Girls basketball: St. John is too deep for McComb

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer OTTAWA — Fatigue has been an opponent that McComb’s girls basketball team has had to deal with throughout the season, since the Panthers usually play six to eight players and have nine total on their roster. In Wednesday night’s...

WITH VIDEO: Girls basketball: Rockets’ rally tops Tigers

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Trailing by 17 points late in the third quarter, Pandora-Gilboa’s girls basketball team was on the verge of getting run out of the building by North Baltimore. All it took for the Rockets, though, was a little heart to pull off...

WITH VIDEO: Girls Basketball: Kalida tops Leipsic 54-44 for PCL crown

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Kalida’s girls basketball players were upset Saturday when their showdown with Leipsic was postponed until Tuesday because of bad weather. It was worth the wait, though, as the Wildcats clinched a share of the Putnam County...

Prep basketball: Kalida claims PCL title share

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer KALIDA — Kalida’s boys basketball team has been in close games all season long, but the Wildcats have had a tough time finding ways to win. That wasn’t the case Friday night against Miller City. Kalida led by three points at...

Prep Wrestling: Mohawk wrestlers roll to regional championship

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER HAVILAND — Momentum can be a powerful thing in sports, and for Mohawk’s wrestling team Wednesday night, it led to a berth in the OHSAA Division III state wrestling dual team tournament. Mohawk got on a roll against Carey in the regional...

Prep basketball: L-B pulls away from Red Devils

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ARLINGTON — It’s always a battle when Liberty-Benton and Arlington’s boys basketball teams step on the court. Friday night’s matchup between the two Blanchard Valley Conference teams was no exception. Neither team had a lead...

Boys basketball: Panthers top Arcadia, stay unbeaten in league

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ARCADIA — McComb’s first-year head coach Nick Latta has the Panthers’ boys basketball team on a role. And Friday’s 59-39 dominating Blanchard Valley Conference win over Arcadia, in which the Panthers exploded out of the gate...

Girls basketball: Eagles cut down Mohawks

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Even after Liberty-Benton’s 2-3 zone defense held St. Wendelin and its 6-foot-3 star Kamryn Troike to one point in the first quarter, Eagles’ head coach Nate Irwin decided to change things up. Irwin came out with a man-to-man defense in...

Boys basketball: Solid start lifts L-B over Van Buren

  By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer The importance of competing for all 32 minutes of a high school basketball game was never more relevant than for Van Buren Friday night against Liberty-Benton. For the Black Knights, the last 24 minutes of the game were solid, as they nearly...

Girls Basketball: Anything can happen between Arlington and L-B

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Arlington girls basketball head coach Seth Newlove dug deep into his bag of tricks last year when the Red Devils battled Liberty-Benton, slowing down the game with a stall ball offense to keep the game close. Newlove could be reaching in that same...