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Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Homecoming 2014

Kocher Announced Queen

By: Megan Sterner, “Royal Times”
This years winter homecoming was held on December 13, 2014, during the boys basketball game against Ridgedale Rockets. The Royals won in an exciting double overtime game, 94-87. There were three underclassmen attendants on the homecoming court which were freshman attendant, Kennedy Teynor, escorted by Alex Crall, sophomore attendant, Annika Gerlach, escorted by Kody Wilburn, and junior attendant, Anna Blank, escorted by Hunter Miller. There were three senior attendants on the homecoming court which were voted on by the student body of Wynford. Paige Kissling, escorted by Austin Shutler, Samantha Lambert, escorted by Keaton Teynor, and Hannah Kocher, escorted by Mason Johnson. Each attendant was formally announced as the made their way to center court. This years winter homecoming queen was Hannah Kocher who was crowned by Alyssa Harrer because last years queen Kayli Stuckman was unable to attend due to prior commitments.

Royals Improve to 2-0.

Double Overtime Victory

By: Kalyn Heinle, “Royal Times”
The Wynford varsity and junior varsity played Ridgedale on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at W.R. Donnenwirth Gymnasium. The “House of Thrills” held up to its name. The varsity got off to a rocky start during the first half trailing the Rockets at halftime by seven points. The Royals made a strong comeback after having a pep talk during half time. The Rockets still maintained an eight point lead over the Royals but during the fourth quarter Wynford was determined to win. The Rockets and Royals battled back and forth during the fourth quarter. When the final buzzer sounded the score was tied at 69 all. Overtime started and neither team was willing to give up. Each team traded baskets during the first four minutes of overtime with the game still remaining tied at 80. During the second overtime, the Royals remained determined to win. The Royals handled the Rockets pressure and were able to make each possession count. Ridgedale was forced to foul in the overtime periods due to the ball control of the Royals. The Royals were 28 of 33 from the foul line for an impressive 85 percent. In the end, the Royals were triumphant winning 94-87. The leading scorers for the Royals were Alex Crall with 27 points, Braxton Tea with 19 points, and Hunter Miller with 15. 

The junior varsity played very well on Saturday night as well dominating the Rockets, 55-36. The junior varsity leading scorers were Micheal Barber and Jordan Creel with 12 points and Thad Hensel with 8 points. At the end of the game, German foreign exchange student, Janne Becker, contributed to the Royals total by making his first shot in a basketball game. The Wynford crowd cheered with excitement and support. The Royals will be playing their first away game on Friday, December 19th at Colonel Crawford.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Royals Take on Falcons in Home Opener

Season Starts with Win for the Royals

Alexis Showers, “Royal Times”
Two first year coaches for Wynford, Jordan Oliver and Mark Delaney, guided the Royals to victory on Thursday, December 11th. Coach Delaney’s varsity squad got off to a very explosive start to the season and beat the Riverdale Falcons, 73-66. 

After the opening tip, it was apparent the Royals were going to play a fast paced offensive game and a very aggressive defensive game. Wynford ended the first quarter with a 15 point lead, 29-14 and never trailed in the game. 
The Royals thought they were still on the football field committing 26 personal fouls and sent the Falcons to the free throw line 34 times. Riverdale got to within three points in the fourth period but could not get any closer while the cheerleaders, student section, and fans encouraged the Royals. 
Alex Crall led the the royals with 18 points followed by the Braxton Tea and Hunter Miller with 12. 

Oliver’s junior varsity squad won, 50-44, in a very sloppy first game with numerous turnovers. Michael Barber led the Royals in scoring with 12 points, Bryden Oberlander with 9, and Thad Hensel with 8. The Royals are back in action on Saturday, December 13th, on winter homecoming night against Ridgedale starting at six.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

New National Honor Society Members

By: Kalyn Heinle, “Royal Times”
The National Honor Society induction ceremony for new members took place on December 8, 2014 in the Wynford High school auditorium. After the ceremony, cake and punch were provided for the members and their family in the cafeteria. Becoming a member of National Honor Society takes a lot of work but is very rewarding. In order to become a member of National Honor Society, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, contribute volunteer hours, show leadership skills, possess good characteristics that help improve a school, and pass a teacher evaluation process. There are not many students that receive the honor of becoming a member of National Honor Society because of all the high standards and requirements. Hannah Kocher, Allie Crall, Kalyn Heinle, Trey Smith, Brooke Miller, Chelsea Mosely, Tessa Starner, and Morgan Hardymon were the current members from 2013-2014 that inducted the new members. The newly inducted members were Margaret Willford, Aryn Copeland, Alexis Phonchone, Alyssa Harrer, Jennifer Brown, Carlee Leonhardt, Chloe Ulmer, Ellie Richmond, Allison Heacock, Lainie Wright, and Taylor Baumberger. The members of National Honor Society will continue to work hard making our school and community a better place.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wynford vs Tinora

