Findlay Trojans boys basketball coach Jim Rucki recently achieved quite a milestone in his career.
The team’s win over St. John’s on January 21st marked Rucki’s 500th career coaching victory.
He notched win 501 against Bowling Green on Tuesday and was honored in the post you can see below from Findlay Trojan Sports.
We asked Coach Rucki about his most memorable wins and the first one he mentioned was his first win ever, in 1989 when he was coaching Rocky River and defeated Richmond Heights.
His first season coaching Findlay was the 1999-2000 school year.
During his tenure with the Trojans he says defeating Toledo St. John’s in the regionals in 2007 and beating Lima Senior in the mid-2000s when they were number 1 in the state stand out as a couple of his most memorable wins.
He said he’s been fortunate to have coached so many good players and good kids during his time in Findlay.
One of his best players was in his first year as coach when Ben Roethlisberger was a senior.
Rucki also coached Luke Kraus, Findlay’s all-time leading scorer, who went on to play at Bowling Green State University.
And he says there a lot of talented players on his current team, such as Max Roth, who will be playing college ball at the University of Findlay.
Over all his years of coaching he says one thing remains the same, “you just gotta take it one game at a time and keep trying to get better.”
Findlay will be on the road Friday night at Toledo Whitmer in a game you can hear on WFIN.
Listen to our full interview with Coach Rucki below.
First responders in the area are currently attending a training session on how to deal with the trauma of what they witness on the job.
Brian White, Findlay Police Department Crime Prevention Officer, recently attended the First Responder Crisis and Self Awareness Training at Owens Community College.
He says first responders respond to a lot of critical incidents of a traumatic nature and the trauma can build up and first responders may not be aware of the resources available to them.
Brian says the training gave an overview about what crisis is and some of negative consequences of letting trauma build up, and it gave first responders information on resources available to them if they find themselves struggling with an incident they witnessed.
He says one of the unique aspects of the training is that it’s open to family members of first responders as well, to give them insight into what’s going on and how they can help.
There are three sessions still to come at the end of January and into February.
First responders interested in attending should contact Family Resource Center by calling 567-271-3031 or Sergeant Michael Cortez with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
The trial for the man accused of shooting a state trooper in Findlay will not begin as originally scheduled.
Robert Tramaine Hathorn’s jury trial was set to begin on Monday, January 31st in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
But the trial will not begin on that date as Hathorn is seeking new counsel and a hearing has been set for February 8th.
It’s unclear how soon the trial might begin if Hathorn has acquired new counsel by February 8th.
The 42-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan was previously indicted by a Hancock County Grand Jury on six felony charges, including felonious assault on a peace officer, in connection with an altercation with a state trooper that left the trooper with a gunshot wound.
At his arraignment on October 22nd, Hathorn pleaded not guilty to the six charges in the indictment.
He’s being held without bond at the Hancock County Jail.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Hathorn struggled with a trooper during a traffic stop on October 6th along Interstate 75 in Findlay and the trooper’s gun went off, striking the trooper in the lower body.
Hathorn was found the following day in the Blanchard River after an extensive search involving various police agencies.
The Highway Patrol said Trooper Josef Brobst was released from the hospital on October 9th.
The video below is from Hathorn’s arraignment is October.
“I’m proud of the work my office has done and I look forward to building on our record of success and ensuring a strong and prosperous future for the Buckeye State,” Sprague said after filing for reelection on Wednesday.
Sprague said for the past three years, his office has worked hard to protect taxpayer dollars and lead the Ohio Treasury with trusted stewardship, wise investment and bold innovation.
He says those principles have been at the forefront of his work since taking office in January of 2019.
Last fall Sprague visited Donnell Middle School to check out the Real Money. Real World. financial literacy program in action.
Get more on that by clicking here, and more on Treasurer Sprague by clicking here.
Today, I officially filed for re-election with support from over 2,900 Ohioans in all 88 counties.
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Findlay and Hancock County are included in a Wind Chill Advisory issued by the National Weather Service.
The advisory goes from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 11 a.m. Thursday.
Forecasters say wind chills as low as -10 to -15 are possible.
The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
Use caution while traveling. Wear appropriate clothing, including a heavy coat, a hat and gloves.
Wednesday night’s low will be around 2, with a wind chill of -12 at times.
Thursday is looking partly cloudy with a high of 28 and wind chills of -9.
The low will dip down to around 13 Thursday night.
Friday’s forecast is calling for clouds and a high of 18, with wind chills of zero.
BRRRR🥶 🥶🥶 A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for the entire area overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Dress in warm layers and avoid prolonged time outdoors to prevent hypothermia. #ohwx#pawxpic.twitter.com/dyiOvoFdFL