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Delphos, Ohio Sr. explained. “We worried about him.” After graduating from Jefferson High School in 2010, he was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., for basic training and jump school, where he trained as a paratrooper. In December 2011, McElroy was deployed to Afghanistan and served with the BCO 1-501st Airborne Infantry, US Army in Southern Afghanistan on the Pakistan border, where he was stationed on a combat outpost called “Chergowtaw.” His tour consisted of over 300 combat patrols, which were exhaustive 24/7 defensive maneuvers that offered little rest. Whenever possible, he slept wherever he could — usually on rocks or stones. The Third-World country is comprised of a terrain of mountains, rocks and stones. This was the environment he lived and fought in every day. As a member of the infantry, or trigger puller, soldiers have a packing list [gear] they have with them always that weighs close to 130 pounds and includes 30 pounds of body armor to protect vital organs, 70 pounds of ammo and his 27.6-pound M249 Machine Gun. Hiking up mountainsides and through chest-high flash-flood watersheds [wadis] with the additional weight was grueling. While in Afghanistan, McElroy longed for many of those amenities that are sometimes taken for granted — running water, homecooked meals, cold drinks, perfume, walking in grass and on carpet. They had no way of washing their clothes or taking showers, all of their meals were MREs [freezedried meals], they had no way to refrigerate drinks and flooring was limited to sand, gravel and stones. “When I would take my uniform off, it would literally stand on its own,” McElroy further described life with no running water. “Imagine living with a squad of guys who had not taken showers in months.” (See McElroy, page 2)

McElroy home for the holidays, new beginnings
By STEPHANIE GROVES sgroves@delphosherald.com DELPHOS — Since returning home on leave, Mark McElroy Jr. has married his girlfriend, vacationed with his family and is looking forward to sharing Christmas with all of them. At the age of 21, McElroy has experienced life-changing events than many of us could never comprehend. While still in high school, McElroy chose to model himself after a deep-rooted family tradition — he followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and enlisted in the Army. His parents, Mark and Pauline McElroy Sr., had mixed emotions about their son’s enlistment. “I felt proud but sad and knew I would miss him,” Pauline responded. “There was the possibility of him being killed. We are so glad he is home. We prayed Mark McElroy, Jr., with his M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) hunkered down in hard.” “He did not have to prove his foxhole. (Photo submitted) anything [by joining],” Mark

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Kindergarten registration for prospective Ottoville Elementary students for the 2013-14 school year is scheduled for Jan. 2-11. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age before Oct. 1, 2013. Call the school at 4533357 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send a note to register a child. Information needed consists of child’s name, child’s Social Security number, child’s birth date, parents’ names, address and phone number.

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WEDNESDAY Girls Basketball: Vicki Mauk Holiday Invitational at Elida, 6/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY Girls Basketball (6 p.m.): Lancaster at Van Wert, 1 p.m. St. John’s at Spencerville; Fort Jennings at McComb; Ottoville at Ada; Vicki Mauk Holiday Invitational at Elida, 6/7:30 p.m. O-G at Columbus Grove; Crestview at Hicksville (V only), 7 p.m. Boys Basketball: OttawaGlandorf at Columbus Grove, 6 p.m. Wrestling: Elida at Tiffin Columbian Classic, noon Swimming and Diving: Van Wert Diving Invitational, 11 a.m. FRIDAY Girls Basketball: Jefferson and Lincolnview at Parkway Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament, 3/4:30 p.m. Boys Basketball (6 p.m.): Lincolnview at Fort Jennings; Ottoville at Shawnee; Lima Senior at Elida; Kalida at Ada; Jefferson at Parkway Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament, 6:30/8 p.m. Wrestling: St. John’s at Marion Harding Classic, 8 a.m.; Elida at Tiffin Columbian Classic, 10 a.m.


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For The Record Army teams going to Africa McElroy

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BY LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defense. The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali. The terror threat from alQaida linked groups in Africa has been growing steadily, particularly with the rise of the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria. Officials also believe that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which killed the ambassador and three other Americans, may have been carried out by those who had ties to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. This first-of-its-kind brigade assignment — involving teams from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division — will target countries such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger, where al-Qaida-linked groups have been active. It also will assist nations like Kenya and Uganda that have been battling al-Shabab militants on the front lines in Somalia. Gen. Carter Ham, the top U.S. commander in Africa, noted that the brigade has a small drone capability that could be useful in Africa. But he also acknowledged that he would need special permission to tap it for that kind of mission. “If they want them for (military) operations, the brigade is our first sourcing solution because they’re prepared,” said Gen. David Rodriguez, the head of U.S. Army Forces Command. “But that has to go back to the secretary of defense to get an execute order.” Already the U.S. military has plans for nearly 100 different exercises, training programs and other activities across the widely diverse continent. But the new program faces significant cultural and language challenges, as well as nagging questions about how many of the lower-level enlisted members of the brigade, based in Fort Riley,

Kan., will participate, since the teams would largely be made up of more senior enlisted troops and officers. A full brigade numbers about 3,500, but the teams could range from just a few people to a company of about 200. In rare cases for certain exercises, it could be a battalion, which would number about 800. To bridge the cultural gaps with the African militaries, the Army is reaching out across the services, the embassies and a network of professional organizations to find troops and experts that are from some of the African countries. The experts can be used during training, and the troops can both advise or travel with the teams as they begin the program. “In a very short time frame we can only teach basic phrases,” said Col. Matthew McKenna, commander of the 162nd Infantry Brigade that will begin training the Fort Riley soldiers in March for their African deployment. “We focus on culture and the cultural impact — how it impacts the African countries’ military and their operations.” Thomas Dempsey, a professor with the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, said the biggest challenge will be the level of cultural, language and historical diversity across the far-flung continent.

(Continued from page 1) That squad of guys he lived with and counted on became his family — a brotherhood of men that would do anything for each other. “I trust every single one of them with my life,” he said. During his tour, McElroy experienced the feelings of being homesick and greatly missed his family and then-girlfriend Brittney Hawkey of Elida, whom he wed after returning home on leave in December. Despite the fact that life in Afghanistan was hell for McElroy, there was one bright spot; an adopted mutt the unit named Scout. “Scout followed us around everywhere,” he spoke with a hint of affection. “He even went on patrols and ambushes with us.” In February during a dismount patrol, McElroy was hit by an IED [Improvised Explosive Device], which caused severe injuries and required airlifting him to the appropriate medical facility. The incident caused traumatic brain injury. He has post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a type of anxiety disorder and can occur after seeing or experiencing a traumatic event involving the threat of injury or death and suffers frequent memory loss. McElroy was transferred from Afghanistan to Fort Richardson, Alaska, in September, where he will complete the remaining 15 months of his enlistment. After his release from the Army, McElroy intends on pursuing a college degree in the medical field.

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Esther K. Pohlman, 87, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at The Meadows of OttawaGlandorf. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. ST. RITA’S A boy was born Dec. 20 to Rebecca and Richard Suever of Delphos.

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By Quinn M. Wise Grade 11

Is the Constitution still relevant?
This aspect of the Constitution, protecting our freedom, is and forever will be true. However, in more specific terms of the Constitution, the interpretations of certain amendments are not as clearcut as they once were. When the Constitution was drafted, its writers had a specific intent behind writing each amendment. Over time, aspects of society have changed and new situations have arisen that our founding fathers could never have foreseen. This can be problematic for judicial officials who oversee the constitutionality of laws being passed. The problem is that the Constitution is too vague. With all of the differences today in society, it is difficult to decipher what exactly the founding fathers meant. For example, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. When this amendment was created, a large, national, federally supplied military defense did not exist. The main reason for the creation of the Second Amendment was so that common people would be able to unite and form militias to defend themselves against any outside threat. Today we have the most powerful military in the world and having private militias in each town is no longer necessary, but does this mean that we no longer have the right to bear arms, or did the founding fathers mean we should have this freedom in any context? Some say it is too dangerous for anyone who wants to, to gain possession of a weapon and injure or kill innocent people. But on the other hand, owning a firearm can assuage worries of not being able to defend oneself in the event of an emergency. The extent of the intent of some amendments cannot be determined. As time and society forge ahead on their evolutionary paths, determining the relevance of many aspects of the U.S. Constitution will only become more and more arduous. Remembering who we are as a nation and what we stand for will guarantee the most successful outcome for us. The founding fathers may not have lived in 2012, but they knew the freedoms they wanted all of mankind to experience so to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and prosperity,” so they wrote the United States Constitution to stand forever. By Clayton E. Gerberick Grade 11 The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in this country’s history. Some people, despite the importance of this document, question whether the Constitution is still relevant today. I personally believe that the Constitution is still very significant. Some pieces of this great document though may be threatened and need to be defended. One of the things in the Constitution that is both very important and relevant is the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. One intended purpose of the First Amendment is to let all people practice their religion freely. In the past this amendment has been upheld with extreme diligence. Many people, and I among them, feel that a threat to religious freedom has arisen in the form of a law forcing companies to provide birth control. This goes against not only the Catholic faith, but many other faiths also. This law violates people’s moral and religious values across the United States. Another part of the First Amendment is the right of free speech. On January 11, 2008 eighty protestors were arrested in front of the United States Supreme Court. These people were protesting, attempting to exercise their right to free speech. Much to their surprise, however, they were arrested. In front of the Supreme Court building, a place built to protect the Constitution, people were denied their rights. This could suggest that the Constitution is starting to be ignored by those who should be enforcing it. We must not let this happen. The Constitution is the basis of our government, and without it our country would not be what it is today. A third piece of the Constitution that had been called into question is the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. This amendment seems to have both positive and negative effects. The


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Almost every day, each of us practice rights, liberties and principles expressed and reserved for us in the United States Constitution. Many of us go throughout our days taking these freedoms for granted without thinking about their true meanings, or how frequently they are relevant in our own lives. The opportunity to put our nation’s founding ideals into action arises more than we realize. We moan and gripe over anything we want and make our own voices known without the fear of being imprisoned. We write and publish our opinions about our government and have the freedom to do so. We accept this all as commonplace, yet many of us don’t even know what rights the Constitution protects. The purpose of the U.S. Constitution is alive and well and this continuation is vital to the preservation of our nation. One way you could imagine the Constitution is as the Bible. The Bible is God’s rule book as to how humans should live. When God laid out his plan he made every aspect with a certain purpose. From the beginning of time to every current second ticking forward, God’s ground rules have always had the same goal in mind, making his rule book very relevant to this day. In a similar way, the United States Constitution was founded on the beliefs and ideals of how morals and logic dictate how government should rule. The principals set forth in the constitution are to secure the freedoms and liberties our nation’s founders wished for all Americans yet to come to enjoy; giving the document a role of security rather than restriction. Knowing the purpose of the document is crucial in determining whether or not it is still relevant. With the purpose being to protect our already existing freedoms as human beings, the relevance of the Constitution ver much continues today. In the United States, we enjoy the freedom of speech. We are able to disagree with the opinions of our elected leaders and put forth our arguments without fear of punishment or imprisonment. The writers of the constitution firmly believed this was every human being’s natural born right and to this day there is no disputing the validity of the First Amendment. We have the right to a fair trial. In some other countries people are thrown in jail on a notion that that person committed a crime.

