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Power shakes off quake but can't close out title
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, August 25, 2014 8:00 PM


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It was just past 3 a.m. when Will Power was awakened from a deep sleep on the top floor of his hotel in Napa, California. The IndyCar Series points leader was in the middle of his first earthquake and wasn't certain he was going to make it out alive.

Power had never before been in an earthquake, and the magnitude-6.0 quake shaking wine country on race day morning terrified the Australian.

"I looked at (wife) Liz and I said, 'This is it! This is the end of the world'!" Power said Monday in a telephone interview.

Bengals feel good after 3 preseason games
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, August 25, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton has looked sharp. The starting offense has moved the ball. The starting defense has been stingy on the scoring.

The Bengals like what they've seen through three preseason games, leaving them in good shape as they finish up and get ready for the ones that count.

Cincinnati (1-2) had no significant injuries to its starters during a 19-13 win in Arizona on Sunday night. Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict left in the first quarter with a pulled right hamstring.

Soccer Sunday
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM

During the DSA’s Soccer Sunday at the St. John’s Annex, teams in the 4-5 age group take their turns on the pitch. According to DSA Board member Nate Ankerman, there are well over 300 participants signed up this year ages 4-14. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

Right: Paige Merricle takes her turn at Sunday’s Delphos Knights of Columbus Council 1362 Soccer Shootout.

Don Speck, center, owner of, donated a total of $500 to the Delphos Soccer Association Sunday to be given to a St. John’s and Jefferson senior who are alumni of the DSA, growing up playing the sport at the Annex and giving of their time and talent to mentor younger players. With him are DSA Board members Nate Ankerman, left, and Dave Wollenhaupt. The board will draw up criteria to be used in deciding who gets the money.


Tow leads Lancer boys to second in St. John’s Invite
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s runner Curtis Pohlman heads toward the finish line in eighth place at the 2014 St. John’s Cross Country Invitational held Saturday morning at Stadium Park. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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DELPHOS — Lincolnview senior Bayley Tow led the Lancer boys cross country unit to a second-place finish in the season-opening 14-team St. John’s Invitational on a warm and humid Saturday morning at Stadium Park.

Tow was second overall (16:55.92) and teammate Alex Rodriguez fifth (17:46.07).

“We’re actually disappointed in the outcome today. We had a chance to win it when you consider we had three boys in the top 10,” Lincolnview head coach Matt Langdon explained. “We had too much distance between our third guy and those that followed. Where we hurt ourselves was getting passed at the 4-6 spots by either New Bremen guys or someone else; you cannot beat a good team like Bremen doing that. Those are costly points we didn’t get; I don’t feel we finished well. We’ll take this as a lesson about running hard the entire way and not letting up at the end.”

Crestview was fourth, with the overall individual winner being Mycah Grandstaff (16:39.47) and Branden Clayton was 18th (18:57).

“Mycah ran very well. He had a good race for the opener with Tow, Rigg from LCC and the New Bremen guys,” Crestview coach Mark Bagley explained. “It wasn’t just Mycah, either. I thought all the boys competed well. I like this meet so early; it’s good competition right off the bat. It’s tough to run it so early but St. John’s does a great job with it.”

Kalida, which finished sixth, had its top two finishers being Adam von der Embse, 25th (19:23) and Grant Zeller, 28th (19:38).

Robert Modic led Spencerville’s 10th-place ending with a 29-place finish (19:39) and Ed Smith’s 46th (20:39).

Ottoville was 11th behind Cody Kemper’s 43rd-place finish (20:27.62) and the 44th of Eric Von Sossan (20:30).

Local Athletic Roundup
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Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM


Lady Jays tie Jennings in soccer

DELPHOS — St. John’s and Fort Jennigns battled to a 1-1 draw in girls soccer action on a very hot and humid Saturday out at the St. John’s Annex.

With 29:10 remaining in the first half, the Blue Jays (0-0-1) struck as Emilee Grothouse found the back of the net.

Grothouse nearly made it 2-0 with a direct kick just outside the 18 when the ball hit the crossbar and the Musketeer defense cleared.

With about 15 minutes left in the half, Fort Jennings had a chance to even things up but Alyssa Louth’s shot went wide.

Erin Williams (DSJ) had attempts at 10:15 and 9:52 remaining in the half but came up short.

Abby Von Sossan, Erin Eickholt and Jordan Hostman all had chances toward the end of the half for Jennings (1-1-1) but St. John’s keeper Kristina Koester (8 saves versus 9 shots on-goal) came up with the saves.