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’Berg’s trickery fuels Princes to rout of Otterbein

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

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 ...

Lakota’s Franks tallies career game in win at Fremont St. Joe, 42-7

FREMONT — Lakota coach Mike Lento is a passionate coach. So when given his chance to make a statement for how good Trevor Franks is, Lento did not hold back. “Trevor Franks is the best back and he is an all-Ohio kid — offensively and defensively,” Lento said. It is hard to argue ...

Tornadoes grind out win over Bellevue

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Dragons look to extend winning streak, face Battlers

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Mohawk makes quick work of Woodmore, will face Arcadia

SYCAMORE — Getting ready to serve, Mohawk junior Marah Gillig had to search for the ball after it skipped underneath the bleachers. That was essentially the biggest difficulty the Warriors faced on Tuesday. Gillig served seven points in a row during Game 1 to help Mohawk sprint past ...

No. 3 Senecas sweep Tornadoes

Defending state champion Calvert is jelling once again at the right time of the season before the postseason begins this week. Monday, the Division IV Senecas swept crosstown rival Columbian, who is Division II, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15. Hannah Miller led the Senecas with five aces and six ...

Lakota’s Dull all alone at the top this year in Columbus

COLUMBUS — There is no tie this year, at least not on the scorecard, and that’s what matters most. Kyleigh Dull overcame a three-stroke Day 1 deficit Saturday to capture the Division II golf title at the Ohio State University Gray course. The Lakota junior fired a 3-under 67 Saturday to ...