Prep baseball: Pitchers don’t disappoint at Ottawa District tournament

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Kalida’s Austin Swift against Miller City’s Jackson Lammers. Arlington’s Zach Durliat versus Leipsic’s Grant Rader. The four pitchers with ERAs less than 1.70 didn’t disappoint in Wednesday’s...

Prep track: Grove teams sweep NWC titles

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER ADA — Lynea Diller had plenty of motivation to win the shot put title on the second day of the Northwest Conference track and field meet Saturday at Ada’s War Memorial Stadium. The Columbus Grove senior standout had her second-place...

Prep Track: Columbus Grove sweeps NWC titles for 3rd straight year

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer ADA — Lynea Diller had plenty of motivation to win the shot put title on the second day of the Northwest Conference track and field meet at Ada’s War Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Columbus Grove senior standout had her second-place...

BVC Boys Track: Best finish in 45 years for Redskins

  By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer It’s been 45 years since Arcadia finished runner-up in the Blanchard Valley Conference track and field meet. Clint Recker, Shae Watkins and the rest of their Redskins teammates were determined to end that drought on Friday. They...

District Baseball: Curtis comes through for Elmwood

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER BLOOMDALE — Getting production at the bottom of the lineup is just as important as getting production from a team’s main hitters. Andy Curtis proved that for Elmwood on Thursday. Curtis, the No. 8 batter, backed Trevor Solether’s...

Prep softball: Herder hasn’t missed a beat

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Natalie Herder didn’t know what to expect heading into the 2016 softball season. After missing last season with a torn ACL in her left knee, which she suffered late in the 2014-15 basketball season, Patrick Henry’s junior...

Boys track: Clement powers Grove to title

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Baily Clement wanted to remind everyone at Friday’s Putnam County League track and field meet that he’s still a force after winning four events at last season’s meet. Mission accomplished. Clement picked up...

Prep track: Bluffton’s Bassitt has record day

By MICHAEL BURWELL STAFF WRITER Cold and rainy weather conditions made it tough for breaking meet records at the Liberty-Benton Pat Wagner Invitational on Saturday. Bluffton junior Trevor Bassitt had other ideas. Bassitt set a meet record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and...

Prep Boys Track: Columbus Grove wins L-B Invitational

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer Cold and rainy weather conditions made it tough for breaking meet records at the Liberty-Benton Pat Wagner Invitational on Saturday. Bluffton junior Trevor Bassitt had other ideas. Bassitt set a meet record in the 300 hurdles and just missed...

Boys track: No lack of talent for area boys teams

By MICHAEL BURWELL Staff Writer More than 50 area athletes competed in the OHSAA boys state track and field championships at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus last year. Nearly 30 of those athletes are back this year and looking to make some additional noise in Columbus. The relays...