Adena Rallies Past Unioto To Create SVC Softball Tie For First Place

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There is a tie for the SVC Softball lead with one game to play, after Adena rallied from deficits of 4-0, 6-2 and 9-5, to beat co-front runner Unioto 10-9 in 9 innings.

Cheyenne Ater had a solo homer and the game winning RBI single in extra innings to lead the charge, as she was one of four Lady Warriors with two hits.

Unioto got started quickly, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, with Hannah Hull capping things off with a 2-run single for the 4-0 lead.

Adena’s Cheyenne Ater answered the call with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning making it 4-1. Another run scored that inning on a wild pitch cutting the deficit to 4-2, with the Lady Warriors stranding two runners.

Unioto’s Avery Miller added to their lead by blasting a two run bomb in the second for 6-2 advantage.

That’s the way the score remained until the bottom of the fourth inning when Madi Halcomb’s RBI single and a failed rundown attempt by Unioto of another Adena runner made it 6-4. A Unioto throwing error at first scored a third run for the Lady Warriors in that inning, cutting the Lady Shermans lead to 6-5.

Unioto tacked on three runs in the fifth inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Hannah Hull then a Halle Uhrig fielders choice to score a run for a 7-5 lead. That score ballooned to 8-5 in that inning when Alexis Book drove in another run on a sacrifice fly for a 9-5 lead.

But, Adena came right back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth with runners at 2nd and 3rd, Greenlee Bossert’s sacrifice bunt scored a run and a fielders choice by Emily Jones cut the Unioto lead to 9-7 after five innings.

The Lady Warriors added one run in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-8 score, but stranded runners at second and third.

Unioto missed a golden opportunity to put the game out of reach as they threatened, but left the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning.

Down to their last at-bat, Adena tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, when Sofi Cheesebrew’s RBI single made it 9-9.

That’s how it remained as both teams missed opportunities in the 8th inning, but Adena made it count in the bottom of the 9th when two runners reached, then Cheyenne Ater’s game winning RBI single ended it at 10-9.

Adena had 10 runs and 11 hits in the game while Unioto had 9 runs on 7 hits. Adena climbs into a first place tie with Unioto at (11-2), with the Lady Warriors concluding with Westfall and Unioto playing Huntington, both postponed until Monday, May 9th. If both teams win on Friday, they will share the SVC championship. Unioto shared with Westfall last season.

In other area conference baseball/softball:

Unioto and Zane Trace are one win away from sharing the SVC baseball championship. Unioto’s game with Huntington has been moved to May 9th, but at last check, Zane Trace at Piketon was still on for Friday, May 6th.

The FAC Baseball title was settled Thursday as Washington CH clinched the crown with a 5-0 win over Hillsboro. The FAC Softball title went to Hillsboro, who beat WCH 10-0 to complete a perfect conference season.

In the Mid State League Buckeye for Softball, Teays Valley completed a perfect MSL season with a 4-2 win over Bloom Carroll.

SOC 2 Baseball had Wheelersburg claiming at least a share of the championship with their 1-0 win over Valley, Wednesday.

Zane Trace Boys/Adena Girls Win Zane Trace Track Invite

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Host Zane Trace won the boys team championship at the Zane Trace Track & Field Invitational Thursday, while Adena won the girls meet.

The Pioneers scored 153 points, with second place Unioto with 147. The following order saw Huntington third, then Piketon, Paint Valley, Adena and Southeastern.

The Lady Warriors scored 138 points for first place, followed by Zane Trace with 130. Then it was Unioto, Huntington, Piketon, Southeastern and Paint Valley.

For complete individual and team results, go to our link to TriStateRace.com. CLICK HERE:

Preventing Arson Fire Is Everyone’s Business

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(Columbus) – With National Arson Awareness Week underway, State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon stresses it’s important to always maintain a safe environment to protect your home against arson, no matter where you live.

“Arson destroys more than buildings,” said Reardon. “It can devastate a community resulting in the decline of the neighborhood through increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue, and a decrease in property values.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau is a law enforcement agency tasked with investigating the origin and cause of fire, explosions and fireworks incidents in Ohio. In 2021, 180 of the 810 fires they investigated were deemed arson. So far, in 2022, 46 of the 321 fires investigated were intentionally set.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, municipal fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated annual average of 52,260 intentionally set structure fires in the five-year period from 2014 to 2018. These fires caused an estimated 400 civilian deaths, 950 civilian injuries, and $815 million in direct property damage each year. Three in five intentional structure fires occurred in residential properties and most of these fires involved homes. 