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Second Amendment gives criminally minded people the right to bear arms, but is part of our Constitution for a good reason. The right to bear arms helps people to defend their homes if they are being robbed, or their person is attacked. I think that this amendment is a good one to have, because even if we didn’t have the right to bear arms criminals would still have firearms. One of the primary reasons that the Second Amendment was written was so that people could protect themselves from the government. The Founding Fathers saw a powerful tyrant repressing unarmed civilians, and thus created this amendment in order to fix that problem. This gives law abiding citizens a chance to defend themselves against someone, or something that is trying to hurt them. The Ninth Amendment is very important, possibly one of the most important parts of the Constitution. This amendment states that the Constitution is not comprehensive, and rights not specifically stated in the Constitution may still be held by the people. This means that actions need to be explicitly outlawed to be illegal, rather than assuming people know what is right or wrong. For example, smoking pot is illegal because it is clearly defined. On the other hand, as horrible as it may be, burning a United States flag is not specifically stated to be illegal, thus peopel are allowed to do it without consequence and are protected by our Constitution. If this was not in the Constitution then people may be arrested for doing something “wrong” one day, but not the next. The Constitution is a very important document that still provides good guidelines in today’s world. It seems that the constitution was written so that it could be used by later generations. This is the document our government was founded on, and it can still be relied upon as a guiding light for the world today.

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Lieberman fears country may go over ‘fiscal cliff’
The Associatec Press “There are 535 of us that can provide leadership. There are 435 in the House, 100 in the Senate and there is the president, all of us have a responsibility here,” he said. “And, you know what is happening? What is happening is the same old tired blame game. He said/she said. I think the American people are tired of it. What they want to hear is what is the solution?” No solution seemed any nearer, with Obama and Congress on a short holiday break. Congress is expected to be back at work Thursday and Obama in the White House after a few days in Hawaii. “It is time to get back to the table,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., “And I hope if anyone sees these representatives from the House in line shopping or getting their Christmas turkey, they wish them a merry Christmas, they’re civil, and then say go back to the table, not your own table, the table in Washington.” Predicted Lieberman: “We’re going to spend New Year’s Eve here I believe.” Obama already has scaled back his ambitions for a sweeping budget bargain. Before leaving the capital on Friday, he called for a limited measure that extend George W. Bush-era tax cuts for most people and stave off federal spending cuts. The president also urged Congress to extend jobless benefits for the longterm unemployed that would otherwise be cut off for 2 million people at the end of the year. “The truth of the matter is, if we do fall off the cliff after the president is inaugurated,

One Year Ago • The Union Bank continued its annual food drive tradition this year by using the 13 locations as collection sites for canned and boxed goods and toiletries. Employees and customers were encouraged to help their neighbors by donating non-perishable items. The bank also gave a monetary donation to 11 individual local food pantries in order to stock the shelves with additional needed items. 25 Years Ago — 1987 • Forty-five members attended the December meeting of the Landeck Catholic Ladies of Columbia. Mary Lee Miller won the door prize. Emma Schwinnen’s name was drawn for the doll and Norma Warnecke won the Christmas centerpiece. Next meeting will be potluck and installation of officers. Committee will be Eileen Klaus, Margaret Youngpeter, Catherine Miller, Ann Ruen and Ella Rose Ulm. • Charles Murphy’s fourth grade class at Fort Jennings Elementary School decorated the school Christmas tree with a chain rope they made in art class. Other classes and their contributions to the tree were: first grade, paper cone angles; second grade, punched out lace; third grade, origami Santas; fifth grad, pine hole design Christmas trees and sixth grade, cellophane and foil stained glass windows. • Changing Times League of Ohio Child Conservation League held its Christmas party in the home of Mary Alice Davey. Co-hostesses were Marie Swick and Marilyn Wagner. Gert Fisher was in charge of entertainment. Winners in bunco were Diane Mueller high and Claire Geier low. Mary Ellen Hemker won the traveling award. 50 Years Ago — 1962 • Barbara Patthoff, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pattoff of Delphos, is one of three candidates for the title of “Snow Queen”, at St. Rita’s Hospital. The queen will be named at the school’s annual Christmas dance slated for Friday night at the Clemans Building. Other candidates include Beverly Kay of Lima, and Nancy Waldman of Ottawa. All three are senior student nurses. • The “Nifty Sixties” Club met recently at the home of Judy Adams, South Franklin Street, for its Christmas party. Games were played with prizes going to Marlene Plikerd, Donna Buys, Nedra Irick and Vickie Krugh. Officers were elected for the coming year. They are: president, Dianna Hammons; secretary, Vickie Krugh and treasurer, Karen Ulm. • Forty members of the Ottoville Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Council No. 30, attended a banquet and Christmas party held this past week in the Veterans of Foreign Wars club rooms with members of the VFW Auxiliary preparing the dinner. Cards were played with prizes going to Christina Miller, Edwina Byrne, Mrs. Walter Hoehn and Mrs. Joseph Pittner. 75 Years Ago — 1937 • An entertaining Christmas program was presented by the pupils of the Bliss School at the schoolhouse located southeast of this city Wednesday evening. Lorene Ransbottom, the teacher, was in charge. Mrs. Stanley Peltier who taught at the Bliss School 50 years ago was present as were a group of her pupils, including I. N. Wagner of Los Angeles, Charles and Jesse Myers, Clint Baxter and Sam Baxter. • Two new bridges may be built over the Miami-Erie Canal in Delphos next year if plans now under consideration go through. Service Director A. E. Weger stated that the county engineers of Van Wert and Allen are now working on plans for the proposed construction of bridges at Clime and Cleveland streets. • The hall was packed Wednesday night when Delphos Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles, entertained the children of Eagles and needy children of the city at the annual Eagles Christmas party. The Eagles band, under the direction of W. G. Point, played several selections during the evening. Joseph Minnig was the chairman in charge of the general arrangements for the Christmas party.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators predicted Sunday that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who’s retiring and wouldn’t have a vote, cited Hagel’s less-than-hawkish positions on Iran. Lieberman told CNN’s “State of the Union” that it would be “a very tough confirmation process,” and “there are reasonable questions to ask and that Chuck Hagel will have to answer.” On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it would be “a challenging nomination.” “I don’t think he’s going to get many Republican votes,” Graham said. Hagel, 66, is considered the leading candidate to replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon, although a number of GOP senators have expressed reservations about a nomination. Their concerns largely center on Hagel’s past comments about Israel and Iran. Outside groups have suggested that based on Hagel’s remarks, he isn’t sufficiently supportive of Israel, an important ally in the Middle East. Opponents point to his votes against sanctions on Iran and letters that Hagel signed, along with ones he declined to add his name to, many of those favored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful proIsrael lobby. In August 2006, Hagel refused to sign a letter pressing the European Union to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization, one of 12 senators who balked. In 2007, he sent a letter to Bush urging talks with Iran. Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has favored diplomacy over military action with Iran, and criticized talk of a strike by either the United States or Israel against Iran. Lieberman said sanctions are the only way to change Tehran’s behavior “short of war.” Lieberman said that Hagel had “some very outlying votes” against economic penalties on Iran over its nuclear program. Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said on ABC’s “This Week” that he’ll “reserve any judgment until after the hearings we have on confirmation if in fact he is nominated.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was non-committal about Hagel, saying she’ll see “what happens with these hearings.” Hagel once made reference to the “Jewish lobby” in the United States, a comment that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called “inappropriate.” “There’s no such thing as a Jewish lobby,” McCain said. “There’s an Armenian lobby, there’s not a Jewish lobby. There’s an Israeli lobby. It’s called AIPAC, very influential.” At least two other candidates remain under serious consideration — former Pentagon policy chief Michele Flournoy and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

WASHINGTON — Senators bickered Sunday over who’s to blame for lurching the country toward a yearend “fiscal cliff,” bemoaning the lack of a deal days before the deadline but bridging no differences in the debate. With the collapse Thursday of House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to allow tax rates to rise on milliondollar-plus incomes, Sen. Joe Lieberman said “it’s the first time that I feel it’s more likely we’ll go over the cliff than not,” meaning that higher taxes for most Americans and painful federal agency budget cuts would be in line to go ahead. “If we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in American history because of the impact it’ll have on almost every American,” said Lieberman, a Connecticut independent. Wyoming Sen. Jon Barrasso, a member of the GOP leadership, predicted that the new year would come without an agreement, and he faulted the White House. “I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. He senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff,” he said. Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, was incredulous at Barrasso’s assertion that ‘there is only one person that can provide the leadership” on such a matter vital to the nation’s interests.

