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Stadium Preview Night – April 26

The Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club is hosting a “Stadium Preview Night” on April 26th as a fundraiser for the Stadium Rehabilitation Project.  The gates to the stadium will open at 5:00pm and the cost of tickets is $10 pre-sale or $12 at the gate.  Concessions as well as a hog roast will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Bands will begin at 6:00pm that evening with more details coming out over the next few days.  The two bands at the moment are Grape Candy and Off The Hook.

There will be raffles, membership tables setup, and great entertainment throughout the evening.  In the event of poor weather conditions, the event will be held in the Fredericktown H.S. gymnasium.  Make sure to bring your own lawn chairs or seating options, as the bleachers are unavailable.

Tickets are available at the Fredericktown Local Schools Board Office at 117 Columbus Road.  For more information and updates, check www.gofreddies.com

Stadium Rehabilitation Project

Hello my fellow Fredericktown residents, alumni, and those residing within or served by the Fredericktown Local School District.  It should come as no surprise that there is a project going on within the community to rehabilitate the bleacher seating at Fredericktown Stadium.  We’ve heard about proposals in the past, but the project has now been taken by the horns by a joint effort between the FLSD and the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club.  Together the two groups are spearheading the drive to raise money to make sensible improvements.

This structure has served us well and has done so since 1969, however something subject to environmental conditions for 45 years at some point needs more than just a little TLC.  In addition to the wear and tear on them a lot has changed in the way of safety codes and the requirements needed in order to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  According to information provided by FLSD Superintendent Matt Chrispin, they failed in 18 of 21 categories when inspected.  Just looking at them, even the layperson could see a number of concerns, and as a parent of a child who will attend there and does sit in the stands I too am concerned.

What all needs completed you ask?  The highlights of the project include:

  • Utilizing the current steel structure and press box.
  • Removing rust and painting the existing steel structure
  • Removing the wood plank seating and walking surfaces and replacing with aluminum.
  • Removing gaps between the seating and flooring by installing aluminum planks.
  • Railing replacement
  • Widening of aisles for handicap accessibility
  • The addition of a handicap ramp and accessible seating located on the home side stands.

Why am I standing up for this and why do I wish to see its success?  As someone who was raised in this community, an FHS alumni, and a parent, why would I not want a safe stadium that can be enjoyed for years to come?  Its about having some pride, doing the right thing and coming together to see this project through.  Just because they are still standing and nothing catastrophic has happened to date is no reason to delay making this happen.  We’ve been lucky that nothing has happened; the time to repair is now.

Even though football Friday nights is the stereotypical thing that comes to mind when you hear stadium, it should be no surprise that it is used for far more.  These bleachers are used for High School and Junior High football, Track and Field events of all ages, the Marching Band, Youth Football, and public events that utilize the field.

What exactly is the next step, and is this project going to move forward you ask?  Volunteers from the community are anxiously awaiting a break in the weather to begin removing all of the wooden boards from the bleachers to make way for the renovation to begin and have an impact in cost reduction.

People within the community are already in action getting the word out of the importance to get the community backing.  Through charitable donations from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Kokosing Construction, Ariel Corporation, Dr. Kyle Randall, MD. (Class of 2000), and booster volunteers, the funding is well underway.  We aren’t there yet and we need YOUR help in order to see it through!

Donations can be made in the form of a check made payable to the Fredericktown Stadium Rehabilitation Project and mailed to:

Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County
Fredericktown Stadium Rehabilitation Project
1 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Any amount possible that is donated will help this project out.  Imagine if just the alumni that are reading were to donate $10 each how far that would go to completing the bleacher renovation?  Please spread the word, please forward this to your alumni friends and encourage them to step up and give back to a worthy cause.

Thank you!

Freddie Baseball Clinic – March 8

There will be a baseball clinic for the up-and-coming athletes on Saturday, March 8 at the Fredericktown Administrative Building Gym (117 Columbus Road).  Grades 1-4 will run from 10:00am until 11:30am and grades 5-8 will run from 12:00pm until 1:30pm.  The cost of the event is $25 per player and all participants will receive a special gift.  Walkup registration is accepted, but early registration is appreciated.  Return forms to the High School office in care of BASEBALL CLINIC.  Checks should be made payable to Fredericktown Athletic Boosters.  For any questions on concerns please contact Coach Tom Craze at 740-988-7994.

