabama (11-1, 7-1, No. 3 CFP) likely needs an upset of Georgia to avoid missing out on the four-team playoff for only the second time in its eight-year existence, though there are certainly scenarios where the Tide could become the first team to get in with two losses.

“What our players need to do is just focus on one play at a time, winning as many plays as we can,” Saban said. “Don't worry about the scoreboard and what the outcome means.”

While Georgia has rarely been challenged — or even trailed — this season, the Tide has won four games by less than a touchdown.

Alabama managed to escape the Iron Bowl last week with a victory over Auburn, rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 24-22 in four overtimes.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett hasn't paid any attention to Alabama's close calls.

“Football is such a crazy sport, and there’s so many different aspects that go into an individual game that determine a score,” he said. “We have too much respect for who Alabama is this year as a team to allow ourselves to do that."

Smart, a former defensive coordinator under Saban, has yet to beat his mentor in three meetings since taking over at Georgia — including a crushing overtime loss in the national championship game at the end of the 2017 season.

That is a hurdle Smart must get over, of course, to be recognized as a true equal to his ex-boss.

“You appreciate the job he's done more when you leave,” Smart said of Saban. “When you move on, you appreciate the fact that he works really hard. He doesn't ask any assistant to do anything that he doesn't do. He holds everyone to a high standard.”

Overall, Alabama has won six in a row against the Bulldogs since 2007.

“This year is this year,” Smart said. “I don’t think there’s any overlap between the two. I know people want to make it that, make it some kind of overlap, but every year is independent of the previous."

Saban lost to one of his former assistants for the first time this season when Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies handed the Tide their only loss.

Now, Smart has a chance to join Fisher in that exclusive club.

BENNETT VS. YOUNG

The quarterbacks present a striking contrast.

Alabama's Bryce Young was one of the nation's most highly recruited players and has fully lived up to the hype in his first season as the starter.

Stetson Bennett, on the other hand, walked on at Georgia, left for a year to get playing time at a junior college, and started this season as a third-teamer before claiming the starting job after JT Daniels was injured.

Despite their disparate backgrounds, both have played a huge role in their team's success this season.

Young has been mentioned as Heisman Trophy contender, throwing for 3,901 yards with 40 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

Bennett has thrown 21 TD passes with only five picks, along with showing an ability to extend plays with his running skills.

BOWERS SOARS

Freshman Brock Bowers has been one of Bennett's favorite targets, creating all sorts of matchup problems for opposing defenses with his size and speed.

Bowers leads the Bulldogs with 37 catches for 652 yards and 10 touchdowns, setting a school scoring record for a tight end.

“He's probably as good a tight end as we've faced all year,” Saban said. “He's got good size, very athletic, great hands, good route runner. He's very challenging to guard.”

DEFENSIVE STARS

Two of college football's best defensive players will have a chance to shine Saturday.

Georgia's Jordan Davis is a massive nose guard who anchors a defense that has allowed only 6.9 points per game.

Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. is tied for the national lead with 14.5 sacks, while his 30.5 tackles behind the line are far more than any other player.

Anderson said it will be a challenge to contain Bennett.

“He’s very fast. He has great feet. He can escape the pocket really well,” Anderson said. “We can’t let him run all over the field and make long drives with his feet.”

ROBINSON'S STATUS

Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. ranks third in the SEC with 1,016 yards rushing, but his status is uncertain due to a left leg injury.

Given Alabama’s lack of depth at that position — Trey Sanders is the only other scholarship running back — Robinson's health is crucial to the Crimson Tide’s chances of pulling off an upset.

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Findlay Courier
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Darlene Hard, 3-time major tennis champion, dies at 85

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FILE - Darlene Hard hits a forehand to Zsuzsa Kormoczy during a quarterfinal on June 28, 1955 at Wimbledon tennis championships in London. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

1 hour ago

Hall of Fame tennis player Darlene Hard has died at age 85

Darlene Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles and 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, has died. She was 85.

She died Thursday at Northridge Hospital in the Los Angeles area after a brief illness, according to Mona Cravens, director of student publications at the University of Southern California, where Hard worked for 45 years.

Hard appeared in seven major championship singles finals, winning titles at the 1960 French Championships and the 1960 and ‘61 U.S. Championships — the tournaments that preceded the French and U.S. Opens. She was a Wimbledon finalist in 1957 (losing to Althea Gibson) and ’59, and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian championships in 1962.

She had even greater success in doubles. She won three French titles, four Wimbledon titles (including 1957 with Gibson) and six U.S. championships with eight different partners. In mixed doubles, she won twice at the French and three times at Wimbledon, partnering with Rod Laver for titles in 1959 and '60.

Hard was ranked in the U.S. top 10 every year between 1954 and 1963, including four times as No. 1. She rose to No. 2 in the world in 1960 and '61.

She helped the U.S. win Wightman Cup titles against Britain four times and played on the winning U.S. Fed Cup team in 1963.

Hard played at Pomona College in 1957, competing in the first intercollegiate championship in 1958 and winning the national title. She was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame in 1974. She went into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997.

She became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1973.

Darlene Ruth Hard was born on Jan. 5, 1936, in Los Angeles. She was taught her power game by her mother, Ruth, on public courts in Southern California. She came along at a time when the women's game was transitioning from lengthy baseline rallies to an all-court style that was well-suited to Hard's aggressiveness.

