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Versailles softball beats Coldwater in MAC opener

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COLDWATER — The Versailles softball team won its Midwest Athletic Conference opener on Thursday, defeating Coldwater 8-5.Versailles coach Mechelle Heitkamp said she was pleased with her team’s performance in the victory and really happy with the team’s energy.“I was pretty happy,” Heitkamp said. “We still have a few things we need to work on, but I thought communication was good. I thought our pitch selection at the plate was nice, too, getting a little more disciplined there. I just thought the girls overall had positive energy and came ready to play, which was nice.”


Mississinawa baseball beats Bradford 8-6

BRADFORD — The Mississinawa Valley baseball team beat Bradford 8-6 on Thursday in a Cross County Conference game.After Mississinawa Valley took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, Bradford scored three runs in the first and one in the fourth to go up 4-1.MV responded with a run in the third and four in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead, but Bradford tied the game back up with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.Mississinawa Valley then scored a r...

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Bradford softball run rules Mississinawa

BRADFORD — The Bradford Lady Railroaders started as about as slow as you can before connecting late and putting away the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks in five innings Thursday.“We struggled to find our timing, just really anxious,” Bradford softball coach Shon Schaffer said.The Railroaders found their grove in the fourth inning, putting together a string of hits starting with Brooke Brower’s double to left field.A Brooke Dunlevy sac bu...

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Arcanum loses CCC game vs. Newton

ARCANUM — The Arcanum baseball team lost 4-0 to Newton Thursday in a Cross County Conference game.Newton scored one run in the second inning and added three more in the sixth.Arcanum had two hits and one error in the game. Newton had five hits and one error.Austin Ripple was the losing pitcher for the Trojans, who fell to 2-5 on the season and 1-1 in the CCC.

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Lady Railroaders shut out St. Henry

ST. HENRY — The Bradford Lady Railroaders travelled to St Henry to take on the Redskins from the Midwest Athletic Conference Wednesday in what turned into be a good defensive match up.The Roaders got on the board early with leadoff batter Haley Patty doubling and scoring on a passed ball.Then in the second inning after leading off with back-to-back singles from Olivia Hart and Mindy Brewer, a Kelly Moore sac bunt added another run. Then Kylie Miller’s ground ...

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Greenville tennis wins GWOC North opener

TROTWOOD — The Greenville boys tennis team beat Trotwood-Madison 4-1 on Thursday in the Green Wave’s Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division opener.At first singles Greenville’s Voja Tatarevic beat Hank Grinner 6-0, 6-4.Greenville’s Evan Kiser lost in second doubles 6-4, 6-3 to Trotwood’s Mario Rodgers.In third singles the Wave’s Javi Bixler beat Emir Moore 6-1, 6-1.In the first doubles match the Green Wave...

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Spring planting delayed by chilly, wet weather

DARKE COUNTY - The dates for spring planting vary from crop to crop, but the “ideal planting” window for one of Darke County’s most plentiful crops, corn, is April 10 to May 10, said Sam Custer, Ohio State University Extension - Darke County, ag and natural resources educator.“During the two to three weeks of optimal corn planting time, there is, on average, only one out of three days when field work can occur,” Custer stated, just one of the many chal...

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7 tons of trash cleaned from roadways

DARKE COUNTY - Darke County roadways are cleaner once again, thanks to the Trash Bash held this past weekend in the Darke County Solid Waste Management event.Krista Fourman, district director, reported 1,124 people registered to help for the seventh annual event.“We had wonderful weather,” she said. “They picked up 7.07 tons of trash and 1.48 tons of recyclable materials.”That’s not the most that was collected in past Trash Bashes...

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Ohio bans 2 chemicals used to make synthetic drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new rule took effect Thursday in Ohio that bans the sale and use of two chemicals drug dealers have used to pass off harmful synthetic drugs as legal substances.The compounds — PB-22 and 5F-PB-22 and their variations — are often sprayed on plant materials to mimic the effects of marijuana. They are typically sold in head shops and marketed as herbal incense products.Ohio officials are hoping the new rule will help stymie illegal-...