Wynfords Playoff Run Ends

By Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Wynford Royals ran into a very strong and physical Defiance Tinora Rams in the regional finals on very chilly evening for football. The Royals could not generate any offense the entire evening while the Tinora Rams were held under their normal scoring average by the Wynford defense. Wynford ends their season with a 11-2 record while the Tinora Rams improve to 13-0 and move on to the state semifinals at Ohio State University with a 17-0 victory. Five turnovers lead to the scoreless night for the Royals (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles). 
Each team struggled to find any offensive continuity as both defenses showed their strengths in the first quarter with neither team crossing the goal line. Tinora got on the board first with 11:09 left in the second quarter with a 31 yard field goal from the Rams kicker, Josh Camp, on a 7 play 43 yard drive giving Tinora a 3-0 lead. 
Wynford's defensive strengths continued to show why the Royals were in the regional finals. Coach Gabe Helbert said, "Offensively we could not find a rhythm, but our defense played extremely well against a very talented and fast opponent." The Royals still gave themselves an opportunity against the Rams by holding them to just one score in the second quarter. Tinora went into halftime with a 10-0 lead with 1:17 left in the second quarter on a 10 yard run by Riley Nadel as he scampered off tackle and headed for the pylon. Wynford had difficulty stopping the Rams on offense as they continually gave the Wynford defense a steady dose of off-tackle sweep plays all night long. 
The Wynford defense continued to hang tough during the second half only allowing the Rams to score once with 9:24 left in the third quarter on a 25 yard run by T.J. Gares. The 6 play 67 yard drive and the extra point gave Tinora a 17-0 lead which was all they needed to advance to the state semifinals. 
Coach Gabe Helbert was extremely proud of his team. "We put ourselves in a position to play in a regional championship, but it just was not our night." The Royals were lead by quarterback, Keaton Teynor, on offense with 11 of 24 for 113 yards passing and 66 yards on 22 carries rushing. 
A very successful season comes to an end for the Royals as many tears and hugs were shared after a lengthy post game discussion where the coaching staff shared how proud they were of the entire team. Coach Helbert said,

"They are a great group. We don't have any superstars, but they play football the way it is supposed to be played."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Here We Come Week 13

The Royals Beat Expectations, Advancing to Week 13

By: Taylor Baumberger, “Royal Times” 
Friday, November 14 the Royals took on the Van Buren Black Knights securing their spot in the third round of the state football playoffs. Van Buren started off strong despite the frigid temperatures with the first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter. The Black Knights added the extra point making the score 7-0 with 11:14 left in the half. The Royals did not let Van Buren’s led discourage them. Wynford drove right down the field on its next possession when Keaton Teynor’s one yard run pushed through the Black Knight’s defensive line scoring the first Royal touchdown of the night. Jalon Brown’s attempted extra point failed. The Royals trailed the Black Knights with a score of 7-6. 
The Royals special teams played a huge part in the victory by recovering an onside kick and converting a fake punt. Wynford drove 42 yards in seven plays leading to another touchdown by Teynor. The attempted two point conversion was no good. The Royals led 12-7 going into the second half. 
The energetic atmosphere did not die down as the second half of the game began. The third quarter went scoreless until Hayden Rhoades rushed the ball four yards to earn the Royals their third touchdown of the night with 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Brown’s extra point attempt failed giving the Royals the lead to start the fourth quarter,18-7. 
Wynford continued to play off their momentum when Teynor converted on a 9-yard run with 4:17 left in the game to score the final touchdown of the game for the Royals. This gave the Royals a 25-7 lead, but Van Buren did not leave without a fight, rushing 48 yards bringing the score to 25-15 with 3:49 left in the fourth period. The Royals gave the ball up on downs giving the Black Knights another opportunity to score. The Royals defense held Van Buren on the Royals one-yard line as they turned the ball over on downs with only a few seconds remaining in the game. 

The Royals head to a regional championship coming out victorious, 25-15. Wynford’s coach, Gabe Helbert, motivated his team for the next battle by reminding them, “You guys are one of four teams in Wynford’s history to make it to week 13.” Helbert also emphasised, “You have the opportunity to be one of two teams to make it to week 14.” Wynford’s opportunity to be one of two teams happens on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm when the Royals take on the Defiance Tinora Rams at Ohio Northern University. The game will be called by Jim Radke and Jeff Roberts live on WQEL and

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Game 1 of State Football Playoffs

Wynford Marches Forward in Playoffs

By: Kalyn Heinle, “Royal Times”

 After beating Delphos Jefferson 29-12 on Friday, November 7th, Wynford moves on in the state football playoff run. Next Friday night, the Royals will play Van Buren at Tiffin Columbian High School with game time at 7:30 p.m. 
The Royals got on the board first with a Nick Looker 4 yard touchdown run completing a 58 yard drive. Wynford surprised everyone with a fake extra point. The snap from Trey Stone went to the holder Austin Shutler who snapped directly to Jalon Brown the kicker. Trey Stone was an eligible receiver because he was on the end of the line of scrimmage due to the Royals shifting of their lineman. Brown rolled to his right and completed the pass to Stone in the endzone for the two point conversion giving the Royals an 8-0 lead. 
The Royals scored their second touchdown during the second quarter when Tony Watson, 2 receptions for 56 yards, caught a tipped ball pass from Keaton Teynor. Watson’s 51 yard reception gave Wynford a 15-0 lead before Delphos Jefferson got their first touchdown on a 5 yard run. This gave the Wildcats a chance closing the Royals lead to 15-6 after the two point conversion attempt failed. Takoda Wilburn had 1 reception for 36 yards which lead to Hayden Rhodes scoring their second touchdown in the second quarter crushing the hopes of the Wildcats. Wynford took a 22-6 lead into halftime and never looked back. Rhodes made a big impact for the Royals rushing attack with 11 rushing attempts for 100 yards while the team ran for 290 yards on 56 attempts. 