The majority of Hard's success came during tennis' amateur era. The professional era began in 1968, and Hard played only briefly as a pro in the 1969 U.S. Open. She won her last doubles title in New York that year at age 33, six years after she had retired from serious competition to teach tennis. She lost in the second round of singles.

Cravens met Hard when she and her husband took tennis lessons from the retired champion, who kept quiet about her accomplishments. It wasn't until Cravens went to the library and did some pre-internet research that she discovered Hard's impressive career.

“She was gruff on the outside, but a real softy on the inside,” said Cravens, who became a close friend of Hard.

Cravens later offered Hard a job at USC, where she did everything from maintenance on the university's computer systems to design work on the El Rodeo yearbook and Daily Trojan newspaper.

“She had a very good eye for design,” Cravens said Friday. “She was very committed to whatever she did."

Hard is survived by her sister, Claire Brundage. She was briefly married and had no children.

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FILE - Darlene Hard, of the U.S. team, reaches for a backhand shot in her Wightman Cup singles match against England's Ann Haydon at Wimbledon in London in June 1960. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - Darlene Hard, of the U.S. team, reaches for a backhand shot in her Wightman Cup singles match against England's Ann Haydon at Wimbledon in London in June 1960. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - Darlene Hard, left, of the United States, and partner Lesley Turner, of Australia, pose for photos after winning the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association women's doubles championship at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 28, 1961. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis, File)

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FILE - Darlene Hard, left, of the United States, and partner Lesley Turner, of Australia, pose for photos after winning the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association women's doubles championship at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 28, 1961. Hard, an aggressive serve-and-volley player who won three major singles titles as well as 18 major doubles titles in a Hall of Fame tennis career, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 85. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis, File)

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Springfield News Sun
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No. 14 Utah beats No. 10 Oregon 38-10 for 1st Rose Bowl bid

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Utah running back Tavion Thomas (9) celebrates his touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press

1 hour ago

Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No. 14 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No. 14 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.

This game was a near carbon copy of the one in Salt Lake City two weeks ago when the Utes (10-3, No. 17 CFP) jumped out early and won 38-7.

While that game all but ended the playoff hopes for Oregon (10-3, No. 10), the rematch delivered coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utes the Rose Bowl prize they had been seeking since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

It capped an emotional last 12 months for the Utes program that has dealt with the deaths of two players.

Utah had lost its first two trips to the conference title game, including two years ago to Oregon, but left little doubt this time.

Rising engineered a TD drive on the opening possession after converting a sneak on fourth down near midfield. Tavon Thomas capped it with a 2-yard run.

Lloyd then returned an interception 34 yards for a score later in the first quarter and Utah put the game away by scoring twice in the final 27 seconds of the first half.

Rising hit Dalton Kincaid on an 11-yard pass with 27 seconds left. Then Malone Mataele intercepted an ill-advised pass from Anthony Brown to set up Jadon Redding's 50-yard field goal on the final play of the half to make it 23-0.

Thomas and T.J. Pledger added TD runs in the second half for the Utes to the delight of the huge contingent of Utah fans among the 56.511 in attendance for the first title game in Las Vegas.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oregon: The Ducks had playoff aspirations after winning at Ohio State in September, but struggled to maintain that level of play. They were upset at Stanford on Oct. 2 before getting outscored 76-17 by Utah in two losses over the final three weeks and were denied a third straight conference title.

Utah: The Utes are playing as well as almost anybody in the country late late in the season with six straight wins. But back-to-back losses in September to BYU and San Diego State before Rising took over as starting quarterback mean the Pac-12 champion will miss the College Football Playoff for a fifth straight season.

MOMENT OF LOUDNESS

There was an emotional moment during a break in the second quarter when the Utah fans took part in their ”moment of loudness" to honor Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe, who both died of gunshot wounds nine months apart.

A video tribute was played as fans lit up the stadium with cell phone flashlights and cheered. The Utes have held the "moment of loudness" instead of moments of silence to honor the former players.

Lowe’s mom, Donna Lowe-Sterns, also served as an honorary captain for the game.

UP NEXT

Oregon: A bowl game to be determined.

Utah: The Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 against a Big Ten team.

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) scores a touchdown past Oregon safety Jordan Happle (32) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) scores a touchdown past Oregon safety Jordan Happle (32) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Oregon cornerback Trikweze Bridges (11) attempts to recover a fumble by Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, not seen, as Utah offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea (78) also looks to recover the ball during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Oregon cornerback Trikweze Bridges (11) attempts to recover a fumble by Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, not seen, as Utah offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea (78) also looks to recover the ball during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah wide receiver Britain Covey carries against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah wide receiver Britain Covey carries against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) celebrates his touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) celebrates his touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Utah quarterback Cameron Rising, right, runs the ball under pressure from Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

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Springfield News Sun
Published 1 day ago

Vaccine pays off for YS senior

CLIFTON — After watching so many high school seniors miss out on school activities because of COVID-19, Ava Schell wasn’t going to let that happen to her.

“My top priorities were attending my athletic and academic events,” the Yellow Springs High School senior said.

So the day after 17-year-olds were eligible, Schell received the first of two COVID vaccination shots. And it’s paid off.

Literally.

In addition to being able to play softball and volleyball and cheer for the Bulldogs, Schell was one of 30 to receive a $10,000 scholarship after the fourth round of Vax-2-School winners was announced Thursday. Vax-2-School is an Ohio Department of Health public outreach campaign to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to younger Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination, according to the program’s website.

And like many of the winners around the state, Schell had a hard time believing she won.

