Friday, January 30, 2015

Pizza and a Movie to be Hosted by Castine Church of the Brethren

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Please mark your calendars for Sunday, February 15, 2015, when Castine Church of the Brethren marriage ministry welcomes the public for an evening out. Pizza, salad and dessert will be followed by the movie The Song, which offers poignant teaching based on passages from Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Tickets are free, with an opportunity for an offering to defray costs. Please consider inviting friends. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the movie by 7:00 pm. Your evening will conclude by 9pm. The movie website will provide more detail and a movie trailer to view.

To obtain your ticket, please contact Jeni Berger at, or call 937 548 2253. You may also contact Castine Church at 937 678 9945. We look forward to hearing from you and would be honored by your presence.


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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a "Managing Your Money" series. The classes will be held March 9, 16 & 23, 2015, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:30-7:30pm. Participants attend all three sessions. The fee to attend is $20.00 per individual or $30.00 per couple.

The "Managing Your Money" classes are appropriate for singles or couples who wish to develop a family budget and catch up on bills. We will discuss credit and debt management. Realize there are no quick fixes for financial problems. However, we can offer some tips that will make the process easier. We will not be telling you how you "should" spend your money. After attending this series you will have set financial goals, know where your money goes, have developed a budget, and have a plan for saving money or reducing debt.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937.548.5215 or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by March 3.

MVCTC Pre-school Registration Opens for 2015-2016 School Year

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Englewood, Ohio -- Laughter, encouragement, and hands-on exploring is what you will see and hear coming from the preschool at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). This preschool is unique in that junior and senior high school students run it as part of the Early Childhood Education program. The program’s instructors, Connie Marshal and Darnice Wilkinson, educate students on all areas of child development, instructional strategies, and curriculum set forth by the State of Ohio Board of Education. Students apply their knowledge and skills by operating a fully functional preschool for three to five year olds. Every day the preschoolers explore and learn through various activities designed and implemented by these bright young educators.

The preschool is divided into two different classes, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. On any given day, you will find children in the preschool actively involved and enjoying learning. “Each morning these children walk through that door with a smile on their face and an aura of sheer delight to be here and to learn with us and we are honored by that,” said Alicia Newman, program assistant.

Enrollment for the next school year begins February 1, 2015. Children ages three to five (must be three by June 1) and that are potty trained may apply. Both morning and afternoon classes will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. The morning class is from 9-11:25 a.m. and the afternoon class is from 11:50-2:15 p.m. There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee and yearly tuition is $420. Please call 937-854-6070 for more information regarding the MVCTC Pre-school program.

For more information on MVCTC’s Early Childhood Education program, please visit For more information on the preschool program, please visit

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

Swingin' With the Saints, Again!

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Swingin' With the Saints, Again! is a free community concert presented by First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. Kim Bohler, Paula Ulrich with Mike Hogg, Darrell Fryman, Terri Fryman, Jane Tester and Don Lockhart will provide an hour of entertainment. Musical styles range from Celtic to classical, gospel to pop, and bossa nova to big band. Refreshments will follow the concert. The church is located at 114 E. Fourth St. in Greenville. For more information, call 548-3188.


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CBC honors Vectren for support of the Lead The Way Creative Scholarship program; (L-R) Retiring Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman, CBC/CTS CEO Dr. David Smith, Vectren Community Affairs Manager Rachel Goodspeed, & CBC COO Jodi Minneman.
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is celebrating 10 years of partnering with Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Vectren) to award college scholarships to high school seniors who creatively challenge their peers to be blood donors. Vectren has provided $50,000 in tuition assistance since first sponsoring the original CBC “Save Our Supply” scholarship in 2005. Vectren’s $5,000 pledge for the 2015 CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship marks its 11th year of sponsorship.

The Lead The Way goal is to motivate young adults to become blood resource leaders of tomorrow by annually awarding $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five scholarship recipients. Any student whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive can compete for the scholarship by creating a winning blood drive recruitment campaign. The 2015 application deadline is April 20.

