State Boys Basketball: P-G seniors dreamed big

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Drew Johnson wrote a thank you note nearly a decade ago, and delivered a prophecy in the process. “Dear Coach,” Johnson, a fourth-grader and ballboy for the varsity basketball team, wrote to Josh Klear,...

State Girls Basketball: Golden opportunity ends in silver for Ottoville

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer COLUMBUS — The Ottoville green and gold was tinged with silver, like the runner-up trophy the Big Green received after Saturday’s 63-48 loss to Minster in the Division IV state championship game. But coaches, players and fans will long...

State Girls Basketball: Golden opportunity ends in silver for Ottoville

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer COLUMBUS — The Ottoville green and gold was tinged with silver, like the runner-up trophy the Big Green received after Saturday’s 63-48 loss to Minster in the Division IV state championship game. But coaches, players and fans will long...

State basketball: Big Green roll to final

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Dave Kleman can sleep easy tonight. Come Saturday morning, the doors to Value City Arena will be swinging open for him and his Ottoville Big Green. Bridget Landin scored 21 points, Kasey Knippen and Quinley Schlagbaum spearheaded a...

State basketball: O-G’s Hempfling sees stellar career end

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf’s girls basketball team did something in the second quarter of Thursday’s Division III state semifinal against Columbus Africientric that they’ve rarely had to do during the past four seasons. The...

Ottoville girls basketball: Small school, big legacy

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer From pigtails to ponytails, Ottoville’s legacy continues. “At my camps, I might put four classes together and we’ll have 40 kids there,” Dave Kleman was saying. “I’ll say, ‘OK, 10 of you 40 are going to be...

State Girls Basketball: Big Green, Buckettes set for rematch

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer The rematch is on. And the stakes have been raised. Ottoville and Buckeye Central, who clashed in the regional semifinals at Elida a year ago, will be squaring off for the second straight year in the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls...

Girls basketball: Big Green return to state

By DAVE HANNEMAN staff writer ELIDA — All the incentive C.J. Kemper, Bridget Landin and the Ottoville girls basketball team needed is right there on the locker room wall, a daily reminder of where they’ve been and where they want to be. “We have a picture of...

Girls basketball: Ottoville beats Leipsic, heads to state for second straight year

By DAVE HANNEMAN staff writer ELIDA — All the incentive C.J. Kemper, Bridget Landin and the Ottoville girls basketball team needed is right there on the locker room wall, a daily reminder of where they’ve been and where they want to be. “We have a picture of...

Prep basketball: Pandora-Gilboa romps past Kalida 56-33

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Eli Phillips remembers the rough times, the tough times when he and his Pandora-Gilboa teammates could count a season’s worth of victories on one hand and have fingers left over. Following a decisive 56-33 win over Kalida on Friday at...