NRA: Public wants armed guards in every school
BY KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association on Sunday forcefully stuck to its call for placing armed police officers and security guards in every school as the best way to avoid shootings such as the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the largest gun rights lobbying organization, said the NRA would push Congress to pay for more school security guards and would coordinate a national effort to put former military and police offers in schools as volunteer guards. “If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said in a broadcast interview. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.” LaPierre also contended that any new efforts by Congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent mass shootings. His comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press” reinforced the position that the NRA took on Friday when it broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy BY DENIS D. GRAY The Associated Press Hook Elementary School. That stand has described by some lawmakers as tonedeaf. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says LaPierre blames everything but guns for a series of mass shootings in recent years. “Trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes,” Schumer said. The NRA plans to develop an emergency response program that would include volunteers from the group’s 4.3 million members to help guard children, and has named former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., as national director of the school program. Hutchinson said local districts should make decisions about armed guards in schools. “I’ve made it clear that it should not be a mandatory law, that every school has this. There should be local choice, but absolutely, I believe that protecting our children with an armed guard who is trained is an important part of the equation,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” LaPierre cited Israel as a model for the type of school security system the NRA envisions.

he’ll come back, propose just what he proposed ... in leaving Washington and we’ll end up adopting it, but why should we put the markets in such turmoil and the people misunderstanding or lack of confidence,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. “Why not go ahead and act now? Obama’s announcement late Friday suggested that a smaller deal may rest in the Senate, given the failure of Boehner’s option in the House. “The ball is now clearly with the Senate,” said Lieberman. He said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky “have the ability to put this together again and pass something. It won’t be a big, grand bargain to take care of the total debt, but they can do some things that will avoid the worst consequences going over the fiscal cliff.” Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said she expects “it is going to be a patch because in four days we can’t solve everything.” It was only a week ago when news emerged that Obama and Boehner had significantly narrowed their differences. Both were offering a cut in taxes for most Americans, an increase for a relative few and cuts of roughly $1 trillion in spending over a year. Also included was a scaling back of future cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients — a concession on the president’s part as much as agreeing to higher tax rates was for the speaker. “Israel had a whole lot of school shootings until they did one thing: They said ‘we’re going to stop it,’ and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then,” he said. Democratic lawmakers in Congress have become more adamant about the need for stricter gun laws since the shooting. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is promising to push for a renewal of legislation that banned certain weapons and limited the number of bullets a gun magazine could hold to 10. NRA officials made clear the legislation is a non-starter for them. “It hasn’t worked,” LaPierre said. “Dianne Feinstein had her ban and Columbine occurred.” There also has been little indication from Republican leaders that they’ll go along with any efforts to curb what kind of guns can be purchased or how much ammunition gun magazines can hold. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., noted that he had an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in his home. He said America would not be made safer by preventing him from buying another one. As to gun magazine limits, he said he can quickly reload by putting in a new magazine.

Afghan policewoman kills US adviser in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan policewoman shot and killed an American adviser outside the police headquarters in Kabul today, the latest in a rising tide of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies, senior Afghan officials said. The woman, identified as Afghan police Sgt. Nargas, had entered a strategic compound in the heart of the capital and shot the adviser with a pistol as he came out of a small shop with articles he had just bought, Kabul Governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa told The Associated Press. The woman was taken into Afghan custody shortly after the attack. Earlier, she had asked bystanders where the governor’s office was located, the governor said. As many Afghans, the policewoman uses only one name. A NATO command spokesman, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lester T. Carroll, said the woman was arrested after the incident. The slain adviser was a contractor whose identity wasn’t immediately released. The attack occurred outside the police headquarters in a walled, highly secure compound which also houses the governor’s office, courts and a prison. Kabul Deputy Police Chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said an investigation was under way. He said Nargas, a mother of four, had worked with a human rights department of the police for two years and had earlier been a refugee in Pakistan and Iran. She could enter the compound armed because as a police officer she was licensed to carry a pistol, the police official said. Amin did not know whether the killer and victim were acquainted. “We can confirm that a civilian police adviser was shot and killed this morning by a suspected member of the Afghan uniformed police. The

suspected shooter is in Afghan custody,” Carroll said. Canadian Brig. Gen. John C. Madower, a command spokesman in Kabul, called the incident “a very sad occasion” and said his “prayers are with the loved ones of the deceased.” The killing came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot five of his colleagues at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan. The attacker then stole his colleague’s weapons and fled to join the Taliban, said deputy provincial governor in Jawzjan province, Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani. More than 60 international allies, including troops and civilian advisers, have been killed by Afghan soldiers or police this year, and a number of other insider attacks as they are known are still under investigations. NATO forces, due to mostly withdraw from the country by 2014, have speeded up efforts to train and advise Afghan military and police units before the pullout.


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Inside defense, free throws lift Jays Lady Cougars’ hot shooting




DELPHOS — St. John’s used two keys to its 60-53 non-league boys basketball triumph over longtime foe Celina Saturday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium. The first was getting a handle on the long and lanky Bulldog front line that did a lot of damage the first half. The second was using the charity line to good use as the Blue Jays went 26-of-33 from that space (78.8%) versus 10-of-12 for the visitors (83.3%). “They were tough inside and we had to deal with it. We made some adjustments at the half to try and do so and the kids executed them well,” St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer explained. “They have a lot of length but unlike a lot of teams, they want the up-tempo pace. We are running more than in the past but we also want to make good decisions with the ball in those situations. As well, we’re getting to the line a lot more than we have in the past because of an aggressive attitude. We want the game to go inside-out.” The free-throw disparity was what Celina head man Chris Bihn — whose team has lost to Versailles, Lima Senior and Ottawa-Glandorf — focused on. “That’s the story right there,” he added. “I felt we were in good position defensively most of the time — I felt we had opportunities to pick up a number of offensive fouls but it didn’t happen.” The Jays (5-1) trailed 30-24 at the half but used a more aggressive offensive mentality to either get to the glass or the line in the third period. They went 8-of-10 from there in the canto as senior Curtis Geise (gamehigh 25 markers, 11 boards and 6 steals) went 5-of-6 himself (16-of-19 for the night). The Jays also did better at defending the inside game of the green-clad Bulldogs, forcing them to shoot over the top. Mason Ross (9 caroms) did score five points in the period but the teams

Lady Green stays perfect in win over O-G
In sum, Ottoville nabbed 31 a jumper from the right elbow a with 7.1 ticks on the board, caroms (14 offensive) as Vorst jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com and Beining each added five; Ottoville led 10-3. The Green and Gold and added 15 fouls. The Green OTTAWA — Neither Ottoville nor Ottawa-Glandorf defense was even better in the visits Ada 6 p.m. Thursday. Ottawa-Glandorf ended up exactly lit up the score- second stanza: limiting their board Saturday afternoon on foe to only two shots from the with 27 caroms (10 offensive) The Supreme Court inside floor (missed both) and 1-of-2 as Bellman led with six; and free throws by Robert J. Hermiller 17 fouls. They visit Miller (8-of-12 Gymnasium at O-G. Columbus Grove the for the game for It turned out the same night. 66.7%) by using veteran leadership “We knew we could their 1-2-2 press of the visiting Lady depend on our defense and man-toGreen was too much to get us back in the man defense for an underclassmengame, so we decided to to force eight laden Lady Titan slow the game down,” miscues (28 for squad to the tune of a Yant added. “We the game versus 43-26 victory. didn’t want it to get 20 for them- Turnwald The Lady Green out of hand and keep it Siefker selves). The (7-0) shot 12-of-43 within 10 or 12 points. from the field (2-of-12 3-balls) visitors didn’t quite take as We just have to step it up in for 27.9 percent versus 9-of- much advantage of it as Coach our intensity.” 34 for the Lady Titans (3-5), Kleman might like by hitIn JV action, the Titans including 0-of-7 downtown, ting 3-of-14, so they only led secured a 28-20 triumph. 18-3 before Miller’s toss at for 26.5 percent. Sophomore Madison “You’re going to have the 8-second mark made it an Stechschulte netted eight for shooting nights like this; that’s 18-4 halftime spread. the victors, while sophomore O-G continued a major Lexi Wannemacher countered just basketball,” Ottoville mentor Dave Kleman observed. struggle handling the basketball with eight for the Lady Green “We didn’t handle the ball in the third, turning it over nine (6-1). well the second half; O-G is a more times; at the same time, physical team and they had a they only canned 3-of-10 shots. lot to do with that and some of Fortunately for them, Ottoville turned it over seven times (20 our poor shooting.” O-G coach Troy Yant also overall) and hit 4-of-12 shots Third quarter again gave credit to the Ottoville as the Titans’ defense went culprit for Wayne Trace FORT JENNINGS – from a 2-3/1-2-2 mix to straight defense. “Their length bothered us man. Still, when senior Rachel Visiting Wayne Trace and on our shooting; they altered Beining hit the second-of-2 host Fort Jennings battled to many of our shots,” Yant throws at 6.3 ticks, Ottoville a 27-27 tie through two quarters of Saturday’s non-league noted. “Most of our problems led 29-14. The Titans put together their girls basketball action. came from turning it over; we However, much like a loss hurt ourselves a lot with those best span in the first 3-plus and that is something we have minutes of the fourth, getting to Lincolnview earlier in the within 30-22 on a basket by week, it was a dismal third to work on.” The Ottoville defense was sophomore Anna Bellman quarter that proved too much rock-solid in the first half, at 4:34. However, Ottoville to overcome as the Raiders giving up only four points. — despite eight more mis- were outscored 26-12 in the When BGSU-bound senior cues — put the game away period before falling 66-51 to Abby Siefker (10 markers, 12 at the free-throw line, hitting the Musketeers. The loss drops the red, boards, 4 blocks, 3 steals) hit 11-of-15 from that space in the a putback just 30 ticks into final 4:27 (17-of-23 overall for white and blue to 2-6 on the the game, the visitors led for 73.9% versus 8-of-12 for the season while Fort Jennings moves to 4-5. good. They limited O-G to a hosts for 66.7%). Wayne Trace’s Karena “To hold a high-flying mere four shots from the floor and forced four turnovers. team like O-G — that likes Egnor opened the second half The Titans were forced to run to run —the way we did is a with a trey that put the Raiders their offense higher out on the credit to our defense,” Kleman on top 30-27. From that point floor thanks to the length of added. “We can apply a lot on, though, the quarter was all the visitors. The only points of pressure on an opponent’s Fort Jennings. The Musketeers closed the O-G scored were a single by guards, especially with Abby sophomore Elissa Ellerbrock and Rachel to back them up; stanza on a 26-9 run with (9 markers, 3 steals) at 1:59 they are our erasers. We have five different players scoring. and a jumper by junior Kristen some things to work on; a Emily Kehres led the way Miller (7 points) at the 57-sec- coach is never satisfied. One with seven points in the quarond mark for an 8-3 deficit. is defensive rebounding and ter, while Gabbi German and Macy Schroeder added six. When senior Nicole Vorst hit the other is turnovers.”

