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Ex-Mount coach dies at 91

ALLIANCE — Ken Wable — who led the Mount Union football team to its first undefeated regular season, first Ohio Athletic Conference championship and first NCAA playoff appearance in his final season as head coach in 1985 — died Wednesday at the age of 91.

He is one of only three head football coaches over the last 57 years at Mount Union.

Wable was head coach from 1962-85, winning 123 games and was the OAC coach of the year in 1982 and 1985. The OAC presents the Ken Wable Award every year to the conference’s outstanding offensive lineman.

“Don’t get me wrong, your primary job is to win games when you are a coach,” Wable said. “But you also have to remember you are a teacher and a leader of young men. I always stressed building accountability and responsibility. If it meant sitting down one of your better players before a big game because he broke a team rule ‘ so be it. If it meant calling a player in and letting him know he wasn’t holding up his end of the bargain in the classroom, that’s part of teaching and coaching as well.”

Wable also served as head men’s golf coach and as a faculty member that helped establish what is now the sport business major at Mount Union.

Wable was a multi-sport athlete at Van Wert High School, where he graduated in 1945. He went on to Muskingum College, where he was a football and track standout.

Wable began his coaching career as head football coach of New London High School in 1952. In 1954, he became an assistant coach at Massillon Washington High School for two seasons (1954-55) before taking his first position in the college ranks as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University.

After two years at Wake Forest (1956-57), he returned to Muskingum as an assistant coach for three seasons (1958-60) before spending a year (1961) as an assistant coach Cornell University.

A Navy veteran, Wable earned a bachelor’s degree from Muskingum and a master’s degree from Kent State University.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Avenue.

Warriors lose

CALCUTTA –Crestview bested East Liverpool Christian 166-249 on Thursday at Beaver Creek Meadows.

For Crestview, Ethan McCloskey had a 33, AJ Robb 41, Ariana Rodi 45 and Matt Wollett 47.

For East Liverpool Christian, Owen Bouscher had a 54, Devon Ward 58, Cody Hughes 68 and Zach Price 69.

Huskers seek 12th game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos says he is doing all he can to find a 12th regular-season game for the Cornhuskers.

Moos on Wednesday commented for the first time since the opener against Akron was called off because of inclement weather Saturday.

Nebraska wanted to play Akron Sunday, but the Zips couldn’t find a hotel for Saturday night. Moos said Akron turned down Nebraska’s offer to house players in vacant dormitories and provide breakfast.

Moos said rescheduling the game against Akron for Dec. 1 is an option as long as one or both teams are not playing in a conference championship game that day. Another possibility is to fill the scheduled open date Oct. 27 with a game against an opponent likely from the Football Championship Subdivision.

West Virginia nets $320K

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Lottery says the state netted around $320,000 of taxable revenue in its first weekend of legal sports betting.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association president, John Cavacini, says even more bets are expected to be placed this weekend when professional football season starts.

“Widely available legalized sports betting means big money for sports leagues like the NFL,” said Sara Slane, of the American Gaming Association.

Cavacini says Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was the first to begin legal sports betting. He says other venues will follow suit this month.

He says revenues will likely increase when mobile betting apps are up and running.

West Virginia has an advantage in attracting people across state lines to place bets because neighboring states aren’t taking up the issue, and there’s a significantly higher tax in Pennsylvania, Cavacini said.

“That’s what happened when we introduced slots and table games, because none of the other states had it,” Cavacini said. “For many years, we benefited from that.”

He said at some point neighboring states will likely legalize sports betting.

“But for now, we have a free run at it,” Cavacini said.

Wickens suffers injury

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar driver Robert Wickens suffered nine specific injuries, including fractures to his spinal cord and neck, in his horrific crash at Pocono Raceway last month.

Wickens’ family provided a comprehensive list of the injuries the driver suffered when his car launched into the fence Aug. 19 at the Pennsylvania track. Among the nine injuries are a thoracic spinal fracture, a fractured neck, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, and a fractured right forearm.

The family released the details Thursday through Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to show the severity of the injuries to Wickens and the recovery he has ahead. He is expected to be moved to a rehabilitation center soon to begin recovering from a spinal cord injury. It could be months before the severity of the injury is known.

The Canadian had surgery this week at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital to repair fractures to his legs and hands.

Team owners Ric Peterson and Sam Schmidt added the No. 6 entry will be Wickens’ car “no matter the amount of time it takes for his full recovery.”

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