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Stammen set for 2nd playoff trip

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WASHINGTON — Craig Stammen and his Washington National teammates will begin the 2014 postseason on Friday against either the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants.With its 96-66 record, Washington earned the top seed in the National League playoffs and thus has home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The Nationals will play the winner of the Giants-Pirates wild card game in the best-of-five National League Division Series.The Pirates and Giants will play at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh in a game that will be televised on ESPN.

 

Edison baseball makes tournament’s semifinal

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Edison Chargers, led by head coach Thomas Martinez, went into the Battle Creek Blast, Battle Creek, Michigan, as heavy underdogs and were ousted in the semifinal round by 2013 NCBA Division 1 College World Series participant Central Michigan.The Charges got off to a hot start on Friday night with the help of a strong pitching performance by Cam Gordon (seven innings, one earned run allowed) against a stout Kent State team with the Chargers coming awa...

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High-speed offense just what OSU wants

COLUMBUS — Coaches. They’re never satisfied.After Ohio State rolled up 710 yards against Cincinnati last week, Urban Meyer had a question for Ohio State’s offense.“Coach Meyer was asking, ‘You got 700 yards, why didn’t we get 800?’ offensive tackle Darryl Baldwin said. “We did a lot of good things on offense but we know we can do even better than that.”Actually Meyer was excited for the most part about what...

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Versailles remains in playoff position

COLUMBUS — Despite suffering a 34-19 loss to Minster last week, the Versailles football team maintained its spot in the Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings.In the OHSAA’s second weekly computer ratings of the season, Versailles remained No. 4 in Division VI Region 22.The computer points will be used to determine which football teams make the postseason following the conclusion of the regular season. Log on to the football page at OHSAA.org ...

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Edison holds 5K for athletics

PIQUA - Edison Community College’s 5K for Athletics race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Piqua Campus. All of the money raised from the event will directly benefit Edison Community College athletic programs. The funds will be used to support programs and needs of student-athletes.Those interested in participating can pre-register for the event online now through Oct. 2 at www.edisonohio.edu/edison5k. Entry fees are $20 for pre-regi...

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Scoreboards are overheating in Ohio prep football

Pity the poor maintenance people at Creston Norwayne, Lucas and Athens.They’ve got to replace all those burned out lights on the scoreboard.Quarterback Bailey Breitenstine rushed for four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 3:10 left, threw for another score and made a key fourth quarter tackle on fourth down to lead Doylestown Chippewa to a thrill-a-minute, 52-49 win at Creston Norwayne Friday night.The Chipps are off to the school’s first ...

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2 MAC teams remain atop state football poll

COLUMBUS — For a third week in a row two Midwest Athletic Conference teams are on top of The Associated Press’ state football rankings, but no Darke County teams were ranked.In the AP’s third poll of the year, MAC members Coldwater in Division V and Marion Local in Division VII are ranked No. 1 in their respective divisions for the third time this season.No Darke County teams are ranked in the AP’s statewide poll, but several teams with local conn...

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FM athletic boosters schedule meeting

PITSBURG — Franklin Monroe will host an athletic boosters meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafetorium.Anyone who is interested in being a part of the boosters and wants to learn more about the organization may attend.

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Delay to Ohio’s early voting felt by candidates

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A delay in Ohio’s early voting schedule appears to be felt most by candidates with political futures at stake and their constituents eager to cast their ballots as soon as possible.Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald and his running mate planned to vote early Tuesday and encourage others to do the same. But his campaign canceled the plans after an order from a divided U.S. Supreme Court put off the start of early voting in the swing state by a we...

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School fair this weekend

Fall brings cooler nights and long sleeves. Fall brings festivals to celebrate the harvest. And so it is time to get ready for the Tri-Village School Fair. Originally this festive event was to compete for growing large and hearty veggies and to compare and compete for the best of the golden corn. Pies and canned goods filled the home economics room and ribbons were prized!

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Benefit scheduled for Bradford coach

BRADFORD — Recently, coach Greg Hale had surgery to remove cancerous spots. This is the second cancer surgery in a little of a year.Coach Hale has been a father, coach and teacher to many over the last 25 years. Coach Hale is set to retire as a teacher after the 2014-15 school year, he has been a high school football coach for 20 years and is responsible for starting and growing the powerlifting team at Bradford for the last 20 years.On Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., Bra...

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Greenville reschedules winter sports meeting

GREENVILLE — The Greenville High School/Junior High winter sport preseason parent-athlete meeting has been rescheduled for 7:15 p.m. Oct. 23 at the GHS gym.Athletes and parents who plan to participate in a winter sport must attend.

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Fall garden tasks

Fall is a great time in the garden and a good time to look back to our successes and maybe some things that didn’t grow as we thought it would. The cooler weather makes fall an ideal season to spend some time in the garden.Before you cut back your perennials, collect dried seed from open pollinated flowers or veggies. You can save the seed to sow in the spring. Cut back your perennials and remove all foliage that might be diseased and dispose somewhere other than the compost....

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Sleep-outs adventuresome

Do you remember “The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe”? One night during vacation I found out just how she must have felt.We had a great sleep-in. There were six kids here over night in addition to our usual eight, plus the cat and two dogs. Some were out back in a tent. Some were on the living room floor, and some were on the front porch in an assortment of sleeping bags and blankets. And some actually wound up in proper beds upstairs.Notice I didn’t say ...

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Jets give up late goal for tie

PITSBURG — The Franklin Monroe Jets boys soccer team saw a win slip away as the Dayton Christian Warriors found the back of the net with 20 seconds left on the game clock Monday to knot the score at 2-2, resulting in the final outcome of the match.“When you get in crucial situations, you have to perform and not panic,” Franklin Monroe boys soccer coach Danny Diceanu said. “We will take something positive out of it. We always do. You always take things away, ...

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Sound and fury

In the Disney Pixar movie “Monsters, Inc.” the eponymous monsters acquire energy to run their fair city (Monstropolis, of course) by traveling through mystical doors that serve as gateways to the closets of the world’s children.Once they’ve arrived at their destinations, they terrify their subjects and capture the energy contained in the little ones’ screams. Their scheme supplies Monstropolis’ significant power needs, but as the plot progresses ...

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Workshop tools ease chronic disease symptoms

GREENVILLE - One in two Americans have at least one chronic disease – those conditions that are treated and managed, but not often cured. Chronic disease takes an enormous toll on peoples’ lives, but fortunately there are ways to manage symptoms and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The Area Agency on Aging offers Healthy U to help people develop the skills and coping strategies they need to manage their symptoms.After a successful workshop last fall, the agency is ...

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County FFA Land Judging Contest held in Monroe Township

DARKE COUNTY - On Sept. 1 the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) held their annual land judging contest for Darke County FFA Chapters as they prepare for the District Contest.This year’s contest was held at Kenton Arnett’s Farm off Red River West Grove Road near Pitsburg. This year 14 teams from six schools – Ansonia, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles – participated in the event.

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