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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Bellevue dashes Norwalk's hope for league title

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

FEB. 18, 1972

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 36 years ago:

Tears, disbelief mark Trucker fan reaction to loss

BELLEVUE It was all over in Bellevue. The scoreboard on the wall mercilessly displayed the sorriest sight to greet Norwalk basketball fans' eyes in a long time. Bellevue 53, Visitors 49.

While Trucker fans filed out of the gym past the boisterous, almost hysterical Bellevue partisans, occasionally an eye would flash back to the board. It was true. Norwalk's bid for its first Northern Ohio basketball title in nine years had been snuffed out by arch-rival Bellevue.

But there seemed to be anything but hysteria in the Bellevue locker room. There were joy and shouts but they seemed somehow subdued as if the Redmen weren't really sure they had won.

Coach Duane Warns stood outside the locker room greeting well-wishers. Graciously, he refused to display the overpowering happiness that must have filled him. But he seemed almost to wish it hadn't happened.

"Norwalk deserved to win the title. They were tight; it was a tough game for them. I know. I've been there. The championship is right in your hands then it slips away."

Agreement reached on power plant sale

City and Ohio Edison Co. negotiators Friday agreed on terms for the sale of the municipal electric system to Ohio Edison.

Price will be $6,096,199 the amount quoted by Ohio Edison in the bid proposal submitted in December. Other terms of the agreement will not be released until Tuesday.

A special City Council meeting tentatively has been set for Thursday night for action on the pact.

Mayor Wayne Goodsite announced the agreement this morning. He said it came at the end of a 2 1/2-hour negotiating session Friday afternoon.

Didion poles Eagles past Flyers

It was like David and Goliath Friday night at Norwalk Junior High School. But David ran out of rocks.

Firelands Conference champion Monroeville came to town to face the injury-plagued Flyers, and although the Eagles left with a 58-52 victory, their 15th in 17 games, it was not the cakewalk most anticipated.

The foul line spelled the difference in the game. That and an unhearalded Eagle center who answers to the name of Dennis Didion.

It was his one-man show in the final five minutes of the game that kept the Flyers from what would have been a shocking upset.

St. Paul sends eight to concert

Eight St. Paul Concert Band members have been chosen to represent the school in the District Band Festival in Bellevue today.

The students will rehearse during the day and take part in a concert at 8 p.m.

The St. Paul students participating are Nancy Hillman, Lisa Hug, Diane Camp, Paulette Hipp, Susan Hohler, Deborah Hipp, Paula Kline and Richard Zimmerman.

Service news

Seaman recruit Dennis J. Ballard, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Ballard, 111 N. Pleasant St., is currently undergoing basic training at Great Lakes, Ill.

Private Jerry L. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith, Laylin Road, Norwalk; Private Rodger D. Voorhees, son of Dorothy N. Feltner, 202 Mosion St. Willard; and Private Cleadis L. Riley Jr., son of Mrs. Clara J. Tuttle, Monroeville, recently completed a seven-week recovery and evacuation specialist course at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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