After having his shot blocked by Celina’s Matt Buschur, St. John’s senior Curtis Geise recovers the loose ball and gets the stick-back Saturday night at Arnzen Gymnasium. Blue Jay teammate Seth Bockey awaits the action as the hosts grabbed a 7-point non-league game. (Delphos Herald/ Tom Morris) traded the lead twice. When ity (12-of-15 in the period), sophomore Tyler Conley including all six by Geise, as took a feed from junior Ryan the Jays held off any Bulldog Koester to the glass with 16 rally. ticks on the board, the Jays “Curtis led tonight every were within 43-41. way. He wanted the ball and Arik Fickert gave Celina accepted the challenge; he a 4-point edge on an inside wants to go out in his senior deuce to open the fourth but year and have a great season Geise took over. He scored for us,” Elwer added. “We a basket off a steal at 7:04, shoot for 12 turnovers or less senior Seth Bockey hit a in a game and against that free toss and classmate Ryan kind of tough pressure, to Buescher (8 points, 4 boards, only have 10 was great ball3 blocks) gave the Jays the handling. They didn’t play the lead for good on a transition night before, so it was another basket at 5:12. Geise hit two double-weekend for us and tosses only to be answered we came through well.” by a banker from Ross at The game opened with 4:47 for a 48-47 Jays’ lead. both teams pushing the pace Koester then drilled a key 3 and the ’Dogs holding early from the left wing at 4:29 and supremacy on the glass — when the Bulldogs turned it 11-5 (29-23 overall, 13-5 over (15 times overall to 10 offensive). Head man Chris for the hosts), the Jays then Bihn also used his bench began to milk the clock more extensively and used extendand force Celina to foul. In ed full-court pressure to get the final four minutes, the that tempo up. It worked as Jays hit 9-of-10 from char- they led 16-11 on a pull-up

VARSITY CELINA (53) Braelen Bader 1-0-3, Braden Billger 2-4-9, Alex Schiavone 0-0-0, Grant Laffin 2-3-7, Matt Buschur 4-210, Bobby Mattraw 0-0-0, Ryan Hoyng 3-0-9, Mason Ross 3-1-7, Arik Fickert 4-0-8. Totals 14-5-10/12-53. ST. JOHN’S (60) Andy Grothouse 2-0-5, Ryan Buescher 2-4-8, Eric Clark 2-1-5, Ryan Koester 2-1-7, Curtis Geise 4-16-25, Cole Fischbach 0-0-0, Evan Hays 1-02, Tyler Conley 1-0-2, Seth Bockey 1-4-6. Totals 11-4-26/33-60. Score by Quarters: Celina 16 14 13 10 - 53 St. John’s 11 13 17 19 - 60 Three-point goals: Celina, Hoyng 3, Baeder, Billger; St. John’s, Koester 2, Geise, Clark. ---JUNIOR VARSITY CELINA (66) Cole Flaute 4-2-10, Eric Moeder 2-2-7, Ross Flaute 4-0-8, Grant Bader 3-0-7, Kurtis Williams 1-0-2, Logan Delong 7-2-16, Sean Kirk 6-0-13, Alex Schiavone 0-1-1, Cole Loughridge 1-02. Totals 25-3-7/14-66. ST. JOHN’S (49) Aaron Hellman 3-0-9, Ryan Hellman 0-1-1, Ben Wrasman 4-1-10, Nick Bockey 0-0-0, Eric Gerberick 0-00, Tyler Ledyard 1-0-2, Owen Baldauf 0-0-0, Jake Csukker 2-5-9, Austin Heiing 1-1-3, Alex Odenweller 4-3-12. Totals 10-6-11/13-49. Score by Quarters: Celina 14 13 25 14 - 66 St. John’s 9 14 15 11 - 49 Three-point goals: Celina, Moeder, Bader, Kirk; St. John’s, A. Hellman 3, Wrasman, Dickrede, Odenweller.

10-footer by Braden Billger (9 markers, 5 assists) with 16 ticks on the board. Twice, Celina pushed its lead to eight points early in the second stanza: 19-11 on a Hoyng 3-ball (9 points) and 21-13 on a Fickert basket. The Jays rallied with seven straight to get within 21-20 on a 10-footer by sophomore Evan Hays at 5:20 but the visitors spent the rest of the canto slowly building a lead. When Matt Buschur (10 counters) went inside for a deuce at 35 ticks, they led 30-24. Celina (1-4) finished 19-of50 shooting (5-of-15 triples) for 38 percent; and with 22 fouls. They take on St. Henry Friday in the Coldwater Holiday Tournament. St. John’s ended up 15-of34 from the floor (4-of-12 downtown) for 44.1 percent; and with 14 fouls. They visit Van Wert 6 p.m. Saturday. In junior varsity action, Celina (3-2) grabbed a 66-49 triumph behind 16 points from Logan Delong, 13 by Sean Kirk and 10 from Cole Flaute. St. John’s (2-4) was paced by 12 from sophomore Alex Odenweller and 10 by junior Ben Wrasman.

leads to victory over Jeffcats
By SEAN LaFONTAINE DHI Correspondent sports@times bulletin.com


VARSITY OTTOVILLE (43) Rachel Turnwald 4-3-12, Taylor Mangas 1-1-3, Nicole Vorst 3-5-11, Tonya Kaufman 1-0-3, Kendra Eickholt 0-0-0, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0, Rachel Beining 1-2-4, Abby Siefker 2-6-10. Totals 10-2-17/23-43. OTTAWA-GLANDORF (26) Danielle Okuly 0-0-0, Michelle Maag 0-0-0, Dani Ellerbrock 0-2-2, Elissa Ellerbrock 4-1-9, Kristen Miller 2-3-7, Anna Bellman 2-0-4, Erin Basinger 0-00, Danielle Schroeder 0-0-0, Stephanie Hempfling 0-2-2, Jill Rosselit 1-0-2, Kialee Koch 0-0-0. Totals 9-0-8/12-26. Score by Quarters: Ottoville 10 8 11 14 - 43 Ott.-Glan. 3 1 10 12 - 26 Three-point goals: Ottoville, Turnwald, Kaufman; Ottawa-Glandorf, none. JUNIOR VARSITY OTTOVILLE (20) Dana Eickholt 0-0-0, Chelsey Boecker 0-0-0, Madalyn Herman 0-00, Alexa Marlow 0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 1-1-4, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 2-0-4, Carly Kortokrax 0-0-0, Lexi Wannemacher 4-0-8, Lindsey Wannemacher 2-0-4, Monica Sarka 0-0-0. Totals 8-1-1/7-20. OTTAWA-GLANDORF (28) Madison Stechschulte 3-2-8, Megan Scheckelhoff 3-1-7, Jessica Wehri 3-17, Alex Verhoff 0-0-0, Maci Zeh 0-0-0, Grace Warnecke 2-0-4, Kianna Siefker 0-0-0, Erin Basinger 0-2-2. Totals 11-06/10-28. Score by Quarters: Ottoville 4 2 5 9 - 20 Ott.-Glan. 8 8 3 9 - 28 Three-point goals: Ottoville, Von Sossan; Ottawa-Glandorf, none.

Alyssa Schimmoeller (5) and Cassie Lindeman (2) picked up the other Musketeer markers as the orange and black took a 53-39 advantage into the final quarter. Wayne Trace never got the deficit under double figures in the fourth quarter as the Musketeers cruised to the victory. Krystal Wannemacher scored 11 points to pace the Lady Raiders with Egnor adding 10 and Shayna Temple chipping in nine. Temple, Erin Mohr and Wannemacher all had six rebounds while Temple also recorded four steals. Brenda Feasby picked up three steals as well. Schroeder scored a game high 27 points for the Musketeers, while German chipped in 15 and Kehres recorded 13. Kehres and German also grabbed 10 and nine boards, respectively, for Fort Jennings. Schroeder dished out four assists and had seven steals. Fort Jennings won the