“My dad (Gregory) called me after school and told me,” she said. “I questioned if it was true. When I found, out I was very surprised because I forgot I had (entered) it. I told all my friends at cheer practice and I got some nice high-fives and congratulations.”

Just being able to be at that practice and other activities showed Schell she made the right choice in getting the vaccination.

“That was a no-brainer,” she said. “I knew for a fact that I wanted to attend those events. Getting the vaccination was definitely something that my parents supported. I believed in it as well. Everyone in my town was getting it. I just felt like there were so many deaths. I felt that getting a vaccine was a smart choice for me.”

Schell, however, is not one bit critical of those who choose not to.

“As far as getting vaccinated goes, to each their own,” she said. “I respect everybody’s beliefs and opinions about actually getting vaccinated. I felt more confident that I was keeping those around me protected. But again, to each their own.”

Schell said she was exposed to some COVID cases but has not caught the virus. She credited the vaccine.

“Either that or I’m just lucky,” she said.

Schell is hoping to attend Wright State and explore its motion picture program, but she said she is waiting to hear from multiple schools. Wherever she attends (as long as it’s in Ohio per the program rules), the scholarship will come in handy.

“I know that it’s an exciting opportunity,” she said. “I can’t really contemplate what college money is like yet. It’s not fully hitting me.”

Schell’s father has an idea what 10 grand can do, though.

“Her dad was 10 times more excited than she was, believe me,” he said, joking that he set a record for consecutive backflips.

Schell likely did a few backflips at cheerleading practice as well. After all, she had 10,000 reasons to be excited.

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Xenia Daily Gazette
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Friday roundup: Hoover outlasts Jackson in OT as Dick Snyder Court is dedicated; GlenOak, Lake gain Federal League wins

The Repository

NORTH CANTON — A Friday night in early December felt like tournament time for two teams coming off district championships last season.

Hoover made a memorable evening even more special.

The Vikings outlasted rival Jackson 49-46 in overtime in front of 1,500 fans as Hoover dedicated Dick Snyder Court in its home gym.

Widely considered the greatest athlete in Hoover High School history, Snyder —a remarkable three-sport star who went on to play 13 years in the NBA and author the signature shot of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Miracle of Richfield playoff run in 1976 —was honored pregame and watched courtside as a Hoover team adjusting to life without Cade Henne found a way to pull out the Federal League opener for both teams.

In addition to Henne, the team’s top guard who suffered a knee injury just before the start of football season that will keep him out for basketball season as well, Hoover played without starting senior Daelen Campbell on Friday because of an illness.

“Unbelievable,” Hoover head coach Mike Bluey said. “Just gut-check after gut-check, and we just kept responding.”

Hoover’s Tanner Ware scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while fellow senior Elijah Barker totaled 12 points and three blocked shots. Junior Blake Ward added 11 points and five rebounds for the Vikings (2-0, 1-0) in a game that saw neither team lead by more than five points in the second half.

“It’s just great to have the environment back,” Ware said of the loud, revved-up crowd Friday. “The environment was a big part. You saw our student section. It was large.”

Ware was in the middle of two big Hoover stretches.

Down 17-10 after the first quarter, he scored eight points (including two 3-pointers) during a 13-3 run for the Vikings to start the second quarter.

He scored eight more points from the final two minutes of regulation through overtime, including the biggest bucket of the game.

Down two points, Ware backed down Jovan Jovicic and scored on an up-and-under move to tie the score at 44-44 with 5.2 seconds left.

“I’m backing him down and I’m looking as Eli cut, and I didn’t see anything there,” Ware said. “So I had to make a move. I knew they were going to force me right (to my offhand). I pump-faked since they were forcing me that way, and came back left.”

After a timeout, Jackson got the ball in senior Kevin James’ hands for its final look in regulation, but Hoover sophomore Rowan Ellis got a hand on the ball and prevented James from getting a shot up at the buzzer. It was Ellis’ first playing time of the night.

“Here’s a sophomore that’s never seen the light of day, and I put him out there in front of 2,000 people,” Bluey said. “We wanted his athleticism out there.”

Neither team was very sharp in the OT period, but Jackson’s three turnovers and 0-for-4 shooting from the foul line were glaring. Hoover was 5-for-12 from the foul line in the extra session, with Ware going 4-for-8.

James’ 12 points led Jackson (0-2, 0-1), which led 44-40 with 1:32 left in regulation. The Polar Bears shot 7-for-17 from the foul line on the night. The two teams combined to shoot 6-for-30 from the 3-point line.

Junior Owen Woolbert registered a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior JJ Vaughan (a transfer from Lake) added 10 points for Jackson. Ben Sullivan contributed seven points and four assists, while fellow senior Jovicic had seven points and eight rebounds.

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GLENOAK 73, PERRY 42 Ja’Corey Lipkins scored a game-high 23 to help lead the Golden Eagles to their third straight win.

GlenOak took command in the second half when it outscored Perry 42-22. Lipkins and Brody Gowen scored six points apiece in the third quarter when the Golden Eagles pulled ahead 49-34.

Gowen finished with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Camron Hall led Perry with 16 points. Joel Brown added 12 points and six rebounds.

LAKE 44, MCKINLEY 39 Cam Horning and Chase Casenhiser scored 12 points apiece as the Blue Streaks opened the season with a win over previously unbeaten McKinley.

Caleb Collins added 10 points for Lake.

TraSean Foster led McKinley with 15 points. Lonzo Henderson added 14 for the Bulldogs.

