Boys Basketball: Leipsic stays on BVC title path

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer LEIPSIC — Something had to give in Friday’s Blanchard Valley Conference game between Leipsic and Van Buren. The Vikings had the league’s top-ranked scoring defense (47.9 points per game), while Van Buren was No. 1 in scoring...

Girls basketball: One title down, one to go for Grove

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — One outright league title down, another one possibly on the way for Columbus Grove’s girls basketball team. The Bulldogs won the outright Northwest Conference title in convincing fashion on Thursday as they held Bluffton to...

Girls basketball: Arlington wins battle of state-ranked teams

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Arlington and Columbus Grove entered Saturday’s nonleague girls basketball game with plenty of similarities. The two state-ranked teams showed just how evenly matched they were. The Red Devils and Bulldogs were tied after...

Girls Basketball: Arlington edges Columbus Grove in OT

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ARLINGTON — Arlington and Columbus Grove entered Saturday’s nonleague girls basketball game with plenty of similarities. The two state-ranked teams showed just how evenly matched they were. The Red Devils and Bulldogs were tied after...

Boys basketball: Leipsic routs McComb, sits in tie atop BVC

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer MCCOMB — Leipsic’s boys basketball team took a big step on Friday towards winning a share of its first Blanchard Valley Conference title in nearly 20 years. The Vikings had four players score in double figures, dominated the boards and...

Girls Basketball: Carey wins outright N10 title

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER CAREY — Sydney Wentling experienced winning an outright league title her freshman year for Carey’s girls basketball team. The 5-foot-10 senior point guard got to experience that feeling for a fourth time on Thursday. Wentling led Carey...

Boys Basketball: Rossford holds off Elmwood

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER BLOOMDALE — Free throw shooting helped Rossford’s boys basketball team get a six-point lead with 1:35 left in its matchup with Elmwood on Tuesday. Free throw shooting, however, nearly cost Rossford a chance at taking control of the...

Boys Basketball: Osborne comes up big for Liberty-Benton

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Nathan Craft and Anthony Masterlasco have been Liberty-Benton’s 1-2 punch throughout the season, and it continued in Friday’s game against McComb. Spencer Osborne, however, joined the party in a big way on both sides of the court,...

Prep Girls Basketball: Oregon Clay defeats Findlay

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Another matchup with Oregon Clay, another barn burner for Findlay High’s girls basketball team. Trailing by one point with 4.8 seconds left, Findlay’s Sarah Smarkel broke free off an inbounds play and went up for a shot from within 10...

Prep girls basketball: Team play is key to P-G victory

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER DOLA — Pandora-Gilboa head coach Jessica Liedtke has been emphasizing team play throughout the Rockets’ season. It showed in Tuesday’s game against Hardin Northern. The Rockets had 28 points off the bench and played solid defense...