Prep Football: Marion Local nips McComb

By TED RADICK staff writer MCCOMB — McComb had things going its way early in the third quarter Friday. The Panthers led 14-12 as they took the second-half kickoff and marched down the field. On fourth-and-7 from Marion Local’s 32, quarterback Malachi Abbott found...

Prep track: Butler blazes to state sprints sweep

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — As a freshman in 2013, Michaela Butler had to settle for silver at state in the 100-meter dash. It’s obvious the Liberty-Benton junior’s preferred medal is gold. Butler hasn’t lost a sprint race at the OHSAA Division...

Eagles step up big to win state crown

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — The Liberty-Benton girls track and field team had come close before, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the OHSAA Division III championships in 1996. But never had the Eagles won a team state championship, not until Saturday, when...

Prep track: Four-medal day for Stechschulte

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Madison Stechschulte wanted to make up for 2014. Elissa Ellerbrock wanted to finish her running career on a high note. Both Ottawa-Glandorf seniors got what they wanted Saturday at the OHSAA Division II championships at Ohio...

State Girls Track: Stechschulte, Ellerbrock headline big weekend for O-G

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Madison Stechschulte wanted to make up for 2014. Elissa Ellerbrock wanted to finish her running career on a high note. Both Ottawa-Glandorf seniors got what they wanted Saturday at the OHSAA Division II championships at Ohio...

State Girls Track: Butler is L-B’s golden girl

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — As a freshman in 2013, Michaela Butler had to settle for silver at state in the 100-meter dash. It’s obvious the Liberty-Benton junior’s preferred medal is gold. Butler hasn’t lost a sprint race at the OHSAA Division...

State Girls Track: L-B dedicates championship performance to Wagner

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — The Liberty-Benton girls track and field team had come close before, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the OHSAA Division III championships in 1996. But never had the Eagles won a team state championship until Saturday, when...

Prep track: Averesch double winner at state

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Not much is going to rattle Leipsic’s Holly Averesch, a veteran of big meets and stiff competition. So, when Putnam County League friend and rival Lyne’a Diller took a lead in the Division III discus throw Friday at the...

Prep track: Butler betters record in 100-meter dash

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Michaela Butler says she has room to run faster. That’s daunting news for the girls running in today’s final of the 100-meter dash. Butler on Friday shattered her own state record in the 100, blazing to a time of 11.67 in...

Prep track: Mangas wins high jump crown

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Ottoville’s Brooke Mangas set a goal before this track and field season started, just like so many other track athletes. Most don’t reach them. Mangas did on Friday, in a big way at the OHSAA Division III championship meet,...