The announcement of funding for the 2015 Lead The Way scholarship is an opportunity for CBC to honor Vectren for its 10-year history of support. Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services (CBC/CTS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Smith and CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman presented a glass “Lead The Way” lighthouse statuette and plaque to Vectren, and also honored retiring Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman with a glass lighthouse statuette. New Community Affairs Manager Rachel Goodspeed now serves as Vectren’s liaison with CBC in the Lead The Way Creative Scholarship Program.

“This has been an extremely satisfying partnership,” said Dr. Smith. “We’ve seen the level of competition grow each year and it’s very impressive. With Vectren’s help, these bright young scholarship winners are using their talents and following their dreams. We’re also very thankful to the administrators and volunteers at our 118 blood drive high schools. They welcome us into their schools and support our lifesaving mission.”

Vectren has assisted 50 scholarship winners and the program continues to attract well-qualified applicants. In 2014 CBC accepted 64 applications from students representing 35 schools from 11 counties in CBC’s 15-county service area, a 48 percent increase from 2013. Applications in 2013 increased 30 percent over the previous year.

“We are proud to support a program that not only challenges students across the Miami Valley to think like leaders while cultivating their creative skills – it gets them involved at a deeper level in our community,” said Vectren’s Rachel Goodspeed. “It’s important to keep our youth motivated to further their education and involved in giving back to our community. They are the community leaders of tomorrow.”

A Lead The way tradition is to put winning scholarship campaigns to work. Submitted campaign videos are shown at area high schools and winning campaign slogans and graphic designs are often adopted for CBC use. A recent example is from 2013 scholarship winner and Russia High School graduate Shana Meyer. She inspired the 2014 CBC high school t-shirt design with her social media driven theme “#Saving Lives is Always Trending!”

Lead The Way is open to all graduating high school seniors in CBC’s 15-country service area who are college bound and whose high school hosted a CBC blood drive during the 2014-15 academic year. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is the minimum academic requirement.

Applicants are challenged to create a winning Donor Recruitment Campaign. They must create a theme expressed in a marketing slogan; explain why the theme will effectively encourage students to donate; and creatively demonstrate the theme using conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic expressions.

All candidates should submit their application and blood drive marketing campaign to CBC. Mailings must be postmarked by April 20, 2015. Five winners will be announced in May. Application forms and samples of award-winning campaigns are available online at For more information contact Education Specialist Cristina Pickle at 937-461-3453 or

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DCSO Release: Icey Roadway Leads to Truck Rolling Into Creek Bed

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On January 29, 2015 at approximately 9:17 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue, New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2800 Block of Littles Road in reference to a rollover injury accident into a creek bed.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Ranger Extended cab truck, driven by Lucas A. Gower, 18 of Arcanum, Ohio was northbound on Littles Road north of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road. Gower lost control of his vehicle on the ice covered roadway causing him to travel off the right side of the roadway. Gower's vehicle spun out of control as it struck a mailbox and traveled over the embankment into the creek bed. Gower's vehicle came to rest on it's side in the water.

Gower and his 10 year old female passenger were transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue. Gower's 11 year old male passenger was airlifted to Dayton Children's Hospital by CareFlight.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when driving on snow and ice covered roadways, as it creates hazardous conditions.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

WHIO: Student trapped in truck that crashed into creek

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WHIO reports that a group of Arcanum students were involved in a crash this morning on their way to school. The 18 year old driver lost control of his vehicle which rolled into a creek. A juvenile passenger was taken to Children's Hospital via CareFlight. Watch the report above, click here for the current story from WHIO, and check back later when DCSO releases their report on the accident.

A Sales Tax Holiday to Relieve Costs Associated with Back to School Items

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Ohio families can now prepare for a new major retail shopping season. Senate Bill 243, which passed both chambers and was signed into law during the 130th General Assembly, means that Ohioans will be able to save sales tax dollars when handling their back-to-school shopping this coming year. Ohio’s first ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7th-9th, and experts say shoppers should expect Black Friday-like excitement.