Neither of the teams were triumphant in scoring during the third quarter as both defenses showed their presences. The Wildcats scored their second touchdown in the fourth quarter trying to get back in the game, but with only 4:07 left on the clock it would take a miracle to beat the Royals. As time was running out, the Royals scored the last touchdown with 2:02 left on the clock on a 21 yard run by quarterback Keaton Teynor. Teynor had 26 rushes for 104 yards and 4 of 7 passing for 96 yards on the night. 
This secured the victory for the mighty Royals and a continuation of the season. If you are heading to Tiffin Columbian to cheer on the Royals this Friday, tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday at the high school from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Also, on Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-3:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $8.00 presale and $9.00 at the gate. Get your presale tickets as the Royals get proceeds from the sales. Go Royals! Beat Van Buren!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Copper Kettle Victory

Royals Cap Off Season with Third Straight Shutout

By: Lauren Auck, "Royal Times" 
The Royals took the field, pumped up, looking to keep the Copper Kettle. It was a rainy, breezy, and frozen night, but the loyal Wynford fans still showed up to support the Royals. As the football team came back on the field after warm-ups, the loyal fans rose to their feet and welcomed the team with an uproar of cheers. 
The Royals defense stopped the Redmen on their first possession forcing a punt. The snap sailed over the punter’s head and was recovered by the Royals on their own one yard line. The Royals offense came out on the field looking to get on the board quickly after the crucial Redmen turnover. The Royals did just that. Keaton Teynor ran the ball in for a Royal touchdown and Jalen Brown’s point after was good, giving the Royals a 7-0 lead. The lovely weather conditions and the Royals defensive presence affected the Redmen passing attack keeping the score 7-0 at halftime. 
Wynford came out aggressive in the third quarter scoring three times. They moved the ball down the field on their first possession, scoring with a 2 yard run by Nick Looker. Browns extra point attempt was no good, giving Wynford a 13-0 lead. Wynford continued to apply pressure to Bucyrus’ quarterback, Cole Murtiff, when Wynford’s Zach Hendrickson sacked him in the end zone for a safety, giving the Royals a 15-0 lead. Finishing out the third quarter scoring for the Royals was Jalon Brown, kicking a 20 yard field goal, increasing the Wynford lead to 18-0.
In the fourth quarter, Teynor ran the ball for a 20 yard touchdown with 4:37 remaining, giving
the loyal Royal fans more to cheer about. Brown’s kick was no good, giving the Royals a 24-0 lead. Wynford coach Gabe Helbert decided to make substitutions late in the fourth quarter when back up quarterback Zach Hoffman scamper 56 yards on a designed quarterback keeper with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The point after failed, giving the Royals a 30-0 victory over the Redmen. The remaining fans that continued to brave the inclimate weather joined in the celebration as Wynford continued its dominance in the Bucyrus - Wynford rivalry by winning its 17th straight copper kettle game. The Royals take the inaugural Northern 10 championship with a 8-0 league record and finished 9-1 overall. 
The Wynford Royals will be heading into the postseason, finishing third in Division VI, Region 20 behind Defiance Tinora and Lima Central Catholic. Wynford earned home field advantage facing off against the 6th ranked Delphos Jefferson Wildcats (8-2) this Friday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale during school hours, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m, through Friday. Also tickets may be purchased on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the school from 3:00-7:00 p.m. All presale ticket prices are $8.00 and $9.00 at the gate. Come out to support our Royals in the playoff run!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Varsity Football Buckeye Central

Wynford Seniors Win in Impressive Fashion

By: Alexis Showers, “Royal Times”

The Wynford Royals played their last regular season home game Friday, October 24th. Nick Looker scored the first touchdown for the Royals on a 9 yard run, and Jalon Brown added the extra point giving the Royals an early 7-0 lead. The Royals increased their lead when Keaton Teynor completed a 33 yard pass to Kody Wilburn bringing the first quarter score to 14-0 in favor of Wynford. The crowd and the cheerleaders, along with the senior dads cheered on  their sons as they played their last home football game as a Wynford Royal. In the second quarter, Teynor converted on a two yard run making the score 21-0 in favor of Wynford at halftime. Buckeye Central slowed the Royals offense in the second half where Teynor and Hayden Rhoades were the only scores. Teynors touchdown was a 7 yard run while Rhoades was a 14 yard run giving the Royals a 35-0 win. The Royals continued their defensive dominance by holding its opponent scoreless and improving to 8-1 on the season. The excitement and intensity level of the Royals was contagious throughout the entire game as the Royals battled and defeated the Bucks. Wynford travels to rival Bucyrus Friday night in a key copper kettle match up and the outright Northern 10 championship on the line.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Varsity Volleyball

Tournament Trail Ends for Royals

By: Todd Enders, “Royal Times”

The Wynford Lady Royals (17-7) ran into a very skilled Huron Tigers (19-4) team on Thursday in a district semifinal matchup at Seneca East High School. The Tigers defeated the Royals, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22. 
In set one, each team traded points before the Royals called a timeout with the score 11-7, slowing the Tigers momentum. The Royals could only manage to get within three points of Huron at 22-19 with a change in their normal defensive look. Coach Hurles said, “Our girls bought into our defensive change for the match which took the Huron hitters out of their offensive system.  When you have good hitters like Huron, our girls could not afford any unforced errors to allow the Tigers any momentum.” The Tigers eventually won the set with the help of unforced errors by the Royals, 25-19. 
In set two, Huron and Wynford volleyed there way to a 9-9 tie. Huron ran off two straight points before a Wynford timeout at 11-9. The timeout did not slow the Tigers, as they increased their lead to 17-11. Huron displayed great defensive play the entire set, as they routinely dug the Royals kill attempts, winning the set 25-17. 
The Royals would not give up easily in set three, falling down early 5-0. Wynford fought back, down 8-4, before calling a timeout at 11-5 when Huron began to pull away with a series of strong kills. During the timeout, Coach Hurles stressed to the girls, “Its a decision you have to make, you either live or go home.” At this point in the set, the seniors on the floor bought in and the underclassmen followed. The Royals gave the Tigers all they could handle in set three. After the timeout, Wynford fought back and took the lead 13-12. After taking the lead, Wynford could not finish off Huron. The set was tied at 14, 15, 18, 20, and 21 before the Tigers ended the Lady Royals season, 25-22. 
The Lady Royals volleyball team finished the season with an overall record of 17-8 and a Northern 10 league record of 13-5.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Varsity Volleyball

