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This year has started on the upswing for Port Clinton. New businesses are moving into the downtown and people are starting to stop and take notice of Port Clinton. 

“In the past three or four months we have definitely had more interest from business owners wanting to move into the store fronts,” said program manager of Main Street Port Clinton and president of the Port Clinton Chamber Laura Schlachter.

Schlachter also said that already established businesses in Port Clinton are relocating to the downtown and some are also expanding to reap the benefits of the location. Lilly & Gert’s is expanding and moving to West Second Street across from the Post Office. Dr. Francis of Erie Shores Chiropractic is relocating to Madison Street and On Point Wellness is moving into where Pin-Ups hair salon used to be.

“There are so many positive things happening downtown,” said Schlachter.

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Ribbon Cutting planned for Baumann Auto Center

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the completion of extensive renovations to the Baumann Auto Center located at 625 S.E. Catawba Road in Port Clinton. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday, March 6, at 5 p.m. 

Baumann Auto Center honors and appreciates the support Port Clinton and their customers have given them. They want to provide the finest retail environment and ownership experience possible for their customers, and feel they have accomplished that with their new facility. Baumann Auto Center is also proud to say that they used all local contractors to do the job. They feel their investment reinforces the fact that they are dedicated to Port Clinton and the surrounding area.

Baumann Auto Center invites the public to stop in and check out their renovations and their inventory of new Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac vehicles. For more information, call 419-732-3148 or visit  www.baumannautoportclinton.com.

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Oak Harbor girls fall in district finals in heartbreaking fashion

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Bucyrus Wynford found that out on Saturday. In a back-and-forth game that featured two ties and three lead changes in the closing minutes, Oak Harbor girls lost, 40-37, when Wynford’s Meghan Harrer’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Royals the victory in the Division III District Finals last Saturday at Seneca East High School in Attica.

The Rockets, who finish the season at 20-5, fought valiantly, playing virtually the entire game without guard Emma Barney before rallying from a seven-point deficit to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. Entering the final quarter trailing, 25-22, Oak Harbor fell behind by six before rallying to take a 35-34 lead on two free throws by Andrea Cecil with 2:21 remaining. 

However, Cecil fouled out at the 1:55 mark on a questionable call when she was whistled for a foul on Wynford’s Brenna Quinn. Quinn connected on 1-of-2 free throws to tie the score at 35.

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Oak Harbor defeats Port Clinton in sectional semifinal

Oak Harbor 56, Port Clinton 45

A few days before playing Clyde, Oak Harbor defeated Port Clinton, 56-45, in the sectional semifinal. The Rockets, who lost to the Redskins both times in the regular season, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

Oak Harbor took a 15-5 lead after the first quarter with the big play coming as Andy Rathbun connected on a three-pointer just before the buzzer. The Rockets pushed the advantage to 20-5 at the 4:41 mark of the second quarter as they held Port Clinton (8-13) to just two field goals in the game’s first 12 minutes. 

Down 41-27 to begin the fourth quarter, the ‘Skins went on a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to 46-39, but Oak Harbor ended any hopes of a comeback when Deshawn Johnson and Paul Shay scored on back-to-back baskets with 2:38 remaining to close it out.

Tate Haar led all scorers with 18 points, Johnson finished with 15 and Rathbun scored eight. Port Clinton got a combined 24 points from the Rumball brothers, with Tytan scoring 13 and Carter filling in with 11.

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Oak Harbor boys fall to Clyde in sectional final

Despite jumping out to an early lead behind a great defensive effort, the Oak Harbor Rockets boys relinquished their lead early in the fourth quarter before falling, 44-34, to Clyde, in the Division II Sectional Final last weekend.

Oak Harbor (7-17) held a 9-1 lead midway thru the second quarter before the Fliers (16-7) cut the deficit to 11-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, which Clyde won, 20-16, Eric Wiseman scored a basket late in the third quarter to tie the score at 27 and begin a 9-0 run for the Fliers that would help them grab control.

Colin Gregory scored five straight points to begin the final quarter and Derek Gray scored on a layup to complete the run and make it 34-27 with 5:52 remaining.

The Rockets were able to get within four points on two separate occasions, the last, 38-34, with 1:24 left to play, but Clyde closed the game out from the free-throw line.

The Fliers were led by Dristen Cook, who had 10 points, and Gray, Rieman and Colin Gregory finished with eight points apiece. Oak Harbor got a game-high 17 points from Tate Haar and Andy Rathbun chipped in with five.

It was the final game for five Rocket seniors: Rathbun, Haar, Ben Cochran, Derek Wood and Josh Sarahman. Though it was a tough year for the team, those seniors were instrumental in helping to rebuild a program that was 3-18 two years ago and went 11-12 last season, a sign that things are headed in the right direction.

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Joyful Connections fifth birthday celebration March 8

Help Joyful Connections celebrate their 5 year Anniversary at the Port Clinton Yacht Club on March 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available with some birthday cake and following remarks will be made at 6 p.m.

Joyful Connections provides a child focused, healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can interact with family members in a non-judgmental setting.  Come eat some birthday cake with us and honor the staff and volunteers that have worked so hard in keeping our doors open for 5 amazing years.

If you would like to bring a gift, our wish list can be viewed at www.joyfulconnections.com.  The Port Clinton Yacht Club is located at 127 Brooklyn Avenue, Port Clinton.

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Carey ends Danbury’s season at districts

After winning their first sectional title in six years, the Danbury girls basketball team’s run came to an end in the Division IV District Semifinals with a 72-20 loss to No. 1 seed Carey.

The Blue Devils (21-2) were too much for the Lakers, who fell behind, 20-3, after the first quarter and trailed, 43-10, at halftime.

Allison Rymer and Sydney Wentling scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, and Logan Johnson finished with nine.

Danbury (14-9) got six points from Megan Stephans and five from Alex Perram.

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St. Mary beats Danbury in sectional finals

Facing one of the top teams in Division IV proved to be too difficult of a task for the Danbury Lakers boys as they fell, 84-27, to St. Mary CC in the Division IV Sectional Finals last weekend.

The Panthers (17-6) took control from the beginning, racing out to a 13-0 lead before closing out the first quarter with a 21-7 advantage. SMCC led 51-10 at halftime and cruised from there.

Denarius Harris led all scorers with 15 points, Trenton Zimmerman finished with 11, Melvin Jackson scored 10 and Justin Fraser chipped in with eight.

The Lakers (5-18) were led by Caleb Gerber, who scored seven points. John Rhodes, Seth Vargo and Jon Brooks finished with four points apiece.

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