State Girls Basketball: Overtime heartbreak for O-G

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — The amount of energy Ottawa-Glandorf used to force overtime with Kettering Archbishop Alter in Thursday’s Division II state semifinal said a lot about the Titans. But in the extra session, the Titans just ran out of gas. O-G...

State Girls Basketball: O-G Titans hope third time’s a charm

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER The rematch is set. No. 1 vs. No. 2. Ottawa-Glandorf vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter. After a 74-48 setback to Archbishop Alter in the 2016 Division II girls basketball state final, O-G is hoping for a different outcome this time around when the two...

State Girls Basketball: Putnam County party in Columbus

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER The big ol’ Putnam County party for the state girls basketball tournament in Columbus will be much bigger this year. For the first time, two schools from the county will be competing in the OHSAA state tournament in the same season as...

Boys basketball: Elida comes up big at the end

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ADA — Upper Sandusky got the ball right where the Rams wanted it Saturday. “Down two, in that situation, we want the ball in Wes Vent’s hands. He’s done it all year long, he’s done it his whole career long,”...

District boys basketball: Elida knocks off Upper Sandusky

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ADA — Upper Sandusky got the ball right where the Rams wanted it. “Down two, in that situation, we want the ball in Wes Vent’s hands. He’s done it all year long, he’s done it his whole career long,” Upper...

District boys basketball: Black Knights knock off L-B

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER NAPOLEON — Van Buren coach Marc Bishop didn’t necessarily want to talk about Ryan Turner’s technical foul in the third quarter of the Black Knights’ game Thursday against Liberty-Benton. But that was the turning point Van...

District Boys Basketball: Elida defeats Titans in OT

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ADA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s run of nine straight district final appearances came to a screeching halt Wednesday. The Titans were outscored by Elida 9-4 in overtime as the No. 4-seed Bulldogs upset No. 1 O-G 46-41 in a Division II district...

Boys basketball: Putnam County teams fall at Elida

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ELIDA — It was a tough night for Putnam County League teams at the Elida Fieldhouse on Tuesday. Kalida led Convoy Crestview 36-35 with 2:29 left, but the Knights finished the game on a 6-1 run that included key defensive plays to pick up a...

District Girls Basketball: O-G girls rip Wapakoneta

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER PAULDING — Kadie Hempfling figured, why not give it a try? That “it” sparked a second-quarter run that helped Ottawa-Glandorf win its third straight district title. Hempfling, a 5-foot-9 junior forward, drove the lane and executed...

Sectional Boys Basketball: Tough stretch pays off for Kalida

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER VAN WERT — The tough stretch that Kalida’s boys basketball team had at the beginning of the season has paid off for the Wildcats. For the first time since 2012, the Wildcats won a sectional title, getting key contributions from numerous...