from the outside. Once they got the momentum going, we were never able to get that turned around.” The loss drops the Lady VAN WERT – The Van Wildcats to 3-6 on the seaWert Lady Cougars son. hosted the Jefferson For Jefferson, Lady Wildcats Stockwell led all Saturday night in scorers in the game non-conference with 14 points and action. was the only Lady The Lady Wildcat in double Cougars used big figures. Jefferson second and third struggled from quarters to defeat the field, shooting the Lady Wildcats 11-for-34 (32%) 60-40. and not making any Stockwell Both teams start3s, but hit 15-of-21 ed off hot in the at the line for 71.4 first quarter. The biggest lead percent. of the quarter belonged to The victory moves Van Van Wert when sophomore Wert’s record to 3-6 on the Erin Morrow hit a 3 to put year. Van Wert up 13-10 “Defensively, with just over three we didn’t play minutes to play in very well in the the first quarter. On first quarter, but the following poswe had been strugsessions, Rileigh gling so much Stockwell hit four offensively I was out of five free just pleased to throws to give Jefferson a get going offensively,” 15-13 lead. Van Wert battled said Van Wert coach Lance back at the end of the quarter Moonshower. “We really to take an 18-17 lead on a needed a win. We have been basket by Kaitlynn Hall. struggling a little bit to The Lady Cougars gave get over the hump and offenthemselves some breathing sively we looked a lot better room in the second quarter, tonight. After that first quarstarting the quarter on a 7-0 ter, I thought defensively run. Morrow started the scor- we looked pretty good.” ing with a jump shot and Hoffman also spoke Emilie Moonshower followed about some of the key with a 3-pointer and two free players the Lady Wildcats throws to push the lead to lost in the game due to inju25-17. ries. Delphos fought back to “We lost (Brooke) Culp, get within five on a bas- who is a major part of our ket by Jasmine McDougall scoring,” he added. “Then and a free throw by Gabby we lost some of our depth Pimpas. With the score 25-20 when (Brooke) Hesseling with just over three minutes went down because she is left in the half, Van Wert usually our first guard off went on another run to end the bench. They have a nice the quarter. This time, the team, though, and when they Lady Cougars outscored the are on, they are tough to stop, Lady Wildcats 10-1. Hall had so you have to give them five points during the run, credit.” while Claire Butler added a Jefferson is in the basket and Morrow two free Parkway/Chatt Insurance throws. The big run gave Van Holiday Tournament starting Wert the 34-22 lead at half- 3 p.m. Friday. Van Wert hosts time. Lancaster 1 p.m. Thursday. The teams both scored VARSITY six points apiece to begin JEFFERSON (40) the third quarter but Van 2s-3s-FTs-Points Heather Pohlman 0-0-0-0, Wert went on another run to end the quarter. With Brooke Culp 1-0-0-2, Katie Goergens 2-0-0-4, Rileigh Stockwell 4-0-6the score 41-28, the Lady 14, Hannah Sensibaugh 1-1-2-7, Cougars scored the final Gabrielle Pimpas 1-0-2-4, Shelby 0-0-0-0, Makayla Binkley seven points, all by Alexis Koenig Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2-4. 1-0-3-5, Dowdy, putting Van Wert up Totals 11-1-15/21-40. VAN WERT (60) by 20 heading to the final P. Jones 0-0-0-0, Kaitlynn Hall period. 1-1-2-7, H. Hulbert 0-0-0-0, Livia The teams played an equal Butler 0-0-0-0, Emilie Moonshower final period, both scoring 12 0-3-0-9, Alexa Dunlap 3-0-1-7, Claire Erin points, leaving the final score Butler 3-0-3-9, C. Handy 0-0-0-0, 3-1Morrow 1-2-4-12, Alexis Dowdy 60-40 in favor of the Lady 4-13, Jenna Weigle 0-0-3-3. Totals 11-7-17/25-60. Cougars. Dowdy led the way for Van Score by Quarters: Wert with 13 points. Morrow Jefferson 17 5 6 12 - 40 and Moonshower both hit Van Wert 18 16 14 12 - 60 double digits as well, scoring ----JUNIOR VARSITY 12 and 11 points, respectiveJEFFERSON (36) ly. The Lady Cougars shot Taylor Stroh 1-0-1-3, Heather well from the field, hitting Pohlman 0-0-3-3, Lindsay Deuel on 18-of-36 (50%) of their 0-0-0-0, Brooke Gallmeier 0-0-0-0, field goal attempts, includ- Shelby Koenig 5-0-3-13, Tori Black 2-0-0-4, Jessica Pimpas 0-0-1-1, ing going 7-of-13 (53%) from Bailey Gorman 3-0-6-12. Totals 11-015/27-36. beyond the arc. VAN WERT (34) “We got off to a really L. Ayers 0-1-0-3, C. Burgos 0-0-0good first quarter. We 0, R. Jones 7-1-4-21, P. Eutsler 0-00-0, M. Magowan 0-0-0-0, K. Dotson attacked the basket, made a A. few things happen and played 1-0-0-2, D. Grothause 0-0-0-0, H. Moreland 0-0-0-0, E. Bair 4-0-0-8, pretty well,” said Jefferson Walker 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-2-4/6-34. coach David Hoffman. “Then Score by Quarters: we got down and went to a Jefferson 6 8 7 15 - 36 8 9 - 34 zone and they started hitting Van Wert 9 8

battle of the boards 42-32 and Wayne Trace had more turnovers, 31-22. The Raiders were 20-of-43 from the field (46%) compared to the Musketeers’ 21-of-60 (35%). The orange and black was 18-of-32 at the charity stripe (56%) and the Raiders made 7-of-17 (41%). In the junior varsity contest, Wayne Trace moved to 6-2 on the season with a 44-35 win over the Musketeers. Sylvia Young bucketed 16 points to lead the Raiders to go along with seven rebounds. Brooke Wilcox chipped in seven markers and six rebounds for the red, white and blue. The Lady Musketeers visit McComb Thursday. The Lady Raiders are off until January 4 when they host Fairview in Green Meadows Conference action.

WAYNE TRACE (51) Krystal Wannemacher 3-1-2-11, Rylee Hartman 2-0-0-4, Erin Mohr 2-00-4, Shayna Temple 3-1-0-9, Karena Ebnor 0-2-4-10, Brenda Feasby 2-01-5, Taylor Grent 1-0-0-2, Madi Young 1-0-0-2, Tanya Sinn 2-0-0-4. Totals 16-4-7/17-51. FORT JENNINGS (66)

Commodores sink Musketeers FORT JENNINGS — The 1-2 tandem of Jared Poling and Bruce Hodges led Perry to a 67-57 non-league boys hardwood triumph Saturday night at The Fort. Poling his six 3s en route to his 27 points and Hodges added 21. Emanuel Luster tacked on 10. Senior Brandon Kohli led the Musketeers with 20 points and 10 boards, classmate Kurt Warnecke added 12 markers and sophomore Connor Wallenhorst 10 (6 assists). Fort Jennings hosts Lincolnview 6 p.m. Friday.
PERRY (67) Sanders 0-0-0-0, Emanuel Luster 5-0-0-10, Jared Poling 2-6-5-27, Bruce Hodges 6-1-6-21, Smith 3-00-6, Daniel 0-0-0-0, Johnson 1-0-1-3, Godfrey 0-0-0-0. Totals 17/36-7/1312/21-67.

Alyssa Schimmoeller 1-1-0-5, Macy Schroeder 3-5-6-27, Cassie Lindeman 1-0-0-2, Gabbi German 6-0-3-15, Erin Osting 2-0-0-4, Emily Kehres 2-0-9-13. Totals 15-6-18/3266. Score by Quarters: Wayne Trace 8 19 12 12 - 51 Ft. Jennings 10 17 26 13 - 66 -----

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Bengals in playoffs after 13-10 win over Steelers
By WILL GRAVES The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Marvin Lewis raised his hand, wiped his brow and let out a “whoo.” There used to be a time when the Cincinnati Bengals coach would make a bad decision and his team would lose. Only that doesn’t happen anymore. Not with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green changing the Bengals’ woeful history one gut-check victory at a time. The second-year quarterback and wide receiver connected for a 21-yard completion in the final seconds, setting up Josh Brown’s game-winning 43-yard field goal in a 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday to send the Bengals back to the playoffs. “Obviously, we know the history is that we haven’t been (in the postseason) two years in a row for the last 30 years,” Dalton said. “But since I have been here, I haven’t known that. My class — me, A.J., some of these other guys — we come in and expect to go to the playoffs.” A place the Bengals (9-6) are heading to once again after another late-game gaffe by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger tossed an interception on the second play of overtime a week ago in a loss to Dallas. This time, his pass to Mike Wallace sailed high and Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson returned it to the Pittsburgh 46. Two plays later, Cincinnati clinched a wild-card berth while the Steelers (7-8) saw their postseason hopes disappear after losing for the fifth time in six games. Roethlisberger’s mistake helped the Bengals bail out their coach, who allowed Brown to attempt a 56-yard field goal in the swirling Heinz Field winds with 3:18 to go. The kick never had a chance and gave the Steelers a chance to put together a potential game-winning drive. Looking back, Lewis admits he probably made the wrong choice. Just not on his team, which is heading to the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-82, six years before Green was born. Shredding the label as erratic — and sometimes comical — losers one improbable victory at a time, the Bengals, their precocious duo of Green and Dalton and their quickly improving defense have Cincinnati in uncharted territory. The Bengals have been around since 1968. This is the first time they’ll make the postseason in two straight non-strike years. Dalton completed 24-of-41 for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals, which snapped a 5-game losing streak to Pittsburgh. Green caught 10 passes for 116 yards and Cincinnati’s defense never let the Steelers get comfortable, sacking Roethlisberger four times and allowing Pittsburgh to complete just 2-of-14 third downs. “Not our day and thus, not our year,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. “Just not enough significant plays at the moments. Sounds like a broken record but reality as we sit here.” Pittsburgh did a decent job of keeping Dalton and Green in check, posting season highs with three turnovers and six sacks. The Bengals couldn’t run the ball at all, managing just 14 yards against the NFL’s top defense. Still, it wasn’t enough for the Steelers, turning a season that looked so promising before Election Day into a muddled mess. Instead of making playoff plans, the team that was 6-3 on Nov. 4 needs a win next week against Cleveland to avoid the first losing season in Tomlin’s 6-year tenure.