Royals Advance to District Play

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Lady Royals (17-7) needed five matches to get by the pesky Castalia Margaretta Polar Bears (12-11) in the sectional finals on Saturday night. Wynford defeated the Polar Bears, 25-11, 25-17, 19-25, 23-25, 15-11, to advance in tournament play. Wynford took the first set in convincing fashion with the help of many service errors by Margaretta. The Royals jumped out to an early 11-6 lead before the Polar Bears tried to stall the Royals rally with a timeout. This was to no prevail, as the Royals dominated the rest of the set.  
In set 2, Margaretta came out ready to play keeping the set close; tying the set at 6 all. Wynford stayed in control increasing their lead to 22-14, never trailing in the set, before finishing off the Polar Bears. 
Going into set 3, Wynford looked as if they would finish off Margaretta in 3 sets, but the Polar Bears had bad news for the Lady Royals. Nothing seemed to go right for Wynford in this set, as they continued to make mistakes on the court. Coach Hurles was happy to escape the night with a victory. She said, "Mental mistakes hurt us in the third set giving the Polar Bears life, forcing the match into 5 sets." The Polar Bears seemed as if they could do no wrong on the court taking an early 12-1 lead. The Royals would not go away, fighting back to within 3 points, 22-18, before Margaretta finished the Royals off. 
In set 4, the intensity of the match heated up. Each team continued to fight for the lead as the score flopped back and forth until Margaretta finally won the nail biter. 
Set 5 was no different in intensity, as both teams continued to trade points. The biggest lead in this set was five points held by the Royals at 12-7. The Polar Bears closed the gap to within 2 at 13-11 before an Alyssa Harrer kill and a Sydney Alspach ace sealed the match for the Royals finally bringing the crowd back from the edges of their seats. 
Wynford travels to Seneca East on Thursday evening at 7:30 to face the 19-4 Huron Tigers. 

Illusionist Assembly, "Make Good Choices!"

Believe It or Not

By: Megan Sterner, “Royal Times”

On October 14, 2014, Brian Drake came to Wynford High School and performed magic tricks or illusions for our faculty and student body wanting to share a specific message. He did three different tricks that caught the student bodies attention. The illusion which caught the students attention the most was when he looked for a student volunteer to come forward and write down a name that was special to them. Brian volunteered Samantha Peck, and she wrote down a name. The name was put in a box and placed on a table with a tablecloth. After she put the box on the table it started to elevate! After the table elevated, he then guessed the name that Samantha wrote on the paper by spray painting the name on a sheet hanging in the gym. He guessed the name correctly, which was Jeffrey. 
Brian was asked, “What inspired you to become an illusionist?” He replied “ Well, I’ve always wanted to be an illusionist, and I followed through with the dream I had while attending college.” Neva Patrick was responsible for bringing the idea and message to Mr. Holbrooks attention. Brian came into our school and shared his story behind his illusions and message. Neva was asked, “What made you want to ask Mr. Holbrook to have an
illusionist come to Wynford?” She replied, “His illusions and message behind the illusions wouldn’t just interest people, they would have an effect on our students in a different way than other assemblies would.” Neva thought Brian’s illusions and message were amazing. She said, “His performance was amazing, I am really excited to see him do another performance at church tonight.” The story behind Brian’s illusions were to make good choices and to not go along with whatever anyone says or asks you to do. The choices you make as an individual will not only affect you, but many others as well.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sectional Volleyball Tournament

Royals Begin Tournament Play

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Lady Royals (15-7) opened sectional play by hosting a volleyball match on its own court. The Royals were able to host the sectional tournament because of their higher number 3 seed. This was a major advantage for the Royals on Wednesday evening as they defeated the, 11th seed, Gibsonburg Golden Bears (14-8) in four sets, 20-25, 25-9,25-18, 25-23.

The Royals had some difficulty in match one where it appeared they were not quite ready for the scrappy Golden Bears. The Royals committed 10 errors during the set finally giving Gibsonburg the lead at 11-10, and Gibsonburg never looked back. Winning the set, 25-20.

Coach Hurles team meeting at the end of set one must have finally got the girls ready to play in set two of the match. The Royals, Jade Stuckman, ran off the first 13 points of set 2, taking a 13-0 lead before allowing Gibsonburg to score. Wynford never looked back taking the match 25-9. Coach Hurles said, "We were definitely more aggressive during set two and hit our zones better than in set one."

The Golden Bears were not going to give up easily in the last two sets. Again, Wynford got off to a quick start with Stuckman's serving, taking an early 5-0 lead. As both teams traded points during the set, the Royals managed to put the Golden Bears away, 25-18. It looked as if the Royals were going to make the night interesting by allowing Gibsonburg to take the match into a fifth set. Gibsonburg got off to an early 7-4 lead before Wynford tied the game at 7. The set went back and forth ending up tied again at 17. At this point, the Royals decided enough was enough and finished off the Golden Bears, 25-23.

The Royals were lead by Alyssa Harrer's 18 kills, and Jade Stuckman's excellent serving where she was 26 of 27 for the Royals. Wynford host Castalia Margaretta, 6th seed, in the sectional finals starting at 6:00 pm.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Leadership Conference

Four Wynford Students Attend Leadership Conference

By: Kalyn Heinle, “Royal Times”

