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...

Prep Track: Rivals and friends

By TED RADICK Staff Writer They are friends off the track. But for two and a half minutes Friday, Van Buren’s Rachell Resnik and Cory-Rawson’s Hannah Roebke will have to put that friendship aside. The pair will be battling in the 800-meter run at the Blanchard Valley...

Prep track: Dogs roll to PCL titles

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER COLUMBUS GROVE — Pole vault state champion Collin Grothaus. State medalist in the 3,200-meter run Jake Graham. Hurdles state finalist Derek Rieman. Those are some of the athletes Columbus Grove lost from last year’s team, but the Bulldogs...

Prep track: Grove seeks PCL repeat

By TED RADICK staff writer Just like last year, Columbus Grove figures to be the heavy favorite to defend its boys and girls titles at Friday’s Putnam County League track and field championships. Just like last year, though, there’s a live underdog looking to steal...

Prep track: Eagles win title at 40th Liberty-Benton Invitational

By TED RADICK staff writer Liberty-Benton’s girls track team won just three events at Saturday’s 40th annual L-B Invitational. But the Eagles did what they do best — consistently score points in nearly every event — in winning the team title for the ninth...

Prep Track: L-B’s girls use depth to take title

By TED RADICK staff writer Liberty-Benton’s girls track team won just three events at Saturday’s 40th annual L-B Invitational. But the Eagles did what they do best — consistently score points in nearly every event — in winning the team title for the ninth...

Prep track: Time to get serious

By TED RADICK staff writer The calendar has turned to May, the weather has turned at least somewhat warmer and it’s time for track and field athletes to sharpen up before the conference and postseason meets begin. Saturday will be good time to start at the Liberty-Benton...

Prep sports: OHSAA makes local pitch for competitive balance proposal

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Too complex. Too rushed. Those are a couple reasons Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner Daniel Ross attributes to three failures of competitive balance proposals in recent years. “Last year, the proposal was...