Click the link to download the form:  bbclinic

Freddies 56-18 win sets up opportunities

Even in the toughest of seasons there is always plenty to play for, and the Freddies showed that they are far from done with their run for the season.  A goal of their first year in the new conference was to go after the MOAC title and they turned up the tempo to stay in the fight against the Mount Gilead Indians.  Systematically the Freddies tore the Indians down at every chance they got in the 56-18 victory to improve to 4-1 in the conference.

“That was a big win for us and one we’ve been looking for all year,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.  “These boys are a tough team and we play one of the toughest in the division this year.  It was a great thing for boys that have shown a lot of character and heart all season.”

Two long rushing plays on the Freddies first drive by Tyler Ruhl gave him a very short field to work with on the two-yard touchdown with 8:08 left in the first quarter.  The Indians only could catch glimpses of the end zone in the first twelve minutes as the Freddie defense held them to long positions forcing them to kick away.  Fredericktown racked up two more touchdowns on a long 33-yard score by Austin Hathaway and an eight-yard pass to Sam Armstrong before Mount Gilead could break loose in the second quarter.

“We wanted to play a lot of kids and utilize a lot of that talent.  We’re not wearing our kids out and that’s something that we’ve been working on all year to get to, said Coach Baum.  “A lot of them are underclassmen, and as our seniors are building us up as winners we are getting a lot of experience for next year.”

Mount Gilead worked the clock and setup a solid offense that worked to find Freddie weak spots.  They racked up the yards and ate time for almost seven minutes before grabbing an 11-yard touchdown run with less than a minute in the first half.

“They (Mount Gilead) did a nice job of driving the ball and challenged a few things that we have to shore up defensively.  Overall I feel our defense did a great job tonight, but we really wanted to get that stop before the half,” said Baum.

Braxton McQueen setup the return out to the Indian 27 and that’s where Hathaway reached out in a big way to senior Chris Hoar for a 73-yard touchdown pass to further dominate Mount Gilead.

The success of the first half carried over in the final 24 minutes of play as the Freddies started with the ball.  On a second-and-one, Ruhl found a spot large enough to shoot through the Indian defense and run 43-yards for another touchdown with Hathaway grabbing the conversion run.  Mount Gilead didn’t have the ball long before the defense saw an opportunity.  Out to mid-field, the ball was stripped away and Sam Armstrong scooped it up to run 50-yards for a touchdown.

Armstrong grabbed his second interception of the night on the following Mount Gilead drive and advanced the ball to the 40.

“Sam came out and made some nice plays for us, he’s a receiver and he knows how to get out there and get the football.  Our motto is if the ball is in the air, its our ball.  He’s one of those that’s good at that.  It was key at getting those stops.”

Powering through the defense, Jacob Leinendecker, and Ruhl worked to move the ball and setup the spot for Devin Kessler to grab an eight-yard touchdown run and end the scoring for the Freddies at 56.

“He (Kessler) has come a long way in the course of this year and getting into our system last year.  Each week he’s getting better and stronger which helps Ruhl, Hathaway, and the passing game.”

The Indians scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Freddies started substitutions on the field, getting the jayvee and freshman more Friday night experience.

Fredericktown’s offense racked up 485 yards on 43 plays against Mount Gilead.  Austin Hathaway was 3 of 7 for 84-yards and two touchdowns.  Chris Hoar had one reception for 73-yards resulting in a touchdown and Sam Armstrong with two receptions totaling 11-yards and one touchdown.  Leading the rushing battle was Tyler Ruhl with 178-yards and two touchdowns, Hathaway with 90-yards and one touchdown, and Devin Kessler with 54-yards and one touchdown.

On Monday, the official OHSAA ratings were not out, however the unofficial Joe Eitel Harbin points were, and Fredericktown had advanced to ninth place.  With the potential there, the possibilities had the coaches and the team excited in the post game huddle as to what is in store next Friday night.