McKinley led 19-13 after the first quarter but were limited to nine points or less in each quarter after. The Bulldogs were outscored 9-3 in the fourth quarter.

GREEN 56, STOW 47 The Bulldogs moved to 2-0 with a win at Stow. No details were provided.

CANTON SOUTH 58, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 42 Canton South built a 30-16 lead by halftime and never relinquished the advantage as the Wildcats won at home.

Three Canton South players scored in double figures. They were Akil Martin with 21 points, Brady Noll with 16 points and Peyton Karovic with 10 points.

Jack Talkington had 12 points to lead Central Catholic. Jude Boron scored 11 points for the Crusaders.

LOUISVILLE 61, SOUTH RANGE 39 Will Aljancic hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points as the Leopards cruised to a road win Friday night.

Hayden Nigro added 22 points for Louisville (2-0), which led 33-19 at the half. The Leopards outscored South Range 20-9 in the third quarter to pull away.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 70, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 50 DeShaun Leishman scored a game-high 22 points to help St. Thomas Aquinas come from behind to earn a victory on the road.

The Knights trailed 16-8 after the first quarter before cutting the Lake Center Christian lead to three by halftime. Aquinas went on to outscore the Tigers 47-24 in the second half to get the win.

Julius Kimbrough added 20 points for the Knights. Nasier Kelley also had 12 points for Aquinas.

ALLIANCE 69, WATERLOO 57 The Aviators outscored the Vikings 31-20 in the fourth quarter and pulled away to a road win.

Diego Allen scored a game-high 24 points to lead Alliance. Stephen Gales finished with 12 points. Gage Ford added 10.

MARLINGTON 75, CARROLLTON 36 Visiting Marlington made 11 of its 19 3-point shots as the Dukes defeated Carrollton in their Eastern Buckeye Conference opener. Seven Marlington players made 3-point baskets and the Dukes shot 61 percent from the field for the game.

Three Marlington players scored in double figures. They were Casey Miller with 17 points, Connor Evanich with 15 points and Drew Simmons with 11 points. The Dukes made five 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to taking a 21-7 lead and never looked back.

Jaxon Rinkes led Carrollton with 19 points

SALEM 48, MINERVA 34 Brayden Costea scored 16 points for Minerva but the Lions suffered a setback on the road in their EBC opener.

Drew Weir was the leading scorer for Salem with 16 points. Cade Rohm also had 10 points for the Quakers. Rohm scored eight of his points in the third quarter.

Salem jumped out to a 14-7 lead to start the game and never looked back.

TUSLAW 64, TRIWAY 41 Nate Frascone had 16 points to help the Mustangs to a win over host Triway in the PAC-7 opener for both teams.

Troy Harbeitner added 15 points for Tuslaw while Ty Pratt contributed 14 points.

Seth Miller was the leading scorer for Triway with 10 points.

MALVERN 59, GARAWAY 38 Michael Minor had a game-high 25 points for Malvern as the Hornets won at home to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Malvern led by just two points at halftime but outscored the Pirates 37-20 in the second half to pull away.

Alex Roden led Garaway with 14 points.

RIDGEWOOD 54, EAST CANTON 36 Luke Riley scored 14 points for East Canton but the Hornets fell in their season opener at home.

East Canton fell behind 21-12 after the first quarter and could not recover.

Kadin Bradford led Ridgewood with 16 points.

TUSKY VALLEY 44, STRASBURG 34 Logan Stotzer scored 20 points, had five steals and grabbed four rebounds for Tusky Valley as the Trojans won on the road to improve to 3-0.

Dylan Walker and Andrew Harvey scored 10 points each for Strasburg.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MCKINLEY 44, LAKE 33 McKinley took a 13-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as the Bulldogs earned their first victory of the season with a win on the road over Federal League opponent Lake.

Paris Stokes led McKinley with 17 points while Leilanni McNeill scored 12 points.

Alayna Horning had 10 points to lead Lake.

Massillon Independent
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Friday roundup: Hoover outlasts Jackson in OT as Dick Snyder Court is dedicated; GlenOak, Lake gain Federal League wins

The Repository

NORTH CANTON — A Friday night in early December felt like tournament time for two teams coming off district championships last season.

Hoover made a memorable evening even more special.

The Vikings outlasted rival Jackson 49-46 in overtime in front of 1,500 fans as Hoover dedicated Dick Snyder Court in its home gym.

Widely considered the greatest athlete in Hoover High School history, Snyder —a remarkable three-sport star who went on to play 13 years in the NBA and author the signature shot of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Miracle of Richfield playoff run in 1976 —was honored pregame and watched courtside as a Hoover team adjusting to life without Cade Henne found a way to pull out the Federal League opener for both teams.

In addition to Henne, the team’s top guard who suffered a knee injury just before the start of football season that will keep him out for basketball season as well, Hoover played without starting senior Daelen Campbell on Friday because of an illness.

“Unbelievable,” Hoover head coach Mike Bluey said. “Just gut-check after gut-check, and we just kept responding.”

Hoover’s Tanner Ware scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while fellow senior Elijah Barker totaled 12 points and three blocked shots. Junior Blake Ward added 11 points and five rebounds for the Vikings (2-0, 1-0) in a game that saw neither team lead by more than five points in the second half.

“It’s just great to have the environment back,” Ware said of the loud, revved-up crowd Friday. “The environment was a big part. You saw our student section. It was large.”

Ware was in the middle of two big Hoover stretches.

