Prep track: Throwers put their way to state

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Four area track athletes did not throw away their shot at a state berth on Friday Instead, they threw up big numbers in the shot put to make it a clean area sweep in the event at the Division III regional track and field meet at...

Regional track: Bluffton’s Jefferson gifted in field events

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER Bluffton’s Kaleb Jefferson is a unique kind of athlete. Already a state qualifier in the high jump last year, the senior added discus, of all things, to his slate of events. He turned out to be the only Division III boys regional qualifier in both...

Regional Boys Track: Reinhard, Arbaugh are tops in their fields

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Of the four events with state berths up for grabs on Thursday, two area athletes came away with regional titles. Elmwood’s Brock Reinhard captured the pole vault while Van Buren’s Tyler Arbaugh won the discus at first day of...

Prep track: McComb’s LaRue leaves no doubt

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER McComb’s Graham LaRue endured one of the most improbable, tough-luck district track and field meets a year ago. As a junior, he finished fifth in all three of his events, one spot shy of a regional berth, by a collective time of 15-hundreths of a...

Prep district track: LaRue responds after missing regionals last year

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER McComb’s Graham LaRue endured one of the most improbable, tough-luck district track and field meets a year ago. As a junior, he finished fifth in all three of his events, one spot shy of a regional berth, by a collective time of 15-hundreths of a...

District softball: Gibsonburg pounds out 19-4 district win over Old Fort

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER OAK HARBOR — Gibsonburg removed all doubt in a hurry. A 15-run inning tends to do that. The Golden Bears batted around twice in the fifth inning with 13 hits, including three home runs, to stun Old Fort 19-4 in five innings in Friday’s...

District baseball: Ottawa-Glandorf, Van Buren fall in semifinals

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Fort Recovery’s small ball was so small, it needed three successful bunts to squeeze in one run. The Indians’ sixth-inning bunt derby produced the only run of the game to upend Ottawa-Glandorf 1-0 in Thursday’s Division...

District Baseball: Double plays keep H-L scoreless

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER CLYDE — If there was a word for it, Hopewell-Loudon coach Tony Swangan felt his team got “out-baseballed” by Ottawa Hills. “Pitching, defense and timely hitting is a good formula when you get to the tournament,” said...

College Golf: UF’s Torres aiming to finish as an All-American

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER Makenzie Torres has one goal left to achieve this season. The University of Findlay junior golfer is aiming to be All-America. To do so, she’ll need a top-10 finish in the NCAA Division II women’s golf championships at Bay Oaks Country Club...

Prep track: Grove sweeps NWC titles

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER SPENCERVILLE — Columbus Grove boys track and field coach Chris Grothaus knew the team championship would be close at the Northwest Conference meet Saturday at Spencerville. He didn’t figure it would end in controversy. With Columbus Grove and...