“It feels good for our program, but we also have stuff to play for,” said Coach Baum.  “Whether it’s a small chance or a big one, its fun.  A potential for league or playoffs is fun and exciting.  We got our eyes set on where we want to be and it comes down to next week with the Centerburg and Highland matchup

 

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Haldeman – Oct 26

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Haldeman

There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on October 26 from 3:00-6:00pm at the Fredericktown Methodist Church.  The money raised from the event will go to help with Tyler Haldeman’s medical expenses from the motor vehicle accident he was involved in.

The cost of the dinner is by donation.  If you are interested in donating an item for the auction, please contact Peggy Smith at 740-507-4838.

Freddies determination can’t outlast Wildcats

There are few slow points in the Freddie football schedule this year as they moved to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and Friday night was no different as they headed west to Richwood in week seven of football.  The North Union Wildcats came into the evening on a undefeated season and high spirited for their homecoming ceremonies.  Able to outlast the scoring shootout on the evening, the Freddies just couldn’t finish it off in a 40-54 loss.

“They are a very good team.  We played tough teams up front and we expect to win games, we know we can compete,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.   “Our boys came out hard and came out fast and were able to force a turnover early and get scoring.  This game came down to 1:30 right there before the half that got away from us there.”

North Union received to start the game, and right from the start accumulated yards to drive sixty-yards with little resistance before the Freddies saw the first of several opportunities.  Second and goal the Wildcats tried to reach over the goal line but fumbled when hit by Colton Lybarger.  The ball came loose and Lybarger scooped it up to run back to the North Union 40-yard line quickly knocking the wind out of the Wildcats.

“It was great to be able to start the game out like that and three huge turnovers for us tonight were big to stay in the game.  That’s what we have to do and what we preach,” said Baum.

Setup with nice field position the line opened holes and bought time for quarterback Austin Hathaway to make huge advances downfield, the longest on a 33-yard push to set them up at the North Union three-yard line.  Tyler Ruhl made the final run to the end zone to get the Freddies on the board and get the crowd pumped up.

North Union took just under four minutes to tie the game at seven with costly penalties on their part chopping away at their first quarter momentum and position.

The Freddie offense continued to battle with Hathaway and Ruhl punching downfield on a drive that lasted just under five minutes culminating in a six-yard pass from Hathaway to Chris Hoar.

An interception by Matt Giffin on the Wildcats next drive at the Freddie endzone may have prevented a quick strike, but Fredericktown went three-and-out on their following drive.  North Union had the ball 27 seconds and on a long 76-yard pass found the end zone to pull ahead 14-13.

Fredericktown’s offense opened the playbook a little and put Devin Kessler, Sam Armstrong, and Hoar to work before Hathaway took it the final six-yards.  Tyler Ruhl made a successful conversion run to pull ahead 21-14 with just under two minutes left in the half.  That’s when the game took a drastic turn.

North Union scored three times in the final 1:56 in the first half.  The first points were on a two-play drive and 29-yard pass to tie it up.  The second came with 26 seconds on the clock before halftime as the Freddies handed them great field position on a short kick.  The final of the half was helped as the Wildcats intercepted Hathaway and on their first play hit the end zone with a 61-yard pass.

“We know how to defend that we just have to hustle.  We were well aware of their speed, but the four times we didn’t cover, they got away from us and it hurt us right before the half.”

Fredericktown matched North Union score for score in the second half of the game with Kessler again setting the Freddies up with a solid first down as he ran a beeline down the sideline to the Wildcat 41.  Hathaway and Ruhl continued to find a way before Ruhl found ran it form two-yards out, taking 5:30 to score.

“There was a lot of heart and desire in this game,” said Coach Baum.  “We pushed character all week, and character will push you through games like this, and our boys showed that tonight.”

North Union wasted no time on their next possession as they trucked 68-yards downfield on the first play.  Where the Wildcats had speed on the offense, the Freddie offense had determination and heart that never really stopped.  Four minutes and sixty-yards later after work from Armstrong, Hoar, and Hathaway, it was Ruhl that again punched through on a two-yard run, but still left the Freddies still trailing.

Two plays after a decent return the Wildcats pounced again finding every possible way to make it downfield in a hurry.  On a 41-yard pass they found the end zone to keep a two-touchdown lead that would carry the remainder of the game.

