NWC football: Bluffton holds off Grove

By TED RADICK staff writer COLUMBUS GROVE — Kaleb Jefferson took a counter run around left end for a 94-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Bluffton seemed to have all the momentum Friday in a Northwest Conference battle at Columbus Grove. And then, the Pirates...

Prep volleyball: O-G spikes L-B in district semi

By TED RADICK staff writer KALIDA — Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton were scrapping back and forth in the first game of Wednesday’s Division III district semifinal match at Kalida High School, with neither team able to establish much of an advantage. Then,...

Prep soccer: One is enough to sink Van Buren

By TED RADICK staff writer TIFFIN — His squad wracked by injuries and beset by inexperience, Oak Harbor boys soccer coach Ken Filar knew his team’s chances would come few and far between. “Against a really good team like that, we told the guys to just do their...

N10 football: Mohawk comes up big against rival Carey

By TED RADICK staff writer CAREY — Nobody had to tell Mohawk’s football team what Friday’s game at Carey meant. The Warriors knew. Entering the game sitting ninth in Division VII, Region 26, Mohawk simply had, no ifs ands or buts, to get a victory for a...

Prep Girls Soccer: Findlay survives and advances

By TED RADICK staff writer It wasn’t perfect soccer and it got a little hair-raising at the end, but Findlay’s girls soccer team came through with a victory Thursday and had coach David LaRocco quoting Jim Valvano afterward. “I’ll steal from the NCAA...

Prep football: Upper defense steps up in win

By TED RADICK staff writer UPPER SANDUSKY — Upper Sandusky football coach Chris Rodriguez had a lot to think about as the second quarter began Friday with Rodriguez’s Rams trailing Buckeye Central 6-0. The winless Bucks had scored early on a big play and had taken it...

Prep football: VB stings Hornets for win

By TED RADICK staff writer VAN BUREN — Van Buren got the break it was looking for early in the third quarter with a fumble recovery on a Cory-Rawson punt return. The Black Knights then took advantage, with Nick Beitzel going over the top of a Hornets’ defensive back...

Prep Football: Defense keys O-G win over Shawnee

By TED RADICK Staff Writer OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf, a team that has struggled to score points this season, put up 30 on Friday night. Make no mistake, though, it was the defense that keyed the Titans’ 30-16 victory over Lima Shawnee in a Western Buckeye League game....

Prep football: Wynford pulls away from Carey

By TED RADICK Staff Writer BUCYRUS — Carey coach Jon Mershman could only shake his head. His defense had forced Wynford into a 4th-and-6 at Carey’s 13-yard line midway through the fourth quarter of Friday’s Northern 10 Conference game, and a Blue Devil got a...

Prep football: L-B shuts out Van Buren, 28-0

By TED RADICK Staff Writer VAN BUREN — Liberty-Benton coach Tim Nichols all but sounded like his Eagles came out on the losing end Friday night. “There is no nickels we can rub together to get better,” Nichols said after Liberty-Benton defeated Van Buren 28-0 in...