CENTERBURG — Pitcher Kassi Davidson fired a two-hit shutout to lift the Northridge Vikings to a 1-0 victory over the host Centerburg Trojans in a Division III sectional semifinal clash between the two Mid-Buckeye Conference rivals on Wednesday.Centerburg pitcher Lindsey Mapes was touched up for only five hits in another classic pitchers’ duel between these two teams.“Anytime Centerburg and Northridge have gotten together the past two years, with the excetion of one game, we’ve really had a pitchers’ duel between both teams,” said Centerburg coach Gary Lambert. “It’s like a mini-rivalry. We know that Northridge and Johnstown are big rivals, but we seem to fire up for them and they get fired up for us and it’s good for the conference. The MBC could stand for Most Balanced Competition because this league fights. When we get done, we all shake hands. There’s a lot of sportsmanship among the kids.”
THE NOT QUITE ALL NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA
This year’s Extravaganza, the 123rd annual, will be held on Friday, May 11th, 2012 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
For those of you who are unaware of this incredible event, it is a great big party in the greenhouse. Since it’s at night and kinda dark, we string loads of lights everywhere and hope the fuses don’t blow, which they usually do. The lovely Alexandria Ladies will be serving delicious and nutritious food at absolutely no cost to you or your loved ones.
This year’s entertainment will not feature the musical and vocal stylings of Dave Harris and Jamburger due to several previous commitments. It will instead feature the incomparable Mary Miller with her Marvelous Misfits (or whatever she’s calling them). Mary always does a great job and it promises to be a wonderful evening.
Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “That sounds just like every other greenhouse ‘Not Quite All Night Extravaganza’ with free food and Mary Miller.” But wait, there’s more! All plants are 10% off the regular price. That’s right, 10% off. Wowsers!
Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar so you don’t miss these amazing events and don’t forget to call and tell Uncle Bob and Aunt Bernice to remind them.
FREDERICKTOWN — It was a good day to be a Johnnie. Or a Redbird.
Johnstown and Loudonville dominated the Mid-Buckeye Conference championship track and field meet in Fredericktown on Tuesday.
The Johnstown girls won first place overall with 149 points, while Loudonville was a close second with 123. For the boys, Loudonville was the clear winner with 133 1-4 points, with Utica coming in second (112).
Overall, Johnstown and Loudonville girls won all but two track events on Tuesday. Only Fredericktown’s Emily Roberts was able to keep it from being a clean sweep among individual events. Roberts won the 3200-meter run with an MBC-record time of 11:31.05, just 12 seconds shy of her PR.
The other event, the 4×800 relay, went to a familiar winner.
The Centerburg Trojans ran away with the title at Friday’s SpecTRACKular. On Tuesday, the team of Amelia Holt, Ali Socie, Torrie Purdy and Alyssa Burton won by nearly 20 seconds (10:28.10).
“(We can reach) regionals, if not farther,” said Holt, who ran the first leg. “We’re a really strong team, and we’re cutting a lot of time. We’re doing really good.”
Holt was also involved in the closest race of the day. Trailing Johnstown’s Meghan Schulze by several seconds in the 800, Holt mustered a final burst in the last few meters. Her final effort fell short by 12/100 of a second; however, had the race been 810 meters, Holt would have prevailed.
“(Schulze) is a really good runner,” said Holt. “She definitely gave me a run for my money. Pushed me really hard. She’s a winner, she deserved it.”
The boys 4×800 was filled with equal drama. Utica wasn’t happy being beaten by Centerburg at SpecTRACKular. On Tuesday, they repaid the Trojans in kind, winning the race by seven seconds (8:39.60).
“This feels great,” said Clay Rowley, who raced with teammates Nick Naylor, Hunter Selmon and Matt Bubis. “Centerburg beat us in Spec at the only race we did. It was our first loss all year. So we came in with an attitude. I’ve never won an MBC title in anything, so it feels great.”
“I was like, ‘All right, let’s get them this time,’” added Naylor, who anchored. “We’re trying to regionals now. Push ourselves all the way.”
Centerburg’s Jeremy Sesma, who finished second in preliminaries of the 200, beat Johnstown’s Ross Franklin by 24/100 of a second to win the final. Teammate Robert Hakes (2:07.90) won the 800. Fredericktown’s Colin Roddy (11:06.67) won the 3200.
