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Oak Harbor defeats Port Clinton in sectional semifinal

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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

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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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OHHS student balances the role between player and manager

Most days after school you will find freshman Jonas Hetrick preparing the basketball court for the Oak Harbor High School Girls Varsity Basketball team. At a recent practice, Coach Tom Kontak relayed to me that three years ago they asked Jonas if he would like to help out and be the team manager and he responded in the way he normally does, by putting his head down and shaking it “yes”. Jonas takes his job as manager very seriously. “He places the equipment on the court, helps with daily warm-ups and anywhere he is needed,” said Coach Kontak. “He’s a great addition to our team.” 

Jonas has the diagnosis of Asperger’s  syndrome (AS), which is an autism spectrum disorder.  Asperger’s is one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  His parents, Dave & Denise, convey that Jonas was Failure to Thrive at the age of one month, which meant that his weight or rate of weight gain was significantly lower than that of other children of similar age and gender.   Around 6-12 months of age they noticed Jonas’ development was not progressing as it should, as he did not babble or attempt to form words, was very fussy and never slept.   Jonas would start to catch up on his development to only be behind again.  At that time they turned to the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention program to assist with his development.  

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