Prep basketball: Findlay, Fremont renew rivalry

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Findlay and Fremont Ross have clashed in 173 varsity boys basketball games. That’s a lot. But when the Trojans and Little Giants square off for the 174th time in Friday’s Three Rivers Athletic Conference matchup at Findlay High, it will...

Boys Basketball: Springfield’s defense clamps down on Findlay

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Stan Joplin said he wanted to beef up Springfield’s basketball schedule. And earning a win like Saturday’s 43-29 victory over Findlay, he says, is the kind of progress he hopes his program can feed on. “We got killed by Perrysburg,...

Boys Basketball: Wiggins helps Springfield knock off Findlay

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Springfield’s big man started two big rallies and the Blue Devils rode that cushion to a 43-29 win over Findlay on Saturday in a nonleague matchup between the two schools. Demajeo Wiggins, a 6-foot-9 senior center with a big upside and, as yet,...

Boys Basketball: Findlay rips Oregon Clay in TRAC opener

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER OREGON — The last thing Jim Rucki wanted was for a young and aggressive Oregon Clay team to get any rhythm, any momentum, any confidence. Thanks to a lock-down defensive effort by his Findlay High School Trojans, that was never a problem....

Prep basketball: Findlay High set to open TRAC play

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Classes may let out at 2:41 every afternoon. But for Jim Rucki and his Findlay High School boys basketball staff, school is still in session. “We have some inexperienced guys so things are new, competing at the varsity level is new and...

Prep basketball: Boes, Wentling fuel Carey’s fast start vs. Falcons

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey’s boys basketball team won 18 games last season. C.J. Kin and his players thought they should have won 19. That’s why the Blue Devils were so determined Friday night to make sure history did not repeat itself....

Girls Basketball: Pirates, Red Devils to meet for tourney title

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer BLUFFTON — Two of the youngest teams in the 2014 McDonald’s Holiday Tournament played more like veterans than rookies on Friday. That’s why the two teams with the most tournament-final experience in the field will once again be...

Prep football: Losing streak changed Grove’s season

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Andy Schafer and his Columbus Grove Bulldogs kept hearing what they couldn’t do. For the last six weeks, though, they been having a pretty good time proving what they could. “We weren’t supposed to have a...

Prep football: Grove wins Round 2 against Rockets

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove went 5-4 against bigger schools this season. And the way Bulldogs’ coach Andy Schafer sees it, that’s not a bad thing. “We’ve been through some tough games this year. We were definitely...

Prep Football: Grove uses 5-minute burst to top P-G

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Pandora-Gilboa waited 10 weeks and a whole season to get a rematch with Columbus Grove. But it took just a 5-minute stretch in the third quarter for the Rockets’ plans to go awry. Columbus Grove opened the second half...