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GOLF: The 2017 Miletti Open Scramble is June 11 at Seneca Hills Golf Club. The four-person scramble begins with a 7:30 a.m. check in and an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. There are two hole-in-one contests. Door prizes and range balls are included. The awards presentation occurs at Carmie's BBQ. Cost ...

A Devilish thriller

FINDLAY — Felicite Smith belted the biggest hit in Carey softball history Saturday. In a back-and-forth tight Division IV regional final at the Marathon Diamonds, Carey found itself on the brink of history against a 26-0 and No. 1-ranked Gibsonburg squad in the eighth inning. After ...

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New Riegel's Brian Hughes (third from left) and Michael Kirian (far right) celebrate Shane Halcomb's catch for an out as Cole Noftz dives over him during the regional final game against Dalton in Lorain Saturday.

Dalton thwarts big inning, NR’s state hopes

LORAIN — New Riegel was poised for a big inning. It was the top of the fourth in the Division IV regional finals at the Lorain Pipeyard. The game was scoreless. Dalton starting pitcher Alex Alger allowed a leadoff single to Alex Theis, then hit Michael Kirian. A passed ball moved the ...

McPeak makes state in three races

LEXINGTON — Dakota McPeak figured in three state-qualifying events Saturday for Bellevue on the second day of the Division II regional meet at Lexington High. The junior ran second in the 200 (22.18), and anchored the Redmen to third in the 4x200 (1:30.17) and fourth in the 4x100 ...

TU’s Blair crowned national champ

BRADENTON, Fla. — Tiffin University’s Coy Blair received All-American honors after being crowned a national champion, while three other individuals and a relay team earned All-American honors on the final day of the NCAA Division II Championships. The Dragons finished the outdoor track ...

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New Riegel's Michael Kirian pitches during the regional semifinal game against Warren JFK in Lorain Friday.

Kirian fans 16 to get New Riegel 1 win away from state

LORAIN — Michael Kirian has the ability to impress just about everyone. Except, perhaps, himself. The 6-foot-6 New Riegel left-hander was dominant in Friday’s Division IV regional semifinal against Warren JFK. In the 2-0 Blue Jackets’ win, the senior threw a two-hit shutout. He ...

Blue Devils are ready for their shot at state

Something about tournament time gets Carey’s softball team rolling. For the past two seasons, the Blue Devils haven’t had the best record and haven’t won their own league — the Northern 10 Athletic Conference. However, when tournament time comes around, the Blue Devils made it to ...

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Sophia Volpe (second from right) leads the pack around the first turn of the 3,200, and goes on the win from start to finish at regionals in Tiffin Friday.

SW’s Volpe, others earn berths to state meet

It was a night of records and moving on. St. Wendelin senior Sophia Volpe set a Region 10 record in the 3,200, Old Fort sophomore Jenna Clouse won the 300 hurdles in a school-record time and Hopewell-Loudon junior long jumper Bailey Jameson set a school mark on her way to a runner-up finish ...

England crowned regional champion

LANCASTER — Morgan England was three inches away from tying the Region 11 pole vault record in the Division III regional meet at Fairfield Union on Friday. The pole vault record stands at 11-9. England made three attempts at tying the record, but had to settle with a vault of 11-6 to claim ...

Bellevue well represented on final All-NOL teams

There were three baseball and three Bellevue softball players named first-team All-Northern Ohio League when the list was released Friday. Columbian had one baseball player and one softball player on the first team, but eight all together were honored. In baseball, Bellevue's Bryce Ray, Cody ...

Pack earns return to state

PIQUA — Upper Sandusky discus thrower Shane Pack claimed second in the Division II regional meet Thursday to earn a return trip to next week's state meet. Pack's runner-up throw covered 147-3 and accounted for all eight points scored by the Rams, who ended the meet's first day tied for ...

Mohawk’s Harper, SE’s coach Bowerman take top N10 honors

For the second straight year, Mohawk’s Austin Harper received the player of the year honor in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference when the list was released Thursday. The other top honor went to Seneca East’s Rick Bowerman, who was tabbed coach of the year in the N10. Harper hit .463 at ...

Experienced Blue Jackets starting Kirian against Eagles

Gregg Hughes thinks his team can avoid the nerves. Two years ago, when New Riegel was making its first regional appearance in 15 years, the coach thought — and his players confirmed — that his team was anxious in the Division IV semifinal against Western Reserve. “Off the bat, the ...

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Seneca East's Garrick Manning (center) competes in the 110-meter hurdles during the regional track meet at Frost-Kalnow Stadium Wednesday. He qualified for Friday's finals. Also racing are Archbold's Deven Girdham (left) and Van Buren's Tyler Saltzman.

Manning’s title leads area finishes

A couple local individuals and relays had chances to qualify for the state meet on the first day at the regional track meet at Columbian, but it was just Seneca East's Garrick Manning who broke through. Manning, a senior Tiger, cleared 15-2 in the pole vault to win capture the regional crown ...

Colvin two-hits Rockets

CLYDE — Jared Colvin had a day on the mound in a five-inning run-rule win against Oak Harbor Wednesday. Colvin tossed a complete-game shutout for Clyde giving up only a pair of hits and a pair of walks while striking out five batters. He also helped himself at the plate with an RBI and a ...

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Carey pitcher Dani Berardinelli-Clark hustles out of the circle to chase down a bunt hit as Hilltop’s Audrey Funkhouser races towards first base in an attempt to beat the throw.

Blue Devils dismiss Cadets, move one win from state

FINDLAY — Six Carey players returned from its Division IV regional final game a year ago against Convoy Crestview at the Marathon Diamonds in Findlay. They will be in the same position again this year, but against Gibsonburg, an opponent the Blue Devils beat in the regional semifinal last ...

Briefs

GOLF: The 2017 Miletti Open Scramble is June 11 at Seneca Hills Golf Club. The four-person scramble begins with a 7:30 a.m. check in and an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. There are two hole-in-one contests. Door prizes and range balls are included. The awards presentation occurs at Carmie's BBQ. Cost ...

Back in regionals, Blue Devils set to take on hard-hitting Cadets

Carey has the recent postseason experience, but Hilltop has the power. Which one moves on to the regional final will be decided today at 2 p.m. in the Division IV semifinal at Findlay Marathon Diamonds. Carey made its first regional trip last year, falling to eventual state champ Convoy ...

Upper Sandusky’s Young, Carey’s Gillig share N10 coaching honor

Upper Sandusky's David Young and Carey's Teresa Gillig were named co-coaches of the year Tuesday when the Northern 10 Athletic Conference handed out postseason softball awards. Young led the Rams to their third conference title in a row. Upper Sandusky claimed the outright titles in 2015 and ...

Deats fires 2-hit shutout, Calvert claims SBC River

With a league championship to win, Calvert coach Brian Rothrock handed the ball to his best — senior pitcher Peyton Deats. Deats, who was making his final high school start, did what he has done for so much of his career. He got the job done. The senior threw seven shutout innings and ...