Ohioans are urged to incorporate the following safety guidelines and recommendations to decrease the opportunities for arson in their communities:

  • Illuminate Exterior Areas and Entrances 
    • Install lights covering all sides of the house. Motion-activated lighting, which is inexpensive, should be placed near the entrances. Interior lights on timers give the illusion that a residence is occupied.
  • Clear Obstructions 
    • Trim or remove shrubbery that blocks the view of the house from the street. During the growing season, bushes and trees may need to be trimmed frequently.
  • Install Smoke Alarms and a Fire Sprinkler System 
    • The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 82 percent. 
  • Clean Up Vacant Homes 
    • Secure abandoned and vacant homes, which are potential arson targets. This may include adding additional locks or boarding up broken windows or other openings with plywood. Remove abandoned vehicles. Most car fires are started to cover up other criminal activity or simply as an act of vandalism.
  • Keep Doors and Windows Locked 
    • All external doors should be equipped with dead bolts. A simple locked door could be the deterrent that saves a house from arson. 
  • Clean House 
    • Remove excess vegetation and piles of leaves. Clean around your house and garage, removing unused and unneeded paper, trash, cleaning supplies, partial cans of paint and other materials that could become kindling and fuel a fire for an arsonist.
  • If You See Something, Say Something
    • Report suspicious activity or if you suspect that an arson crime has been committed, contact your local fire or police department. If you suspect a child is setting fires, notify the proper authorities. Keep matches and lighters out of reach and out of sight of young children.

The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee offers $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person(s) responsible for arson. Anyone with information can contact the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office at 800-589-2728.

Josh Hobbs, Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau Chief with the State Fire Marshal urges the public to provide any information, even if they think it’s insignificant. “Many arson cases have been solved by somebody sharing what they saw; even the smallest details can be just what our investigators need to get these individuals arrested and off the street,” he said.

Arson fires are preventable through education and awareness, additional resources are available at the State Fire Marshal’s website: com.ohio.gov/fire.

Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony Honors 5 Who Died In Line of Duty in 2021

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(LONDON, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, members of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and law enforcement officers from throughout the state gathered Thursday to pay special tribute to the five Ohio peace officers lost in the line of duty last year.

“These names are carved in stone so that they resist the passage of time – the wear and tear of cold and ice, and especially, the dimming of memory.”

Attorney General says our freedom and our security depend on the rule of law. And because law enforcement officers defend the rule of law, “They are remembered in stone because they – and those who continue their work – are the foundation of our society, and therefore, they are the foundation of all the good things the rest of us enjoy.”

The 34th Ohio Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony, held at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, also served as an occasion to honor and thank all 814 Ohio peace officers who have sacrificed their lives since 1823.

The five who died last year are: 

StalkerOfficer Brandon M. Stalker, Toledo Police Department On Jan, 18, 2021, Officer Stalker was fatally shot at a SWAT scene when the suspect opened fire while trying to flee the house where he had barricaded himself. Officer Stalker, 24, had graduated from the police academy less than two years earlier. The two things he loved best, his family and his job, were blossoming side by side. He talked often about his two young children, his fiancée and their upcoming wedding. And his passion for his calling was just as obvious.
GilreathDeputy Donald R. Gilreath III, Hamilton County Sheriff’s OfficeOn Feb. 12, 2021, Deputy Gilreath, 36, died of complications from the COVID-19 virus, which he contracted on the job. As much of society quarantined during the pandemic, the 15-year veteran continued his duties at the Hamilton County Justice Center, where he oversaw the control room and greeted everyone entering the building with a kind word and a laugh. He left behind his wife and three children.
LagoreNatural Resources Officer Jason S. Lagore, Ohio Department of Natural ResourcesOn Feb. 23, 2021, Officer Lagore, 36, suffered a heart attack at Rocky Fork State Park as he and his K-9 partner were searching for the body of a teenage girl trapped under the ice. Officer Lagore was married and the father of two young boys. He was the driving force behind ODNR’s K-9 program during his 15-year career. He created the department’s first K-9 academy, led the Division of Parks and Watercraft K-9 training program, and was often asked by other agencies to lend his expertise to their search, rescue and recovery operations.
DawleyOfficer Scott R. Dawley, Nelsonville Police DepartmentOn Aug. 3, 2021, Officer Dawley, 43, died in a three-vehicle crash while responding to a report of gunfire. He was well-known around his hometown for his selflessness, humor and sense of justice. The seven-year veteran of the department and second-most-senior offic­er loved his job and was looking forward to a possible promotion to sergeant. Newly remarried, he left behind his wife and seven children.
BartekOfficer Shane H. Bartek, Cleveland Division of Police On New Year’s Eve 2021, while off duty, Officer Bartek was shot and killed when a woman ambushed him from behind to steal his car. The 25-year-old had been on the force for two years and was constantly extending himself during his short career. He spent time reading at a child care center. He loved the Shop with a Cop program at Christmastime. And his partners fondly remember how he helped – and later stayed in touch with – a suicidal Navy veteran who had become addicted to drugs.

Additional information about the fallen officers is available here.  

Also honored today was Deputy Rex E. Faux of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Faux died in the line of duty in 1933 but was never recognized. His name has also been added to the memorial wall.

Ceremonial units from Ohio law enforcement agencies participated in the event.