Hathaway scored on a 21-yard well-earned keeper just over two minutes into the fourth quarter, but they just couldn’t keep the pace in the final minutes in the game as the Wildcats went on to score on a 13-yard pass to end the game.

Fredericktown now 3-4 (2-1 MOAC Blue) will take on Highland this Friday night for what is always an excellent rivalry game.

 

Elimination, not reduction!

This article contains the views and opinions of this author, the founder of GoFreddies.com and not necessarily those of advertisers within the site or the Fredericktown Local School District and interested parties.  Jason Bostic is a 1996 graduate of Fredericktown High School, Secretary of the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club, resident of Fredericktown and long time advocate for sporting and music activities at the school district. 

There is a petition floating around the Internet this morning regarding Pay-to-play at the Fredericktown Local School District and the reduction of fees for families having multiple children playing.  Reduction of these fees is a great idea because I know several families that playing three seasons and having multiple children…you do the math.  With that said I can’t support your idea because if I do, it shows I only want to halfway fix the problem.   I can’t support it because its not enough change and still not right.  The only reduction that I support is 100 percent removal of the participation fees.

Pay-to-play has had a negative impact on the Fredericktown extracurricular community since instituted, and the last time I checked we had the highest within this area.  I can name several families that notably are paying more for participation fees than they are in total property tax (including their contribution to the levy).  Honestly it makes me sick to hear that our fees in Fredericktown are higher than other schools with far more elaborate facilities.

Several years ago a process of cuts began under a previous administration, actually several superintendents ago.  Teaching cuts, transportation changes, and a variety of other cost saving measures to help keep the school going.  Teachers gone, creative administrative changes, and extracurricular fees tacked on we were told it had to be this way.

I remember sitting in several community meetings with slide after slide, catchy videos, and being given “facts” and figures about the dire and desperate need to fund the levy to keep things going.  Unknowns in Federal and State funding were going to leave us in the red.  If you remember correctly, that levy and other FLSD levies have failed.

Looking back through the last six months or so of news articles, releases, and yes even word around town, things have changed quite a bit.  We have brought back teaching positions, hired for administrative positions, hired experienced personnel, paid for a superintendent search, and even awarded salary increases.  Now before the teachers string me up, the salary increases are long overdue and well deserved.  Our teachers, the ones forming and enriching the minds of our children to be future leaders are far from being compensated for the time and strong effort that they put in.  We need quality educators in our school, much like the ones that tried their best to get through to me and provided this Freddie (1996 graduate) with a great foundation.

What I’m getting at is the fact that we haven’t passed the levy, we have added all of these things back that are great investments into the school system, but we have failed to eliminate participation fees.  Fees that really, where do they go?  How much time and cost is spent just trying to collect all of this?  Where are we seeing a return on that income?  The parents shelling these fees out are by far some of the best supporters of the Fredericktown educational system and they chose to keep their kids here in this district rather than look to open enroll or move elsewhere.

We have new faces, new administration and perhaps a new chance at making real change in elimination of the participation fees and giving these parents and athletes a break.  Maybe that means in this upcoming election we have to make some tough decisions when it comes to voting with our brains and asking the tough questions.  There are some strong opinions out in the community as to decisions that have been made over the past few years.  Perhaps before casting ballot we need to get the board candidates viewpoint on things before we just vote a name and for the best looking sign.

Pay-to-play fees out of all changes enacted by the board provides the least economic impact to the funds of the FLSD.  Elimination of these fees however can provide the MOST economic relief to the parents, the families, and even the athletes themselves that scrape together money so they can play.

ELIMINATE THE FEES!

Offense leads to strong victory over Northmor

Photo By JASON BOSTIC – Tyler Ruhl on the run for one of his 28 attempts to add up 350 yards on the ground Friday night in the win over Northmor.

The Fredericktown offense put up a solid 56-44 win on the road Friday night as they took on the Northmor Golden Knights in conference play.  With the boxscore of the game nearly taking up an entire screen to read, the high scoring game left both coaches needing to tighten up their respective defense.

“Tonight we were very fortunate that we were able to force our will upon them.  Its frustrating though because their offense was able to do the same against us,” said Fredericktown Head Coach Brian Baum.  “It’s a win.  We’ll go back and clean things up after tonight.”

