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...

Girls Track: Krout has L-B girls rolling

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Jared Krout is the first to admit a few early-season stumbles may have raised some eyebrows. The Liberty-Benton girls track coach had a plan, though, and the postseason results speak for themselves. “Earlier in the year, I’m sure there were...

OHSAA State Track: Area rivals meet again in Division II sprint races

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler and Ottawa-Glandorf’s Madison Stechschulte are rivals on the track, but friends off it. They work out together, and at this weekend’s OHSAA track and field championships at Ohio State’s Jesse...

State Track: Swary is rising to the occasion

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Steady and consistent as a metronome, Pandora-Gilboa’s Mackenzie Swary has been right on the edge of elite status among area girls discus throwers and shot putters. Last Friday, at the Division III regional meet at Tiffin, Swary finally broke...

Prep track: Shepherd overcomes snapped pole to get to state

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — On a night when many competitors advanced to the state and field meet for the first time at Friday’s Division III regional at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium, it was a senior veteran who used her savvy and experience to overcome...

Prep Boys Track: Jones providing a spark for Hopewell-Loudon

By TED RADICK staff writer Hopewell-Loudon’s 800-meter relay quartet ran at state last season, but the Chieftains had a couple of holes to fill beginning this year. Enter Isaiah Jones. A junior who transferred in from Convoy Crestview, Jones has been a revelation for...

Regional Girls Track: Beat goes on for area throwers

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — The beat goes on. With a solid corps of girls throwers having been to, and conquered, the state track and field meet in Columbus, another group is headed next week to Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium after qualifying at...

Prep softball: Cool Blue Jackets top Red Devils

By TED RADICK staff writer KENTON — New Riegel softball coach Jamie Lininger tried to play it off as no big thing. Blue Jackets pitcher Kara Scheger tried to play it off like no big thing. It was a big thing that Arlington scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning...

Prep softball: Arlington races past Polar Bears

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER KENTON — Speed and defense can carry a softball team a long way, especially at this time of the year when every team has a solid pitcher. Arlington ran into one of those good pitchers in Tuesday’s Division IV district semifinal at Kenton...

Girls Track: Records fall in BVC meet

By TED RADICK staff writer Michaela Butler is convinced she didn’t run her best at Friday’s Blanchard Valley Conference track and field championship meet. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when she does. The Liberty-Benton junior set two...