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REDSKINS 27, EAGLES 20 PHILADELPHIA — Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years. Griffin threw a pair of TD passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their sixth straight win. Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the Washington 5 before his intentional grounding penalty ended the game. The Redskins (9-6) can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday. They haven’t won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007. A loss and they still have a chance at a wild-card playoff spot. Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles (4-11) fell short in what could’ve been Andy Reid’s last game coaching the team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year. SAINTS 34, COWBOYS 31, OT ARLINGTON, Texas — Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime and New Orleans damaged Dallas’ playoff hopes. Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and led a drive to the winning kick. The Saints lucked out before the winning kick when a fumble by Marques Colston rolled forward about 20 yards to the Dallas 2. Jimmy Graham recovered. The Cowboys lost despite rallying for two touchdowns in the final 3:35 of regulation. Tony Romo, who threw for 416 yards and four scores, hit Miles Austin for the tying touchdown with 15 seconds left in regulation. The playoff hopes for the Saints (7-8) ended with Minnesota’s win against Houston. COLTS 20, CHIEFS 13 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-season rookie record and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the fourth quarter put Indianapolis in the playoffs. Luck surpassed Cam Newton’s year-old record of 4,051 yards passing by a rookie in the second quarter and then came through in the closing minutes. He marched Indy to the Chiefs’ 7, then found Wayne in the back of the end zone on third-and-goal for the go-ahead score. It was the seventh time Luck has rallied his team to victory in the fourth quarter. Darius Butler returned an interception 32 yards for a TD in helping the Colts (10-5) join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only NFL teams to win at least 10 games after losing 14 or more the previous season. VIKINGS 23, TEXANS 6 HOUSTON — Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling short of the 2,000-yard mark, yet helping Minnesota keep its playoff hopes alive. Christian Ponder threw a touchdown pass, Toby Gerhart added a score and Blair Walsh kicked three field goals. The loss kept the Texans (12-3) from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Peterson had his lowest rushing total since getting 79 yards on Oct. 14 in a loss at Washington. He has 1,898 this season and needs 208 yards to break the NFL single-season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson. RAVENS 33, GIANTS 14 BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as Baltimore won the AFC North. The Ravens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime and cruised to the finish behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limited New York (8-7) to 186 yards. Baltimore scored TDs on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards — including 289 in the first half alone. The victory ended a three-game skid for the Ravens and assured them of a home playoff game in the first weekend of January. The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) can’t win the NFC East but still have a chance to make the playoffs as a wild card. BRONCOS 34, BROWNS 12 DENVER — Denver won its 10th straight game as Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for the 72nd time of his career. Denver (12-3) pulled into a tie for first place in the AFC with Houston, which fell 23-6 to the Vikings. Manning finished with 339 yards on 30-for-43 passing. Von Miller was in on two sacks for the Broncos, the second of which knocked Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden out of the game with a right shoulder injury. If Denver defeats Kansas City at

home next week and Houston loses at Indianapolis, the Broncos would be the AFC’s top seed. SEAHAWKS 42, 49ERS 13 SEATTLE — Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to move into second place for TD passes by a rookie, Marshawn Lynch scored twice and led by their rocking crowd, Seattle clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs with a rout of San Francisco. Wilson threw TDs to Lynch, Anthony McCoy and two in the second half to Doug Baldwin to give him 25 for the season, one shy of Peyton Manning’s record of 26. Lynch added 111 yards rushing and a 24-yard TD run on Seattle’s opening drive that set the tone. Richard Sherman returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown and added an interception for the Seahawks (10-5). Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (10-4-1) struggled with the deafening noise echoing around CenturyLink Field, making for a miserable 49th birthday for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. BEARS 28, CARDINALS 13 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chicago’s defense scored two touchdowns to keep the Bears’ playoff hopes alive. Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score, the third pick he’s brought back for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall by Chicago, one shy of the NFL record. Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another Bears score. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 68 yards and a TD, breaking the Bears franchise record for yards receiving in a season in the process. Chicago (9-6) snapped a 3-game losing streak and won for the second time in seven tries. The Cardinals (5-10) lost for the 10th time in 11 games. PACKERS 55, TITANS 7 GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Ryan Grant scored twice and Randall Cobb set a single-season franchise record for net yardage. The Packers (11-4) moved up to the No. 2 seed with Seattle’s victory over San Francisco. Green Bay finishes the regular season next Sunday at Minnesota; a victory would give the Packers a first-round bye. It was the first time the Packers have scored more than 50 points since 2005. Jake Locker was sacked seven times and picked off twice. PATRTIOTS 23, JAGUARS 16 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tom Brady overcame a rough start by throwing two touchdown passes for playoff-bound New England. Brady threw two interceptions in the first quarter, the second helping the Jaguars (2-13) build a 10-0 lead. But the Jaguars faded in the third quarter for the fourth consecutive week, lost for the 11th time in the last 12 games and set a franchise record for losses in a season. Brady hooked up with Wes Welker for a 2-yard score on the second play of the fourth quarter, putting the Patriots (11-4) ahead 23-13. CHARGERS 27, JETS 17 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining the quarterback’s first NFL start, and Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes for the Chargers. McElroy, the third-stringer who was starting for the benched Mark Sanchez, moved the offense for the Jets (6-9) early but faced pressure all game. With a chance to get New York back into it with less than 5 minutes remaining, McElroy was sacked by Shaun Phillips and lost the ball. Phillips recovered and San Diego (6-9) sealed the win. Rivers had touchdown tosses of 37 yards to Danario Alexander and 34 yards to Antonio Gates. PANTHERS 17, RAIDERS 6 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score as Carolina won for the fourth time in its last five games. The Panthers (6-9) held the Raiders to 189 total yards and 12 first downs in a game featuring several shoving matches, plenty of heated exchanges and six unnecessary roughness penalties — including one that sidelined Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer for the day. Even Newton drew a flag after bumping an official with his chest for what he perceived as the latest in a series of late hits by Raiders defenders but was not ejected. The Panthers built a 14-3 lead at halftime. Newton accounted for 231 of the 271 yards. RAMS 28, BUCCANEERS 13 TAMPA, Fla. — Sam Bradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes and rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored his fourth TD of the season. Bradford connected with Lance Kendricks on an 80-yard scoring play on the first play of the third quarter. The Rams (7-7-1) intercepted Josh Freeman four times, turning three of the turnovers into TDs, including Jenkins’ pick and 41-yard return early in the second quarter. Steven Jackson rushed for 81 yards and one TD, moving within 10 yards of reaching 1,000 for the eighth consecutive season for the Rams. Tampa Bay fell to 6-9 after its fifth straight loss. DOLPHINS 24, BILLS 10 MIAMI — Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run for Miami. Six minutes after they won, the Dolphins (7-8) were eliminated from playoff contention when Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh. The Bills (5-10) came into the game assured of missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year. Bush’s first TD catches of the season covered 17 and 12 yards.

Dixie tops 10-team Sielski Memorial COLDWATER — Dixiei was the top team in the 2012 Coldwater Sielski Memorial Wrestling Invitational held Saturday in the Palace at Coldwater. Dixie went 5-0, while the host Cavaliers and St. Marys went 4-1; Celina and Tinora 3-2; Spencerville and Edgerton 2-3; Lincolnview and Elida 1-4; and Parkway 0-5. Elida is in the Tiffin Columbian Classic 10 a.m. Friday, while Spencerville is in the LCC Holiday Invitational 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Lincolnview heads to the Toledo St. John’s Jesuit Invitational at 10 a.m.
Coldwater Sielski Memorial Wrestling Invitational Final Results: Dixie 5-0, St. Marys 4-1, Coldwater 4-1, Celina 3-2, Tinora 3-2, Edgerton 2-3, Spencerville 2-3, Elida 1-4, Lincolnview 1-4, Parkway 0-5. Pool Matches Round 1: Coldwater 84, Parkway 0; Dixie 65, Lincolnview 4; Celina 43, Spencerville 28; Tinora 53, Elida 24. Round 2: St. Marys 63, Elida 18; Celina 39, Edgerton 37; Dixie 57, Spencerville 12; Coldwater 49, Tinora 24. Round 3: Coldwater 56, Elida 22; Dixie 52, Celina 24; Edgerton 48, Lincolnview 23; St. Marys 84, Parkway 0. Round 4: Tinora 77, Parkway 0; Spencerville 45, Lincolnview 24; Dixie 57, Edgerton 14; St. Marys 46, Coldwater 25. Round 5: Elida 64, Parkway 6; Celina 56, Lincolnview 22; Edgerton 48, Spencerville 30; St. Marys 48, Tinora 19. Matchup Round: 9th/10th Lincolnview 12, Parkway 0 (voids for both teams); 7th/8th - Spencerville 48, Elida 30; 5th/6th - Tinora 56, Edgerton 22; 3rd/4th - Coldwater 40, Celina 27; 1st/2nd - Dixie 33, St. Marys 31. Undefeated Wrestlers (5-0): 106: Gabe Santa-Rita – Edgerton, Blaine Hunter - Elida; 113: Garrett Hower – St. Marys; 120: Tyler Tebbe - Coldwater; 126: Peyton Hamrick – Celina; 132: Travis Wright - Dixie, Nick Pauff Elida; 138: Jared VanVleet - Edgerton; 145: Matt Buxton - Dixie; 152: Cory Guingrich – Celina, Daniel Marshall Tinora; 160: Cole Vencill - Dixie, Aarron Urivez - Tinora; 170: Brent Collett – Coldwater, Alex Vencill - Dixie; 182: Jacob Campbell - Dixie, Tyler Smith - Elida; 195: Neil Perry – St. Marys; 220: Justin Post – Coldwater, Jake Bellows - Spencerville; 285: Hunter Overholtz - Dixie. 100th Career Win: Nick Pauff Elida, Skylar Muehlfeld – Edgerton. -----

FORT JENNINGS (57) Nick Von Sossan 0-3-0-9, Connor Wallenhorst 3-1-1-10, Josh Wittler 1-00-2, Austin Kehres 2-0-0-4, Nathan German 0-0-0-0, Kurt Warnecke 2-22-12, Brandon Kohli 7-1-3-20. Totals 15/32-7/20-6/11-57. Score by Quarters: Perry 20 24 6 17 - 67 Ft. Jennings 15 9 20 13 - 57 Rebounds: Perry 27, Fort Jennings 28. Turnovers: Perry 9, Fort Jennings 13. JV score: 45-29 (FJ). ------

Bulldog boys rout Coldwater ELIDA — Dakota Mathias led three Elida players in double digits with 20 points in a 62-38 victory over Coldwater in non-league boys basketball Saturday night at the Elida Fieldhouse. Mathias added 10 boards for a double-double. Ebin Stratton added 13 and Austin Allemeier 11. Austin Bruns netted 18 for the Cavaliers. Elida hosts Lima Senior 6 p.m. Friday.