Left to Right: Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Assistant 
Commissioner for basketball and soccer, Ellie Richmond, 
Alyssa Harrer, Hunter Miller, and Alex Crall.
On Tuesday, October 07, 2014, Wynford Royal student athletes represented Wynford High School at an OHSAA Leadership Conference. The Royals who attended the conference were Ellie Richmond, Hunter Miller, Alyssa Harrer, and Alex Crall who were nominated by Wynford coaches and the students peers. Ellie Richmond said, “I was very grateful to have the opportunity to represent Wynford High School at this leadership conference.” Amy Taylor-Sheldon accompanied the students to the event as the adult supervisor. There were several well-known speakers talking about Qualities of Leadership, Personal Accountability, Thinking Like an Athlete, Leadership Development, Ingredients of Success, and Distracted Driving. Hunter Miller was asked, How was listening to the speakers beneficial to becoming a better leader?” He said, “Most of those people are as successful as you could dream of being, and it was cool to see how the athletes were also successful in the classroom.” Alyssa Harrer said, “My favorite speaker was Jerome Singleton because he said, ‘I wouldn’t give up no matter what, and if my success wasn’t working in the classroom then I would focus on my sports, and when sports weren’t working, then I focused in the classroom.”’ After listening to Qualities of Leadership, Alex Crall commented,“I learned leadership skills that can help improve our school.” These four students are going to bring what they learned and apply it inside and outside of our school to improve leadership qualities in our student athletes.

Wynford Volleyball

Royals Defeat Arch Rivalry

By: Jayden Charlton, “Royal Times”

The Wynford Royals played their biggest rivalry the Bucyrus Redmen on October 9th. The junior varsity played very hard and gave the Redmen two tough losses with the scores of 25-8, 25-23. Before the varsity game, the Royal seniors, Sydney Alspach, Lydia Miller, and Brooke Miller were escorted across the court by their parents. Each senior received recognition of what would be their last regular season home game at Wynford as volleyball players. Photos were taken as each senior received gifts and flowers from other teammates and Coach Hurles. It was evident that both parents and players were emotional. The varsity then played three competitive and exciting games. The Royals defeated the Redmen in each set as the teams played hard and kept the scores close til the very end, 25-21, 25-22, 28-26. Alyssa Harrer had eighteen kills and six aces, and Brooke Miller had twelve digs. The Royals improve to 13-5 in the N10 and 15-7 overall. They begin tournament play on October 15th hosting Gibsonburg at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Football Homecoming

The Royals Continue Their Winning Streak

By: Taylor Baumberger, “Royals Times” 

Despite the rain and cold of the football game, Friday October 3rd, the Royals easily defeated the Crestline Bulldogs. Before the game, the 2014 fall homecoming queen and king were crowned. Ellie Richmond was given the title of homecoming queen, and the king title was received by David Blank. The rain let up just in time for kick off. The first touchdown was scored early in the first quarter by Wynford senior, Austin Shutler. The extra point was added by Jalon Brown. The Royals ended the first quarter with three touchdowns, gaining one extra point with each, making the score 21-0. Wynford was playing a more technical and cohesive game, than Crestline. The next quarter was even more successful for the Royals, scoring four touchdowns and three extra points. This brought the score to 48-0 going into the second half. Due to the new OHSAA rule, the clock was only stopped for official’s timeouts in the second half with a team leading by more than 30 points. This gave the Royals enough time to score two more touchdowns, one in each quarter with mainly junior varsity players playing. The Bulldogs pushed through Wynford’s defense to gain a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, ending the game with a score of 62-6. Austin Shutler led the team with two touchdowns, as well as 106 of Wynford’s 223 yards receiving. Zack Hoffman had a total of 67 yards rushing and one touchdown, followed closely by Cole Fortner. Fortner contributed 50 yards rushing and scored one touchdown. Keaton Teynor made the leader board, passing for 286 yards. Kody Wilburn strengthened the Royals defense with four tackles and two sacks. Hayden Rhoades had three tackles and one sack. This win put the Royals at 5-0 in the Northern 10 (N10) Conference, and 5-1 for the season thus far. The Royals will be back in action Friday, October 10th, 2014, at Seneca East.

Homecoming Ceremonies

The Queen and King are Crowned

By: Lauren Auck

The rain paused long enough for the king and queen candidates to enjoy their homecoming parade with the car tops down. The crowd was cheering them on and waving as they passed by. All the girls were dolled up with their hair and makeup done and their nice outfits. The gentlemen looked handsome, too. The cars drove around the track to the visitors side allowing the candidates to get out. Friends and family lined the sidelines with flashing cameras coming from all directions. The candidates were introduced as they walked across the field. Ellie Richmond escorted by Brydan Lohr was first to walk. At this point, the rain began to fall slowly and increased with intensity as Brooke Miller and David Blank along with Samantha Lambert and Trey Smith were escorted across the field. Up next, our Russian foreign exchange student, Marta Kovalyova, was escorted by Hayden Rhodes. Last, Hannah Kocher was escorted by Kaleb Alspach. Following the candidates was the 2013 fall homecoming queen, Meghan Harrer. The 2013 fall homecoming king, Gage Roe, was unable to attend. As the crowd waited with excitement, Ellie Richmond was crowned the 2014 homecoming queen and David Blank was crowned the 2014 homecoming king. Meghan Harrer crowned them both while the rain continued to wash away the dolled up look. The homecoming ceremonies were followed by the homecoming dance on Saturday night and fun was held by all!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Homecoming Bonfire

Fun at the Fire

By: Alexis Showers, “Royal Times” 

The student council organized a bonfire to begin homecoming festivities for the first time in many years on Thursday evening. All the activities were to begin at the conclusion of the girls volleyball game against the undefeated Upper Sandusky Rams. This was an exciting night created for the Wynford fans to have fun and cheer the team on to victory. Festivities started at the football field with hillbilly golf, cornhole, and music.  The Wynford Athletic Boosters opened the concession stand and served everyone delicious food and snacks. Students, parents, and staff walked as a group to the bonfire to finish off the night, as the band played “The Cadence” while the color guard chanted “W-Y-N-F-O-R-D”. When everyone gathered around the numerous pallets stacked upon each other, the blaze was set a fire. The band played and the cheerleaders and color guard performed routines as the blaze lit up the night time sky. Everyone watched the fire and showed their royal pride. Taylor Baumberger said, “ It’s my senior year, and we reintroduced the Wynford bonfire. It’s pretty cool.”  Holmes Township Fire Department assisted with the bonfire being there for safety and to put out the fire. The turnout was great for the start of a new tradition during homecoming week. The Royals went on to defeat the Crestline Bulldogs, 62-6, the following evening.