This bill is very important to me, as eliminating the sales tax on these items both at retail stores and on the internet will help ensure that all children and students can get what is necessary for the upcoming school year. A good investment in their education is a good investment into their future, and that’s what the Sales Tax Holiday seeks to create.

Many popular retail stores have shown their support for this new Sales Tax Holiday, such as Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penny, CVS, and Best Buy. These stores are frequent stops for back-to-school shoppers, and their backing makes it even more exciting. With the help of this bill, Ohio families with children K-12 will save roughly $40 each on their school shopping list in a normal school year.

This measure will promote economic growth in Ohio and will allow consumers to spend manageable amounts of money on the things that they need for the upcoming school year. The Sales Tax Holiday is expected to put $78 million back into the pockets of Ohioans. It would also provide a boost for Ohio’s retail sector, which makes up 18 percent of Ohio’s GDP and employs one in four Ohio citizens.

There are eighteen other states in the country that have a Sales Tax Holiday. Implementing this could potentially result in an economic boost very similar to the one seen in Florida. That state posted $115 million more in tax revenue during the three-day tax-free period, showing that consumers were buying many items that were not tax-free as well.

The bill made its way through the legislative process, passing through both the House and the Senate, and was signed by Governor Kasich on December 19th, 2014. We now look forward to seeing its outcome this coming August. I am confident that we have done good work for the people of Ohio with this bill.

Please take a minute to look over a website explaining more about the Sales Tax Holiday at In addition, a special survey is available at which will be useful in gathering feedback about this new measure.

Longtown: A Reason To Celebrate African American History Month

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Connor Keiser with pictures of
his Longtown ancestors.
On Thursday February 5th at 6:30 the Greenville Public Library will host a presentation by Connor Keiser on the history of Longtown Ohio. Many people have been to Longtown or have heard of it but most are unaware of its significance and rich history as the first free black settlement in Ohio. It was founded by Connor’s 5th great-grandparents James & Sophia Clemens in 1822.

The Clemens Family arrived in Ohio from Virginia with slave-owner Adam Sellers who freed his people and provided them with land. Other free blacks joined what became known as the Greenville Negro Settlement. As it grew, a school and several churches and cemeteries were established and it was an important station on the Underground Railroad.

The height of its population was around 900 people in the 1940’s. Many descendants live in the Muncie, Richmond, Indianapolis, and Dayton areas. A well-known tavern was opened in 1956 where Connor’s grandparents first met. Its baseball teams from the 1930’s onwards, the Longtown Tigers and Longtown Giants, were legendary!

Today the Union Literary Institute Preservation Society is raising money and awareness for the above named school which was founded by Connor’s grandfather in 1914. It was a manual labor school for all races and provided room & board. One church from 1856 is still active, the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, holding services every Sunday. The Community Center also hosts an annual “homecoming.“

Connor is proud to continue the research his grandfather Maze Clemens started. He will have many interesting pictures and facts to share on the big screen TV in the third floor Meeting Room. You’ll learn how the name was changed to Longtown! Light refreshments will be served.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Seeking New Members

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Darke Co. Rep. Women’s Board Meeting: Dori Howdishell, Carol Ginn, Lila Pinney, Sherry Ward, Betty Hill, Wavelene Denniston, JoEllen Melling, Marilyn Hittle, Sallly Zeiter, Vivian Foreman
!!! LADIES !!!

Are you a registered Republican or would you like to be?

Are you interested in promoting qualified Republicans to office for the City, County, State or National?

Or would you just like to voice your opinion?

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club would like to invite you to our February meeting for possible new members. It will be at the Chestnut Village Center (Brethren Retirement Community)
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

The speaker for the evening will be: Clerk of Courts, Cindy Pike.

A business meeting will follow. Also the purpose of the club will be explained for your benefit.

Bring a friend or friends. Husbands are also welcome.

Since this is a dinner meeting you will need to make reservations with:
Wavelene Denniston at 937-547-6477 or by Thursday noon on 2/5/15

If you would like to skip the dinner, you can let Wavelene know and be at Chestnut Circle at 7:00 p.m.

Would you like to win a Gourmet Dinner for 8?