It was a late start to the scoring for the Freddies, but once they put their plan in action the points kept adding up.  With just over four minutes left in the first quarter Tyler Ruhl was the first to find the end zone with a 21-yard run, and Brayden Mast kicked the point after to get the Freddies on the board with seven.

Northmor tied the game up shortly after in the first quarter and you could tell from the breaks on the field that it was going to be a shootout going score for score the rest of the night.

Ruhl continued on throughout the evening, rushing to not only a career high 350-yards on 28-carries, but also a new school record surpassing Garrett Goeppinger from 2003 who had 310-yards against Utica.

Austin Hathaway rushed 10 times for 85-yards and two touchdowns, while passing 8-of-11 for 119 yards.  Brenden Reed rushed seven times for 49-yards.  Leading the receivers was Chris Hoar, three times for 55-yards and Devin Kessler three times for 40-yards.  The Fredericktown offense totaled 643-yards on 65 plays throughout the evening.

“They’re doing a nice job in the backfield.  We have four solid backs and sometimes people forget about Hathaway being able to run it out of there.  If you’re not on him on the edge he’s going to take off and get a touchdown, and that’s what he did tonight.”

Two costly mistakes turned into opportunities for Northmor that tightened the game up, but not enough for a win.  Both a fumbled kickoff and another fumble with just over two minutes resulted in an eventual score for the Golden Knights.

“We have to hold on to the football and take what their defense will give us,” said Coach Baum.  “Turnovers will get you beat and make the game a lot closer than it needs to be.”

Defensively the Freddies gave up 395-yards for the evening at Northmor, 245 from rushing and 150 passing.  Givin Hinkle led the defense with 17 tackles, followed by Jacob Leinendecker with 14, and Sam Armstrong with 11 against the Golden Knights.

“They had a couple athletes that really run hard.  They can hit you where you are weak and if you’re not doing what you’re coached to do they are going to get something,” said Coach Baum.  “That’s what they did to us tonight with that option.  It gave us good film to go back and get better from this week.”

The Freddies travel to Centerburg on Friday night to take on the Trojans in conference action against an unbeaten team that poses to be as difficult a challenge as the beginning of their schedule.

“Our boys are on a high.  We enjoy playing Centerburg and they are up for it.  I love that they’re 5-0 and the challenge that it brings.  It’s a similar type school and makes for a nice rivalry,” said Coach Baum.

Fredericktown improved to 3-2 on the season after the win and is currently ranked 11th in the OHSAA statewide rankings for region 21.  Centerburg is listed at third and one of only three in the region that remain unbeaten.

Freddies compete at Panther Invitational

The Freddies Cross Country teams traveled to Pickerington North High School for their Panther Cross Country Invitational.  Schools from Division I, II, and III were represented, with 888 girls and 849 boys competing in eight classes.

The Freddies Varsity Girls team placed 14th out of 35 schools, with 259 girls competing in the 5-kilometer run.  Emily Roberts placed 30th with a time of 20:47.9.  Rebekah Haip placed 33rd with a time of 20:56.5.  Olivia Bates placed 97th with a time of 22:30.3.  Demi Rizor placed 105th with a time of 22:48.7.  Chloe Stalnaker placed 112th with a time of 22:56.0.

The Freddies Varsity Boys team placed ninth out of 36 schools with 256 boys competing in the 5-kilometer run.  Bailey Gannon placed 27th with a time of 17:27.3.  Wyat Harmon placed 47th with a time of 17:59.8.  Zac Stalnaker placed 63rd with a time of 18:17.5.  Caleb Carter placed 66th with a time of 18:19.6.  Austin Divelbiss placed 76th with a time of 18:30.1.

The Freddies Reserve Girls team placed tenth out of 18 schools with 206 girls competing in the 5-kilometer run.  Jackie Hathaway placed 40th with a time of 24:42.5.  Kara Dilts placed 65th with a time of 27:00.6.  Molly Fitzpatrick placed 70th with a time of 27:49.8.  Cassidy Goble placed 71st with a time of 28:10.2.  Julie Gantz placed 75th with a time of 29:06.7.

