Prep baseball: Seniors come up big for Columbus Grove, Miller City

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Seniors tend to make big plays with the season on the line. For Miller City and Columbus Grove’s baseball teams in Wednesday’s Division IV district semifinal doubleheader at Elida, several seniors stepped up to keep their...

Prep softball: VB gets down to business

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Van Buren and Patrick Henry have been locked in pitchers’ duels when facing each other the past two seasons, and pitching dominated the first half of Tuesday’s Division IV district semifinal softball game at Elida. Then,...

Prep track: Grove’s Grothaus back on track

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Colton Grothaus and his brothers have had enormous success the past several years on Columbus Grove’s track and field team. But there’s one obstacle that the 5-foot-6 senior has had to overcome that his three...

Prep track: Grove sweeps NWC titles

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — A knee injury during basketball season kept Columbus Grove’s Sydney McCluer from competing during track season. But the senior had an unforgettable moment at the Northwest Conference track and field meet Saturday at...

NWC Track: Memorable day for Grove, McCluer

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer COLUMBUS GROVE — A knee injury during basketball season kept Columbus Grove’s Sydney McCluer from competing during track season. But the senior had an unforgettable moment at the Northwest Conference track and field meet at Columbus...

BVC Boys Track: C-R’s Warnimont races to four wins

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Mason Warnimont had pressure on him in more ways than one in the 200-meter run at Friday’s Blanchard Valley Conference track and field meet at Liberty-Benton High School. Not only did the sophomore from Cory-Rawson have a chance to pick up...

Prep Baseball: Four-run innings lift Findlay past Fremont

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Getting that first big hit is something Findlay’s baseball team has struggled with at times throughout the season. But after several missed scoring chances in the first four innings of Thursday’s Division I district quarterfinal game...

Prep baseball: Freshman Bricker hurls Bluffton past Riverdale

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Bluffton freshman left-hander Dakota Bricker sure didn’t pitch like a player making his first tournament start in the Pirates’ first-round Division III district baseball game against Riverdale on Saturday. Bricker...

Prep Baseball: Bricker leads Bluffton over Riverdale, 3-2

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer BLUFFTON — Bluffton freshman left-hander Dakota Bricker sure didn’t pitch like a player making his first tournament start in the Pirates’ first-round Division III district baseball game against Riverdale on Saturday. Bricker...

Prep track: Another Mangas record at PCL championships

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER OTTOVILLE — Very few high school athletes can say they can jump over themselves. Ottoville sophomore Brooke Mangas already has that ability. Mangas broke her own meet record with a leap of 5-foot-6 to win the high jump at the Putnam County...