State Boys Basketball: End of the road for the Rockets

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Eight lead changes. Four ties. No lead bigger than six points. Pandora-Gilboa’s Division IV state boys basketball semifinal against Marion Local on Thursday was nip-and-tuck the entire game. Marion Local, however, made a...

State Boys Basketball: Poise will be the key for P-G

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Being poised helped Pandora-Gilboa’s boys basketball team reach new heights this season. The next test for the Rockets will be going up against arguably one of the most poised small-school teams in Ohio. P-G, coming off its first regional...

State Boys Basketball: The third go-around is the charm for Braidic

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Joe Braidic has seen promising seasons come to an early end. He’s been through the tough times. It’s understandable that the Pandora-Gilboa boys basketball coach felt a combination of relief, excitement and satisfaction on Friday night...

State Boys Basketball: Communities feeling the state basketball buzz

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer PANDORA — There’s a buzz and excitement level in Pandora and Gilboa that has rarely been felt by those who live in the Putnam County villages. Mention the 2017-18 Pandora-Gilboa boys basketball team and its success this season, and...

Big Green can’t overcome Landin’s injury

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Even the toughest players are susceptible to injury. And unfortunately for Ottoville’s girls basketball team on Saturday, Bridget Landin’s head injury during the Big Green’s Division IV state championship against...

A season to remember for Kleman, Ottoville

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Dave Kleman and his Ottoville squad achieved milestone after milestone this season. Although they came up just short on Saturday of achieving their most-desired milestone, the school’s first state title in girls basketball,...

State Girls Basketball: A season to remember for Kleman, Ottoville

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Dave Kleman and his Ottoville squad achieved milestone after milestone this season. Although they came up just short on Saturday of achieving their most-desired milestone, the school’s first state title in girls basketball,...

State Girls Basketball: Big Green can’t overcome Landin’s injury

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Even the toughest players are susceptible to injury. And unfortunately for Ottoville’s girls basketball team on Saturday, Bridget Landin’s head injury during the Big Green’s Division IV state championship against...

Boys basketball: P-G earns trip to state with win over Crestview

By MICHAEL BURWELL staff writer BOWLING GREEN — Drew Johnson flung the ball toward the ceiling and collapsed to the ground. Jared Breece pumped his right arm in the air. And Joe Braidic jumped up and down with his Pandora-Gilboa boys basketball squad with a trophy no other...

State basketball: Big Green all smiles after big victory

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Dave Kleman, Bridget Landin and C.J. Kemper were in a much better mood entering the Value City Arena media room on Thursday compared to last year. “I really liked the game. I like sitting here with the win instead of (a...