Prep baseball: Leipsic drops Kalida 6-2 in district final

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER ELIDA — The weather cooled considerably since the district baseball tournament got underway last Wednesday. But Leipsic’s baseball team did not. Dylan Schroeder gave Leipsic a strong start, Grant Rader gave the Vikings an outstanding...

Prep baseball: An all-PCL district final

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Three teams will get a trophy proclaiming them 2017 Putnam County League baseball champions. But only one will get a trophy for winning the Division IV district tournament at Ottawa …. and the bragging rights and a regional tournament bid that...

Prep softball: Eight is more than enough for Patriots

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER LIMA — Patrick Henry entered Tuesday’s Division III district semifinal softball game with Allen East with a big reputation. But it the was the little things that mattered most in the Patriots’ 8-0 win over the top-seeded Mustangs....

Prep softball: Ashland bounces Trojans from tourney

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Ashland softball coach Bill Herman had to hand it to pitching ace Bryanna Masters for coming through the way she did in Wednesday’s 2-1 Division I district quarterfinal win over Findlay. He could have given credit to the team trainers on hand...

Prep Boys Tennis: Findlay’s Giedeman is a whole new man

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Sam Giedeman isn’t near the man he used to be. But he’s twice the tennis player he ever was. “I’m definitely getting to the ball a lot quicker,” Giedeman said following a recent match against Sylvania Southview at...

‘I’m proud to call Findlay home:’ Roethlisberger siblings honored at HoF ceremonies

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Big Ben packed the house. Little sis brought it down. Carlee Roethlisberger got a few digs in on her older brother Ben — and some wall-to-wall laughs — as both were inducted into the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday...

Big Ben: ‘I’m proud to call Findlay home’

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Big Ben packed the house. Little sis brought it down. Carlee Roethlisberger got a few digs in on her older brother Ben — and some wall-to-wall laughs — as both were inducted into the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday...

Ben Roethlisberger: An epic journey

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Ben Roethlisberger remembers a time when they were handing out football jerseys and they asked him what number he wanted. He said No. 7, because that’s the number his idol, quarterback John Elway, wore. An NFL Hall of Famer, Elway threw 300...

Prep basketball: Homegrown talent on the floor in Division IV

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Little Berlin Hiland High School never really showed up on anybody’s prep basketball radar until Sports Illustrated ran an article about how Perry Reese Jr., a young black Catholic coaching a rural white boys team in the heart of Holmes County...

State Girls Basketball: Ottoville looking to knock off No. 1 Berlin Hiland

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Berlin Hiland girls basketball coach Dave Schlabach says Ottoville will “probably be the best team we’ll play this year.” Considering some of the teams the Hawks have squared off against, that’s quite a compliment. Hiland,...