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Prep football: Turnovers key for Black Knights

By TED RADICK staff writer VAN BUREN — Football games between similar teams often can turn on one or two big plays. Van Buren got those plays Friday night, forcing two turnovers late in the second quarter into points as the Black Knights defeated Bluffton 26-3 in a...

Prep football: Panthers whip Carey, 45-0

By TED RADICK staff writer CAREY — McComb football coach Kris Alge couldn’t decide which unit, the offense or the defense, played better Friday night. “Both, I’d say,” Alge said after the Panthers opened the 2016 season with a 45-0 victory at Carey....

College track: 3 former area athletes ready for Division I championships

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Three former high school track and field stars have continued their success at the Division I collegiate level and have earned spots at the national meet this week in Eugene, Oregon. Kent State hammer thrower Jackie Leppelmeier (McComb), Toledo discus...

Prep track: Girls Track: L-B repeats as state champs

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Already in a strong position to defend its team championship after good results in Friday’s event finals, Liberty-Benton put the hammer down on Saturday. The Eagles got two victories from sprinter Michaela Butler, a second-place...

Prep track: A historic day for L-B’s Butler

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Staring at a shot at history, Michaela Butler never blinked. The Liberty-Benton senior ended her career just like she started it four years ago at the OHSAA Division II track and field championships at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens...

Prep track: Columbus Grove’s Flores, Stephens go out in style

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Columbus Grove senior Raiya Flores has started nearly every sprint relay the Bulldogs have competed in over the past four years. Saturday, in her fourth appearance at the OHSAA Division III championships at Ohio State’s Jesse...

State Track: Grove’s Flores, Stephens go out in style

By TED RADICK Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Columbus Grove senior Raiya Flores has started nearly every sprint relay the Bulldogs have competed in over the past four years. In her fourth appearance at the OHSAA Division III championships at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium,...

State Track: Historic day for L-B’s Butler

By TED RADICK Staff Writer COLUMBUS — Staring at a shot at history, Michaela Butler never blinked. The Liberty-Benton senior ended her career just like she started it four years ago at the OHSAA Division II track and field championships at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens...

Girls Track: L-B repeats as state champs

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS — Already in a strong position to defend its team championship after good results in Friday’s event finals, Liberty-Benton put the hammer down on Saturday. The Eagles got two victories from sprinter Michaela Butler, a second-place...

Prep track: L-B girls off to fast start in Division II

By TED RADICK staff writer COLUMBUS — It took a total team effort for Liberty-Benton’s girls to win a Division II state track and field team championship in 2015. If the start of 2016’s meet is any indication, the Eagles are primed for another title....