The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Thursday, December 30, 2004
FORWARD FROM DAYTON FOP LODGE 44
From: FOP 44 Retirees
Date: 12/29/04 07:42:01
Subject: Dave Michael Update 12-29-04
FOP 44 Retirees Membership:
This is an update on Dave Michael's condition. As a reminder, he was in a hospital on December 17th for a simple surgical procedure on his throat when there were complications during the recovery. At one point he was in very serious condition.
Dave remains in intensive care but is showing signs of improvement. He is still awaiting lab results reference the infection. Apparently the delay is weather related. Dave is becoming more responsive to family members and is able to sit up for short periods of time. Efforts continue to stabilize him enough for heart surgery. The family is very aware of friends concerns. Even though they ask that you continue to keep Dave in your thoughts and prayers, they still request no calls or visits at this time.
Get well cards and notes of encouragement are welcomed and can be sent to his home:
David L. Michael
1184 W. Lower Springboro Rd.
Springboro, Ohio 45066
Dayton FOP 44 Retirees
AN ALL WC NEW YEARS EVE EFFORT...
---As we are all aware, our classmate, DAVID L. MICHAEL, 1958, is currently hospitalized. We are also all now aware that we have another member of the MAYS family, DOUG, who has lymphoma cancer. We are told his cancer is treatable and this news comes from his sister- in-law, Ann, who is married to brother DAVID. So we have two classmates who need our support.
A few of you have formulated ideas to help our fellow classmates. One of them is to take a minute or two, at precisely 11:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve, to pray in unison for the good health of these two classmates, from wherever you may be. So for those who believe in that form of help, please do this, at precisely 11:p.m. tomorrow night. For those who believe in other ways of help, we ask that you do whatever that may be to offer support and let our two classmates know that they are in our thoughts and that we wish the best for them. We can send cards, e-mails, write notes, do things to help the families, or just be there when someone is needed. Let's all unite in this effort, in whatever capacity we may choose, in order to make Dave and Doug aware that we are thinking of them, please. Thanks.
---And there you have it! More at 11--- B
Monday, December 27, 2004
Peerless Mill Re-Opens
Some Good News! (reprinted from the Miamisburg-West Carrollton News - 10 Dec 2004)
After nearly two years of extensive work, Miamisburg’s historic Peerless Mill Inn is open.When fire destroyed the roof and most of the building’s upper level on Jan. 23, 2003, it looked doubtful that the restaurant would reopen, but owner Gary Wiegele made a pledge that he would restore the Peerless Mill.After months of labor, the 176-year-old inn has been restored as a fine dining restaurant - a restaurant that is better than it was before, but still has the historic charm it was known for.The restaurant opened for Thanksgiving dinner and it was packed as patrons flocked to see what had risen from the ashes.“The contractors did an unbelievable job,” said Wiegele. “We wanted to recreate the old place as well as we could, but also make improvements that would lead to better customer service.“And we did,” he said.Customers will find the same rustic atmosphere, familiar menu items and customer service improved by the conveniences of a modern kitchen, said Wiegele. “The workers were able to salvage beams, posts and barn wood and use them in the restoration,” he said. “These were cleaned up, sandblasted and put back into the construction.“And during the cleanup we found the original brick floor in the Heritage Room,” said Wiegele.Wooden beams and fireplaces grace every dining area in the historic inn, many of them made with original materials of the building.“I had a vision of what I wanted,” said Wiegele. “I knew there were problems with the building as it was.“The procedures were wrong and the traffic flow in the building created a bottleneck for the servers,” he said. “It was almost a good thing what happened because it gave us a chance to fix things, modernize and improve the restaurant.”One of those improvements is the Lockhouse Tavern, which has replaced the former bar. It has a U-shaped bar, booths, TV monitors and a separate entrance. The kitchen has been expanded to 3,000 square feet, about three times the size of the former kitchen.A new hallway leads patrons from the entrance to the rear dining areas.The work on the restoration is not finished yet, said Wiegele. There still remains much work on the outside of the building to do and the management and staff are still “working out the bugs” and serving only a limited holiday menu at the present.