Prep girls basketball: L-B takes BVC showdown

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Jensen Hiegel has embraced her role as a leader for Liberty-Benton’s girls basketball team. On Thursday, the 5-foot-9 senior helped the Eagles take a big step toward snatching the Blanchard Valley Conference title back from Arlington. Hiegel...

Girls basketball: Ottoville turns the tables on Arlington

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer OTTOVILLE — Dave Kleman and his Ottoville girls basketball team finally got the best of Arlington on Thursday. After dropping the last four meetings, including last season’s Division IV district final, Ottoville built an early lead and...

Boys basketball: L-B holds off Continental

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER CONTINENTAL — Making free throws and forcing turnovers can win a lot of games. It helped Liberty-Benton hold on for a win against Continental on Tuesday. The Eagles went 8 of 8 from the free throw line in the final 1:11 and forced two...

BVC Boys Basketball: North Baltimore snaps 3-game slide

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER McCOMB — North Baltimore was one step quicker than McComb on Friday. That made all the difference for the Tigers. North Baltimore’s defense helped force 26 turnovers, and the Tigers used a strong finish to the first half to knock off...

Girls Basketball: Arlington comes up big at the line in win over North Baltimore

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore struggled mightily shooting from the floor and free throw line through three quarters of Thursday’s matchup against Arlington. Yet, the Tigers found themselves down just six points late in the game. The...

Boys Basketball: No stopping Fasone in Van Buren’s win

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ARLINGTON — Foul trouble and even a missed dunk slowed Braxton Fasone in the third quarter of Van Buren’s game Friday at Arlington. There was no stopping the Black Knights’ 6-foot-5 senior in the fourth quarter, though. Fasone...

Girls basketball: Cold night for FHS in 48-32 loss to Clay

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Oregon Clay’s difficult schedule to start the season paid off against Findlay High School on Thursday. The Eagles, who entered the game at 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference, pulled away in the fourth quarter for a...

BVC Boys Basketball: Leipsic hangs on to knock off Arlington

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer LEIPSIC — Leipsic held Arlington scoreless in the first quarter and six points through the first half as the Vikings took a 31-6 lead into the break of Friday’s Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game. The Vikings even...

Girls Basketball: St. Ursula spoils Findlay High’s home opener

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Toledo St. Ursula entered Thursday’s Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls basketball game against Findlay High School without a league win since the 2014-15 season and only two in the past three years. That changed for the Arrows. St....

Boys Basketball: Riverdale plays spoiler at Carey’s home opener

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer CAREY — Riverdale executed the role of “spoiler” to perfection on Friday against rival Carey in the Blue Devils’ first boys basketball game at their new school. Riverdale jumped out to a 22-10 first quarter lead, led by...