Down 17-10 after the first quarter, he scored eight points (including two 3-pointers) during a 13-3 run for the Vikings to start the second quarter.

He scored eight more points from the final two minutes of regulation through overtime, including the biggest bucket of the game.

Down two points, Ware backed down Jovan Jovicic and scored on an up-and-under move to tie the score at 44-44 with 5.2 seconds left.

“I’m backing him down and I’m looking as Eli cut, and I didn’t see anything there,” Ware said. “So I had to make a move. I knew they were going to force me right (to my offhand). I pump-faked since they were forcing me that way, and came back left.”

After a timeout, Jackson got the ball in senior Kevin James’ hands for its final look in regulation, but Hoover sophomore Rowan Ellis got a hand on the ball and prevented James from getting a shot up at the buzzer. It was Ellis’ first playing time of the night.

“Here’s a sophomore that’s never seen the light of day, and I put him out there in front of 2,000 people,” Bluey said. “We wanted his athleticism out there.”

Neither team was very sharp in the OT period, but Jackson’s three turnovers and 0-for-4 shooting from the foul line were glaring. Hoover was 5-for-12 from the foul line in the extra session, with Ware going 4-for-8.

James’ 12 points led Jackson (0-2, 0-1), which led 44-40 with 1:32 left in regulation. The Polar Bears shot 7-for-17 from the foul line on the night. The two teams combined to shoot 6-for-30 from the 3-point line.

Junior Owen Woolbert registered a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior JJ Vaughan (a transfer from Lake) added 10 points for Jackson. Ben Sullivan contributed seven points and four assists, while fellow senior Jovicic had seven points and eight rebounds.

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GLENOAK 73, PERRY 42 Ja’Corey Lipkins scored a game-high 23 to help lead the Golden Eagles to their third straight win.

GlenOak took command in the second half when it outscored Perry 42-22. Lipkins and Brody Gowen scored six points apiece in the third quarter when the Golden Eagles pulled ahead 49-34.

Gowen finished with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Camron Hall led Perry with 16 points. Joel Brown added 12 points and six rebounds.

LAKE 44, MCKINLEY 39 Cam Horning and Chase Casenhiser scored 12 points apiece as the Blue Streaks opened the season with a win over previously unbeaten McKinley.

Caleb Collins added 10 points for Lake.

TraSean Foster led McKinley with 15 points. Lonzo Henderson added 14 for the Bulldogs.

McKinley led 19-13 after the first quarter but were limited to nine points or less in each quarter after. The Bulldogs were outscored 9-3 in the fourth quarter.

GREEN 56, STOW 47 The Bulldogs moved to 2-0 with a win at Stow. No details were provided.

CANTON SOUTH 58, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 42 Canton South built a 30-16 lead by halftime and never relinquished the advantage as the Wildcats won at home.

Three Canton South players scored in double figures. They were Akil Martin with 21 points, Brady Noll with 16 points and Peyton Karovic with 10 points.

Jack Talkington had 12 points to lead Central Catholic. Jude Boron scored 11 points for the Crusaders.

LOUISVILLE 61, SOUTH RANGE 39 Will Aljancic hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points as the Leopards cruised to a road win Friday night.

Hayden Nigro added 22 points for Louisville (2-0), which led 33-19 at the half. The Leopards outscored South Range 20-9 in the third quarter to pull away.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 70, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 50 DeShaun Leishman scored a game-high 22 points to help St. Thomas Aquinas come from behind to earn a victory on the road.

The Knights trailed 16-8 after the first quarter before cutting the Lake Center Christian lead to three by halftime. Aquinas went on to outscore the Tigers 47-24 in the second half to get the win.

Julius Kimbrough added 20 points for the Knights. Nasier Kelley also had 12 points for Aquinas.

ALLIANCE 69, WATERLOO 57 The Aviators outscored the Vikings 31-20 in the fourth quarter and pulled away to a road win.

Diego Allen scored a game-high 24 points to lead Alliance. Stephen Gales finished with 12 points. Gage Ford added 10.

MARLINGTON 75, CARROLLTON 36 Visiting Marlington made 11 of its 19 3-point shots as the Dukes defeated Carrollton in their Eastern Buckeye Conference opener. Seven Marlington players made 3-point baskets and the Dukes shot 61 percent from the field for the game.

Three Marlington players scored in double figures. They were Casey Miller with 17 points, Connor Evanich with 15 points and Drew Simmons with 11 points. The Dukes made five 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to taking a 21-7 lead and never looked back.

Jaxon Rinkes led Carrollton with 19 points

SALEM 48, MINERVA 34 Brayden Costea scored 16 points for Minerva but the Lions suffered a setback on the road in their EBC opener.

Drew Weir was the leading scorer for Salem with 16 points. Cade Rohm also had 10 points for the Quakers. Rohm scored eight of his points in the third quarter.

Salem jumped out to a 14-7 lead to start the game and never looked back.

TUSLAW 64, TRIWAY 41 Nate Frascone had 16 points to help the Mustangs to a win over host Triway in the PAC-7 opener for both teams.

Troy Harbeitner added 15 points for Tuslaw while Ty Pratt contributed 14 points.

Seth Miller was the leading scorer for Triway with 10 points.

MALVERN 59, GARAWAY 38 Michael Minor had a game-high 25 points for Malvern as the Hornets won at home to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Malvern led by just two points at halftime but outscored the Pirates 37-20 in the second half to pull away.

Alex Roden led Garaway with 14 points.

RIDGEWOOD 54, EAST CANTON 36 Luke Riley scored 14 points for East Canton but the Hornets fell in their season opener at home.

