District Baseball: Swift fans 18 to beat Leipsic

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Kalida baseball coach Joe Recker didn’t want to call on the strong left arm of pitching ace Austin Swift on Saturday. But he did. And he got something extra in the bargain. Swift allowed three hits, one unearned run and struck...

Prep softball: Allen East upends Bluffton, 6-2

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER LIMA — Allen East outhit Bluffton 13-4 in Wednesday’s Division III district softball semifinal at Lima Bath High School. But as far as Bill Mattevi is concerned it was quality, not quantity that mattered most. “We didn’t get a...

Prep basketball: Stechschulte takes charge at Kalida

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER KALIDA — Kalida High School did not have to look long or far for a new boys basketball coach. The man they wanted was a few streets and a couple of blocks away. “I’m excited to be part of a community that is so passionate about...

District baseball: Miller City slips by McComb in 11 innings

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER MILLER CITY — Miller City’s Logan Dukes wasn’t happy with his first swing in the 11th inning of Wednesday’s game against McComb. He was none too pleased with the second, either. But the third, well that’s one he’ll...

Boys basketball: Braidic back at Pandora-Gilboa

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER PANDORA — With an eye on the future, Pandora-Gilboa delved into its past in hiring Joe Braidic as the school’s boys basketball coach. “I’m happy to be back,” Braidic said Tuesday as he was driving to the gym. “The...

Prep Basketball: Kalida’s Kortokrax steps aside

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER KALIDA — Ohio’s winningest prep basketball coach wanted one more win. He learned this week he wouldn’t get it. Kalida’s Dick Kortokrax, whose 890 career wins are a state record, was hoping to win the approval of the Kalida...

Prep tennis: Trojans open season with win over Columbian

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Sean Swisher got his first competitive-match look at his Findlay High boys tennis team on Monday. In many ways, it reminded him a lot of last season. Swisher begins his fifth season as FHS head coach without three key players, including two-time...

Prep baseball: Findlay looking for depth on mound

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Findlay High School’s baseball team was a well-armed group last season. This year, Trojans’ coach Jeff Stutzman is looking to replenish the arsenal. “Besides (Chandler) Stillings and (Max) Rinebolt, we need more depth on the...

Boys Basketball: Less drops in the bucket?

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER In March of 2005, Upper Sandusky allowed 90 points in one game, 86 in another and still won the Division II boys basketball championship. A year before that, Holgate never scored more than 40 points in either of its Division IV state tournament...

Regional Boys Basketball: Bay downs O-G, 76-65

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN — The exclamation point was an emphatic one. Bay Village Bay’s Scott Durham blocked a shot on one end and R.J. Sunahara threw down a slam on the other, giving the Rockets a 10-point lead over Ottawa-Glandorf in what became a...