Volleyball vs. Upper Rams

Rams Remain Undefeated in the N10

By: Jayden Charlton, "Royall Times"

The Royals were hoping to follow the winning ways of the junior varsity squad but were unable to finish a sweep of the Rams. In junior varsity action, it took the Lady Royals three exciting sets to defeat the Lady Rams, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23. The varsity match started out in very competitive fashion against the Rams. In the first set, the Royals gave the Rams a battle, but came out on the losing end, 25-18. The Wynford student section was in full spirit mode as they cheered on the Lady Royals preparing for the bonfire which was later in the evening. The Rams did not allow this spirited crowd to affect them as they showed their strength at the net and ability to cover the floor to remain undefeated (16-0).  In the next two sets, the Rams continued to dominate the Royals defeating them 25-11, 25-14, handing Wynford their 6th lose of the season. The Royals fall to 12-4 in the N10 and 14-6 overall. Wynford is back in action on Tuesday, October 7th when they travel to Buckeye Central facing the 18-2 Buckettes.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Royals Cage the Tigers

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"

The Lady Royals improve to 14-5 overall and 12-3 in the Northern 10 League. Wynford looked like a well oiled machine as they easily defeated the Seneca East Tigers in 3 matches, 25-6, 25-8, 25-15. The Royals were lead in serving by Brooke Miller and Alyssa Harrer with 4 aces each.  Harrer also lead the team with an impressive 15 kills followed by Mallory Moore and Maci Cooper with 6 a piece. On the defensive side of the the court, Jade Stuckman lead the team with 11 digs. The Royals are back in action at home tonight against the undefeated Upper Sandusky Rams at 5:30. Come out and support the Royals before heading out to the bonfire and pep rally for homecoming ceremonies this weekend.

Scholar Athletes

Wynford Recognizes Student-Athletes

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"

Chris Solis, athletic director, wants to recognize Wynford student athletes by starting a new program for students in grades 9-12. All students who participate in a fall,  winter, or spring sport will have the opportunity to be recognized. In order to be eligible, each student must earn a 3.5 grade point average during the previous quarter of their current sport. Mr. Solis said, "Our athletes put in a tremendous amount of time in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. I believe our athletes are students first and athletes second, and I want to see that they get recognition for this accomplishment." Wynford's first class of scholar athletes for cheerleading, cross country, golf, volleyball, and football are as follows:

Cheerleading: Allie Crall, Shelby Sipe, Taylor Leonhardt, Hannah Underwood, and Hannah Zeigler.
Missing from photo: Hannah Underwood
Cross Country: David Blank, Nathan Weithman, Chelsea Mosley, Ellie Richmond, Aryn Copeland, Kaleigh Swalley, and Madi Schiefer.
Missing from photo: Chelsea Mosley

Golf: MacKenton Johnson and Annika Gerlach.
Volleyball: Brooke Miller, Maci Cooper, Rhieannae Cory, Alyssa Harrer, Mallory Moore, Hayley McCoy, Sarah Ogden, Alexus Ross, Janai Troutman, and Tara Zinser.
Football: Trey Smith, Cole Fortner, James Guinther, Nate Sparks, Dalton Benson, Zach Hoffman, and Dylan McLaughlin. 
Missing from photo: Nate Sparks

In the future, Mr. Solis would like this program to become part of the annual banquet for each sport. He wants each athlete to be recognized as a scholar athlete while participating in a sport at Wynford. Please take a moment to congratulate these students, as the photos of each student athlete will be posted in the cafeteria trophy case.

Mini Cheerleading

Elementary Students Get Excited at Mini Cheer Night

By: Kylee Brown, “Royal Times”
Wynford cheerleaders had their annual mini cheer night on Friday, September 24, 2014. The varsity cheerleaders along with approximately 100 prospective mini cheerleaders cheered the Royals on to victory against the Mohawk Warriors, 49-7. The mini cheerleaders were taught 10 chants during the three clinics that were held after school for an hour and a half. During the clinics, the mini cheerleaders competed in a splits contest. Each day the varsity cheerleaders chose a camper of the week. The camper of the week had to exemplify great traits of a cheerleader. As a cheerleader, their cheering skills had to stand out, they had to take leadership roles, and they had to help other mini cheerleaders during camp. If a mini cheerleader was selected as camper of the week, the varsity cheerleaders gave them prizes. At the end of camp all the mini cheerleaders got their picture taken with the varsity cheerleaders. The 5th and 6th grade cheerleaders that were involved in the camp got to cheer an additional quarter during the varsity football game. This was a great opportunity for Wynford Elementary students to get involved with cheerleading and support the Wynford High School football team. The mini cheerleaders also got a chance to learn what cheerleading is all about.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Football Alumni Reunion


*******All former football players who graduated from Wynford*******

5:45 pm – Ag. Shop at Wynford High School (Mr. Hoffman’s Shop)
6:50 pm – Pre-game speech in the Field House

6:55pm – Football Alumni – “Gridiron Backers” lead the football team on the field


WHO:  Football Player Reunion
WHERE:  Ag. Shop at Wynford High School
WHEN:  Oct. 3 @5:45pm for Crestline Game
WHY:  To form a group of former players to support our program, Glory Days, and have some laughs
FACTS:  We will have some food for you.  Mini pork chops, coleslaw, chips and drinks