East Canton fell behind 21-12 after the first quarter and could not recover.

Kadin Bradford led Ridgewood with 16 points.

TUSKY VALLEY 44, STRASBURG 34 Logan Stotzer scored 20 points, had five steals and grabbed four rebounds for Tusky Valley as the Trojans won on the road to improve to 3-0.

Dylan Walker and Andrew Harvey scored 10 points each for Strasburg.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MCKINLEY 44, LAKE 33 McKinley took a 13-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as the Bulldogs earned their first victory of the season with a win on the road over Federal League opponent Lake.

Paris Stokes led McKinley with 17 points while Leilanni McNeill scored 12 points.

Alayna Horning had 10 points to lead Lake.

Canton Repository
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For Your Information for Dec. 4, 2021

Napoleon Police Department

Accidents:

Travis T. Gevedon, 48, of Napoleon was traveling on Glenwood Avenue near Harmony Avenue at 9:46 p.m. Tuesday when it was reported his vehicle struck a deer that ran onto the roadway. Gevedon was not injured, and damage to his vehicle was functional.

Holly E. Buczko, 33, of Swanton was northbound on Perry Street at 7:28 p.m. Monday and just passed North Street when it was reported her vehicle struck the driver’s side rear of a legally parked vehicle. The collision caused the struck vehicle to move forward and strike another legally parked vehicle. It was advised Buczko’s vehicle pulled to the right while braking, which caused the collision. No injuries were reported. Damage to Buczko’s vehicle was functional, and damage to the struck vehicles was minor. Buczko was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

Served:

•Jeffrey Nadeau Jr., 36, address not reported, warrant, State Route 108, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO) online records indicate Nadeau was held on a charge of assault (Napoleon Municipal Court).

•Jason Lutts, 39, of Middle Point, warrant for parole violation, directly at the police department, 5:13 p.m. Thursday, transported to CCNO.

Cited:

•Emmanuel Lucas, 53, of Paulding, with operating a vehicle while under the influence, East Riverview Avenue, 8:11 p.m. Thursday, transported to CCNO.

Also reported to the police department:

•Criminal trespassing, 255 Freedom Drive, 7:59 a.m. Wednesday, warning issued.

•Driving complaint, U.S. Route 24 near Glenwood Avenue, 12:54 p.m. Wednesday, unable to locate.

•Solicitors, 800 block of West Main Street, 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, warnings issued.

•Criminal trespassing, 1000 Westmoreland Ave., 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, warning issued.

•A subject at 1212 E. Riverview Ave. Unit #109, 12:06 a.m. Thursday, warning issued.

•Theft, 1411 Scott St. Unit A, 9:01 a.m. Thursday, under investigation.

•A subject at 538 Huddle Road Unit #32 reported a matter of fraud, 9:56 a.m. Thursday, matter handled.

•Parking violation, 1700 block of Oakwood Avenue, 1:20 p.m. Thursday, vehicle was moved.

•A subject at 1212 E. Riverview Ave. Unit #109 reported receiving unwanted telephone calls, 3:09 p.m. Thursday, warning issued.

•Disabled vehicle, 1300 block of Oakwood Avenue, 3:28 p.m. Thursday, vehicle was towed.

•Narcotics, Oakwood Avenue, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, investigation pending.

•A subject at 849 Woodlawn Ave. reported receiving unwanted telephone calls, 3:42 p.m. Thursday, investigation pending.

•Disabled vehicle, Industrial Drive, 5:27 p.m. Thursday, tow was en route.

•Juvenile matter, East Maumee Avenue, 8:12 p.m. Thursday.

•Suspicious vehicle, Broadmore Avenue, 1:53 a.m. Friday, all reported to be okay.

•A subject at 1800 Oakwood Ave. Unit #3 reported receiving unwanted telephone calls, 4:21 a.m. Friday, under investigation.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office

Accidents:

Jeremy M. Sprow, 42, of Swanton was northbound on State Route 108 near County Road 5 in Liberty Township at 11:08 a.m. Thursday when it was reported his vehicle struck a deer that ran onto the roadway. Sprow was not injured, and damage to his vehicle was functional.

Candida M. McVey, 46, of Deshler was southbound on County Road 8 in Monroe Township at 6:01 p.m. Thursday. It was reported she failed to stop for a posted stop sign at County Road J and went off the roadway to the east and into a ditch. The vehicle then flipped a few times before coming to rest on its passenger side. McVey had non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Henry County Hospital by Monroe Township EMS. Damage to her vehicle was disabling. McVey was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

Bruce E. Gray, 90, of Napoleon was traveling on U.S. Route 6 near County Road 1 in Damascus Township at 7:53 p.m. Thursday when it was reported his vehicle struck a deer that ran onto the roadway. Gray was not injured, and damage to his vehicle was disabling.

Cited:

•Ryan Trombley, 45, of Waterbury, Connecticut, following the report of a vehicle in a ditch, U.S. Route 24 at Rte. 6 split, 7:33 p.m. Thursday

Also reported to the sheriff’s office:

•Littering, County Road 25 near County Road U, 3:03 p.m. Wednesday, unable to locate.

•Littering, County Road P3 near County Road 8, 3:12 p.m. Wednesday, matter handled.

•Trespassing, 159 N. Wilhelm St. in Holgate, 4:38 p.m. Wednesday, matter handled.

•Disorderly conduct, East Joe E. Brown Avenue in Holgate, 11:31 a.m. Thursday, charges pending.