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There is still time to enter!

Your food will be prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club.
You get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served.

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.
Deadline for purchasing tickets is February 2, 2015.
Drawing will be held February 9 and you will be notified right away if you are the winner.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Call Christine at 548-9960 to order tickets and also for questions.

Thank you for your support of Darke County cancer patients.


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Through our doors you will find the career opportunity that you have been looking for!

At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Here, you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ journey back home. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that happen!

Mark your calendars for upcoming hiring event:

Join us on:
Tuesday, February 3rd ● 10am – 5pm
Heartland of Greenville,
243 Marion Drive
Greenville, OH 45331

We will be looking for candidates to join our dynamic team for the following career opportunities:
Full-time and Part-time, All Shifts
$500 Sign-on Bonus for FT and $250 for PT
Will Reimburse for Classes/Test if meets criteria

Full-time 3rd Shift (9:45pm – 6:15am)
Full-time 2nd Shift (1:45pm – 10:15pm)
Sign-on Bonus Available for FT RNs!

Full-time 2nd Shift (1:45pm – 10:15pm)

Interested candidates may also apply in person or on-line at
Complete your application today to join our team of excellent care givers!

HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy. Our candidate is a state-licensed nursing professional and will be accountable for providing care in order to maintain the patients’ physical and emotional well-being. In return for your expertise, you’ll enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare. Join our team today!

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331

For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
Apply online at • EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability


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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Come in out of the cold and donate blood at a Darke County blood drive. Everyone who registers to donate will receive February’s special collection donor gift, the “Warming Up To Give Blood” soup crock. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

Beethoven struck the right note when he said, “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” CBC is hoping to warm hearts during the heart of winter with the “Warming Up to Give Blood” soup crock and spoon. It’s a free donor gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 28 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The ceramic soup crock is mug size with two handles, red on the inside and black on the outside, with “Warming up to Give Blood” in red lettering along with the CBC blood drop logo. It comes with a red ceramic soup spoon.

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January can be an especially difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. CBC begins the New Year with an ample reserve and careful blood collection planning in place to reliably provide the blood and blood products needed to our 25 partner hospitals in CBC’s 15-county service area.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Greenville Technology, Inc.
12:30 am – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Greenville Technology, Inc.
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"The Blue Bow Boutique" Opening Soon in Downtown Greenville

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A new retail store will soon open its doors in Greenville as The Blue Bow Boutique will open its second location at 401 S Broadway in the coming months. They will sell "women's fashion from L. A. Designers at affordable cost."

The Blue Bow's first location is in Troy at 123 E Main St. where the success of the store has led to opening this second location.

The store's opening date has not been announced yet, but you can follow their progress as they renovate the space at 401 S Broadway in Greenville and prepare to open by liking them on Facebook.

Greenville High School Wavaires Present 2015 Cantata Season Schedule

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GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to announce the 2015 schedule for their annual cantata performances.

This year's presentation is “Rise Up” and will be held in local churches. The cantata will feature modern worship songs from the well-known worship band “Casting Crowns” and worship artists Michael Gungor, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac and Francesca Battistelli.

There are no admission fees for the church performances, and the public is cordially invited attend and support this group of young, talented performers.

2015 Wavaire's Cantata Schedule:

  • Sunday, March 8 @ 10:30 am - First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. Fourth St., Greenville
  • Sunday, March 15 @ 10:30 am - First Assembly of God, 7219 St. Rt. 118, Greenville
  • Sunday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm – Castine Church of the Brethren, 624 US 127, Castine
  • Sunday, March 22 @ 9:00 am – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7418 St. Rt. 121 N, Greenville
  • Sunday, April 12 @ 9:30 am - First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Fourth St., Greenville

Director Chelsea Whirledge and The Wavaries are thrilled to announce a Community Cantata scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. This performance is open to the public. Donations are welcome to support the program.

Please visit the groups Facebook page at Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters to learn more.

