District Boys Track: Bassitt wins hurdles showdown

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER It’s been nearly a year since Arcadia’s Clint Recker and Bluffton’s Trevor Bassitt faced each other in a race. Bassitt saved his best for Saturday’s Division III district track and field meet at the Cooper Tire Complex at...

Man who golfed seven days a week had seven holes-in-one

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer John Blide’s passion in life was the game of golf. And, considering the remarkable achievements he had on the course, his passion treated him well. Blide had two holes-in-one on the back nine at Hillcrest Golf Club in Findlay on April 27,...

District Track: Bluffton’s Bassitt wins boys hurdles showdown

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer It’s been nearly a year since Arcadia’s Clint Recker and Bluffton’s Trevor Bassitt faced each other in a race. Bassitt saved his best for Saturday’s Division III district track and field meet at the Cooper Tire Complex at...

Prep track: Boys relay teams bring their best

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Running against strong competition brings out the best in Riverdale’s 3,200 relay team. It also brought out a season best for Bluffton, Carey and McComb on Thursday. Riverdale’s Kyle Evans, Ben Gannon, Josh Hunter and Joe Lauck ran a...

Prep baseball: Pitchers don’t disappoint at Ottawa District tournament

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Kalida’s Austin Swift against Miller City’s Jackson Lammers. Arlington’s Zach Durliat versus Leipsic’s Grant Rader. The four pitchers with ERAs less than 1.70 didn’t disappoint in Wednesday’s...

Prep track: Grove teams sweep NWC titles

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ADA — Lynea Diller had plenty of motivation to win the shot put title on the second day of the Northwest Conference track and field meet Saturday at Ada’s War Memorial Stadium. The Columbus Grove senior standout had her second-place...

Prep Track: Columbus Grove sweeps NWC titles for 3rd straight year

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ADA — Lynea Diller had plenty of motivation to win the shot put title on the second day of the Northwest Conference track and field meet at Ada’s War Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Columbus Grove senior standout had her second-place...

BVC Boys Track: Best finish in 45 years for Redskins

  By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer It’s been 45 years since Arcadia finished runner-up in the Blanchard Valley Conference track and field meet. Clint Recker, Shae Watkins and the rest of their Redskins teammates were determined to end that drought on Friday. They...

District Baseball: Curtis comes through for Elmwood

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER BLOOMDALE — Getting production at the bottom of the lineup is just as important as getting production from a team’s main hitters. Andy Curtis proved that for Elmwood on Thursday. Curtis, the No. 8 batter, backed Trevor Solether’s...

Prep softball: Herder hasn’t missed a beat

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Natalie Herder didn’t know what to expect heading into the 2016 softball season. After missing last season with a torn ACL in her left knee, which she suffered late in the 2014-15 basketball season, Patrick Henry’s junior...