“One change we did make immediately is we are now open for lunch and dinner seven days a week,” said Wiegele. “We’re no longer closed on Mondays like we used to be.”By January, the restaurant will have a new, larger dinner menu.“Our new menu will be six pages long, instead of the two page menus we had originally,” said Wiegele. “We will offer an extensive variety of lots of different kinds of good food.”Wiegele said the inn will also continue to offer one of the most extensive wine lists in the Miami Valley, including wines bottled under the Peerless Mill Inn label.Also, beginning in January, the Lockhouse Tavern will have a happy hour and feature live music.“We’re very happy with the response from our customers since we’ve opened,” said Wiegele. “We hope everyone will bear with us for a little while we work out the bugs in our operation.”The Peerless Mill Inn, located at 317 S. Second Street, began in 1828, 33 years before the Civil War, as a grist and lumber mill along the old Miami & Erie Canal that had just been built through Miamisburg. The 175-year-old mill is only 10 years younger than the city of Miamisburg itself.In 1929, the lumber mill was closed and turned into a restaurant called “The Peerless Pantry,” named after an owner of the structure, Peerless Waters. Ultimately, the name was changed to the Peerless Mill Inn.It is thought to be the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in Montgomery County.
---Life would be no good, if I didn't make mistakes, now would it? First of all, thanks to JoAnn for making me aware of this, or else I'd never have known.
It was NOT Sharon Blackburn who attended the holiday lunch for girls of 1960. It was SHARON BORGER! In my defense, I have to tell you that I was told that "Sharon" said she had just spoken to me. Well, I haven't spoken to the Borger Sharon since last March. However, I have had a number of exchanges with the Blackburn Sharon, of late, and so that's why I made that assumption. So I offer my apologies to both Sharons and please be aware that I would dearly love to see BOTH of you!
Secondly, there is no need to send out the bloodhounds to help me with Judy Stalder's e-mail address. She no longer has one. After JoAnn reminded me of that, I did remember that she told me she was printing out all of the bulletins and giving them to Judy, herself. So that's it for my goofs in this one. Happy Holidays to all!
---And there you have it! More at 11--- B
Sunday, December 26, 2004
WECATON NEWS REPORT - Dave Michael Update 24 Dec 2004:
Again, we offer thanks to WILLIAM R. HOWARD, Class of 1958, who is not only one of the classmates of DAVID L. MICHAEL, but also a fellow retired law enforcement officer. As such, he is in a position to be on the receiving end of the FOP bulletins, as you can see. It seems that Dave has a ways to go, in order to be, "out of the woods." Let's keep those prayers and good thougts going and be sure to send those cards. I notice they do not include the unit number. I'm pretty sure the address should read as, "1184-R," rather than just 1184, so you may wish to keep that in mind. This is not what I wish to be reporting on Christmas Day, but I wanted to keep all of you informed. Also, for those wish to send e-mail, the Michael address is ( Survivewise@cs.com ). On a final note, please remember that their correct name is simply "Michael." There is no "s" at the end of the name. Let's all have a great holiday and keep our fingers crossed for the Michael family.
---And there you have it! More at 11--- B
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
WECATON NEWS REPORT!!!--- 22 December 2004
---What on earth am I doing? Here it is, just 3 days until Christmas and the whole world is making preparations (well, at least a huge majority of it), and I'm sitting here doing a news bullletin! Well, I find this relaxing and very pleasant in the mad rush of holiday preparations and it's been about 3 weeks since I wrote one, anyway. So here we go! Now, let's see, what's happening in the world of WC? Plenty!
