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Woods erupts for 28 as Columbian rolls in season opener

BOWLING GREEN — Columbian thundered out to a 19-2 lead by the first stop and kept on going Friday in a 55-26 season-opening win against Bowling Green. Kaia Woods led the attack with 28 points for the Tornadoes. Hailey Cooper chipped in 18 points and Meredith Obringer grabbed 10 ...

Tigers take on heavyweight Flyers for berth in state final game

Marion Local has the history, the tradition and 10 state titles in the playoffs. The Flyers are one of the most successful high school football programs in Ohio’s history. In comparison, Seneca East has just three playoff wins. But according to Seneca East coach Ed Phillips, the Tigers ...

Calvert’s Harris signs to swim at BGSU

The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University always have been fierce rivals. Next year, the rivalry between the swim teams will have a family flavor. On Friday, Calvert senior swimmer Taylor Harris signed a national letter of intent to swim at BG. Her sister, Calvert grad ...

Stories of good sportsmanship are what make sports so beautiful

Sometimes, when all the news seems to be bad, we turn to sports for solace. We have had more than enough bad news of late, with hurricanes, shootings and wildfires. It’s nice to hear positive stories amid all the alarming news. I ran across one such story this week and, interestingly enough, ...

Ruffing’s last-second heroics propel Seneca East

FINDLAY — As Chase Foos’ pass floated in the air for what seemed like an eternity, an entire crowd, and an entire community, was on the edge of its seat Friday at JC Donnell Memorial Stadium. When the pass finally came down, it found the sure hands of DJ Ruffing, who went into the end ...

Attica Raceway points champions crowned

ATTICA — Attica Raceway Park wrapped up its 30th anniversary season Nov. 10 at a banquet, rewarding the champs and top 10 in points in the Callie's Performance Center 410 Sprints, Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models and Fremont Fence 305 Sprints. Nearly $47,000 in point fund money was ...

Bellevue’s Vogel, Calvert’s Lexie White gain top SBC volleyball honors

Payton Vogel of Bellevue and Lexie White of Calvert were named the most outstanding performers in their division when the Sandusky Bay Conference released its all-conference volleyball lists Friday. Vogel earned her honor in the Lake Division while White got hers in the River Division. Both ...

Ohio native Smith shined on basketball court

This is the final installment in a series about Olympians THE HIGHEST SCORING BASKETBALL PLAYER IN WOMEN’ PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL (7,885 career points) Do your achievements get any better than that!? … Yes, they can! There are no limits to Katie Smith’ abilities and achievements. The ...

Tigers face Apaches with trip to state semis on the line

Sherwood Fairview and Seneca East are in a position they’ve never been — on the brink of the state semifinals. But it’s a familiar location for Fairview, who played at Donnell Stadium just last Friday in a 32-26 win over Hillsdale. Tonight’s Division VI regional final will also be ...

TC’s Lutz, SE’s Swartzmiller top district football honors

One engineered a massive turnaround, the other played a key role in his team’s outstanding regular season and deepest — and ongoing — playoff run in program history. Both earned top honors this week when The Associated Press announced its Northwest District football team. First the ...

Take Me Home

Columbian volleyball player Emily Davis signs a letter of intent to play at West Virginia State. With her are (from left) stepfather Jeff Hohman, mother Kelly Hohman, father Craig Davis, stepmother Jackie Davis and (standing) Columbian coach Hope Boes. Emily Davis will play next season for Kris ...

Pompey’s hard work paid off in Olympic journey

Editor’s note: The following is the second in a series of stories about Olympians. Following athletic pursuits, you can achieve greatness in a short span of time, but the academic pursuits will set you up for life. As a young Guyanese girl growing up in New York City from the age of 14, ...

Boutmy, an Olympic fencing stalwart, reflects on experience

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of stories about former Olympians. “Be proud to represent your country and your sport, never give up, be honest and fair and be sure you know the rules of your sport. No doping! When you return to your country, become a member of the ...

CHAMPIONS

FAIRBORN — The volleyball struck by Zoe Meyer hit the Nutter Center floor. But its impact wasn’t felt right away. There it all was. The 15th point of the fifth set. A 15-10 victory. A five-set win over New Bremen, the defending state champions, in the Division IV final. And the first ...

Carey’s Reinhart gets on podium

HEBRON — Carey coach Dean Kessler mentioned how good his incoming freshman Sarah Reinhart was. After winning a few races during the regular season and making it down to the state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway, Kessler knew she had a lot of confidence, but a top-20 finish is ...

H-L’s Foster leaves Hebron an All-Ohioan

HEBRON — Some times the state cross country meet brings the best out in a runner. That was evident Saturday at National Trail Raceway with Hopewell-Loudon junior Jordan Foster. Foster and his teammates ran in the Division III race, which was the first of the day on a muddy course. ...

No. 24 Dragons thwarted by Findlay in regular season finale

Tiffin had all the motivation. Win — at home on senior day — and the Dragons make the playoffs, retain sole possession of second place in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, and snap an 18-game losing streak to rival Findlay. But the Oilers had other ideas. After falling behind ...

Heidelberg ends season on high note, tops ONU

Ohio Northern attempted an onside kick to start the second half. Heidelberg came out of the bottom of a pile with the ball and used the momentum to dominate the third quarter against the Bears. The Student Princes scored 22 points in the third quarter, running away from Ohio Northern 49-17 ...

‘Underdog’ Senecas ready for defending champion New Bremen

It’s fair to say Calvert will not be the favorite at 11 a.m. today when it goes for the school’s first state volleyball title against defending Division IV champion New Bremen. That doesn’t bother Senecas coach Lori Rombach, and she said it doesn’t bother her players, either. “I ...