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Burn, Snowman, Burn!!

28-02-2015 Hits:1056 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Burn, Snowman, Burn!!

One of the Norman the Snowman creators, Lenny Kromer, raises his arms in the air and flames rise into the sky. On Saturday, February 28, the inaugural Burning Snowman Festival took...

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Matthews Boat Company presentation by Bo…

28-02-2015 Hits:397 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Matthews Boat Company presentation by Bob Reynolds

In 1890, Scott J. Matthews founded the Matthews Boat Company in Bascom, Ohio.  Fifteen years later, in 1900, Matthews designed and built a 70-foot yacht.  This vessel was capable of...

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PC Chamber award nominees announced

28-02-2015 Hits:233 Business  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

PC Chamber award nominees announced

  The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing the 2014 chamber award nominees. The nominees were selected by members of the Port Clinton Area Chamber and then narrowed down...

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Danbury 5 and 6 grade boys basketball team finishes winning season

Left to right, row 1:  James Peacock, Brady Lenthe, John Holzaephel & Kory Behrent; row 2: Coach Bob Meterko, Colton Klima, Kody Sieger, Logan Faulkner, Zayne Manning, Connor Gillum, Jarret Minton and Aiden Faulkner; not pictured: Everett Overmyer

The Danbury fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team went 6-0 during the regular season in the Firelands Area Basketball League, which included teams from Huron, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk St. Paul, Perkins, South Central and Western Reserve.  

The Lakers lost the league tournament championship game to South Central after defeating Monroeville and New London on Feb. 22. They are scheduled to participate in the Sandusky St. Mary's tournament March 1-2.

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Port Clinton girls finish season at 18-5

Tiffany Colston, who played her final game during her storied career at Port Clinton High School, drives and scores against Bowling Green.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Port Clinton girls basketball team, it happened a little sooner than expected. The Redskins fell, 68-48, to Bowling Green in a Division II Sectional Final last weekend, a difficult end to another fine season that saw Port Clinton finish with an 18-5 record.

Despite trailing just 30-27 at halftime, the ‘Skins saw the Bobcats pull away by outscoring them 25-16 in the third quarter.  Bowling Green (13-11) had four players finish in double figures, led by Tyanna Smith, who scored 23. Kendal Glandorff finished with 12 points and Livvy Dill and Hanna Williford had 10 points apiece. Tiffany Colston led Port Clinton with 18 points, Hannah Weaver chipped in with 14 and Emily Ashley finished with eight.

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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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