Way back on November 30, I received a wonderful e-mail from 1960's T. BARRY RUSSELLO, who reported that he and his 1959 spouse, BETSY R. MURPHY, will be traveling to Maryland to spend the holiday with their daughter, son-in-law, and their two grandsons. They will be gone from the 23rd through the 28th. You can bet they will both also be fashionable and chic! It's one of the things they do best. Have a great time, Russellos, and be safe on your trip! They are once again receiving all the bulletins, after a few months of failing to do so.
Speaking of wonderful WC news, here's some of the best I've heard in quite a spell: DAVID A. BLAIR, Class of 1960, is the very proud grandfather of twin boys, who were born on September 25, 2004. Now, don't ask me why it took SO long for him to let us know. But at least we know, now. Dave's grandsons brings to 3, the number of his grandchildren. They already had one 3- year-old granddaughter. Now, they have Noah Richard and Cole Alan and both are apparently doing well and thriving. Dave says the boys will round out his foursome for golf, along with son Mark. Congratulations from all of us, Dave, on the joyous occasion of the birth of your twin grandsons.
As we all are now aware, the health of JUDY LINDSEY has taken a great upswing. I haven't heard anything for the past couple of weeks, but her little brother, 1959's JAMES L. LINDSEY, wrote to tell me of his sister's big improvement in her health and how happy he was about it. Also sending along good wishes for Judy were 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL and JUDITH L. SAMUELS. If you're out there reading this, Judy, please know that we've all been pulling for you and directing our good thoughts in your direction. Keep improving!
From 1987's SHARLENE N. MERKER and from 1955's DONNA G. TUDOR, come reports that 1960's SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, is rapidly improving from her horrendous accident of the third week of November, wherein she suffered a skull fracture. That type of injury is fragile and she will have to closely monitor her activity for a period of months, but she has told me she's doing well, as did her daughter and sister. I know we're all happy to hear that.
Donna sends special greetings to 1957's DARELL L. TOBIAS, and she also asked that I convey condolences to you, BOYD H. JENKINS, Class of 1960, upon the loss of your brother, EARL, Class of 1955, who was Donna's classmate.
JAMES E. KECKLER and wife Janet have reported that they are in Ohio until January 11. This means a few of you may be seeing them. Speaking of returning to Ohio, that's just exactly what PATRICIA LYNNETTE GARRETT has done, after gallivanting all over the country. She and husband Frank came to Florida, then went to Las Vegas to sign final papers on their new home there, then back to Florida, then off to Ohio yesterday. After all this travel, Lynn was so weary, I didn't get to see her before she headed back north. I was crushed, as I love spending time with Lynn (and Frank, too). But I have an invitation to Las Vegas while she and Frank are there in the Spring and I'm going to be out west, as it happens. So one just never knows, right?
Lynn was among those who checked in with jokes, psa's, cartoons, political humor, etc., this time. She had lots of company, too, who included ROBERT W. "SMITTY" SMITH, GARY E. BARNES, JACK L. GODBY, SALLY L. GILLETTE, BARBARA T. O'NEAL, STEVEN M. KOKOT, SUE E. SOWERS, SANDRA S. HOLLINGS- WORTH, ERCELL P. PHILLIPS, PAMELA K. SHIPLEY, JACQUELINE N. LESHER, RICHARD E. KNEER, LARRY M. PENDLEY, SANDRA L. BARSALOU, GAIL DAUBENDICK, CAROLYN E. "TOOTIE" PENCE, JOHN L. MONTGOMERY, SHARLENE N. MERKER, PAUL R. BEARDSLEY, and CAROLYN SUE MCCLOUD. So we know all these folks are alive and well. By the way, Lynn wants to know if anyone out there has any info on either MARTY NOGGLE or SUE MORGAN. If so, please let her know. My sources don't reveal anything on either of these alumni.
JOHN W. BYSTREK, Class of 1961, checked in to say that he read my bulletin again, from beginning to end. I thank you, John, for your reading loyalty. For those of you who may be unaware of this, John tells me mine are the only e-mails which he reads, from start to finish. I must confess that I consider that to be quite an accolade and the significance does not go unnoticed, John.