-----Lady Knights top Kalida in 47-37 nailbiter By JIM COX

COLDWATER (38) Austin Bruns 4-7-18, Derek Thobe 3-1-7, Mitch Heyne 2-0-6, Adam Klosterman 1-0-3, Mitch Schoenherr 1-0-2, Caleb Siefring 1-0-2, Brody Hoying 0-0-0, Chase Bruggeman 0-00. Totals 5/19-7/26-7/10-38. ELIDA (62) Dakota Mathias 20, Ebin Stratton 13, Austin Allemeier 11, David Diller 8, Aric Thompson 5, Max Stambaugh 3, Marquevious Wilson 2, Dominic Painter 0, Trent Long 0, Clark Etzler 0. Totals 14/24-8/22-10/11-62. Score by Quarters: Coldwater 15 12 6 5 - 38 Elida 17 21 16 8 - 62 Three-point goals: Coldwater 7 (Bruns 4, Heyne 2, Klosterman), Elida 8 (Allemeier 3, Mathias 2, Diller 2, Stambaugh). Shooting Percentages (FGs-FTs): Coldwater 26.7%/70%, Elida 47.8%/90.9%. Rebounds: Coldwater 19/5 off. (Bruns 8), Elida 35/9 off. (Mathias 10). Assists: Coldwater 6 (Thobe 2), Elida 7 (Stratton 3). Steals: Coldwater 2 (Heyne/Siefring 1), Elida 5 (Stratton 2). Blocks: Coldwater 3 (Schoenherr 2), Elida 5 (Stratton/Thompson 2). Turnovers: Coldwater 5, Elida 4. Fouls: Coldwater 13, Elida 9. Points in the paint: Coldwater 8, Elida 24. Bench Points: Coldwater 5, Elida 10. JV score: Elida 54, Coldwater 53.

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CONVOY - Two of the best Division IV teams in the area clashed here Saturday afternoon and the game lived up to the hype. Crestview outscored Kalida 14-3 in the last 5:41 to escape with a 47-37 win. The Lady Knights are now 8-1. The LadyCats are 6-2. Kalida took its first and only lead, 34-33, on a 3-pointer from the right wing by Nicole Recker with 5:50 remaining in the game. That lead lasted exactly nine seconds, however, as Crestview’s Lindsey Motycka hit a spinning layup to regain the lead, 35-34. Two Kalida turnovers and a missed Knight free throw later, Crestview’s Kirstin Hicks muscled in a layup off a Mackenzie Riggenbach assist -- 37-34. The LadyCats misfired and Riggenbach scored on a breakaway. LadyCat Jackie Gardner kept it exciting with a 10-foot pull-up jumper -- 39-36 at 2:20. Kennis Mercer then hit nothing but net on the biggest shot of the game, a trey from the left corner -- 42-36 at 1:57.

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Kalida (37) Gardner 4 1-2 9, Nicole Recker 3 0-0 7, Smith 2 9-10 14, Holtkamp 2 0-0 4, Turnwald 0 0-0 0, Osterhage 1 0-0 3, Kiersten Recker 0 0-0 0, Honigfort 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 10-12 37. Crestview (47) Mercer 3 0-0 8, Riggenbach 5 3-5 14, Bauer 1 2-3 4, Motycka 5 5-8 15, Hicks 1 2-2 4, Crowle 0 0-0 0, Henry 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 12-18 47.

Kalida missed on its next two possessions. Crestview missed a front end between the two Kalida misfires but at 1:10 Hicks hit both ends of her 1-and-1 to up the margin to eight. Amy Smith, Kalida’s deadeye free-throw shooter (9-of-10 in the game), hit the first of two freebies to give the ’Cats slim hope, 44-37 at 0:49, but Riggenbach then hit three out of four free throws to wrap it up. The fourth quarter featured a Crestview anomaly — a zone defense at crunch time, necessitated by Kalida’s constant ability to penetrate the Knights’ usually airtight manto-man. “We hadn’t even gone over any zone yet, not even in practice,” said Crestview coach Greg Rickard. “I think we’re still good enough to play man but we were having trouble today. They are very quick. The girls did a pretty good job. It slowed ‘em down a little bit, took some time off the clock. You know when you play zone, you’ll give up some perimeter shots, but they were getting easy twos, so you might as well make ‘em hit some tough threes.” The game started with a 6-0 Crestview run (10-foot turnaround jumper by Emily Bauer, two Bauer free throws and a spinning Motycka layup off a Mercer assist) but Smith came back with four straight charity tosses to make it 6-4. Both fouls were on Bauer, who sat down after only 3:25 and didn’t return until the second half. It was 17-11, Crestview, after one period, thanks largely to the home team’s 6-for-9 field goal shooting, but the Knights didn’t find points that easy to come by afterwards. “We rely on our defense quite a bit -- we try to create turnovers and get some easy baskets,” said Kalida coach Adam Huber. “Unfortunately, we didn’t guard very well in the first quarter, gave up a lot of points — 17. Then the rest of the game, we dug down and guarded the way we’re capable of. We were kinda climbing uphill all the way. You have to credit them, though; they do such a good job, disciplinewise, running sets, getting the shots they wanna get.” The second period was an ugly one offensively, Crestview winning it 7-6. Kalida shot only 2-for-13 from the field. Crestview was still shooting well -- 3-for-6 -- but struggled with turnovers (7) during those eight minutes. Kalida trailed 24-17 at the half but came on strong in the third stanza. The LadyCats started that quarter on a 6-1 run (Gardner layup, two Smith free throws, another Gardner layup) to get within 25-23. At 27-25, Motycka got a breakaway layup and split two pairs of free throws to lead 31-25 but Smith scored the last four points of the period -- two free throws and a 10-foot banker from straight out -- 31-29 after three. To start the final period, Recker fired a 10-foot angle shot that bounced high off the rim and dropped through to tie the game for the first time, 31-31. Mercer trumped that, however, with a 12-foot baseliner via a Motycka assist to set the stage for the ending. “I told the girls we did a good job of staying composed when they took the lead (in the fourth quarter),” said Rickard. “We came down and scored right away. It was good to see how we responded after we gave up a nice lead. You’re gonna have some close games down the road, so it’s good to see how you respond.” Stat-wise, it was better field goal shooting by the Knights that accounted for the win, Crestview firing away at an impressive 50 percent clip (16of-32) compared to Kalida’s icy 29 percent (12-of-42). Crestview shot 67 percent (12of-18) from the line, Kalida 83 percent (10-of-12), although it was Smith who accounted for all but two of Kalida’s attempts. Crestview had a 23-15 edge on the boards and committed one less turnover, 13-14. Motycka and Riggenbach led Crestview scoring with 15 and 14, while Mercer chipped in with 8. Smith and Gardner had 14 and 9 for Kalida. The Kalida jayvees are now 7-1 after posting a 40-25 win. Allison Recker led the LadyCat scoring with 12. Brady Guest, Claire Zaleski and Courtney Grote had 7, 6 and 6 for Crestview (5-3). Crestview plays at Hicksville for a varsity-only contest Thursday (7 p.m.), while Kalida visits Minster 1 p.m. Saturday.

Titans dispatch Kalida boys OTTAWA — OttawaGlandorf’s boys basketball team got off to a 17-9 first-period lead en route to a 68-47 non-league victory over Kalida on The Supreme Court inside the Robert Hermiller Gymnasium. T.J. Metzger went wild, knocking down nine triples in his 33-point outburst, while Jaylen Von Sossan added 12. OG hit 15 triples. Cody Mathew led Kalida with 19, with five treys of his own, while Austin Horstman had 13 and Devin Kortokrax 10. O-G visits Columbus Grove 6 p.m. Thursday, while Kalida is at Ada Friday.

Score by quarters: Kalida 11 6 12 8 - 37 Crestview 17 7 7 16 - 47 Three-point field goals: Kalida 3 (Recker, Smith, Osterhage), Crestview 3 (Mercer 2, Riggenbach). ----

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KALIDA (47) Cody Mathew 1-5-2-19, Adam Langhals 0-1-0-3, Devin Kortokrax 4-0-2-10, Randy Zeller 0-0-0-0, Cole Miller 0-0-1-1, Joe Gerdeman 0-0-11, Austin Horstman 5-0-3-13. Totals 10-6-9/15-47. OTTAWA-GLANDORF (68) Eric Beckman 1-1-0-5, Matthew Kaufman 2-0-5-9, Alex Westrick 0-00-0, Jaylen Von Sossan 0-4-0-12, Matias Trampe-Kindt 0-0-0-0, Alex Schroeder 0-1-0-3, Jacob Leopold 0-0-0-0, Michael Rosebrock 1-0-0-1, Caleb Siefker 0-0-0-0, Noah Bramlage 1-0-0-2, T.J. Metzger 2-9-2-33, Cody Alt 1-0-0-2. Totals 8-15-7/10-68. Score by Quarters: Kalida 9 13 3 22 - 47 Ott.-Glan. 17 18 13 20 - 68 JV score: O-G won. -----