Freshman Football

Devils Can’t Weather Royal Storm

By: Mason Johnson, “Royal Times”

The Royals freshman football team had a fantastic game against the Carey Blue Devils on Monday, September 22nd. The game was much closer than the score entailed. The first touchdown was scored on a one yard quarterback sneak by Wyatt Smith. The two point conversion failed. The Blue Devils marched right down the field answering with a touchdown and a two point conversion making the score 8-6, Carey. Wynford and Carey battled back and forth until Robbie Miller broke a long run to the three yard line, and Wyatt Smith punched it in on a quarterback sneak. Robbie Miller ran in the two point conversion making the score 14-8, Royals. In the middle of the second quarter, Carey scored another touchdown tying the score at 14. Later in the second quarter, Jordan Imbody caught a 15 yard touchdown pass in the endzone from Wyatt Smith making the score 20-14. The Devils marched right down the field and scored, converting the two point conversion, taking the lead 22-20. The Royals went three and out and were forced to punt giving the Blue Devils offense the ball on the 50 with about two minutes left in the first half. Carey marched right down the field for a last second chance to score. With time running out in the half, Carey attempted a long pass into the endzone where Jordan Imbody came up with a big interception returning it to the 30 yard line as time expired. The Royals had momentum on their side after the big interception to end the first half. When the Royals got the ball back to start the second half, they put together an impressive drive where Robbie Miller marched in for a 20 yard run. The Royals also converted the two point conversion giving the Royals the lead 28-22. The Royals made a big defensive stop and never looked back. The Royals put together another impressive drive leading to another big touchdown run from Robbie Miller with Zach Houck’s run completing the two point conversion. The Royals defense locked down the Carey triple option offense in the second half giving the Royals a 36-22 win. The freshman record improves to 3-1 for the year. Wynford is back in action on Monday, September 29th at Mohawk.

Volleyball Versus Carey

Pass, Set, Cure!

By: Lauren Auck, “Royal Times”

The Carey Blue Devils came into Royal territory looking for their second win against the Lady Royals. This game was also the Volley for the Cure game. The gym was filled with pink and excitement. To start off the night, the JV lost their first set 25-20 and then lost their second set 25-18. Before the varsity game, the volleyball team announced the pink king, Tyler Hatcher. Then the games began. The score went back and forth until eventually both teams tied at 13. The Royals then took the lead with an ace by Brooke Miller. Alyssa had the winning point with a kill, that gave the Lady Royals a win, 25-23. Set two started with a gym filled with excitement. The Royals trailed until Alyssa Harrer got them back in the game with a kill giving the Blue Devils a 19-16 lead. The gym was loud and bouncing with Carey ahead, 22-20. The Blue Devils won the second set, 25-20. With the third set underway, the Lady Blue Devils took an early lead, 5-0. Harrer finally got the Royals on the board, 6-1. As the game continued with excitement, both teams continued going back and forth with the score at 22-21 in favor of the Blue Devils. Harrer and Rhieannae Cory blocked a kill attempt by Carey and tied the game at 22, giving the Royals some momentum to end the set. Cory served and helped the Royals win the third set, 27-25. In between the third and fourth games, students Ellie Richmond and Haylee Johnson competed in a serving competition. Haylee Johnson won the competition, winning a gift card to Bakers Sports Shack. The gym was bouncing with a screaming student section. It comes down to this set! Maci Cooper was on fire with a total of six kills in the set. The Lady Royals were led in this set with big kills coming from Cooper, Mallory Moore, Sarah Ogden, and Harrer. Cory was back serving game point, but Carey received it and added a point making it 24-18, Wynford. Those were
the last points the Royals would surrender to Carey. With Carey serving, the Royals executed a perfect pass to Cory as she set Ogden and slammed it down giving the Royals a 25-18 win. Alyssa Harrer led the Royals in kills with a total of 25. Brooke Miller led the Royals with 26 digs, and Harrer, Miller, and Cory all had four aces to lead the Lady Royals. The Lady Royals fought against breast cancer and came up with a win in a 4 set match, 25-23, 20-25, 27-25, 25-18. The Lady Royals volleyball team is back in action this Thursday at Mohawk High School.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wynford Volleyball

Reigning Buckettes Defeat Lady Royals

By: Hannah Langston, "Royal Times"
Although the Royals kept the energy up, they could not get passed Buckette’s strong defense and their skillful offense. The girls got off to a rough start in the first set, with the score ending up 25-12, Buckeye. They tried not to let that discourage them going into the second set, and kept up with the Buckettes for a while. The Buckeye girls were not about to let up on the Royals at any time. They kept their winning streak up with the final score of the second set 25-14, Buckeye. Junior, Jade Stuckman said, “It’s not the best I’ve seen our team play, and I know we can do better than what we did. We just couldn’t keep up, their a really good team.  We’re going to do everything we can to improve as a team.”  Leading the team in digs was Alyssa Harrer, Mallory Moore, and Brooke Miller with a combined total of 30. Alyssa Harrer connected on eight kills, despite the Buckette’s strong defense. Going in to the third set, Coach Shauna Hurles was not about to let the team get discouraged. She kept them motivated until the end. Although, the final score of the last set found the Royals on the losing end, 25-14, giving Buckeye the match 3-0. The Lady Royals do not plan on giving up any time soon, so catch them back in action at 5:30 on Thursday, September 18, at Ridgedale. Where they will be redeeming themselves and gaining faith back in their team. In junior varsity action, the Buckette’s handed the Royals a loss in two sets, 25-19, 25-15.