MONTY ESTEP, Class of 1960, is monitoring e-mail for me on WILLIAM E. HECKER and JUDY A. SHOCKLEY and we hope to get them both on board and able to get all bulletins. We've been having a little problem with the two e-mail addresses I have on file right now. If any of you have any updates on either of them, please let me know. All of their mail is being returned, as is that of JUDITH A. STALDER. Help!
NANCY E. "COOKIE" BOWIE has by now gotten in her visit to Arizona to see JUDI BECKETT. Let us know how that went, Cookie, and how Judi is doing. Cookie and I have exchanged a few stories on life's changes and I've got a beautiful calendar she sent me, as did the Russello business, The Realty Group. Thanks to both! Thanks to all of you, in fact, who have sent me holiday greetings. I love receiving them, I selfishly admit. However, in view of the fact that I maintain contact, intermittently, all year long with bulletins, I don't do holiday cards. Now, I ask you, is that some good raltionization or what?
DONNA J. RICHARDS, Class of 1961, has checked in once or twice. She and my husband are fighting off the "smoking demons" right now and I hope they're both doing well. Frankly, I have to admit, if it weren't for the fact that we smell bad from it and our lungs don't work as well, I'd still be smoking, myself. Many of us are from the era when it was considered quite sophisticated to smoke and it is nothing if not a seductive habit, to say the least. So I wish them both success.
From the home of RICHARD C. CALL, Class of 1961, comes a note from wife Jean, who let us all know that granddaughter Ashley has been asked to coach special needs kids. Ashely is studying to work with that type of student and her grandparents are justifiably quite proud. Well, Jean, did you give Rich that "mystery gift" yet? I'm just dying to know. I also want to know his reaction.
MICHAEL WEST, Class of 1960, reports that he is working on his old van and may be using it to do a bit of traveling, he doesn't yet know. If you get down this way, look me up, Mike! Speaking of travel, cousin Judy (Samuels, previously mentioned) took a trip to New York City recently and got to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, along with husband Bill Van Cleef. They did many other things, too, and arrived home safely. Bill had stints put in, on this very morning and I'm awaiting Judy's report on how he's doing.
Lately, I've been having some wonderful exchanges with SHARON R. BLACKBURN, Class of 1960. It seems we have more in common than I could have ever imagined, what with Sharon's grandchildren moving off to another state, just as mine did. We've been "consoling" each other and also catching up on how life has been treating each of us, over the past 44-plus years. I love this part of this alumni stuff, because I so enjoy finally getting to know those whom I didn't know quite so well, in school. I discovered that I "missed" some truly fabulous folks and I'm grateful to life's pattern for having given me a second chance. Keep those e-mails comin', Sharon!
LARRY M. PENDLEY, Class of 1960, aka, "My First Husband," also checked in with a great e-mail (finally!) and mentioned lots of names from school, who include BUD LOWMAN, DAN WALTERS, BILL BOLINGER, DAVE MAYS, JOHN BYSTREK, MONTY ESTEP, BARRY RUSSELLO, GARY WARLAUMONT, PHIL WOLFORD and he also wants to catch up with BILL DUNCAN and BILL WALKER. Well, I can't help you with Bill Duncan just yet, Larry, but I've "got all the goods" on Bill Walker. Just write me an e-mail and I'll put you in direct contact. Larry and Judi have just bought a new home, so congratulations on that and hey, Larry, DO stay in touch, will ya'? By the way, you failed to give me your new telephone number. Are you trying to send me a not- so-subtle message?
Those travelin' WALKER folks, WILLIAM O. and his spouse, KAREN MURPHY (honorary WC grad) are still out and about and doing insurance adjustments in my state. Karen writes that they will likely be here for an extended period of time. Again, we confirmed that we intend to get together before they leave the state. They are doing well, she writes, and their son, Brian, is also doing insurance adjusting in this state. They will all spend the Christmas holiday here with Bill's mother, who is on Florida's "left coast."
