Prep football: Shoup, Mangas step down

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Half of the schools in the Blanchard Valley Conference will have new head football coaches this fall after the resignations of Van Buren’s Kevin Shoup and Leipsic’s Andy Mangas over the last couple of days. Shoup leaves the Van Buren...

Prep track: Volpe, Borer, Watkins double winners at Boosters Invitational

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR FOSTORIA — Double up. That’s what St. Wendelin’s Sophia Volpe and Maddie Borer did in the girls meet. Arcadia’s Shae Watkins did the same in the boys meet to lead the way for area competitors at Saturday’s Fostoria...

Prep Track: Volpe, Borer, Watkins are double winners at Fostoria Invite

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR FOSTORIA — Double up. That’s what St. Wendelin’s Sophia Volpe and Maddie Borer did in the girls meet. Arcadia’s Shae Watkins did the same in the boys meet to lead the way for area competitors at Saturday’s Fostoria...

Prep Track and Field: Plenty to watch at Grove on Friday

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR If you are planning on heading to Friday’s Columbus Grove Invitational, it’s best to be on time. You won’t want to miss the field events. Seven area schools will be in the 12-team field when the Columbus Grove Invitational gets...

Prep Softball: A special helmet for H-L’s Krupp

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR BASCOM — When opposing batters come to the plate, Hopewell-Loudon catcher Kyleigh Krupp’s helmet might just catch their eye. It’s a very special helmet. The top of her red catcher’s helmet is adorned with a beautiful picture of...

State Girls Basketball: St. Wendelin nearly pulls off state title run

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — In the postgame awards ceremony at Value City Arena, OHSAA assistant commissioner Jerry Snodgrass called St. Wendelin “the little school that could.” On Saturday night, the Mohawks almost did. The Mohawks got the ball...

Girls Basketball: St. Wendelin nearly pulls off state title run (with video)

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — In the postgame awards ceremony at Value City Arena, OHSAA assistant commissioner Jerry Snodgrass called St. Wendelin “the little school that could.” On Saturday night, the Mohawks almost did. The Mohawks got the ball...

State wrestling: Area grapplers clinch spots on medal stand

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — Saturday morning at the OHSAA state wrestling championships was a day for rematches. Some area wrestlers won and others lost rematches as six grapplers from the region determined their final placements at Value City Arena. The...

State wrestling: Patrick Henry’s Bennett places second

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — Patrick Henry senior Brandon Bennett felt the highs and lows Saturday of being a finalist at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament. The high was at the beginning of the night and being involved in the spectacle that is the OHSAA state...

State wrestling: Mohawk’s Draper also takes second

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — Keep it close and win it at the end. That’s the strategy of a lot of wrestlers at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament. And that was Cole Draper’s plan against Creston Norwayne’s Zack Steiner. Steiner, though, had...