Spring sports have been scrapped this year. But area readers who are used to getting a daily dose of the exploits of local and area athletes and teams can continue to do so as The Courier Sports Department presents some “On This Date” highlights from the last five years.
2019 — Upper Sandusky’s Jason Holly allowed two runs on six hits and struck out 13 batters in pitching the Rams to an 11-2 win over Oak Harbor in a Division III district baseball semifinal. Brenyn Marquart and Parker Frombaugh had two doubles each and combined for five RBIs for the Rams.
2019 — Liberty-Benton’s Race Gorrell was awarded the win with three innings of relief, but earned it even more with his bat when he lashed a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping a two-run rally that gave the Eagles a 5-4 win over Ottawa-Glandorf in a Division III district baseball semifinal at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field.
2018 — North Baltimore took state-ranked Gibsonburg to the limit, but the No. 6-ranked Golden Bears were able to outlast the Tigers 12-9 in a Division IV softball regional semifinal at the Marathon Diamonds.
2018 — Van Buren’s Tyler Arbaugh threw a personal best 163-11 in the discus and Elmwood’s Brock Reinhard cleared 14-0 in the pole vault as both won individual titles at the Division III boys regional track and field meet at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
2018 — Leipsic’s Grace Rigel earned her fourth straight trip to state by winning the shot put with a throw of 41-7 at the Division III girls track and field regional meet at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
2018 — Ada’s first trip to the regional softball tournament produced a classic game but not a win as Tinora pinch-runner Lexi Miles legged it from first to home on Aubrey Reineke’s drive into the right field corner in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Rams a 3-2 walk-off victory in the Division IV regional semifinals at Findlay’s Marathon Diamonds.
2018 — Columbus Grove’s girls 3,200 relay team of Erin Downing, Alyssa and Taylor Ellerbrock and Lauren Benroth qualified for state and posted a school record time of 9:36.00 in the process at the Division III regional meet at Troy.
2016 — Carey and Upper Sandusky may be bitter rivals when the Wyandot County schools square off. But the Blue Devils’ softball team did the Rams a huge favor when they beat league-leading Colonel Crawford, 5-4, denying the Eagles an outright Northern 10 Conference championship and giving Upper Sandusky a share of the 2016 title.
2015 — University of Findlay shot putters Taylor Miller (2nd), Ben Hahler (5th) and Mathieu Marcoccia (8th) all earned All-American honors with top-eight placings at the NCAA Division II track and field championships. The 13 points they compiled in the event also helped the Oilers finish second in the men’s standings. UF’s Kendra Averesch, a Leipsic grad, earned All-American honors as well by placing sixth in the women’s shot put.
2015 — Findlay High’s baseball team extended its season to the district finals, and extended the district final to 11 innings. But Mansfield Madison got a two-run triple from Alec Keen in the top of the 11th and the Rams edged the Trojans 3-1 in a Division I district final at Toledo’s Mercy Field.
2015 — Miller City’s Ross Lehman, backed by stellar defense, pitched a no-hitter and the Wildcats claimed their first district championship since 1993 when they edged Putnam County League foe Columbus Grove 1-0 in the Division IV district baseball final at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field. Jackson Lammers threw out two batters after making back-handed stops deep in the hole at short and Corbin Niese made a diving catch in center to preserve the no-hitter. Miller City scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI single by Adam Niese.
2015 — New Riegel’s Alex Theis took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed one hit overall, and struck out 11 Seneca East batters as the Blue Jackets blanked the state-ranked Tigers 6-0 in the Division IV district final at Shelby High School and earned their first regional tournament trip since 2000.
2015 — Findlay High School’s Reid Teatsorth used two straight-set wins to claim the Division I district singles title and earn a second straight trip to the OHSAA Division I state boys tennis tournament.