Karen reported an amusing story on our fellow alumnus, RICHARD G. DENNY, whose spouse is another WC alumnus, LIELA K. GEORGE. It seems Dick said he wasn't getting any of the bulletins. So I checked my e- mail address on him. It was correct. Furthermore, my PC was indicating a successful transmission to him. So I knew that the problem had to be between his carrier and his own PC. The conclusion we've reached, is that Dick is seeing, "WeCaTon News Report," thinks it's a solicitous piece of junk mail, and deletes it, not realizing what it is. Karen wrote that he gets SO much e-mail, he deletes tons of it. So if one isn't aware of the significance of the WeCaTon name---well, there's little chance they'll read it, right? But we're hoping everything is now ironed out and that Dick and Liela are reading the bulletins. By the way, the Georges and the Walkers recently shared dinner together.
ERCELL P. PHILLIPS checked in with a new e-mail address and if anyone needs the new one, please let me know. We also got a nice, newsy e-mail from 1961's BARBARA J. TURNINGTON. Barb wrote that she's very much enjoying being a recipient of our bulletins and she was also quite thrilled to speak recently with her former classmate, Lynn Garrett. I do believe that they have some plans to get together, sometime soon. You two be sure to send in a report on your meeting, okay, and also who else may have joined you. By the way, I made a goof a while back, when I said it was Lynn who wanted to get in touch with Marty Noggle and Sue Morgan. It wasn't Lynn. It's Barb! So let's find them, shall we? Barb has also been in touch with EDNA L. GRAY, and plans to see her, too.
Everyone who is successfully receiving the bulletins is now aware of the tragic news about 1958's DAVID LEE MICHAEL, longtime spouse of 1959's SANDRA RAE KINNEY. As previously written, let's keep them and their family in our good thoughts and prayers, as he fights for recovery and healing. I failed to make available the e-mail address, in my original notification, so here it is: ( Survivewise@cs.com ) It's so important for us all to stick together and show support, at times like this, especially.
By the time my Thanksgiving holiday was concluded, I was anxiously looking forward to the impending visit from my old friend, BRUCE E. CHENOWETH, Class of 1958, who has come down twice each year for the past two years. I'm hoping it's a tradition which will continue. We were planning on going to Titusville for the WC Holiday Brunch. Bruce and my husband have become quite chummy, having found various bases for commonality. So my husband went with us this year. Although there were very few folks in attendance this year (unlike last year), I must tell you that we had a circus for about 3 hours, we really did.
In addition to Bruce and my husband and me, there were CURTIS A . KEMP and wife Maria, as well as GERALD A. FULLER and wife Becky. Curtis was positively the life of the party, and I'm not kidding. He told us all a story about his thumb being injured, and while that is not very funny, in and of itself, hearing Curtis tell the story, put us all in tears. JUDITH L. SAMUELS had forgotten the brunch and scheduled a trip to NYC. LINDA L MCAFEE did the same thing and scheduled a trip to Hawaii. We can't figure out for the life of us, what happened to our regular, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, and this was the very first WC function he's EVER missed! Bruce was really disappointed by the absence of Tom. As for WILLIAM R. HOWARD, he wrote that he had to work this year and "TOOTIE" had moved back to Ohio a year ago. DARELL L. TOBIAS, however, is very nearby but didn't make it, as he pleaded having to do Christmas decorations. This was yet one more absence about which both Bruce and I were very disappointed. So I don't know if we're going to accept THAT excuse again, Darell, but you're forgiven this time, and we DO expect to see you next year. Our in-house athlete, DELORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY had a long-ago-scheduled, championship ball game, so we had to forgive her, too. BOYD H. JENKINS had just lost his brother, so he stayed in Okeechobee. JOANN K. STEMLEY wasn't yet in Florida We sure did miss you, too, ROBERTA A. RICE. We needed ALL of you and were very disappointed. But as I wrote, even at that, we did have a great time. We shall expect each and every single one of you to put in an appearance next year, though, and it will be on December 5, 2005, so get that on your schedule NOW! How about you, MADELEINE D. CAMPBELL? Please tell us how husband Bill is doing. Are you in Florida now? And what about you, CAROLYN SUE MCCLOUD? RICHARD E. KNEER, how about you? We expect to see each of you at next year's WC Holiday Brunch on December's first Saturday at the Dixie Crossroads. By the way, the food was just spectacular there, this year. So mark those calendars and be aware that we are not accepting ANY excuses for NEXT year! We should have had no less than 15-18 WC people there. We will DO THAT, come next year, hear?
