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Bearcats dominate Vikings in opening game, 51-0
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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:20 PM



SPENCERVILLE - The Spencerville Bearcats football team started the 2014 season off on the right foot by dominating the visiting Leipsic Vikings, 51-0, in non-conference action on Friday night.

Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1
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Friday, August 29, 2014 8:01 PM


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PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez loves how Josh Harrison plays the game. He thinks the third baseman is the most valuable player in the National League.

Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Harrison had three hits while also making a number of sparkling defensive plays. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games.

Carrasco helps Indians beat White Sox 3-2
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:10 PM

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CHICAGO — Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley each singled in a run for the Indians, who have won 4-of-5 and 11-of-16 overall to remain in the hunt for an AL wild card.

Alexei Ramirez had two hits for the White Sox and John Danks (9-9) pitched six solid innings.

Everyone watching as Barrett takes over for Miller
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM


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COLUMBUS — There are a lot of ways to describe J.T. Barrett’s new, amplified role for Ohio State.

His teammates and coaches say Barrett has taken over as No. 5 Ohio State’s starting quarterback as if that were the plan all along.

It wasn’t, of course. Barrett, a freshman, got the job when 2-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder 10 days ago and was lost for the season.

Offensive coordinator Tom Herman, tongue in cheek, said the Buckeyes would try to keep things simple when Barrett starts his first college game on Saturday against Navy in Baltimore.

“We don’t ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon by any stretch of the imagination, never have and never will,” said Herman, who despite those words is a card-carrying member of MENSA, the organization for those with extraordinarily high intellects. “We might actually make a more conscious effort to keep it simple but not a ton less than we already do.”

Quarterback? Yes. Rocket scientist? No. Brain surgeon? No. And definitely not a rocket surgeon.

Luckily, Barrett has met most other requirements of the job. Coach Urban Meyer says Barrett is doing a great job handling one of the highest profile jobs at the college level.

To illustrate the problems that a player in his first collegiate game can encounter, Meyer told a story about Alex Smith, who stumbled in his debut under Meyer at Utah in 2003.

“I’ll never forget Alex Smith couldn’t say the first play when I put him in against Utah State in the fourth quarter,” recalled Meyer, with a grin. “We were winning. We called the play and I said, ‘Alex, say that play back to me.’ He couldn’t say the play. I thought, I wonder if this guy will ever be any good.”

Smith became a No. 1 draft pick and solid NFL quarterback.

Local Athletic Roundup
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM

Schrag paces Defiance past Elida in volleyball


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ELIDA — Defiance turned to its 6-2 middle blocker Laura Schrag the last two sets to grab a 26-24, 20-25, 25-15, 25-10 Western Buckeye League volleyball victory over Elida Thursday at Elida High School.

Schrag led the visiting Lady Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 WBL) with 20 kills and seven solo blocks.

“We just struggled to contain here. She’s a good player and we had no answer for her for four sets,” Elida coach Traci Sneary explained. “What hurt us was not so much the front line — I felt we had enough touches oin her shots — but the back row; we were not moving back there and thus weren’t digging things up like we can. It also hurt us trying to start our offense; when you can’t get the dig, you can’t get the set and thus won’t get good hits. You don’t won matches doing that.”

Defiance coach Brooke Shindler knows who sets the pace for her team.