Girls Basketball: L-B steps on the gas vs. Leipsic

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer LEIPSIC — Liberty-Benton threw the first punch against Leipsic on Thursday. And the Eagles didn’t let up one bit. L-B used a 3-point shooting barrage to take a 21-3 first quarter lead, and the defense dominated throughout the game as...

Girls basketball: Passionate Black Knights top Vanlue

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer VAN BUREN — Playing with passion and energy is something Van Buren girls basketball coach Shawn Ginnan wants to see more of from his team. In Tuesday’s game against Vanlue, that passion and energy showed up for the Black Knights. Van...

Prep football: One game short of final

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer WAPAKONETA — Liberty-Benton had a tough enough task in trying to slow down defending state champion Marion Local in Friday’s Division VI state football semifinal. Add in some costly turnovers and penalties and it got even tougher for...

Prep Football: Sadler’s return gives L-B a boost

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Jon Sadler thought his season was over after breaking his collarbone in Liberty-Benton’s win over Van Buren on Sept. 15. Two months later, the Eagles’ running back and defensive end was back on the field. And he’s played a big...

Prep Football: Experience, speed have carried Eagles

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer From going 6-4 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons to notching a 12-1 record and a spot in the Division VI state semifinals, Liberty-Benton’s football team has had quite a turnaround this season. What have been some keys for the Eagles? A strong...

Prep Football: L-B ready for test from Marion Local

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Liberty-Benton football coach Tim Nichols and his team know that an enormous challenge awaits them in the Division VI state semifinals. The Eagles will get their shot at trying to take down defending state champion and small-school powerhouse...

Prep football: Liberty-Benton flies past Hillsdale for regional title

  By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer TIFFIN — The 16 seniors on Liberty-Benton’s football team wanted to make some noise this season. They sent another message loud and clear Friday night. L-B racked up nearly 400 yards of offense, with senior quarterback Austin May...

Prep football: L-B Eagles are flying high in the postseason

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Liberty-Benton’s football team enters Friday’s Division VI, Region 22 final against Jeromesville Hillsdale on a nine-game winning streak and brimming with confidence. But the Eagles know one bad game could end it all. “Our...

Prep football: L-B Eagles trump Aces

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer DEFIANCE — The temperature might have been in the low 20s Friday night, but Liberty-Benton’s offense was scorching hot. The Eagles racked up 374 total yards and erupted for 45 points in the first half against Hicksville as L-B torched...

Prep Football: McComb pulls away from Leipsic

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer McCOMB — For the seventh time in the last eight seasons, McComb’s football team will be playing in Week 12. The Panthers used three big completions in the passing game and their defense held Leipsic to just 175 total yards in shutting...