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Bucks get the stop they need, will play for state berth

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MASSILLON — When Buckeye Central needed to come up with its biggest defensive stop of the season, the Bucks came through. While she starred on the offensive side of the ball, Claudia Pifher got a hand in the face of McDonald’s Sophia Costantino on a potential game-tying 3-pointer. The ...

Columbian hoping to continue season filled with big moments

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There have been a number of special moments for Columbian this season. To senior players Chase Frankhauser and Cole Zimmerman, the top one came when the Tornadoes beat Norwalk in double overtime in the Feb. 21 regular-season finale. “I liked the Norwalk win, because it was an overtime ...

Rams hold off Warriors in district semifinal win

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By Andy Wolf Sports Writer MANSFIELD — Upper Sandusky stayed the course. The Rams didn’t waiver when Ontario trimmed their 14-point deficit down to four in just two minutes late in the fourth quarter. Instead, Upper Sandusky finished the job and rolled to a 54-45 win in ...

Hiccup in second half dooms Dragons

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OWENSBORO, Ky. — The magic just ran out. After winning six of its last eight games, including a 69-64 upset of No. 17 Kentucky Wesleyan College in the regular-season finale, and trailing by one at the end of the first quarter Tuesday to KWC, Tiffin stumbled a bit in the second quarter and ...

Rogers runs past Columbian after slow start

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MILLBURY — Travis Kinn couldn’t have written the first three and a half minutes of Wednesday’s Division II district semifinal any better. The Columbian coach forced Rogers into three quick turnovers. Logan Beaston buried a 3-pointer from the wing, LJ Reaves drove for a layup, and then ...

Senecas upset Stockaders, H-L loses in final seconds

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FINDLAY — It’s never easy beating a team three times in a season. Old Fort did that last week against New Riegel. It had another chance to sweep rival Calvert Tuesday night in a Division IV district semifinal at Findlay High. It didn’t go as planned. Calvert coach Jon Otterbacher ...

Hopewell-Loudon’s Elmore gains top spot in D-III district list

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Hopewell-Loudon’s MaKayla Elmore was named the top girls Division III player and three other area players picked up first-team honors when the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released the Northwest District Basketball list Wednesday. Elmore averaged 25.1 points for the Chieftains, who ...

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BASEBALL: Sign up for the Mohawk district summer league baseball and softball is 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mohawk High School cafeteria. Students currently enrolled in grades K-8 interested in playing in Melmore, McCutchenville or Sycamore can sign up on these dates. For more information, ...

Back in postseason, Dragons draw rematch with powerful Panthers

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In order to assure the program of its first postseason appearance in eight years, Tiffin University needed to take down the No. 16 team in the nation, Kentucky Wesleyan, in Saturday’s regular season finale. TU did it, stunning the Panthers. Now, the Dragons have to do it again. With ...

Pifher’s big plays push Bucks to another district title

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WILLARD — First, Buckeye Central’s Claudia Pifher offered her coach some strategy during Saturday’s Division IV district final in Willard against Seneca East. “There was a time in the fourth quarter where she looked at me, and she said ‘High low,’” said Bucks’ coach Abram ...

Four champs guide Blue Devils to crown

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VAN BUREN — Lance Rickle and Reese Mullholand won titles back to back and teammates Gage Summit and Tanner May added crowns Saturday to fuel Carey’s Division III sectional tournament win at Van Buren High. The Blue Devils took the team title with 178 1/2 points while Bluffton and Elmwood ...

Polar Bears overwhelm Chieftains in Shelby

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SHELBY — It was, in so many ways, a familiar scene. Hopewell-Loudon’s Kaia Woods stole the ball, raced down the court, and delivered a beautiful layup while being fouled by a Margaretta defender. The sequence was something Hopewell-Loudon fans were used to. But the score ...

H-L moves on, Jury becomes school’s all-time leading scorer

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FOSTORIA — It was a special night for the Jury family Saturday night. Ried Jury stepped up late beating Carey’s press down the floor and making some key baskets, Jordyn Jury became the all-time leading scorer at Hopewell-Loudon after a seven-point first quarter and, oh, yeah — the ...

Briefs

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BASEBALL: Sign up for the Mohawk district summer league baseball and softball is 9-11:30 a.m. March 7 at the Mohawk High School cafeteria. Students currently enrolled in grades K-8 interested in playing in Melmore, McCutchenville or Sycamore can sign up on these dates. For more information, ...

Dragons repeat as men’s GMAC champions

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Tiffin men continued their dominance in GMAC track Saturday, claiming their third conference title in three tries since joining a year ago after taking both the indoor and outdoor championships in 2019. Tiffin scored 214 total points during the two-day event, finishing well ahead of runner-up ...

Hoover out at Old Fort after 39 years as coach

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OLD FORT — After 39 years and more than 500 victories, Old Fort has a new volleyball coach. The split was not planned or anticipated by one of the parties. Nancy Hoover, who guided her alma mater since 1981, said Old Fort Principal Erica Cobb told her during an Oct. 30 evaluation after the ...

Stockaders, Senecas advance to Findlay

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Outscored by a combined 55 points in two regular-season losses against Old Fort, the New Riegel Blue Jackets had plenty of zip for a third meeting in a Division IV district quarterfinal at Columbian Friday night. But after pulling to within a point through three quarters, they ran out of ...

Tigers, Bucks each advance, setting up all-N10 final

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WILLARD — Seneca East knew it was coming. The Tigers built a double-digit lead, but putting away a tough St. Paul squad was no easy feat. Jessica Bowerman tallied 25 points and seven rebounds, leading top-seeded Seneca East past the Flyers 41-30 in a Division IV district semifinal at ...

8 semifinalists have Redmen leading the pack at Clyde sectional

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CLYDE — Eight Bellevue wrestlers advanced to the semifinals to help the Redmen end the first atop the team standings at the tightly-contesed Division II wrestling tournament at Clyde High. Bellevue tops the pack with 85 points while the host Fliers are tied with Ashland for second with 69 ...