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Judge Winters informs community on Sober…

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Judge Winters informs community on Sober Living Facility

The Ida Rupp Public Library Conference Room was packed Thursday night for a meeting with Judge Bruce Winters and Mayor Vince Leone concerning the placement of a Sober Living Facility...

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Compassionate Friends hold candle light …

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Compassionate Friends hold candle light vigil

On Sunday, December 14, at 7 p.m., people around the world lit candles to remember children who were taken too soon. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle lighting is in its...

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Red Horse donates toys to Salvation Army

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Red Horse donates toys to Salvation Army

Joseph Hall, Adam Whitaker, Molly Irwin, toy coordinator Heather Stouffer, Casey Vaughn and Salvation Army director Maureen Saponari. Members of the Red Horse Squadron donated toys to the Salvation Army on...

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Coach Diels resigns from Redskin basketball

Coach Troy Diels met with his team following the last boys basketball game to tell them it would be his last as the Redskin’s basketball coach. He has coached basketball at PCHS for the past nine years. Mr. Diels will remain with the Port Clinton City School District as the Assistant Middle School Principal.

Port Clinton High School Principal, Gary Steyer said, “Coach Diels has been a positive influence in the lives of our student-athletes and has made major contributions to our boys’ basketball program. We appreciate what he has meant to our students and how he has supported them throughout their basketball careers as well as in their personal lives.”

Long after his coaching career is over, he will always be remembered as leading the Port Clinton Redskins during their 20-1 season. That journey sparked renewed Redskin Spirit in the Port Clinton community supporting the team would go on to be the 2010 State basketball runners up. In addition, his teams had one SBC championship, three sectional titles, one district and one regional championship. 

"I have decided that it is time to step down as head coach,” said Coach Diels. “There are a lot of little factors as to why, but above all I think the time is right for a change. I want to thank the Board Of Education, Mr. Adkins, and the high school administration for allowing me the opportunity to be the head coach over the last nine years. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been the head coach at Port Clinton and I will forever cherish the bonds that I have with my former players and well as my coaching staff."

Mr. Diels will continue as the Port Clinton Middle School Assistant Principal and will have more time to spend with his wife Marianne and their three children. 

Patrick Adkins, Superintendent of Schools added, "Coach Diels brought more than just basketball knowledge to our program. He has played a vital role in the lives of our student athletes not only while they were in high school but beyond. He has been a positive role model and will be missed considerably."

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Kontak named District Co-Coach of the Year

After leading the Oak Harbor Rockets to a 20-5 record, a spot in the Division III District Finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference, Tom Kontak was named the Associated Press District 7 Co-Coach of the Year.

Kontak, who shared the honor with Liberty-Benton’s Nate Irwin, was joined on the All-District Team with his top player, sophomore forward Andrea Cecil. Cecil, who averaged 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, helped lead Oak Harbor to the district finals, where they fell in heartbreaking fashion, 40-37, on a buzzer-beater to Bucyrus Wynford. 

Port Clinton forward Tiffany Colston, with a per-game average of 13.5 points and 8 rebounds, also earned first-team honors at the Div. II level. Colston helped lead the Redskins to an 18-5 record and a second-place finish in the SBC. In her final two years, Port Clinton went 39-9, won a sectional title and twice finished second in the league.

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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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