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Panthers sweep Wildcats in pitchers’ duels
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 AM


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ROCKFORD — Jefferson baseball coach Doug Geary felt that offense would make or break his 2014 team.

The latter was on display as the Wildcats lost a pair of pitchers’ duels to Parkway — 2-1, 1-0 — on a gorgeous but chilly Saturday afternoon at Rockford’s Don Black Field.

Wyatt Ferver’s solo blast in the bottom of the sixth frame gave southpaw Brody Adam (1-0) the complete-game win (7 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 bases-on-balls, 5 strikeouts; 103 pitches, 57 for strikes).

Elida baseball sweeps Kalida
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Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 AM

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ELIDA — Elida’s baseball crew swept Kalida 4-2, 10-0 Saturday morning/afternoon at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.

In the opener, Adam Purdy (5 2/3 innings pitched; 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 6 bases-on-balls, 10 strikeouts) got the win and Max Stambaugh (1 1/3 IPs, 3 Ks) the save.

Three Kalida pitchers — Colton Farrell, Randy Zeller and Brady Laudick — combined to give up only three hits but only one of the four runs was earned.

In the nightcap, Elida jumped on Wildcat freshman starter Noah Lambert for seven runs in a 10-0 5-inning rout.

Stambaugh (5 IPs, 1 hit) led the Bulldog offense with a 3-for-4 game at the plate, all doubles, knocking in four runs.

Game 1

Kalida 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 4 1

Elida 0 0 0 4 0 0 x - 4 3 0

Winning Pitcher: Adam Purdy; Save: Max Stambaugh; Losing Pitcher: Colton Farrell. 2B: Farrell. Stolen Base: Riley Overholt (E), Austin Morrison (E). HBP: Logan Alexander (E), Austin Morrison (E).

Game 2

Kalida 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0

Elida 7 0 1 2 x - 10 10 0

Winning Pitcher: Max Stambaugh; Losing Pitcher: Noah Lambert. 2B: Stambaugh 3.

(Longer article and boxes in Monday's paper).

Bearcats 5th, Knights 8th at Versailles boys meet
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Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 AM

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VERSAILLES — The Spencerville boys track and field unit finished fifth and Crestview eighth in the 12-team Black Division of Versailles Tiger Invitational (boys only) Saturday.

Anthony Schuh (1st in the 110-meter high hurdles, 8th in the 100-meter dash), Evan Pugh (2nd in the discus), Trevor McMichael (3rd in the long jump, 4th in the high jump), Logan Vandemark (5th in the discus, 7th in the shot put), the Spencerville 4x100-meter relay (5th) and Calvin Wilson (8th in the 200-meter dash) were the point-scorers for the Bearcats.

Is the Apocalypse upon us?
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM

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I really hadn’t thought through last week’s decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board to allow football players at Northwestern University to form the first players union of college athletes.

Obviously, we haven’t heard the last of this case but it does open some different cans, so to speak.

If this case continues and it eventually is decided that, yes, college athletes can unionize, it will most definitely change the games of collegiate athletics forever — or at least for a while!

UConn and Florida meet again
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Friday, April 04, 2014 8:20 PM

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The last time Florida lost, there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas.

The Gators have won every game since that loss at Connecticut on Dec. 2. The teams meet again today in the Final Four. They both have changed and they both have stayed the same.

“They are high right now. They are playing great basketball. They are sharing the basketball. They are all playing hard. They haven’t lost since then. It will be really tough,” Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels said Friday. “We feel great. … I feel like nobody is playing harder than us right now. We are just out there having fun and not playing for ourselves, but playing for each other.”