•Domestic matter, North Keyser Street in Deshler, 1:04 p.m. Thursday, handled by the Deshler Police Department, 1:04 p.m. Thursday, two female subjects charged with domestic violence.

•Suspicious vehicle, in Holgate, 5:31 p.m. Thursday, all reported to be okay.

•Stopped school bus passed by vehicle, County Road 17D, 7:03 p.m. Thursday, investigation pending.

•Suspicious person, Damascus Bridge, 9:29 p.m. Thursday, unable to locate.

•Suspicious person, County Road 424 near County Road 4, 11:39 p.m. Thursday, subject given ride.

•Theft, construction site on Township Road 5B near County Road S, 8:05 a.m. Friday.

Wauseon Police Department

Items reported to the police department:

•Trespassing, 431 Mattera Drive, 9:49 p.m. Nov. 22.

•Trespassing, 138 E. Elm St., 10:10 a.m. Nov. 24.

•Larceny, 151 S. Fulton St., 10:01 p.m. Nov. 24.

•Disorderly conduct, North Ottokee Street, 12:39 a.m. Nov. 25.

•Vandalism, 420 Clover Lane, 6:14 a.m. Nov. 25.

•Trespassing, 117 S. Fulton St. Unit #202, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

•Disorderly conduct, East Airport Highway, 6:31 p.m. Nov. 26.

•Larceny, 1200 N. Shoop Ave., 8:49 p.m. Nov. 26.

•Vandalism, 519 Ottokee St., 9:24 a.m. Nov. 27.

•Larceny, 720 N. Shoop Ave., 1:24 p.m. Nov. 29.

•Vandalism, 222 Depot St., 4:53 p.m. Nov. 29.

•Disorderly conduct, East Airport Highway, 8:47 p.m. Nov. 29.

•Larceny, 151 S. Fulton St., 9:46 p.m. Nov. 29.

•Vehicle stolen, 435 Prospect St., 5:30 a.m. Nov. 30.

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How unusual is it for parents to be charged in a school shooting?

Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say.
That's what makes the case against Ethan Crumbley's parents uncommon, following the fatal shooting of four students at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Jennifer and James Crumbley ignored opportunities to intervene, just a few hours before the bloodshed.
They're charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Ethan, 15, is charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.
The Crumbley parents and their lawyers haven't commented on the shooting or the charges.
Here's a look at the issues facing the parents:
The semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting Tuesday was purchased legally by James Crumbley on Nov. 26 while his son stood by at the shop, according to investigators.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Jennifer Crumbley referred to it on social media as a "Christmas present" for her son, and Ethan posted a picture of it on social media, calling it his "new beauty," McDonald said.
With some very limited exceptions, minors in Michigan aren't allowed to possess guns. But there is no Michigan law that requires owners to keep guns locked away from kids.
"So many states do. There's 23 states plus Washington, D.C., that have some form of a secure storage law," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
"It's an unusual charge to bring," said Eve Brensike Primus, who teaches criminal procedure at University of Michigan law school.
Police said Ethan Crumbley emerged from a bathroom and started shooting other students in the hallway at Oxford High. A few hours earlier, he and his parents had met with school officials. A teacher had found a drawing on his desk with a gun pointing at the words, "The thoughts won't stop. Help me," according to the prosecutor.
Ethan, who had no disciplinary record, was told to get counseling but was allowed to stay in school. His backpack was not checked for a weapon, McDonald said.
Primus said authorities must show gross negligence by the parents and causation, or the act of causing something.
"The prosecutor is going to need facts to support the argument that these parents really knew there was a risk that their son would take a gun and shoot people dead," she said. "Not just that their son was troubled in some way. This is a homicide charge that carries years in prison. This is not a small charge."
In 2000, a Flint-area man pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter after a 6-year-old boy who was living with him found a gun in a shoebox and killed a classmate.
A 2019 assessment by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found that guns came from the home of a parent or close relative in 76% of school attacks where firearms were used. In about half, the firearms were easily accessible.
But laws aimed at restricting gun access are not always enforced and vary in strength, experts say.
"Our laws haven't really adapted to the reality of school shootings, and the closest we have are these child access prevention laws," said Kris Brown, president of the Brady gun control advocacy group
In 2020, the mother of an Indiana teen was placed on probation for failing to remove guns from her home after her mentally ill son threatened to kill students. He fired shots inside his school in 2018. No one was injured but the boy killed himself.
In Washington state, the father of a boy who killed four students at a high school in 2014 was convicted of illegally possessing firearms. He was not charged for the shooting, although one of his guns was used.
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AP reporter Sophia Tareen in Chicago contributed to this story.

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Mercy McAuley junior wins $100,000 Vax-2-School scholarship

Posted at 11:48 PM, Dec 03, 2021

and last updated 2021-12-03 23:48:52-05

CLEVES, Ohio — A Hamilton County student was one of five grand prize winners in the state's Vax-2-School campaign.

Avery Lagory, a junior at Mercy McAuley High School, won a $100,000 scholarship for receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Cleves native said she could not believe she won so much money for getting a vaccination.

"There's a lot of people who registered and stuff, and I didn't think I was ever going to win," Lagory said.

Lagory's mother, Denise, said she was excited to know her daughter will have financial support when deciding what she wants to do. The scholarship can be used at any Ohio college, university, technical or trade school of her choice — or she can use the money for a career program.

