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Rich Yates Jr. makes a case for best area bowler

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Recently I wrote a column about the best bowlers in Tiffin. I listed five bowlers who should get consideration for the totally unofficial title. It was all purely conjecture with no averages, tournament results or any other formula used. It was just my own personal feelings having watched these ...

Believing in the Browns, without a real reason

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There’s this strange feeling with the Browns lately. They have traded for overpriced and underperforming quarterback Brock Osweiler. They’ve let their 1,000-yard receiver, Terrelle Pryor — pretty much the only positive from last year’s 1-15 season — walk in free agency. They ...

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Carey's Tanner May is hugged by coach Ryan Pratt as assistant coach Matt Lawrence looks on follwing May's victory of Versailles Jerome Bey in the 182-pound match during the state wrestling tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Friday,

Area trio set to make podium at state

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COLUMBUS — Coming into Day 2 of the Ohio State Wrestling Meet Friday, five area wrestlers were alive including a pair in the quarterfinals. After the morning session, it was just one wrestler, Carey freshman Tanner May, who had a shot at a state title in Division III. The impressive and ...

Bair, Corbett win titles, Dragon men increase lead at indoor meet

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tiffin University upped its lead Friday in the team standings on the second day of the men’s NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. Thursday, the defending national champion Dragons vaulted out to a 28-21 lead over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic ...

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BOWLING: Tiffin Men's Bowling Association will meet at 7 p.m. March 23 in the K of C Hall. This is the first chance to receive any prizes from the 2017 City Tournament. Any questions can be directed to Steve Steinmetz Sr. at (419) 618-6510. COACH SOUGHT: Mohawk seeks a girls basketball coach. ...

Karl, Ritzler gain top district honors

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Both led their teams to the regional tournament in their own way, and were rewarded for it Thursday. Buckeye Central's Jenna Karl was named the player of the year and Old Fort's Jenny Ritzler shared the coaching honor when The Associated Press announced its All-Northwest District basketball ...

Vent, Cleveland end on district first team

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Upper Sandusky senior Wes Vent and Old Fort senior Hootie Cleveland were each named to their division's first team Thursday when The Associated Press announced its All-Northwest District list of basketball players. Vent gained his honor in Division II while Cleveland's award came in Division ...

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BOWLING: Tiffin Men's Bowling Association will meet at 7 p.m. March 23 in the K of C Hall. This is the first chance to receive any prizes from the 2017 City Tournament. Any questions can be directed to Steve Steinmetz Sr. at (419) 618-6510. BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Upper Sandusky will play ...

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 Buckeye Central's Emma Studer controls the ball against the defense of Ottoville's Bridget Landin during the game in Elida Thursday.

Athletic Ottoville ousts Buckeye Central

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ELIDA — Four years ago when Greg Moore took over the Buckeye Central girls basketball program, the team was coming off a four-win season. Four years later, the program found itself in the Division IV regional semifinals. The Buckettes (21-5) have come a long way in four short years. ...

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Mohawk's Cole Draper gets Rittman's Manny Garza under control in the 170 pound class

Five area wrestlers still alive after Day 1 at state

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COLUMBUS — Survive and advance. It’s true for any type of tournament, but especially when the Ohio State high school wrestling tournament rolls around. For the seven area wrestlers who qualified for the 80th state meet at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, five are still alive Thursday, ...

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 Old Fort's Peyton Miller shoots and scores as Hicksville's Ashley Peter defends during the regional semifinal game at Elida Thursday.

Stockaders defend, down Aces

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ELIDA – Former St. Wendelin star Kamryn Troike shouldn’t be surprised if she receives a thank-you note in the mail from Old Fort’s Jordan Magers. For three years, Troike gave Magers a live education on what it’s like to defend a monster in the post. Magers got to take her final exam ...

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Upper Sandusky players run onto the court following their victory over Wapakoneta during a district basketball game at Ohio Northern University Wednesday.

Upper Sandusky defense shines against Wapakoneta

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ADA – When Upper Sandusky athletic director Brad Ehrman received a call from his boys basketball coach at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, he knew Jeff Winslow wasn’t calling to see how Ehrman’s day was going. No, Winslow was calling from the side of U.S. 30 with he and the rest of his ...

Moore shines in circle, at plate in Heidelberg softball win

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CLERMONT, Fla. — Heidelberg freshman Kaitlyn Moore did much of the damage in the team's two game sweep Wednesday afternoon. The freshman led at the plate and in the circle as she hit two home runs and earned nine strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Heidelberg defeated Sage in five ...

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Mohawk's Zach Hayman drives past North Baltimore's Levi Gazarek.

Mohawk’s offense stifled by North Baltimore

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FINDLAY — North Baltimore coach John Kloepfer has a defensive-minded club, and makes no excuses for that. His defense was the biggest reason the Tigers defeated Mohawk, 57-37, in the Division IV district semifinals at Liberty-Benton Wednesday night. And now he’s hoping the defense can ...

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Old Fort's Hootie Cleveland shoots over Arlington's Jaret Vermillion (right) and Caleb Price

Arlington too much for Old Fort

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FINDLAY — Old Fort got the exact start it wanted in the second half. Jacob Webb hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Stockaders a four-point lead. From there, it was all Arlington, as the Red Devils ran away with a 59-48 victory in a Division IV district semifinal at Liberty-Benton on ...

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Clyde's Heidi Marshall drives past Ottawa-Glandorf's Kadie Hempfling Tuesday in the Division II regional semifinals in Ada.

Clyde outdone by No. 1 Ottawa-Glandorf

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ADA – Athleticism won’t show on a basketball stat sheet. But the effects of it will. Steals, rebounds and while they don’t track 94-foot times, Ottawa-Glandorf would have won those too Tuesday night in the Division II regional semifinal at Ohio Northern University. The undefeated ...

Heidelberg win streak snapped

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Wheaton snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth and inched away from there Tuesday to claim a 6-1 win and snap Heidelberg’s four-game win streak. The game was the fifth in four days for Heidelberg’s baseball team, which managed just five hits. The Student Princes ...

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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Pre-sale tickets for the Old Fort district semifinal game Wednesday are on sale in the high school office. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All ticket prices at the door are $6. The game is at 8 p.m. at Liberty-Benton High. There is a $3 parking fee ...