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,...

Prep track: Ernsberger flies to hurdles finals for North Baltimore

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Megan Ernsberger kind of likes the idea of performing on the big stage. “I love it, it’s so exciting,” the North Baltimore junior said Friday after qualifying for the final of the 100-meter intermediate hurdles at the...