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Schultz breaks middle school diving reco…

26-12-2014 Hits:219 Sports  - avatar Rob Zajac

Schultz breaks middle school diving record

Alaina Schultz, 8th grader at Port Clinton Middle School, broke the school record for diving in route to winning the Middle School Diving Championships Friday, December 19. Alaina starting diving last...

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Santa flies into the Erie Ottawa Interna…

24-12-2014 Hits:239 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Santa flies into the Erie Ottawa International Airport

On Sunday, December 21, boys and girls across the area gathered at Erie Ottawa International Airport to watch Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves fly in. After their arrival, Mr...

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Second Street renovation plans discussed…

23-12-2014 Hits:315 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Second Street renovation plans discussed at public meeting

On Wednesday, December 17, the City of Port Clinton and members of Poggemeyer Design Group held a public meeting discussing the Second Street reconstruction project. The project extends two blocks...

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Oak Harbor girls win first sectional title in 11 years

The fact that it was expected doesn’t make winning a sectional title any less enjoyable. Behind Andrea Cecil’s 28 points, Oak Harbor defeated Margaretta, 59-31, in the Division III Sectional Final last weekend at Port Clinton High School.

For the Rockets (19-4), it was their first sectional title in 11 years, a sign of how far they’ve come in the last few years. Last year, the team improved from 7-14 to 16-8 and won a game in the tournament before falling to Port Clinton, 52-45, in the sectional final. This season, Oak Harbor established itself with the area’s elite teams by going 18-4 and 11-3 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, good for a second-place tie with Port Clinton.

The Rockets, who defeated the Polar Bears, an SBC foe, both times in the regular season, controlled this one throughout as they slowly built a lead. Oak Harbor led, 16-9, after one quarter and 34-18 at halftime before outscoring Margaretta, 25-13, in the second half.

“I think our pressure defense was the difference,” said Oak Harbor head coach Tom Kontak. “We were in man-to-man and then went to our 1-3-1 trapping defense. We played a little bit of our 2-3 zone defense, too. What we tried to do (on offense) was give Andrea some space. And we wanted to give Maddy some a chance. We thought Maddy would have a quickness advantage. I think you have to give credit to Allie Kuhn, too. She hit a couple of big shots in the second quarter when Emma Barney was in foul trouble. I just wanted the kids to play in the moment and not worry (about anything else). The girls didn’t even know we were cutting down the nets. And I just want to say that I have the greatest group of coaches with me, Art Eli, Chris Rawski, Ralph Mills and Mark Boukissen. We’ve won five sectional titles in our eight years as a coaching staff together.”

On Thursday, the Rockets travel to Seneca East High School in Attica to face Bucyrus at 6:15 p.m. in the district semifinal. The winner will play either Bucyrus Wynford or Genoa in the district final on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Seneca East High School. 

“We have incredible respect for this opporunity,” Kontak said.

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Danbury girls edge Stritch to win sectional title

After losing to Oak Harbor on Feb. 3, the Danbury Lakers were in a bit of a funk. Sitting at 8-10 with injuries to three of their top players, Danbury could’ve easily folded and limped into the postseason. But instead, the Lakers rose to the occasion, winning six straight games, culminating with their 40-37 victory over Cardinal Stritch in the Division IV Sectional Final last weekend at Genoa High School.

Behind 21 points from Erin Lavelle, 16 of which came in the second half, Danbury, which split with the Cardinals during the regular season, raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led 8-2 heading into the second quarter.

The Lakers pushed the lead to 18-9 at halftime, but held just a slim 26-24 advantage after three quarters. In the final period, Stritch rallied to take the lead, holding a three-point advantage with3:30 to play before Lavelle took over and led her team to victory. Lavelle, who scored 12 of her team’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, scored a basket to cut the deficit to one and then converted on two free throws to give Danbury the lead for good and help them win their first sectional crown since 2008.

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Presale basketball tournament tickets available at Danbury

Presale tickets are available this week in the Danbury high school office for both boys and girls tournament games this week. The girls take on Carey at Gibsonburg Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold in the high school office until noon on Thursday.  

The boys take on the winner of Seneca East/St. Mary's game on Friday, Feb. 28, at Norwalk High school at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold until noon on Friday.

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