WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2020

>>Hardin County Drug Bust

(Kenton, OH)--According to a news release from the Hardin County Sheriff, the Hardin County Crime Task Force along with the Hardin County Special Response Team executed a search warrant Monday at 101 N. McConnell St. in the Village of Alger for trafficking in illegal narcotics.As a result of the search warrant over five pounds of marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, methamphetamine and pills were recovered.A vehicle, Illegal firearms and over $17,000 in cash were also seized from the residence.One male was arrested at the scene.More charges are pending as the investigation continues.

>>CORONAVIRUS

(COLUMBUS, OH)--GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE'S RECOMMENDATION TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO LARGE-SCALE SPORTING EVENTS WAS MADE BASED ON THE ADVICE OF MEDICAL EXPERTS. EXPERTS SAY LARGE EVENTS ARE THE BIGGEST RISK. IF SOMEONE COUGHS OR SNEEZES IN A LARGE CROWD, DOCTORS SAY THERE IS A FIVE-TO-SIX FOOT RADIUS AROUND THEM WHERE THE VIRUS WILL SPREAD. A LITTLE OVER 80 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WHO GET CORONAVIRUS WILL HAVE MILD OR NO SYMPTOMS AT ALL.

AMONG THE MOST MAJOR OF DEWINE'S RECOMMENDATIONS WAS THAT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SUSPEND IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FOR THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WAS THE FIRST OF A MOUNTING LIST OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WOULD BE SWITCHING TO ONLINE CLASSES, FOR THE TIME BEING.

>>Local Colleges Respond to Coronavirus

(Lima, OH)--Effective today, Rhodes State College will be closed to all students.Classes will resume in a remote learning format on Monday. There will be no face-to-face classes or labs. Remote learning will continue until April 3.

Hometown Stations reports that four Ohio Northern University students and one faculty member are being quarantined after possibly coming in contact with the coronavirus while traveling during a spring break study trip in Costa Rica.

The University of Northwestern Ohio issued a statement saying it is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and is taking proactive measures to protect the health and safety of all students, staff, and faculty while working to maintain University operations and responsibilities. Furthermore, UNOH has prohibited all University-supported travel to countries under a CDC Level 3 travel restriction and all student group trips to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries.

OHSAA EVENTS TO LIMIT SPECTATORS

(COLUMBUS, OH)--THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT EVENTS WILL CONTINUE, BUT SPECTATORS WILL BE LIMITED TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS.

COMMISSIONER JERRY SNODGRASS SAID THAT HE WILL FOLLOW THE SUGGESTION OF GOV. MIKE DEWINE, WHO ANNOUNCED ALL SPORTING EVENTS IN THE STATE SHOULD PROCEED WITHOUT MOST SPECTATORS.

At all OHSAA state and regional tournaments this week and next week, all events surrounding the games are cancelled, including special presentations, halftime entertainment, various meetings, merchandise sales and other display booths.

Student-athletes will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase a ticket for the game. Coaches for that team can each designate two family members to purchase tickets. School administrators and the bus drive each receive one free ticket for themselves and a guest. Each regional site will work with the participating schools regarding its team list and ticket sales process, which will be cash only at entry.

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2020

Div. IV Regional Semifinals at BGSU Stroh Center

Columbus Grove 55 Antwerp 50

Tayt Birnesser led top-ranked Grove (26-0) with 17 points as they handed #2 Antwerp their only loss of the season (25-1).

Parkway 44 Calvert 42

Caleb Kinney’s 16 points led Parkway to a win in their first-ever trip to the Regional Tournament. Parkway and Columbus Grove will meet Friday night at 7:00 at BGSU in the Regional Championship Game. The game will be carried here on 1150 WIMA.

Div. IV Regional Semifinals at UD Arena

Wellington School 38 Fort Loramie 35

Jackson Center 40 Fairfield Christian 30

>>Northern Kentucky Earns Automatic NCAA Bid

(Indianapolis, IN) -- Northern Kentucky is going to the Big Dance. The Norse beat the Illinois-Chicago Flames 71-62 in the Horizon League Tournament championship game in Indianapolis to earn an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Tyler Sharp led the Norse with 16 points. Northern Kentucky moves forward with a 23-and-9 record and will find out on Selection Sunday its first-round opponent. Lima Central Catholic grad Dantez Walton had 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Norse.

>>Cavaliers Open Road Trip With Close Loss In Chicago

(Chicago, IL) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers opened their six-game road trip with a close 108-103 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Cavs were again with several key players, including Tristan Thompson and Darius Garland, but still rallied in the second-half to head into the fourth quarter tied with the Bulls at 78 apiece. Cleveland's Collin Sexton led all players with 26-points while Andre Drummond added in 21, and Kevin Love finished with 17. The Cavs will now take two days off before they next play on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets.