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Patterson Park 10U All-stars win Vandalia tournament

The Patterson Park Little League 10U All-star team ended its post season play on July 26 at the Vandalia Parks Tournament by winning the final game under the lights. Saturday rain forced the team to play five games Sunday. After losing their first game against the Vandalia All-stars 3 – 0 Sunday morning, the boys won their next four games. The final was a re-match with Vandalia in which Patterson Park won 5 –1. Patterson Park came from behind and scored all five runs in sixth and final inning.

Pictured: Coaches: Joe Geraghty, Jon Barhorst, Chris Conard, Kirk Johnsen, Bruce Teeters and Jeff Rutter; Players: Ryan George, Brock Gorman, Austin Frueh, Hugh Conard, Anthony Waker, Noah Teeters, Nolan Hamilton, Connor Dinkler, Trent Terpstra, Joe Geraghty, Danny Johnsen, Terrence Engle, Alec Barhorst.

35 compete in Bob Schul Invite

The Oakwood High School Cross Country team opened the season at the Bob Schul Invitational at Milton Union’s Lowry Track Complex on Saturday under near perfect running conditions. The girl’s team was led by senior Elizabeth Connelly who finished fifteenth. Sophomore Erin Taylor was close behind in seventeenth place. Ericha Griep (Sr.) and Katherine Anderson (So.) were twenty-third and thirty-fifth respectively. Rounding out the scoring for the Jills was Kelsey McDonald (38th) and Autumn Bruno (52nd). Other finishers for the girls were Molly Jackson, M.E. Labrie, and Gretchen Hochwalt. The Jills finished fifth in the team scoring.

The Jacks have one of the largest turnouts in years with 26 runners competing on the 5K run. Junior Josh Moulton was the top finisher for the Jacks finishing in 14th. Sophomore Alec Snead and Junior Keith Mueller were close behind in sixteenth and nineteenth respectively. Seniors Liam Jackson (22nd) and Troy Gould (26th) and Junior Ethan Kissock (27th) rounded out the scoring. Other runners finishing in the top fifty were Andrew Redden (31st), Andy Lamb (33rd), Casey Linsmeier (36th), Ben Gallatin (39th), and Will Reese (49th). The Jacks finished fourth in the team scoring.

Other Oakwood runners completing the race were Caden Ohwiler, Philip Sizek, Steven Hix, Herbert Sizek, Joey Neff, Hank Beyer, Peter McMillan, Robert Mitchell, Austin Loftus, Jack Randall, Eli Collinson, George Hochwalt, Matt Buford, Caleb Kell and Evan Duffley.

Harman Elementary gym floor replaced

The gymnasium floor at Harman Elementary is being replaced due to water damage to the old wooden floor. The new floor is a multi-purpose surface that is moisture proof and will better accommodate the variety of activities that occur in Harman’s smaller gymnasium. Currently the gym is used for physical education classes, Oakwood Community Center first/second grade basketball, and related PTO functions. But, the new floor will not be ready when school opens on Aug. 25, and accommodations will be made for physical education classes until it is ready.

According to Oakwood School Treasurer Kevin Philo, in the late spring of 2009, discoloration of the wooden floor was noted. Air-quality tests showed nothing unacceptable in the air. In June, engineers and architects were brought in to assess the situation. Demolition began on the old floor to determine the cause of the excess moisture. After many different tests, it was determined that slight failures in drain pipes and roofing may have contributed to the problem along with a baseball that managed somehow to get into the drainage system from the roof. After those problems were corrected, extra-ordinary measures were taken to insure that future moisture problems will not occur in that area, including waterproof paint and a thick industrial vapor barrier installed below six inches of new concrete, which was poured on July 30th. It will take approximately four to six weeks for the concrete to properly cure so that installation of a new synthetic surface can occur. It is anticipated that the new floor will be completed in early to mid-September.

Mrs. Allyson Couch, Harman Elementary Principal, stated, “Since the new gym floor will not be ready by the start of school, physical education classes will be held outside (weather permitting) or in the cafeteria/auditorium area. The Harman staff is making all the necessary arrangements and instructional plans to ensure that the students’ physical education needs are met throughout this transition.”


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September 8, 2009
Volume 18, No. 36

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