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...

Boys Basketball: Bay tops O-G for first regional title

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 in a game they would win 76-65 over...

Man approached golf, life with disciplined drive

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Golf was a perfect metaphor for Bob Wortman, and he played the game like he lived his life: exacting, disciplined, structured. “Dad just loved to play. I think it put him at ease. The most relaxed I ever saw him was on a golf course,”...

Boys Basketball: No second chances for Liberty-Benton

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN — Ottawa Hills’ 55-45 victory over Liberty-Benton on Wednesday wasn’t the Green Bears’ prettiest win of the season. But it may have been their gutsiest. “Defense is what got us here, and defense is...

Boys Basketball: St. Peter’s cuts down Panthers

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN — Mansfield St. Peter’s ended the second and third quarters with buzzer-beating 3-pointers on Tuesday. The long bombs had mostly a collateral effect, though. The real damage had already been done. “That 3-pointer to...

Boys basketball: Titans edge rival Defiance

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER ADA — Ottawa-Glandorf and Defiance received identical boys basketball trophies as co-champions of the Western Buckeye League. The Titans and Bulldogs picked up another pair of trophies on Saturday. One said “District Champion;” the...