Ben’s charity softball game hits home run on first try

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER The rain held off just long enough Sunday afternoon. The interactive camaraderie and good times did not. Before a sold-out crowd of 2,500, Findlay High School grad and Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl...

Legion baseball: Findlay Post 3 will field young club

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Dana Dunbar is beginning his 24th season as head coach of the Findlay Post 3 Legion baseball team. And he plans to use the experience he’s gained in all of those 24 years to good use. “We’re very young, one of the youngest teams I...

Prep regional softball: Reineke’s shot sinks Ada

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Tinora’s Aubrey Reineke stopped running when the magnitude of her hit began to sink in. Fortunately for the Rams, Lexi Miles did not. Miles, a back-up pitcher pinch running for Tinora starter Ashton Helmke, legged it from first to home when...

Prep baseball: A special spring in Tiger Town

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — Tiger Town is roaring these days. In stereo to boot. “We feed off them. They feed off us,” said North Baltimore baseball coach Marty Gazarek. “I think that little bit of competition makes both teams better....

Prep tennis: Swisher’s turn at state tennis tourney

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Sean Swisher has been taking his son Drew to the boys state tennis tournament for years now. When they head to Mason this week for the 99th annual Ohio High School Athletic Association event, they’ll be going as coach and player, not...

Prep softball: Ada wins district crown

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Ada softball coach Troy Erickson might have had a few butterflies doing somersaults in his stomach when his Bulldogs faced Columbus Grove on Saturday in a Division IV district championship game at Elida’s Dorothy Edwards Field....

Prep district softball: Ada clinches first ever regional berth

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Ada softball coach Troy Erickson admits he had a few butterflies doing somersaults in his stomach when his Bulldogs faced Columbus Grove on Saturday in a Division IV district championship game at Elida’s Dorothy Edwards Field....

District Softball: Patrick Henry’s Jones keeps L-B off balance

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer LIMA — Patrick Henry’s softball team fell well short of its season scoring average in Wednesday’s Division III district semifinal game against Liberty-Benton. On this day, though, Patriots’ coach Mike Meyer was willing to...

Prep Softball: Findlay High bats go quiet

By DAVE HANNEMAN Staff Writer MAUMEE — Findlay and Springfield showed up in nearly identical uniforms for Tuesday’s Division I district semifinal softball game at Maumee’s Fred Rolf Park. Only the names on the front and back of the jerseys were different. Well,...

Prep Softball: Otsego holds off Elmwood in district semis

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER MAUMEE — First-year Otsego girls softball coach Jason Colyer may be the new kid on the block. But the guy knows his history, especially when it comes to playing Elmwood. “Yes we got a couple of runs early, but we knew that wouldn’t...