"On A Mission For Mitch" Fundraiser to be Held at Schlechy's Sports Bar and Grill

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Schlechty's Sports Bar and Grill located at 124 W. Washington St., New Madison, OH will be holding a fundraising event for "On A Mission For Mitch", February 7.

A dinner at the cost of $10.00 consisting of pork chop, baked potato, green beans and a roll will be served at 6:30 p.m. until sold out. Carry out is available. 50% of funds collected for the meal will be donated to Mitch McCabe.

Tommy Renfro will perform at 8:00 p.m. A $2.00 cover charge will be collected at the door with all proceeds collected being donated.

Tommy has graciously donated his fee to the cause as well.

There will be raffles with Ohio State and Tri-Village filled baskets, a 50/50 drawing as well as the opportunity to purchase a Mitch McCabe logo for $1.00. The logos will be hung on the restaurants walls to show our support!! All proceeds from the raffles and logos will be donated to the "On A Mission For Mitch" fundraiser.


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The Darke County Center for the Arts will hold a special membership meeting on Thursday, February, 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth Street, Greenville. All DCCA members are invited to attend.

The purpose of the special membership meeting is to adopt amendments to the DCCA Code of Regulations to: establish an Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, setting forth its membership and purposes; and to correct typographical errors.

The proposed amendments will be effective upon passage.

Darke County Park Board to Meet February 12

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 8-3

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The Versailles Varsity Bowlers had a couple of close losses to Wapakoneta and Minster during a lot of action the last couple of weeks. Their record is now 8-3 for the season.

The match against Wapakoneta went back and for the from the 1st game all the way through the Baker games. Going into the last Baker game, the Tigers were up 12 pins. However, they failed to convert key spares the last game and Wapak beat them 180 to 161. The total score ended Wapak 2,806 to Versailles 2,794.

The next match was against New Bremen and they had no issues on this match winning 2,051 to 1,686. This was a shortened match due to this being a double shift. The 2nd match was against a much improved Minster team. The Tigers continued to have issues converting crucial spares under pressure situations and rolled a 115 their last Baker Game to Minster’s 189. The match ended up in Minster’s favor, 1,851 to 1,832. (once again this was a short format due to the double shift)

On Martin Luther King Day, the boys competed in the Pioneer Classic in Lima. “Now that we are out of the running to defend our WOHSBC title, it is time to re-focus and get ready for post season play. Our new season starts today. You guys need to start believing in yourselves more and executing better under pressure,” said Coach Davidson. Well, the boys answered. The lane pattern was the state pattern from last years tournament, so it was going to be difficult, especially on 40 year old wood lanes.

The boys were 13th after the 1st game and continued to work hard. They shot up to 7th after two games and remained there after the 3rd game and 5 baker games. The stage was set for the best 3 out of 5 Baker games. The 1st match was against St. Henry. The Tigers were down, but not out going into the 8th frame. “We got on a roll and rolled some really good shots and struck out to put the pressure on St. Henry. All they needed to do was mark in the 9th or 10th. St. Henry failed to do so and we won the 1st game”, said Davidson. The next 2 games were won by the Tigers with ease to move on to the final 4.

The always tough Wapakoneta Redskins were ready to bowl the Tigers. Although the Tigers rolled a couple of 200 games, Wapak was just too tough that day. They ended up beating the Tigers in 3 games and then rolled over Coldwater in 3 games to win the tournament.

This past Saturday, the boys had two more matches against Mississinawa Valley and Parkway. The Tigers defeated them 2,779 to 2,315 in a full match and 2,235 to 1,543 in a shortened match due to a double header. Dustin Ruhe led the Tigers for the day with a high game of 246 and a 441 series for 2 games.

All results and standings can be found at

Mississinawa Valley Girl Bowlers Defeat Minster

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The M.V. Ladyhawks defeated the Minster Wildcats Saturday 2361-2107 with games of 817-675, 773-619 with baker totals of 771-813 The Ladyhawks were lead by Quincy Warren with a 2 game total of 362, followed by Maegan O'Connor's 325 & Alysha Thompson's 276, and single games by Spencer Warren of 197, Tiffany Westfall's 153 & Cydney Adams' 141.