Prep football: Inselmann back as Patrick Henry head coach

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER HAMLER — The respite was brief. Bill Inselmann says the reunion won’t be. “I’m looking to get back into coaching at Patrick Henry and not just for a couple of years,” Inselmann said Wednesday. “This is a commitment...

Prep football: Kirkendall returning to Leipsic

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Joe Kirkendall grew up almost on the Putnam County/Henry County line. That’s partly what made Monday’s decision so rewarding, and yet so difficult. “I worked with great people at Patrick Henry,” said...

Prep football: Gehrisch takes over at Van Buren

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Pat Gehrisch figured he’d be soaking up a lot of how-to knowledge this football season. Turns out, he’ll dispensing quite a bit it, too. “Actually, the position kind of came out of nowhere,” said Gehrisch, who on Friday was...

Swimming: FAST veterans give back to program

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER With have a slew of all-Ohio honors on their resumes and college scholarships in hand, Justin Hopkins and Tucker Stocker could be taking it easy this summer. Instead of kicking back, though, they’re kicking in. “It’s a little bit...

Prep track: Findlay High trio have high hopes

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Isaiah Gaines is hanging with a pretty fast crowd these days. And this week in Columbus, the Findlay High School senior plans to keep hanging with them. “A lot of the guys I’ll be racing against this week are the same guys I raced against...

Regional Baseball: Kalida just a win away from state

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER HAMLER — When Braden Decker hit one off the wall in practice this week, Kalida baseball coach Joe Recker took notice. When he did it again in Thursday’s Division IV regional semifinal against New London, a lot of other people did, too....

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...