State Track: L-B’s Butler leads the pack

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Throughout the track and field season last year, Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler said and did all the right things. Then a freshman, Butler talked about how she respected her fellow competitors and teammates. A loss in the 100-meter dash in the...

Prep track: Area girls brush aside pressure

By TED RADICK staff writer TIFFIN — The ability to respond under pressure is what separates the best athletes from the average. For a trio of athletes at Friday’s Division III regional track and field meet at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium, knowing they passed...

Prep track: Leppelmeier wins regional crown

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER TIFFIN — Youth was served Wednesday in the first day of competition at the Division III regional track meet at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Three finals in girls events were held and three individuals advanced to next week’s state...

Girls regional track: Thompson making run at repeat

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Arlington’s Willow Thompson thought she was right on track to defend her Division III state pole vault championship. She set a personal best of 12 feet at the Liberty-Benton Invitational, but then some troubles popped up. Thompson lost to teammate...

Prep track: P-G’s Hovest, Riverdale’s Hunter set records at L-B

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER It’s only fitting that Pandora-Gilboa sports red track and field uniforms, because P-G junior Breana Hovest certainly had a red-letter day Saturday. Hovest, who had already been part of the Rockets’ first-place 3,200-meter relay on...

Girls District Track: Red-letter day for P-G’s Hovest

By TED RADICK staff writer It’s only fitting that Pandora-Gilboa sports red track and field uniforms, because P-G junior Breana Hovest certainly had a red-letter day Saturday. Hovest, who had already been part of the Rockets’ first-place 3,200-meter relay on...

District baseball: Fast start propels PH past Columbus Grove

By TED RADICK staff writer ELIDA — Patrick Henry’s Kollin Spence tried, without much success, to stifle a smile when talking about pitching with a big lead. “That was a huge confidence boost. Our offense came through for me today,” he said after the...

Prep track: Division III district action begins at L-B

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER District track and field meets are all about survival. Finish in the top four in an event, and survive to compete at next week’s regional. That said, true competitors still want to win. “I’ll take it,” Liberty-Benton pole vaulter...

Prep basketball: Gerken takes reins at L-B

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Liberty-Benton’s school board Monday voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Ben Gerken as varsity boys basketball coach. Gerken, an assistant principal at L-B and a longtime assistant to retired coach Steve Williman, said he’s ready to...

Prep track: Butler, Peplinski lead L-B to girls crown

By TED RADICK staff writer She’s back, she’s healthy and that spells trouble for rival sprinters. Running the open sprints for the first time Friday after being limited to relay races because of tendinitis in her right knee, Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler set...