Junior High Volleyball

Wynford and Crawford Battle It Out 

By: Morgan Hardymon, "Royal Times" 

Wynford seventh and eighth grade junior high volleyball split with Colonel Crawford. The seventh grade volleyball team beat the Eagles in two games. Both teams gave a great effort with the first set ending, 25-10, in favor of Wynford. The second set was a more intense battle between the two teams, and Wynford managed to take the set, 25-20.
In the eighth grade volleyball game it was a constant battle between the two teams, needing three sets to determine a winner. In the first set, Wynford won 25-22.  Crawford took the next two sets, 25-23, 25-18. All the teams played their hearts out, and they will be back in action on Thursday at 5 p.m. against Carey.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wynford vs Ridgedale Football

First Half, All The Royals Needed

By: Kalyn Heinle, “Royal Times”

On Friday, September 5th, Wynford beat Ridgedale in a home football game. The Royals kicked off the game with the first touchdown within the first 3:10, and Jalon Brown scored the extra point making the score 7-0. Nick Looker scored the second touchdown followed by Jalon’s extra point bringing the score to 14-0. Ridgedale was trying hard to score their first touchdown when Austin Shutler made an interception, and Cole Fortner later scored bringing the score to 21-0 in favor of the Royals. Cyle Skidmore started off the second quarter by recovering a Ridgedale fumble. Zach Hoffman later scored, and Jalon Brown added the extra point bringing the score to 28-0. Jeff Cramer surprised everyone with a one handed interception with 8:44 left in the second quarter. Shortly after, Keaton Teynor completed a 80 yard touchdown pass to Cole Fortner making the score 54-0. Trey Stone increased the interception total to three with his amazing one handed catch and return for a touchdown followed by a Jalon Brown extra point. This brought us to our half time score of 61-0. The 3rd and 4th quarters went by quickly because the clock did not stop. The game ended with the Royals not letting the Rockets score, making the final score 61-0. Coach Oliver said, “The team played well, and we came out and executed to earn a big victory”. When asked how he thought the Royals would do next week, Oliver said, “Last year Colonel Crawford defeated us, but this year I think we will win.” Next week the Royals will travel to Colonel Crawford and try to defeat their rival.

Wynford Volleyball

Royals Cage the Bulldogs

By: Taylor Baumberger, “Royal Times”

Thursday, September 4th, the Wynford Lady Royals took on the Crestline Bulldogs in the W.R. Donnenwirth Gymnasium. The Royals easily won the first match 25-9. The second match was not won without a fight. The Royals got down early, 5-0. Finally, they caught the Bulldogs, tieing the game up at 12 with the help of Sydney Alspach’s serves. The Royals finally caged the Bulldogs in the second match 25-17. The third match started off rocky as well for Wynford.  Brooke Miller’s serves as well as Alyssa Harrer’s strength at the net, brought the score to an even, 5-5. The Lady Royals held the Bulldogs at 12 to put the match away, 25-12, taking all three sets. Senior captain Brooke Miller said “We struggled to stay energized throughout the game, but we pulled through.” Another senior, Lydie Miller, shared, “It could have gone better, but I still had fun and I’m proud of my team.” Senior captain, Sydney Alspach said with pride, “I love my team!” Although Brooke and Lydie were a little disappointed with the Royal’s performance, Crestline gave the Royals a much needed break after their battle with Mohawk Tuesday, September 2nd.  Alyssa Harrer led the team with 14 kills and 9 digs. Brooke Miller also contributed 8 digs. Red Corey led the team with 31 assists. Sydney Alspach had 7 aces, Alyssa Harrer was not far behind with 5 aces. The junior varsity team also came out victorious. Winning the first match 25-11 and the second match easily 25-8 for the Lady Royals.

Wynford Golf

Royals and Bulldogs Match Strokes

By: Morgan Hardymon, "Royal Times"

Wynford and Crestline High School’s golf match at River Oaks Golf Club on September 2nd ends in a tie.The match was intense between the two schools as they traded strokes. The medalist of the night were Tyler Albright and Andrew Lutz with scores of 42. The top score from Wynford was a 44 from Quenten Stuckey followed by MacKenton Johnson with a 47. The overall score for the night for both teams was a 193. The Royals fall to 5-3-1. The golf team is back in action on Thursday, September 18th hoping to bring home a victory.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Girls Volleyball vs Mohawk

Crowd Gets Monies Worth

By: Ellie Richmond, “Royal Times”

Every fan in the Wynford High School gymnasium sat on the edge of their seats during the intense five-set volleyball game between the lady Royals and the lady Warriors on Tuesday, September 2nd. The Royals managed to pull out a victory after losing the first two matches. In the first match, the Royals got off to a slow start. As they gradually started to shorten the lead by the Warriors, they lost 25 to 21.  After trying to correct their mistakes, the lady Royals fought back and would not let the Warriors win that easy. Unfortunately, the second match ended with a score of 28 to 26, favoring Mohawk. Not giving up, Wynford used all their talents and held nothing back winning the third set 25 to 18. As the errors progressed by the Warriors, the Royals pulled out another win 25-17. In the final match, the score only goes to 15. The adrenaline from both teams was flourishing, and the fans were full of excitement. Cheers from both Wynford and Mohawk were louder than ever with every point scored. The score continued going back and forth with the final match won by the lady Royals by a score of 15-13. Every fan rose to their feet when the ball hit the ground for the final point. Brooke Miller, the libero for the Wynford Royals, shared her thoughts on how she played as well as her team. “I started out rough, my passing struggled, but as the game progressed, I, along with the team, played scrappier and more aggressive.”  Miller had 15 successful serves, one being an ace. Alyssa Harrer also shared her opinion of her team’s performance. “In the beginning the team started out rough, but when we won the third game, we realized that we could definitely win.” The lady Royals had 40 successful blocks and only two errors. They also had 45 kills throughout the game. 
The junior varsity team fell short of a win, losing in two matches. The first game was 25-14. In the second match, the Royals did not let them off as easy. As they battled for the win, they fell short, losing 25-18.