Back to Boyd for a moment. He has reported that his recently-deceased brother, Earl, had requested to be cremated and that he has made two trips back and forth to Ohio, over just the past month, in order to fulfill those wishes. Boyd wrote that he's taking his boat out and planning to relax a little. He writes that the fish are biting in his neighborhood. Yes, you've surely earned some relaxation, Boyd. When you're up this way again, look me up.
My darling and incomparable friend, EULA FAYE BAILEY, and I have been keeping up a running exchange. We seem to chat on the phone about 3-4 times each month, I'm happy to report. I pick up the phone and call her, at the drop of a hat, when I need a good, old-fashioned dose of reality and common sense or just when I want to hear the sound of her voice. That seems to be pretty often. We all need to do more of that, as a matter of fact.
JoAnn reports that Ohio had its own version of a WC Holiday Brunch on December 15 and I'm delighted about that. Present with JoAnn were 1960 girls, SHARON R. BLACKBURN, SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, NEDRA MILLER, JUDITH ANN STALDER, and CONNIE BAKER. That is just great, ladies! I'm so thrilled that you all spent some time together and I do so hope that you will make it a point to continue the tradition. There were others who wanted to be there, but couldn't, according to JoAnn. They included LINDA BOWMAN, DOTTIE WILLMAN, JOY TREON, MADELEINE CAMPBELL, and FLOSSIE GRAY. They were also seeking JUDY SHOCKLEY and DONNA MILLS. If that whole crew converges again, I just might have to take a red-eye flight and buzz up there, myself. I'd love that!
Let's keep those WC gatherings going, whenever and wherever we can. In fact, let's all start our planning right now, for our Second Annual WC Florida Spring Fest, which will be held next year on Sunday, April 3, 2005. We will once again be (we hope) at JoAnn's condo clubhouse in Orlando (Windover Condominiums). Those of you who attended last year, are well aware of what a circus we had and how long it lasted. We all arrived at noon and I don't think that place cleared out until after 9 p.m.! No one wanted to see it end. Everyone brought food items and drinks and we sat around the pool. WC stories were endless and more fun than I can ever tell you. A number of people even traveled down from Ohio to attend. I hope to see all of last year's attendees in April, as well as many more. Let's work on that. Don't put it off! We aren't in a position any longer to delay things. Lest we forget, we now have a long list of us who can NEVER again attend a WC function and, sadly, that list growing longer, with each and every passing year.
It is time to conclude this edition of the WeCaTon News Report. I sincerely wish the most wonderful of holidays for each and every single one of you and your families and may the New Year bring wonderful things to all of us. I leave you all with my usual wish for glowing health, great happiness, peaceful serenity, and boundless prosperity. Ciao!