HAMLER — The Columbus Grove Bulldogs boys basketball team got an early Christmas gift on Saturday evening. The Bulldogs had been on a 3-game losing streak and were trying to make their Christmas a bit merrier as they took on the Patrick Henry Patriots on the road. After the hosts scored the first point of the game and led 8-7 after the first period, the Bulldogs went to work on the low post, scoring all of their 16 second-quarter markers from deep inside the paint to pull away and “wrap” up a 54-31 victory, snapping that skid. Will Vorhees tallied half of his game-high 16 points from under the basket; Jayce Darbyshire added 10 markers in the win. Patriots got their first point from the line 15 ticks into the game. They would lead 9-8 after the first; however, the Bulldogs scored the first basket of the second frame also 15 seconds in and never trailed again. Columbus Grove attacked the low post, scoring eight baskets from under the hoop in the second period. Vorhees tallied back-to-back baskets, while Clay Diller and Darbyshire came up with midcourt takeaways that they took for easy layups, expanding the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-10. Derek Rieman used a reverse layup to stretch the advantage to 19-11 with 2:41 to go before the break. The guests outscored the Patriots 16-5 in the frame, allowing just one basket from the field and ending the second eight minutes of play on consecutive baskets by Riley Brubaker (6 markers) and Darbyshire, the latter hitting on yet another hoop from under the bucket with just five ticks left on the clock in gaining the ’Dogs a 23-13 lead at the half. The second half brought more of the same with Brubaker stealing the inbound pass, taking it to the hoop for an easy layup. Grove continued to dominate from the inside but decided to take advantage of their outside game as well with Collin Grothaus (8 points) nailing a pair of shots from long range on consecutive trips down the floor; the second stretched the advantage to 35-13 with just under three minutes to go in the period. Joey Warnecke got in on the low-post act for the Bulldogs, drawing a foul and completing the and-1, wrapping up a 19-4 run for the visiting team and sending Grove to a 42-17 lead going into the final canto. The Grove defense seemed to be everywhere on the floor, finding the defensive boards as well as the passing lanes. Just as they did to start the third, the Bulldogs got a quick steal to begin the fourth with Brubaker getting a breakaway steal and hoop less than a minute in. Darbyshire followed that up with a steal on the Pats’ next trip down the hardwood, leading to a 50-21 lead. The pattern continued on the next trip, with Brubaker the recipient of the steal and bucket as Patrick Henry had no answers for the ‘Dogs’ quickness. Grove hosts OttawaGlandorf Thursday.
Columbus Grove (54) Darbyshire 4-2-10, Grothaus 3-0-8, Brubaker 3-0-6, Diller 2-1-3, Vorhees 6-4-16, Rieman 3-1-7, Warnecke 2-13, Bogart 0-1-1. Totals 23-10-54. Patrick Henry (31) Wagener 2-2-7, Jones 3-1-8, Nafzinger 4-4-12, Norden 1-0-2, J. Carrizales 1-0-2. Totals 11-7-31. Score by Quarters: Col. Grove 7 16 19 12 - 54 Pat. Henry 8 5 4 14 - 31

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012 Getting what you want in the year ahead isn’t likely to be one of your problems, but how you handle what you receive could become quite an issue. Know the difference between being careful and being greedy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- This might not be a good day to rely on anybody to toe the line in a get-together. Everybody is relaxing, and a few people could let their hair down in ways you may not like. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Although you’ll have plenty of justification for feeling lucky, remember that good fortune does have its limitations. Don’t press yours too far, especially in iffy situations. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- If you’re planning a get-together, double-check your guest list to make sure you haven’t forgotten anybody. You’ll feel terrible if you leave out a certain someone. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Heed your own conscience and don’t let someone who is rather emotional dissuade you from doing what your common sense dictates. 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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You’ll be relying on logic and experience quite a bit, so although fanciful thinking could make you feel joyful, you won’t let it get out of hand. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Be extra careful if you are forced to share some time with someone who has a questionable reputation. There could be plenty of good reasons for the bad odor. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Don’t forsake an old pal who gets out of line. This might be one of the times to turn the other cheek. Sometimes, maintaining a friendship is more important than momentary lapses. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2012 Friends are likely to play small but important roles in both your personal and work-related affairs in the year ahead. Your chums might allow you to realize a number of things that couldn’t be achieved otherwise. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t take anything for granted where your work or career is concerned. Chances are, what you believe to be a sure thing might not turn out like you anticipate. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- If you’re down in the dumps for some reason, you could easily allow negative thinking to dominate your thoughts. Don’t predict gloomy results without justification. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Make it a point not to mix business with pleasure, especially when it comes to your friends. Even a project with someone whom you totally trust, things could still go wrong. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -It’ll be up to you to take measures to renegotiate a matter that isn’t all that you were told it would be. Unless you act, you’ll have to live with the dismal original terms. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Unless you are well organized and systematic, you’re likely to do a bum job on whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. You’ll need to fix what isn’t right. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Rewards can be had if you’re prepared to work for them. Conversely, if you gamble on things getting done without your help, you’ll be disappointed. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Don’t ignore your mate’s suggestions if you know they come from a knowledgeable place. It’ll be you who will be held accountable for the results. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Don’t give what you would like to do priority over any tasks given to you by your superiors. You’ll need to take your responsibilities seriously. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you are lax and wasteful in the management of your resources over the next few days, you could end up in a serious financial bind. Try to be more careful. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You can bank on others being peeved if you give them reason to believe that your personal interests are far more important than anything in which they’re involved. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -It’s important that you don’t believe everything you hear, because there’s likely to be someone who wants to set you up to be a purveyor of misinformation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Investigate thoroughly any undertaking that requires you to provide cash before getting involved. Not only does this include a social event, but any commercial affair as well.
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Subdued mood on the last holiday shopping weekend
BY MAE ANDERSON and ANNE D’INNOCENZIO The Associated Press ATLANTA — Christmas shoppers thronged malls and pounced on discounts but apparently spent less this year, their spirits dampened by concerns about the economy and the aftermath of shootings and storms. Talk about more than just the usual job worries to cloud the mood: Confidence among U.S. consumers dipped to its lowest point in December since July amid rising economic worries, according to a monthly index released Friday. Marshal Cohen, chief research analyst at NPD Inc., a market research firm with a network of analysts at shopping centers nationwide, estimates customer traffic over the weekend was in line with the same time a year ago, but that shoppers seem to be spending less. “There was this absence of joy for the holiday,” Cohen said. “There was no Christmas spirit. There have been just too many distractions.” Shoppers are increasingly worried about the “fiscal cliff” deadline — the possibility that a stalemate between Congress and the White House over the U.S. budget could trigger a series of tax increases and spending cuts starting Jan. 1 The recent Newtown, Conn., school shooting also dampened shoppers’ spirits atop the fall’s retail woes after Superstorm Sandy’s passage up the East Coast. The Northeast and MidAtlantic, which account for 24 percent of retail sales nationwide, were tripped up by Sandy when the enormous storm clobbered the region in late October, disrupting businesses and households for weeks. All that spelled glum news for retailers, which can make up to 40 percent of annual sales during November and December. They were counting on the last weekend before Christmas to make up for lost dollars earlier in the season. The Saturday before Christmas was expected to be the second biggest sales day behind the Friday after Thanksgiving. After a strong Black Friday weekend, the fourday weekend that starts on Thanksgiving, when sales rose 2.7 percent, the lull that usually follows has been even more pronounced. Sales fell 4.3 percent for the week ended Dec. 15, according to the latest figures from ShopperTrak, which counts foot traffic and its own proprietary sales numbers from 40,000 retail outlets across the country. On Wednesday, ShopperTrak cut its forecast for holiday spending down to 2.5 percent growth to $257.7 billion, from prior expectations of a 3.3 percent rise. Online, sales rose just 8.4 percent to $48 billion from Oct. 28 through Saturday, according to a measure by MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse. That is below the online sales growth of between 15 to 17 percent seen in the prior 18-month period, according to the data service, which tracks all spending across all forms of payment, including cash. At the malls, overall promotions were up 2 to 3 percent from last year heading into the pre-Christmas weekend, after being down 5 percent earlier in the season, according to Attempting to drum up enthusiasm, retailers have expanded hours and stepped up discounts.

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Santa Claus surprised patrons and employees of a local restaurant this week. Greeting “the Big Guy” are, from left, Kendra Eickholt, Margaret Merschman, Turtle Eickholt, Dana Eickholt, Bonnie Merschman and Sara Kuhlman.

Answers to Saturday’s questions: Fanny Sunesson carried Nick Faldo’s golf bag in 1970 when she became the first woman to caddy a golfer to victory in a major pro championship. She carried Faldo’s bag in four of his six major championships. She was also the first woman inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame in 2003. Funnyman Mel Brooks parodied the Cole Porter song “Begin the Beguine” into “When We Begin to Clean the Latrine” when he entertained U.S. troops during World War II. Today’s questions: Soil from what historic American site was spread on the Marquis de Lafayette’s grave in Paris? On which continent is the European Space Agency’s site located? Answers in Wednesday’s Herald. Merry Christmas in other languages: German - “Froehliche Weihnachten” Greek - “Kala Christouyenna” Hawaiian - “Mele Kalikimaka” Welsh - “Nadolig Llawen”

UN envoy worried after talks with Syria’s Assad
BY BEN HUBBARD The Associated Press BEIRUT — The international envoy to Syria said after talks with President Bashar Assad today that the situation in the country was still “worrying” and gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war. Lakhdar Brahimi said he and Assad exchanged views on the crisis and discussed possible steps forward, which he did not disclose. He spoke briefly to reporters after meeting the Syrian leader at the presidential palace in Damascus. “The situation in Syria is still worrying and we hope that all the parties will go toward the solution that the Syrian people are hoping for and look forward to,” Brahimi said. Syria’s state news agency quoted Assad as saying his government supports “any effort in the interest of the Syrian people which preserves the homeland’s sovereignty and independence.” Brahimi has apparently made little progress toward brokering an end to the conflict since starting his job in September, primarily because both sides adamantly refuse to talk to each other. The government describes the rebels as foreign-backed terrorists set on destroying the country. The opposition says that forces under Assad’s command have killed too many people for him to be part of any solution. Activists say more than 40,000 people have been killed since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011. Brahimi’s two-day visit was to end later today. It is his third to Damascus as an envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League.

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