Prep track: L-B girls romp to Wagner Invite title

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Liberty-Benton’s Leah Recker was rested and raring to go at Saturday’s Pat Wagner Invitational at L-B. Normally a fixture on the Eagles’ 3,200-meter relay team, Recker sat out the morning final in that race to prepare for a shot at the...

Prep Track: Recker wrecks 800 record at Wagner Invitational

By TED RADICK staff writer Liberty-Benton’s Leah Recker was rested and raring to go at Saturday’s Pat Wagner Invitational at L-B. Normally a fixture on the Eagles’ 3,200-meter relay team, Recker sat out the morning final in that race to prepare for a shot at the...

Prep Track: Leppelmeier, Willow blazing their own trails

By TED RADICK staff writer Continuing a family legacy can be hard. So, too, can be starting one. McComb thrower Molly Leppelmeier and Arlington jumper/hurdler Lauren Willow can relate. Leppelmeier is the youngest of three sisters and saw both older sisters win state...

Prep Track: Plenty to watch at L-B’s Pat Wagner Invite

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Waynesfield-Goshen has the horse, the one stud athlete every team needs to be successful. Columbus Grove has the depth, the ability to score in every event. Liberty-Benton boys track coach Jack Quisno can’t wait to see how it shakes out Saturday...

Prep track: Diller helps ‘Dogs rule at Clymer

By TED RADICK Staff Writer COLUMBUS GROVE — Lynea Diller knew exactly what she was up against. “Coming in, I knew it was me, Leppelmeier and Pauley,” the Columbus Grove senior thrower said at Friday’s Columbus Grove Bulldog Invitational. “I had a...

Girls track: Can L-B, Butler defend state titles?

By TED RADICK staff writer Those looking for a signature girls event at area track meets this spring might want to consider a pair of events. It’s going to be a throw-down, figuratively and literally, in the shot put and discus. Columbus Grove’s Lynea Diller, a...

Fun was name of the game for Kalida coach

By TED RADICK staff writer Husband, father, coach, role model. Gene Stechschulte wore a lot of hats in the Kalida community. Many of them, of course, were baseball hats in his longtime role as a coach of youth sports in the Putnam County village. “He always said,...

State Girls Basketball: Golden opportunity slips away for Mohawks (with video)

A last-second effort by St. Wendelin came up short, as Waterford won 29-27 in the Division IV state final in Columbus on Saturday. St. Wendelin coach Aaron Smith, along with Kamryn Troike and Allie Rutter, talk about their loss to Waterford in a post-game press conference at the...

State Girls Basketball: Golden opportunity slips away for Mohawks

By TED RADICK staff writer COLUMBUS — St. Wendelin had a golden opportunity Saturday. A steal by Hailee Burns gave the Mohawks possession of the ball with 33 seconds left and the score in the Division IV girls state championship game tied at 27-27. St. Wendelin called a...

Prep basketball: Titans are battle-tested

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER BOWLING GREEN — Down the stretch in Thursday’s Division II regional semifinal at the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University, the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans had something the Lexington Minutemen may not have had. The comfort of having...