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Foster, Chieftains cruise to district crown at Findlay

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FINDLAY — Even if the team hadn’t made it, Hopewell-Loudon’s first five runners would have gained district berths. But the Chieftains did more than just advance. Jordan Foster won the individual race, Carter Ritchey ran fourth and three teammates finished in the top 20 Saturday to ...

Dragons run all over Battlers in 45-7 victory

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One week ago, JaQuan Hardy and Kyle Brunson tallied almost identical numbers in a win over Kentucky Wesleyan. On Saturday at home against Alderson Broaddus, the trend continued. Hardy carried the ball 15 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns, while Brunson added 15 rushes for 120 yards ...

’Berg’s trickery fuels Princes to rout of Otterbein

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Heidelberg coach Scott Donaldson said he didn’t know it was coming. His team was leading Otterbein 21-0 with about eight minutes left in the first half Saturday night at Hoernemann Stadium. The Student Princes had the ball at the Cardinals 21. “I didn’t know we were gonna run it,” ...

Columbian Athletic Hall of Fame making a comeback

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When he was interviewing for the Columbian athletic director’s job, Dan Hartsel said he was told one of the duties would be to do something about the school’s athletic hall of fame. What he found when he got the job earlier this year drove the point home. The object was a three-ring ...

Tornadoes grind out win over Bellevue

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With the ball at the Bellevue 12-yard line and facing a fourth down and three early in the fourth quarter, Columbian coach Judd Lutz had a decision to make. His team had come out hot, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game. But Bellevue responded, scoring two touchdowns ...

Royals roll over Blue Devils

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CAREY — Coming into Friday, Carey coach Jonathon Mershman said the game with Wynford was the biggest contest of the season, with both teams coming in at 3-1 in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference. However, only one team played like it. And it wasn't his. Wynford came out on a mission ...

Tigers romp over Upper Sandusky

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UPPER SANDUSKY — Ed Phillips didn't have to double-check. Each day consisted of 24 hours. It only seemed like much longer. That 26-20 overtime loss to Carey last week reverberated. “I usually enjoy practice,” Phillips said. “But I'll say this: I didn't have to do much in practice ...

Danner, Warriors smother Bucks

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SYCAMORE — Mason Danner caught one of Landen Snyder's two touchdown passes and ran for another two scores Friday as Mohawk blanked Northern 10 Athletic Conference foe Buckeye Central 30-0. Danner sprinted in from 49 yards out with 9:34 left in the first half for the game's first points, and ...

Student Princes not looking past winless Otterbein

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Heidelberg coach Scott Donaldson, while preparing his team for winless Otterbein, made a declaration Thursday during his weekly interview. “They’re probably the best 0-5 team I’ve seen,” he said. Theres reason behind that declaration. The Cardinals, led by Tim Doup, have a very ...

This week: Officiating woes, auto racing and golf rules

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Alternately, I was shocked, held my breath and then had to laugh. It was that kind of week in the world of sports. Let’s take a look. Packers-Lions. I watched with interest the Monday Night NFL game. There was no favorite team to root for, so the winner of the game meant little to me. I was ...

Dragons look to extend winning streak, face Battlers

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For the third-consecutive week, Tiffin University goes up against a team that’s really struggling. Two weeks ago, it was a non-conference opponent in St. Anselm. Last week, it was Great-Midwest Athletic Conference foe Kentucky Wesleyan. The Dragons won those games by a combined score of ...

Groves excels with ‘pure spirit of competition’

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Caden Groves was the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division champion a year ago, so he wanted to repeat. He did. Last week at Hedges-Boyer Park, the Columbian junior finished in 16:09.23, winning the race by nearly six seconds. Now, he’s looking for more. The runner, who was a first-team ...

Senecas keep on rolling, sweep Vanlue

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Calvert opened defense of last year’s state title Tuesday by dominating Vanlue 25-9, 25-13, 25-11 in a Division IV sectional final. The Senecas advance to Monday’s 7 p.m. district semifinals at Fostoria against McComb. The winner plays in the Oct. 24 finals at 6 p.m. Emma White registered ...

Playoff hopefuls square off in Bellevue-Columbian clash

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Columbian was tested last week against Clyde, and will be tested again tonight. The Tornadoes (6-1, 1-1 Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division) will host Bellevue at 7 p.m. With Calvert having a bye week, it’s literally the only game in town. And it’s a big one. Not only is it a ...

Tornadoes get fast start, roll past Tygers

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Columbian controlled things for the most part against Mansfield Senior. The Tornadoes jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Tygers in Game 1 of Tuesday’s Division II sectional semifinal, and won it 25-7. The second game was a struggle, but Columbian broke a 17-all tie with an 8-1 run to win ...

Prep football, Week 8:Watching the river flow

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Seneca East at Upper Sandusky Records: Seneca East 6-1, 3-1 N10; Upper Sandusky 2-5, 1-3 N10. Last season: Seneca East, 63-6. Outlook: Last week was a frustrating one for Seneca East. Against Carey, the Tigers committed five turnovers and lost for the first time this season. But coach ...

Hull-led Stockaders advance past Stritch

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OLD FORT — Emily Hull had a double-double and three teammates combined for 25 kills Tuesday in Old Fort’s 25-17, 25-15, 25-18 opening-round Division IV tournament match over Cardinal Stritch. Hull (2 aces) tallied 18 assists, 11 digs and four kills for the Stockaders, who advance to ...

Edison hangs on in 5 against Chieftains

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BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon was close getting past Edison Wednesday, and advancing out of the Division III sectional semifinals. Very close. Abbi Roerdink and Peyton Hoover each had double-doubles, and the Chieftains held a two-games-to-one edge after beating the Chargers in Game 3. But ...

TU, ‘Berg players selected in XFL draft

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The dream of professional football continues for two players with local college ties. Tiffin University product Willie Mays and Heidelberg University graduate Donteea Dye were both selected in separate rounds of XFL draft Thursday by the Los Angeles Wildcats. Each round of Thursday’s ...