Prep boys basketball: Rockets are PCL champs

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER CONTINENTAL– Joe Braidic didn’t know if this would be the year his young but experienced Pandora-Gilboa boys basketball team would earn an outright Putnam County League title. With a chance to win it Thursday, the Rockets proved they...

Boys basketball: Lentz scores his 1,000th as Royals cruise

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER BLOOMDALE — Tayte Lentz wasn’t happy when he missed a free throw and a couple of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of Elmwood’s nonleague game against Van Buren on Wednesday. But when the Royals’ 6-foot-4 senior finally did...

OHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament: Findlay shoots down Arrows

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer TOLEDO — The burden of not winning a tournament game since 2012 is gone for Findlay High School’s girls basketball team. The Trojans built a 16-point second quarter lead over Ashland on Tuesday, withstood an Arrows’ comeback and...

Girls Basketball: Bulldogs show plenty of bite in NWC title tilt

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove’s girls basketball team picked a good time to get off to its best start in a game this season. The state-ranked Bulldogs blitzed Bluffton 27-4 in the first quarter, extended their lead to 45-6 at halftime...

Girls basketball: Vanlue holds off Perry

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER VANLUE — Vanlue’s girls basketball team saw its 16-point lead over Lima Perry shrink to four early in the fourth quarter of Monday’s nonleague game. The Wildcats didn’t let that faze them the rest of the game. Vanlue held...

Boys Basketball: O-G takes command of WBL

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s Jay Kaufman and Jake Dible put their football toughness to good use on Friday. Kaufman, a 6-foot-4 junior, and Dible, a 6-6 junior, combined for 28 points and 18 rebounds and several other O-G players stepped...

Girls Basketball: No let down for Riverdale girls

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER MOUNT BLANCHARD — Riverdale’s girls basketball team has had some close losses and fourth quarter leads slip away the past couple weeks. There was no letdown for the Falcons on Thursday. Riverdale raced to a 13-0 lead three minutes into...

BVC basketball: Van Buren stays in the hunt

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer PANDORA — It took just two minutes for Van Buren to set the tone of its game Friday against Pandora-Gilboa. The Black Knights bolted to an 8-0 lead and used a dominating performance on the glass and in the paint as they remained in the thick...

Girls Basketball: Quick start powers Leipsic over Arcadia

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Even with leading scorer and rebounder Kennedy Pratt out and several other players missing Thursday’s game due to injuries, Arcadia hung around with Leipsic. But the Vikings’ quick start and solid second half proved to...

Prep girls basketball: Columbus Grove in the zone against L-B

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove’s full-court zone defense took it to another level in the second half of Tuesday’s game against Liberty-Benton. The Bulldogs’ defense helped forced 12 second-half turnovers and held L-B to...