Boys basketball: Rockets roll to BVC title

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer PANDORA — The 2017-18 season for Pandora-Gilboa’s boys basketball team has been unlike any other in school history. With their 51-32 win over Liberty-Benton on Friday at P-G High School, the Rockets clinched their first Blanchard Valley...

NWC girls basketball: Grove girls rise to the occasion

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE “” Paige Bellman got her moment on Thursday. And for the third straight year, Columbus Grove’s girls basketball team found itself atop the Northwest Conference standings. Despite dealing with injuries to key players...

Girls basketball: L-B holds off Ottoville, 56-51

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer OTTOVILLE — Liberty-Benton coach Nate Irwin thought the Eagles’ nonleague matchup against Ottoville on Tuesday was a lot like L-B’s nonleague game against Ottawa-Glandorf on Dec. 30. The main difference? The outcome. Although it...

Boys basketball: Pirates quiet the Thunder

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer BLUFFTON — It was one extreme or the other for Bluffton’s boys basketball team on Monday. The Pirates shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and had a season-high scoring output, but 17 turnovers caught the attention of head coach Todd...

PCL basketball: Solid mix helping Ottoville succeed

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER CONTINENTAL — Ottoville boys basketball coach Keith Utendorf has had an interesting “problem” this season. He has a deep mixture of solid seniors and talented underclassmen, and they put together another strong performance on...

Prep Girls Basketball: L-B nets share of BVC title

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Liberty-Benton’s rampage through the Blanchard Valley Conference continued on Thursday. And the defending league champs clinched a share of the league title in the process. Liberty-Benton turned a nine-point halftime lead over North Baltimore...

Boys Basketball: P-G weathers the storm to beat Van Buren

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer VAN BUREN — Pandora-Gilboa was hanging on by a thread in more ways than one against Van Buren on Friday. Nevertheless, that thread never broke. P-G saw its 19-point lead midway through the third quarter shrink to four on two occasions in the...

Girls basketball: Karl’s big bucket sinks Carey in N10

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer NEW WASHINGTON — Jenna Karl’s 3-point attempt in the final seconds wasn’t exactly what Buckeye Central coach Greg Moore had drawn up. But it gave the Buckettes new life, and they took advantage. Karl buried a 3-pointer from 10...

Boys basketball: Bluffton’s Bricker buries big bucket

By Michael Burwell Staff writer COLUMBUS GROVE — Dakota Bricker had to adjust a little on Bluffton’s biggest possession of Friday’s game. After he made the adjustment, his shot found nothing but net. Bricker buried a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to give...

Girls Basketball: Grove outlasts Bluffton in double overtime

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer BLUFFTON — The logjam atop the Northwest Conference girls basketball standings became a little clearer Thursday. Although four quarters and an overtime period weren’t enough for Columbus Grove, the two-time defending league champs took...