Prep sports: Ross says OHSAA made right decision in hockey final

By JAMIE BAKER sports editor COLUMBUS — Nearly a month after Sylvania Northview and Cleveland St. Ignatius were declared co-state hockey champions, Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner Dan Ross has no regrets. The finish of the OHSAA state hockey championship...

Boys Track: Brown, Grothaus tough act to follow

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Just about every year at least one area boys athlete will stand on the top step of the awards stand at the OHSAA state track and field championships. It will be a tough act for this year’s track athletes to follow after a solid group of seniors...

Prep Football: Mangas takes reins at Leipsic

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR The Leipsic Board of Education hired Andy Mangas as the school’s new head football coach Wednesday and he couldn’t be more excited. Mangas replaces Joe Kirkendall, who transformed a struggling Leipsic football program into a perennial...

Competitive balance on OHSAA spring referendum ballot

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR The Ohio High School Athletic Association is set to take another crack at yet another competitive balance proposal this spring. On Monday, the OHSAA Board of Directors unanimously approved a competitive balance proposal that makes changes in how...

State Wrestling: Jolliff steps up for Findlay

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR When the season is on the line, some athletes fold when the pressure is greatest. Not Findlay High School junior Justin Jolliff. Jolliff passed his test at last week’s Division I district wrestling tournament at Cleveland State with flying...

State Wrestling: Long road to state for Ebbeskotte

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Elmwood’s Jake Wise and Ottawa-Glandorf’s Derek Ebbeskotte both not only qualified for this week’s OHSAA state wrestling tournament, they have another thing in common as well. Both missed the seniors never stepped on the mat their...

Prep wrestling: Patrick Henry’s Petersen takes long road to state

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR To say Patrick Henry freshman Kent Petersen beat the odds in qualifing for the state wrestling tournament would be an understatement. There were 994 wrestlers competing in Division III district tournaments across the state last weekend. Petersen was...

Divison III wrestling: Elmwood’s Wise gets trip to state

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR BOWLING GREEN — An injury kept Elmwood’s Jake Wise off the mats at the district tournament last year. He made up for it Saturday in a big way at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center by winning the championship in the...

District Wrestling: Elmwood’s Wise takes 170-pound title

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR BOWLING GREEN — An injury kept Elmwood’s Jake Wise off the mats at the district tournament last year. He made up for it Saturday in a big way at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center by winning the championship in the...

Division III wrestling: C-R’s Hartman back in familiar position

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR BOWLING GREEN — Cory-Rawson’s Dylen Hartman was oh so close to earning a spot in the OHSAA state wrestling tournament last season. Today, he’ll find himself in a similar position after winning his first two matches Friday to reach...