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AP – 23 hours ago OXFORD, Ohio (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has graduated from Miami University in southwest Ohio, about nine years after leaving for the NFL.
The university said Roethlisberger received his bachelor’s degree in education and joined nearly 600 students during a commencement ceremony on campus. His wife, parents and grandmother attended.
The 30-year-old quarterback, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, played football for the university from 2001 to 2003, setting several school passing records.
An associate dean said Roethlisberger was four courses short of graduation when he jumped to the NFL. He completed those courses over several years and finished this spring.
Roethlisberger said he felt it was important to finish his classes to illustrate the value of getting an education.
Olympic Academy’s Ainsley Owen, of Granville, and several other teammates captured more state titles for what has become a very successful season for local Granville gymnasts.
Owens outperformed all others in her competitive category with a combined score of 36.875 to capture the State All-Around Title at the Ohio Level 4 Gymnastics Championships at Bowling Green University.
Along with her overall title, Owen also won the state title on the balance beam and the floor exercise.
“It was her best performance all year,” said her coach, Clint Storey, a coach at the Academy for approximately 25 years.
“Ainsley is a very quiet, mild-mannered, hard-working gymnast” Storey said. “She had a relatively successful pre-season and managed to focus on the task at hand, and come out on top.”
In the level 4 division, Granville gymnasts Chloe Dement and Claire Lilly had their highest event scores of their season. Teammate Anna Krempasky finished sixth on vault (9.3) and sixth on bars (9.1), Abigail Doran finished fourth on vault (9.3) followed by Bailey Quitter’s season high on bars (9.05) for eighth place and a (8.90) for seventh on balance beam to round out the season’s state meet.
In the Level 5 Division, fellow teammates and Granville standouts Ella Large, Liv Piatt, McKenzie Everett and Maria Law also returned home with several state podium awards as well.
Large captured the state title on the uneven bars with a score of 9.50 and went on to win the silver medal in the combined all-around event at level 5.
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MBC commissioner Ron Wintermute confirmed that three schools have been accepted as new members of the conference beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
Lucas, Mansfield Christian and Mansfield St. Peter’s were unanimously voted in by existing members at a scheduled meeting in Mount Vernon Thursday.
The new schools will join Danville, East Knox and Loudonville in 2013. Centerburg and Fredericktown will leave to join the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference. Utica, Northridge and Johnstown are expected to join the reformed Licking County League.
East Knox will join the MOAC in 2014, leaving five schools in the MBC.
The remaining schools will play a round-robin schedule in all major sports except football. Mansfield Christian and Mansfield St. Peter’s do not field football teams. Instead, the other members will become independent in football.
The new alignment, barring any further additions, would mean a shift in the geography of the MBC. Currently, Loudonville is the only MBC school not in the Central District. In the new post-2014 alignment, Danville would be the lone Central District representative.
The MBC was founded in 1948 and has survived in three different incarnations. The most recent reformation took place in 1981, with the last alignment change happening in 2004 when the league inducted Loudonville.
Lucas is a former MBC member, leaving in 1999. Mansfield Christian was a member in the 1982-83 school year.
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By Mark St. John Erickson, firstname.lastname@example.org | The bloody May 5, 1862 Battle of Williamsburg will be remembered this weekend with two observances featuring such historical attractions as Civil War re-enactors, period military demonstrations, guided tours and scholarly talks. Today through Sunday in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area and City Square adjacent to the city library on Scotland Street.
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PATASKALA — The calendar says May, and Newark’s Tavisha Patton is ready.
“I need to improve on the times a little bit more,” Patton said. “In the 400, my time is getting better and better and back to up where it was when I broke the record. My 200 is coming up there, so I am starting to drop in that, as well.”
Licking Valley’s Mackenzie Butler nearly joined Patton as a multiple winner. Butler had to do it the hard way in the distance events.
Butler led the 1,600 throughout, but she had to hold off a late charge from Johnstown’s Meghan Schulze. Butler’s 5:18.49 just missed her the meet record of 5:18.12. Butler already was the meet-record holder in the 800, but Watkins Memorial’s Mara White pulled away and shattered her record by three seconds, winning in 2:21.29.
“It gives me somebody to pace off, and it gives you the extra drive to go faster the last 100 meters when normally if you are by yourself, you don’t have very much reason to go fast,” Butler said.
She lowered school record during the 2011 regional meet, but she placed sixth to fall just short of the state meet. She has been on a mission to take the next step.
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