---And there you have it! More at 11--- B
Monday, December 06, 2004
ALL THE NEWS THAT"S FIT TO (PRINT???):
The Miamisburg-West Carrollton News is now available on-line at:
! WoW !, The Pirates won the now-titled "crosstown" shoot-out last Friday. Complete article at:
Pirates plunder Vikings in Crosstown Jam - 04 DEC 2004
John Cummings, Sports Editor
Entering the Crosstown Jam Friday night, Miamisburg boys basketball coach Jim Robinson figured the Vikings had their work cut out for them.“We knew that we had to take Drew (Frahm) and Brian (Corn) out of things for them offensively,” Robinson said. “And, Chad (Muntzinger) was a whole other story.“The thing was their role players stepped up.”West Carrollton coach Dan Gerhard can understand why the Vikings felt the way they did.“Most people feel the same way as coach Robinson feels,” Gerhard said after the Pirates battled for a 51-44 win over the Vikings. “I thought Chad stepped up for us.“And, on the other side, we had other players who really stepped up for us.”However, early on, it looked like the Vikings were going to follow the lead their female counterparts had left in the game prior to theirs.Billy Kitchen scored the first three points of the night before Dante Robinson sliced through the lane for a basket and a 5-0 lead with 5:15 left in the first quarter. Matt Engle scored the first points of the season for the Pirates with 4:23 left in the quarter, but Cody Blevins and Nick Mangen each hit shots for the Vikings for a 9-2 lead.Muntzinger scored his first points of the season with 2:38 left in the quarter before Kitchen pushed the lead to 12-4 with 2:18. Muntzinger closed the gap to six heading into the second quarter.Mangen started the second quarter off with a three pointer to push the lead to 15-6, but Gerhard believed that the Pirates could come back.“In this rivalry, when a team gets a good start, unless they have that killer instinct, the other team is going to come back,” Gerhard said. “It was nothing to push the panic button on.“We didn’t like seeing what we did at the beginning of the game, but we knew that we could come back and right the ship.”Patrick Wall scored six straight to cut the lead to 17-12 before Engle got the lead to three with 2:17 left in the half. Mangen pushed the lead back to five with 1:41 left in the half, but Engle answered with a basket before Justin Winiecki canned a three pointer to tie the game at 19-19.Sam Mote gave the Vikings the lead back with a free throw before Danny Manning hit a short jumper with :12 left before the half to give the Pirates a 21-20 lead at the break.“We felt like we should have been ahead by 15,” Robinson said. “But, even after scoring six points in the first quarter and being down, they never died.“As soon as they took the lead, I had the sense that the wind had been taken out of our sails.”In the Pirate locker room, it was a sign that things were starting to turn around.“We had been down most of the half, and I think this gave us a little momentum,” Gerhard said. “We were down most of the half, and after fighting back, it made us feel the next half was ours.“We figured that we can’t shoot much worse than we did in the first half, and we were not playing well so the second half had to be better.”The second half got off to a fast start for the Pirates as Manning hit a shot jumper and a three pointer right out of the chute to push the lead to 26-20 before Frahm scored his first points of the season on a short turn around jumpe for a 28-20 lead with 6:06 left in the third quarter.“There is no gray area with this team,” Robinson said. “We are either good or we are flat out bad.“You can even see that in practices. We will go from being fantastic to looking like we have never touched a ball, and that is something that we have to fix.”Blevins converted a three point play to get the Vikings on the board in the second half before Frahm hit a short jumper and Kitchen continued the trend of swapping baskets. Muntzinger answered Kitchen, but Mangen answered with a three ponter and LJ Griffin scored underneath to cut the West Carrollton lead to 32-30 with 2:24 left in the quarter.West Carrollton, however, closed with a 8-0 lead to push the lead to 10 heading into the final quarter.Winiecki hit a three pointer before Muntzinger stuck the putback after grabbing a rebound and Winiecke recorded a steal and stopped and drained the three pointer with :09 left for a 40-30 lead heading into the final eight minutes.“We had a good run there,” Gerhard said. “We were in position where we could put the game out of reach when you get the lead up to 10.“If we make a basket here, or there, then we could really put the game away.”Mangen keyed a 9-2 run to open the final stanza that cut the deficit to 42-39 when Blevins hit a short jumper. West Carrollton, however, came back with a tip in by Muntzinger and a basket by Manning to push the lead to 46-39. Robinson converted a three point play with 2:38 left in the game to cut the deficit to 46-42, but that was the closest the Vikings would get.
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