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Prep track: Bluffton, Carey relay teams both earn all-Ohio finishes

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Bluffton’s 3,200-meter relay team has gotten used to fourth-place finishes the last couple of weeks. Friday’s fourth-place finish at the OHSAA Division III state track and field meet meant a lot more, though. After...

State Track: Carey boys relay is ready to represent

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER CAREY — Carey’s boys track team picked up right where the cross country team left off last fall. Having three members of the 10th-place Division III state cross country squad helps out. After advancing to the boys state tournament in...

Prep track: Area boys look to move up

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer There’s a common theme for most of the area Division III state track and field qualifiers who are competing in individual events. They’ve been there before. They know what to expect. They want to improve. Of the 14 individual...

Prep track: No vacation for Ottoville’s Siefker

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Brendan Siefker’s family definitely will not plan any vacations during state track and field meets from now on. After qualifying for state in the 1,600-meter run last year as a freshman, Siefker missed the meet due to a previously planned...

Boys track: Area boys post peak performances

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — There’s no better time to be performing the best when a trip to Jesse Owens Stadium is on the line. Several area athletes advanced to next week’s state meet by setting personal records in multiple events on Friday at the...

Regional Track: Area boys beat back injuries

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER The road to the OHSAA state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus is already grueling enough for most track and field athletes due to the competition. Add injuries in there and it can make things really difficult. Several area...

Boys track: Confident area boys punch tickets to state

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Having confidence can go a long way. On Wednesday, confidence helped several area athletes qualify for next week’s OHSAA Division III state track and field championships. For the second straight year, Arcadia’s Shae...

Prep track: Former H-L star Kline back on track at Crestview

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Isaiah Jones Kline has competed on many different tracks at the highest levels as a high school athlete. But the most important track the former Hopewell-Loudon standout is on now does not involve a baton, jersey or racing against other athletes....

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,...