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Former lifeguard becomes pool manager

GREENVILLE - The Greenville City Swimming Pool will be opening up on Memorial Day and will remain open until the first day of the Darke County Fair.In the meantime, the pool is getting sandblasted and painted in preparation of opening day, according to Deb Berger, who has been park manager since June 17, 2013.Caleb Custer is the new pool manager. He is a familiar face at the pool.He has gotten the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society...

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National Trail shuts down Ansonia

ANSONIA — The Ansonia baseball team lost 16-0 to National Trail in a five-inning run rule on Wednesday.National Trail scored one run in the first inning, eight in the third, one in the fourth and six in the fifth while holding Ansonia scoreless for the run-rule victory.The Tigers had two hits and five errors in the game. The Blazers had 10 hits and no errors.Dane Wentworth was 1-for-1 for Ansonia. He also was hit by a pitch and stole a base.Da...

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FM’s lead slips away vs. Covington

PITSBURG — Franklin Monroe had an early lead but couldn’t maintain it as the Jet baseball team lost 5-4 to Covington on Wednesday.Franklin Monroe struck first with a run in the bottom half of the first inning. After Covington tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third, Franklin Monroe regained the lead with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.Covington tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth and took its first lead with a run in the top of the fifth. ...

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Butler beats Greenville 11-4 in 2nd game of series

VANDALIA – The Greenville varsity baseball team lost a disappointing Greater Western Ohio Conference game to the Vandalia Butler Aviators 11-4 Wednesday to split the season series.“Walks will kill you,” Greenville varsity coach Eric Blumenstock said. “That’s pretty much the way it was tonight. We got ahead early, we hit the ball right with them, just way too many walks, and they all hurt us.”The Green Wave jumped out to a 3-0 first inn...

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College major brings Versailles’ Harman to Wilmington basketball team

VERSAILLES — Versailles senior Emily Harman signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play for the Wilmington College women’s basketball team, something she didn’t anticipate when she chose to attend the college.Harman, the daughter of John and Krista Harman, chose Wilmington to pursue studies in agronomy, which is a plant science major.After Harman told her high school basketball coach, Jacki Stonebraker, about her college decision, Stonebraker thought ...

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Speakers blast fracking practices

DARKE COUNTY -The Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition (WOFAC) held a public forum on Tuesday entitled, “Toxic Truth,” which aimed to inform and dissuade the public of contemporary hydraulic fracturing.WOFAC, led by local community members Jan Teaford, Susan Spille and Rita McCans, serves as a grassroots movement to raise awareness of fracking and fracking waste in an effort to protect regional water, air, soil and the public’s health.

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Greenville tennis loses to Milton-Union

GREENVILLE — The Greenville boys tennis team lost 4-1 to undefeated Milton-Union on Wednesday.Javi Bixler was the lone winner for Greenville, beating Gooslin 6-3, 6-2 in third singles.Greenville’s Voja Tatarevic lost 6-1, 6-3 to M. Brumbaugh at first singles. The Wave’s Evan Kiser fell 6-2, 6-0 to P. Brumbaugh in second singles.The Green Wave’s Nathan Haviza and Adam Null lost 6-0, 6-1 in first doubles to Blevins and K. DIckison. Greenv...

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Versailles’ Mangen signs with Ohio Northern wrestling team

VERSAILLES — Versailles senior Matt Mangen signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to wrestle for Ohio Northern University.Mangen, the son of Phil and Ronda Mangen, said he was looking at a lot of colleges prior to making his decision. He liked Ohio Northern and was impressed by the Polar Bears’ interest in him, he said.“I really liked it, and their coach stayed with me on a consistent basis,” Mangen said. “And that’s what really made...

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Weber found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

DARKE COUNTY – Scott Weber, 29, of Greenville was found guilty by the Darke County Court of Common Pleas of child endangerment and the involuntary manslaughter of his 16-month-old daughter.The involuntary manslaughter charge is a felony of the first degree and carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison, while the child endangerment charge was a felony of the third degree and carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.The decision was determined by Judg...

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