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NFL Preseason Schedule
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:17 PM

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Today's Games

Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m.

New England at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Denver, 9 p.m.

Dallas at San Diego, 10 p.m.

High School Golf Roundup
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson medalist Carter Mox hits an iron shot from the 14th fairway Wednesday during season-opening golf action at the Delphos Country Club. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


Wildcats edge Musketeers in golf season-opener

DELPHOS — Led by senior Carter Mox’s 42, the Jefferson boys golf unit opened 2014 Wednesday with a 198-203 triumph over Fort Jennings at the par 72 Delphos Country Club.

Nick Fitch followed with a 49, Andrew Foust a 52, Tristan Moore 55, Jacob Hamilton 59 and Evan Mox 68.

Low man for the Musketeers was Sam Vetter with a 46, followed by Alex Sealts 50, Collin Wieging 52, Nick Von Sossan 55 and Drew Grone and Austin Luebrecht 61.

Jefferson plays Ottoville — the host — today (8 a.m.) back at the DCC, while Jennings and Columbus Grove visit the DCC 8 a.m. Friday against host Ottoville.

High School Golf Previews
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:00 PM


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With five veterans back from a 14-13 edition of Wildcat golfers last fall (including 9-7 in the Northwest Conference, good for fifth place), fifth-year head man Chad Brinkman (52-43 overall mark) hopes his crew will make some noise this fall.

The lone Division III District qualifier — second-year senior Nick Fitch (49.6-per-9-holes average, All-NWC Honorable Mention) — leads the list.

Also back are fourth-year senior — and low scorer by average — Carter Mox (46.0; All-NWC HM), third-year senior Ryan Bullinger (47.8; All-NWC HM), second-year senior Zach Wannemacher (48.3; All-NWC HM) and veteran senior Jacob Hamilton (57.9).

Having to only replace one letterman, the graduated Tyler Rice, in either the top five or to provide depth, Brinkman will have a boatload of junior varsity letterwinners to choose from: Andrew Foust (sophomore), sophomore Evan Mox, sophomore Tristen Moore and classmates Connor Berelsman and Alex Theobald.

As well, a pair of junior girls, Bailey Gorman and Brooke Gallmeier, earned JV letters a season ago and hope to be in the mix.

In particular, Brinkman expects the younger Mox, Foust and Gorman to make a run at the vacant varsity spot or at least the top eight.

“Our strength will be experience with five seniors returning, including four NWC Honorable Mentions and a District Qualifier. Carter Mox, with three years of varsity experience, will be shooting for 1st-team NWC honors and a personal first district berth,” Brinkman noted. “Nick shot an 86 at sectionals to qualify for districts last year. Ryan and Zack earned NWC honors as well. All our golfers are striving for a strong season with a team goal to finish in the top three the NWC and a district berth.”

Brinkman hopes that four more prospective competitors — all freshmen — will add to the depth: Tyler Klint, Nathan Polhman, Aaron Stant and Brandon Hammons.

“We are working to improve our weaknesses: hitting greens in regulation and scoring consistency,” he added. “With 12 returning varsity and junior varsity letterwinners, we will count on experience to build on. I look for each player to grow individually and as a team, as well as looking to the younger golfers to learn and gain experience for the future of the program.

“I am looking forward to working with the new young men and women. We have good numbers this year, with six newcomers to our program, all with excellent character and the willingness to learn.

“We look for a strong top-3 finish in the NWC. Allen East is the early favorite.”

Assistant coach is Josh Vasquez.

The Wildcats began the season Wednesday.


Long-time Fort Jennings golf coach Todd Hoehn has three key performers back from last season to begin the 2014 campaign.

Senior Collin Wieging, senior Nick Sossan and junior Alex Sealts are the key cogs to build around, with sophomore Sam Vetter gaining some time last fall.

As well, junior Drew Grone and sophomore Austin Luebrecht expect to give their fair share of support to the Musketeer linksters.

“We have a total of nine players this fall, so I expect we will have good competition for varsity spots,” Hoehn said. “What we are striving for is to be consistent in our play and to be sound in our fundamentals.”

Gone are a veteran crew of graduates: Josh Wittler, Luke Luebrecht, Nate German and Kaylynn Noriega; along with other graduates in Ryan Rau and Alex Ketcham.

“We should compete since we have some experience back and with those players on the team, we should keep getting better throughout the season with our internal competition. In addition, with the off-season work some of the players have been doing, it should positively carry over to the season,” Hoehn concluded.

The Musketeers opened 2014 Wednesday.


High School Golf Schedules
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:00 PM



Date Opponent Site Time

Aug. 8 Celina Invitational Away 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 11 Lancer Invitational Home 9 a.m.

Aug. 13 Shawnee/Wayne Tr. Away 10 a.m.

Aug. 14 Defiance Invitational Away 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 21 Coldwater Away 4 p.m.

Aug. 26 Parkway/Allen East Home 4 p.m.

Aug. 28 St. Henry Away 4 p.m.

Sep. 3 Wapakoneta Away 4 p.m.

Sep. 8 Minster/AE Home 4 p.m.

Sep. 9 Ada Away 4 p.m.

Sep. 11 Paulding/AE Home 4 p.m.

Sep. 15 Marion Local/AE Home 4 p.m.

Sep. 16 Parkway Away 4:30 p.m.

New head man has Beavers raring for 2014
Written by Bill Hanefeld   
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:00 PM



BLUFFTON — Three straight wins to end the year and a new leader, head coach Denny Dorrel, have the Bluffton University football team excited to hit the gridiron in a few short weeks.

A stunning 24-17 victory over a Franklin team that went 31-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference the past four years followed by a fourth consecutive win over rival Defiance College capped off a 15-day stretch that saw the Beavers go from 1-6 to 4-6.

With Coach Dorrel set to make his first impression at Bluffton, the Beavers will be all systems go when they kick off 2014 against Ohio Wesleyan in Salzman Stadium Sept. 6.

With over 70 returners set to descend on Bluffton in mid-August, Coach Dorrel will have an experienced group when he makes his first appearance as head coach. A defensive line that showed flashes of brilliance a season ago and a group of offensive skill position players with the ability to stress their opponents give Bluffton a solid foundation as the Beavers embark on the Coach Dorrel era. A fast-paced approach on both sides of the ball will give the Bluffton fans in Salzman Stadium much to cheer about as the Beavers utilize their speed and athleticism in 2014.

Back for his final season under center after a shoulder injury ended his 2013 campaign prematurely is fifth-year senior Nick Sheehan (Monroeville, Ind./Heritage). A leader both on the field and in the weight room, Sheehan completed 99-of-178 passing attempts with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions in five starts a year ago. He threw for 1,182 yards despite missing the second half of his junior season. Providing the senior captain with a formidable challenge under center is none other than his sophomore brother, Conner Sheehan (Monroeville, Ind./Heritage). As a freshman, the younger Sheehan guided the ship when Nick’s season ended. He completed 90-of-175 passes for 1,158 yards with 10 scores while leading Bluffton to three straight wins at the end of the 2013 season.

Headlining the talented receiving corps is fellow senior Donovan Brown (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) who established a new school record with 10 touchdown receptions, including the game-winning grab with just 35 seconds left in Bluffton’s win over Franklin last season. Brown hauled in 44 catches for a team-best 676 yards, the seventh-highest single-season total in school history.