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Oak Harbor girls win first sectional title in 11 years

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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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Riverview honors the Food and Nutrition Department

Staff Members of Riverview’s Food and Nutrition Department at the 2013 Resident and Family Annual Picnic: Jane Wolf, Christina Conard, Kelsey Kitzler, Shelbi Markin, Lee Earhart, Lisa Woods, Shalynn Hatmaker, Sarah Joseph, Megan Knecht, Connie Webert

Meals help meet many needs for all persons, in and out of nursing homes. In nursing homes, meals and mealtimes are especially important. Many nursing home residents have special nutritional needs. Others may need food specially prepared due to digestive disorders. Mealtimes are one of the most important activities of each day and provide an important opportunity for social gathering and sharing. Due to their social and nutritional significance, meals are a major concern for most nursing home residents. Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus Food and Nutrition Department works hard not only to provide quality food, but also to provide quality food service.

During the week of February 2-8, Riverview recognized the excellent service of the 23 employees who make up the facilities Food and Nutrition Department. The Department is overseen by Director Jane Wolf, RDT (7 years of service) and Manager, Megan Knecht (11 years of service).

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge requests public comment

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor is having an open house and is encouraging the public to provide input as the staff review the refuge’s hunting and fishing programs.  The open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor.  The public is welcome to attend and discuss ideas with staff on improving hunting and fishing at the Refuge.  Call 419-898-0014 for additional information.

For more information about Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website, www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa or connect on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located 16 miles west of Port Clinton on State Route 2.

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