Prep football: Van Buren scores late, downs Bluffton

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER VAN BUREN — Van Buren coach Kevin Shoup never gave it a second thought. The Black Knights faced fourth-and-11 at Bluffton’s 39-yard line with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter Saturday. It was decision time, and Shoup decided to...

Prep Football: Vanlue’s Summers runs for 300 yards in win over St. Wendelin

By TED RADICK staff writer FOSTORIA — Vanlue had a simple formula for success Saturday night: Put a saddle on senior running back Jason Summers and ride that horse into the end zone. Summers carried 37 times for 300 yards and three touchdowns, and accounted for all five...

Prep Football: Gamble pays off for Van Buren

By TED RADICK staff writer VAN BUREN — Van Buren coach Kevin Shoup never gave it a second thought. The Black Knights faced fourth-and-11 at Bluffton’s 39 yard line with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter Saturday. It was decision time, and Shoup decided to...

Prep Football: Van Buren leads 3-0 while lightning prevails

By TED RADICK staff writer VAN BUREN — Regroup, rehydrate and ramp it up again this afternoon. That’s where Bluffton and Van Buren sit after Friday’s game was suspended because of lightning midway through the third quarter with Van Buren holding a 3-0 lead....

BVC commissioner was fan of all teams

By TED RADICK staff writer Dean Butler was a familiar face in the stadiums and gymnasiums around the Blanchard Valley Conference. He was a fan of all the BVC teams. “Dean was very proud of the BVC,” said his widow, Vickie Butler. “Being commissioner, sometimes,...

Prep football: McComb romps in season opener

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER MCCOMB — Fisher Catholic coach Tony Hurps stood Saturday on McComb’s Doc Miller Field with a bit of a rueful smile. “I’ll say one thing,” Hurps said after McComb dismantled his Irish 57-6 in the nonconference season opener...

Fisher Catholic no match for McComb with video

McComb’s offense was on full display as the Panthers rolled past Lancaster Fisher Catholic 57-6 in the season-opening football game for both schools on Saturday. By TED RADICK staff writer MCCOMB — Fisher Catholic coach Tony Hurps stood Saturday at McComb’s Doc...

Prep Football: Safety key for Grove in win over P-G

By TED RADICK staff writer COLUMBUS GROVE — Special teams give, and special teams taketh away. Pandora-Gilboa got the good on Friday at Columbus Grove with Jacob Basinger’s 84-yard kickoff return for a third-quarter touchdown. The Rockets also saw the bad, as punter...

Prep Sports: C-R hires AD, hoops and grid coaches

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER RAWSON — Nate Westenbarger has already hit the ground running in his first week as Cory-Rawson’s new football coach. “We have a big challenge ahead of us, we’re fully aware of that and we talked about it Monday morning,”...

Softball: UF players enjoy the moment against Team USA

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Emily Reynolds wasn’t going to let her chance to face a world-class pitcher go by with the bat on her shoulder. The Elmwood alum and recent University of Findlay graduate was at the plate in Tuesday’s second game of an exhibition...