Prep football: Vikes step up to the challenge

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER LEIPSIC — Leipsic’s injury-plagued football team just keeps on winning. The Vikings, who were without starting quarterback Dylan Schroeder after he tore an ACL in a Week-6 loss to McComb, held North Baltimore’s high-scoring...

Prep golf: Van Buren among state favorites

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Van Buren boys golf coach Eric Heitkamp faced a big challenge to start the season: don’t think too far ahead, especially with all five golfers from the 2016 Division III state runner-up team returning. “That’s been difficult. I...

Prep football: L-B grounds Rockets

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER PANDORA — Will Poling was supposed to throw a block. Instead, the Liberty-Benton senior wide receiver gave the Eagles a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Poling whiffed on a block against Pandora-Gilboa defensive back Jared Breece, but got...

Division III District Golf: Ace gets Kuenzli to state

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer BOWLING GREEN — Andrew Kuenzli hit the shot of his life on Thursday. Now, the Riverdale freshman will get to play in arguably the biggest tournament of his life. During the Division III boys district golf tournament at Bowling Green’s...

Prep Football: McComb wins one for Jimmy

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer MCCOMB — McComb’s 29-14 Blanchard Valley Conference football win against Leipsic on Friday night was special for several reasons. For coach Kris Alge and his Panthers, they wanted to win for Jimmy. “We had a No. 64 a few years...

Prep football: Rockets fly to the top of BVC

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer LEIPSIC — Jared Breece and his Pandora-Gilboa teammates are a force to be reckoned with in the Blanchard Valley Conference. The Rockets proved that again Friday night. Breece, the Rockets’ junior quarterback, had as many touchdown...

Prep football: P-G Rockets are rolling

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer NORTH BALTIMORE — Complete domination. Pandora-Gilboa’s football team racked up 578 yards while holding North Baltimore’s high-powered attack to just 245 yards as the Rockets remained unbeaten with a 74-18 Blanchard Valley...

BVC football: Leipsic rallies to top L-B

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer LEIPSIC — Joe Kirkendall calls this season’s Leipsic football squad the most enjoyable team he’s been around. The Vikings will certainly enjoy the result of Friday’s game against Liberty-Benton. Leipsic overcame an early...

Prep football: Ada’s Sumner comes up big

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ARLINGTON — Chase Sumner felt Ada’s 34-20 nonleague football win over Arlington on Friday was more of a “team” win. But there’s no denying the he played an enormous part in it. The Bulldogs’ 5-foot-7 senior...

Prep Volleyball: Leipsic wins PCL thriller over Columbus Grove

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer COLUMBUS GROVE — Leipsic coach Brent Newell said it best: It was one of those matches where you hate to see someone lose. Leipsic fell behind Columbus Grove two sets to one, but came up with clutch plays in the final two sets as the Vikings...