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Prep baseball: Tinora bashes PH to reach state tourney

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Kollin Spence still had a little swelling around his eye and a cut below it. But the lingering pain from taking a ball in the face in an attempt to field a hard-hit baseball a day earlier wasn’t going to stop the Patrick Henry...

Prep Baseball: Patrick Henry one win away from trip to state

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Josh Petersen remembers watching Patrick Henry’s baseball team make a run to back-to-back Division IV state championships in 2008 and 2009. Sitting with friends in the stands, he dreamed of one day being on the field for the...

District softball: Bostelman’s two-run shot lifts PH past Van Buren

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER ELIDA — In a game where big hits were few and far between, Kristin Bostelman delivered a decisive one to save Patrick Henry’s season. At the plate with two outs in the sixth inning, a runner on and the Patriots trailing by a run to Van...

Prep softball: Kurtz knocks in game-winner for PH

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Katie Kurtz has been in pressure situations before, and she wasn’t about to let the moment at hand overwhelm her. With two outs in the sixth inning, a runner on third and the score tied in a Division IV district softball semifinal...

Another village official stepping down

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Council President Mitch Kingsley announced his resignation from office Monday, the second departure of a top village official this month. Kingsley’s resignation as council president is effective immediately, but he plans to...

Findlay’s Leddy lands dream job

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER Andrew Leddy planned to stay involved in athletics after college. He found a dream job two years ago that allowed him to do it. Leddy, who played football at Findlay High School and at the University of Findlay, landed a job with Pete Bommarito Sports...

Town hall damage worst on third floor

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER A major water leak at the Bluffton town hall did the most damage to the building’s third floor, village officials said Thursday. All three floors of the downtown building were damaged by the water, but the third floor, where the leak began, got...

College track: Findlay right fit for Welch

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER Sometimes it’s about being at the right place at the right time, and for Justin Welch, the University of Georgia just wasn’t the place to be. It wasn’t that he lacked the talent to compete at the highest level. His...

Prep softball: Hoffman comes up big for Bulldogs

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Players shouted words of encouragement inside the Columbus Grove dugout as Brooke Hoffman stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning of a riveting tournament game. There were two outs against the Bulldogs and the score...

Bluffton mayor plans to step down

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Bluffton Mayor Dennis Gallant announced at Monday’s council meeting that he will be stepping down from his position at some point this summer. Gallant told the council members he has accepted a job in Sandusky, but told them he...