"We have a son already in college, so we know what that's like," Denise Lagory said. "And it is amazing to know that she has this to look forward to and to help her through whatever it is she chooses to do."

Four more people won Vax-2-School's grand prizes. They are:

Audrey Bird of Brecksville;

Rinoa Chech of Canton;

Widnelson Miller of Delphos and;

Jacob Peters of Conover.

Ohio Vax-2-School awarded $2 million in prizes, including 150 $10,000 scholarships. To find local winners of the $10,000 scholarships, click here.

Copyright 2021 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Myers, Tornadoes find a way past Truckers

Dec 04, 2021 12:00 AM

NORWALK — Jaden Myers had just two points for Columbian with less than 90 seconds to go in the third quarter.
The senior forward was often crunched down low by a variety of defenses Norwalk threw at the Tornadoes on Friday.
But Myers, a blue-collar workhorse for Columbian, got going and was hard to stop.
Myers scored nine points the rest of the way including consecutive buckets late to help the Tornadoes to a 57-52 Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division win over Norwalk.
"Jaden finished a couple of shots around the rim," TC coach Travis Kinn said. "I thought his defensive effort on Ian Minor in the second half — especially the fourth quarter — was outstanding."
While it is hard to over-emphasize how big one conference game is, winning on the road against a tradition-rich squad like the Truckers could go a long way toward a league title down the road for Columbian.
"This was going to be a tough one to get, especially early in the season," Kinn said. "To get it any way we can is a huge credit to our guys."
A 3-pointer by Minor knotted the game at 47 for Norwalk in the fourth quarter. Bryce Burns hit a triple on the other end for Columbian (3-0, 1-0 SBC Lake), but Caleb Sommers answered right back for the Truckers (0-2, 0-1) with a 3 to tie the game at 50 with 2:56 left.
The Columbian defense essentially shut down Norwalk the rest of the way. Logan Beaston nailed a pair of free throws for the Tornadoes with 2:36 left and after an empty possession by the Truckers, Myers scored off a nice assist by Burns.
Norwalk seemingly could not get to the hoop or get a shot to fall despite multiple attempts. Myers scored down low again with a minute left to push the lead to 56-50. Daniel Traczek got the Truckers within four points with 44 seconds left, but never any closer. Myers split two free throws with 28.5 seconds left for the final score.
"Getting stops in a row and letting us get out in transition and not have to played against their half-court defense which was really good and effective tonight was the key," Kinn said. "That is as simple as it was. We held them to 19 points in the second half and that gave us an opportunity."
Norwalk made 21 of 34 shots, but five turnovers in the fourth quarter after seven turnovers in the first three quarters combined hurt the Truckers.
"It was a lot of little things that hurt us," Norwalk coach Steve Gray said. "A missed box out here, losing a shooter there, or giving up an offensive rebound there. We played really hard and competed."
Norwalk came out with a lot of energy, but often had to withstand runs from the potent offense by Columbian. The Truckers used a run of eight straight points — capped on a Minor triple — for an 11-6 lead at the midway point of the first quarter.
Tallies by Ashton Coe and Parker Evans ballooned the margin to 15-8, but the Tornadoes answered. Burns nailed a 3 and scored off a Norwalk turnover before Cyrus Burden's three-point play off an offensive rebound gave Columbian the lead. Minor hit a jumper with 13 seconds left in the quarter to give Norwalk a 17-16 edge after one quarter.
The Truckers maintained and even built on their lead in the second quarter. A triple by Coe made it 24-19 and later, a 7-2 run gave Norwalk its biggest lead of the night at 31-23. The Truckers led 33-27 at halftime.
"We were probably trying to press the issue a little bit and force the tempo," Kinn said of the first-half woes. "That put us in some bad positions in trapping and gambling. Norwalk handled it really well and better than we anticipated. We had to make some adjustments and be more solid keeping the ball in front of us."
Columbian turned the tide early in the second half. Jacob Weingart sank two free throws before a 3-pointer from Beaston got the Tornadoes within a point. Evans split two free throws for Norwalk, but Burns canned another 3 to give Columbian its first lead since 6-5.
But, the Truckers had the answer. Evans and Eli Obringer scored before Sommers dropped in two free throws. A driving layup by Minor pushed the Norwalk lead back to 42-35 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Columbian once again swung the pendulum back in its favor in the final 90 seconds of the quarter. Myers' score down low was coupled with a Burns 3 to get the Tornadoes within 42-40 with eight minutes to go.
A baseline layup by Brayden Roggow knotted the game early in the fourth quarter. After Minor scored for Norwalk, Burns connected for 3 and Myers scored off a Norwalk turnover for a 47-44 lead with 3:47 left.
"The great thing is I don't think we were ever rattled," Kinn said. "They were really calm, cool and collected. It showed and paid off down the stretch. We were able to make enough plays and get away with one."
It was the fourth straight win for Columbian over Norwalk.
"I think our guys were looking forward to tonight," Kinn said. "It was the first road game of the season and the first time having a full student section and fans with everything that happened last year. Our guys embraced that."
Minor's 17 points paced Norwalk. Evans finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the Truckers.
"That is high school basketball," Gray said. "Tiffin is supposed to be the best team in the area and if we play that way against everybody, we are going to get quite a few wins."
Burns topped the Tornadoes with five 3s en route to 19 points while Beaston tallied 18 points. Myers finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the Tornadoes, who committed just five turnovers in the game.
"We know there is a target in our back and we don't back down from that," Kinn said. "Credit to Burns because we needed all five of those 3s tonight."

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