The Freddies Reserve Boys team placed 11th out of 18 schools with 170 boys competing in the 5-kilometer run.  Brandon Hines placed 43rd with a time of 21:10.4.  Matthew Groseclose placed 61st with a time of 22:07.0.  Levi Roberts placed 64th with a time of 22:23.5.  Andrew McNeil placed 66th with a time of 22:23.6.  Jesse Adkins placed 70th with a time of 22:46.1.

The Freddies Junior High Girls Varsity team placed sixth out of 28 schools with 215 girls competing in the 2-mile run.  Lauren Davis placed 17th with a time of 13:19.5.  Nichole Groseclose placed 18th with a time of 13:19.9.  Molly Linhares placed 20th with a time of 13:22.7.  Elly Styers placed 40th with a time of 14:00.8.  Rhylee Wilson placed 92nd with a time of 15:07.7.

The Freddies Junior High Boys Varsity team placed 9th out of 30 schools with 217 girls competing in the 2-mile run.  Trenton Whaley placed 15th with a time of 11:49.4.  Brad Wolford placed 20th with a time of 11:54.1.  Paden Spencer placed 52nd with a time of 12:32.9.  Carter Christian placed 92nd with a time of 13:03.8.  Jack Stalnaker placed 94th with a time of 13:11.9.

The Freddies Junior High Girls Reserve team placed 13th out of 25 schools with 208 girls competing in the 2-mile run.  Kaylie Umfleet placed 61st with a time of 16:43.7.  Joselyn Bates placed 62nd with a time of 16:46.0.  Rachael LaBenne placed 67th with a time of 17:02.2.  Mia Enzor placed 80th with a time of 17:41.0.  Katie Dilts placed 94th with a time of 19:35.8.

The Freddies Junior High Boys Reserve team placed tenth out of 22 schools with 206 boys competing in the 2-mile run.  Hayden Petersen placed 48th with a time of 14:13.3.  Trent Marohl placed 49th with a time of 14:14.7.  Chance Campbell placed 50th with a time of 14:23.0.  Nolan Green placed 73rd with a time of 15:38.5.  Chase Stockdale placed 74th with a time of 15:39.5

Jayvee football remains undefeated

Photo By JASON BOSTIC – Tristen Cherryholmes and Josh Staats in on the stop for the Freddies as they held the Golden Knights to a single touchdown run on Saturday morning in the Freddies 12-6 victory.

Success continued to build on Saturday morning as the Freddies jayvee football team tasted victory, 12-6 over the Northmor Golden Knights to remain undefeated on the season.

Northmor started out with the ball and worked the clock and ground away at the yards.  Taking over half of the first quarter they found themselves fourth and a long 18-yards and deep into Fredericktown territory.  A solid pass got them down to first and goal at the Freddies three-yard line before fumbling the ball and the defense recovering at their own two.

Marshall McKinley took the handoff on the ball from Trace Young for a 35-yard gain.  Young and McKinley took turns working the ball.  A pass to Jake Streby got the Freddies a crucial first-down before a pass from Young to Matthew Giffin found the end-zone with 9:02 left in the first half of the game.  Up 6-0, Fredericktown’s energy was building.  The defense held the Golden Knights to four-and-out before the Freddies took over the ball at their own 45-yard-line.

It took the Freddies little time to get back down field on huge gains by Giffin and a long run from Brayden Mast that took the ball down to the four-yard line.  Trace Young took the keeper into the end zone on the second attempt to set the Freddies final score at 12 after a failed kick

The Freddies defense held firm as Northmor got as far as their 25-yard line.  On a fourth down, the Golden Knights tried for it but were tackled for a loss where Fredericktown took over on their 23.  Long passes to Giffin and Mast again got the ball moving for the Freddies, but the Freddies 55-yard drive was stalled with five seconds left in the half.

Both teams traded punches throughout the third quarter, with the defenses stepping up to put on a scoreless quarter of play.  The game was halted for several minutes while the emergency squad was called for Dillon Smith who was injured on the field.

Northmor seized their opportunity on a second high snap by the Freddies late in the fourth quarter.  The Golden Knights scooped up the fumbled ball, running it into the end zone to prevent a shutout.  Not backing down, the Freddies managed to block the kick and seal the score at 12-6.