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Entering the boys tennis postseason, Shawnee coach Roy Gillespie knew the fresh duo of Jason Barton and Josh Thomas could potentially enjoy a decent amount of success once they teamed up.
LIMA — Alex Swick has spent most of his life under the tutelage of older, more experienced tennis players.
BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath senior shortstop Camille Martin already has enough individual accolades and records to fill multiple impressive high school careers.
BATH TOWNSHIP — After defeating Elida on Saturday night, Bath’s boys basketball team got exactly one day to think about and celebrate its first district title in school history.
ADA — It’s a familiar sight to watch the Bath girls battle Toledo Rogers in the regional basketball tournament.
ST. MARYS — Marion Local’s girls basketball team won its first three tournament games shooting a mere 35 percent from the field.
VAN WERT — If a team facing a large deficit makes one scoring run in a game, it could easily be chalked up to a lapse in focus by the team out in front.
LIMA— Crestview coach Greg Rickard rode the peaks and valleys through two overtime periods.
WAPAKONETA — Delphos Jefferson had three different players lighting up the scoreboard against Allen East in Tuesday night’s Division III sectional semifinal game at Wapakoneta. As the game progressed, it became clear the Wildcats were going to need all the hot shooting it could get.
BLUFFTON — Ottoville coach David Kleman worried about his team being stale early in the tournament, the way he felt they were in years past.
BLUFFTON — There is no such thing as a perfect basketball game.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s final regular season home game included an offensive show in knocking off Defiance 75-55 on Wednesday.
BLUFFTON — The Bluffton women’s defense was in top form on Wednesday night, shutting down Defiance’s scorers and defeating the Yellow Jackets 62-47.
LIMA — Lima Senior’s girls basketball program only had to wait 17 days to celebrate what is normally a rare milestone.
ADA — When two teams are evenly matched, a big scoring run can be the difference.
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove’s hard-nosed, aggressive defense led to a lot of trips to the free throw line for Ada.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s Sarah Schriner controlled the first quarter. Crestview’s Mackenzie Riggenbach controlled the second.
BLUFFTON — In a game where the offenses were slow-tempo and defenses were contesting nearly every shot, it became clear early that the team that rebounded and took the ball away the most would likely prevail.
OTTAWA—Ottawa-Glandorf’s offense may still be a work in progress.
ADA — The Ohio Northern women have been rolling through their Ohio Athletic Conference competition all year, but Wednesday’s opponent was an Otterbein team that had been on a pretty impressive hot streak itself, as winners of 10 in a row.
DELPHOS — Delphos St. John’s did not get its first lead of the game until the first possession of the second half. Once the Blue Jays got that lead, they did nothing but expand it until the final buzzer.
WAPAKONETA—Ottawa-Glandorf knew ahead of time that Wapakoneta was going to try to get the Titans out of their rhythm.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton proved a lot last Saturday when it forced overtime in a narrow loss to the top team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath has proven that its speed can help it win big games.
PERRY — It took a little while for Jared Poling to find his rhythm from behind the arc for Perry.
BLUFFTON—Allen East certainly had its opportunities to put the game out of reach during its 54-52 girls basketball win over Bluffton on Thursday night. But Bluffton proved time and again it wasn’t going away without a fight.
FORT JENNINGS—The definition of a team victory played itself out in favor of Shawnee on Tuesday night at Fort Jennings High School.
BLUFFTON — Spencerville spent most of the evening struggling to get into an offensive rhythm. Fortunately for the Bearcats, their defense was able to step up and be the playmakers of the night.
ELIDA—Elida wanted to get the last shot.
OTTAWA — A team is obviously going to have trouble scoring with a low shooting percentage. But getting second and third and even fourth chances at the net helps out considerably.
WAPAKONETA—On Thursday night, it was Tre’on Johnson sealing the game for LCC with a buzzer beater.
ELIDA — The Lima Senior girls basketball merry-go-round of top scorers wasn’t stopping on Friday against Elida.
SPENCERVILLE — The Delphos St. John’s girls basketball team was playing a game for the first time in 10 days.
SHAWNEE — Sometimes a game that appears sloppy isn’t entirely telling of the success both teams have on court.
WAPAKONETA—Bluffton’s somewhat unconventional game plan against a bigger Wapakoneta team certainly slowed down the Redskins’ offense. Unfortunately for the Pirates, it couldn’t generate enough offense on their own part.
WAYNESFIELD — In the opening quarter, Waynesfield-Goshen was having a tough time getting anything to fall through the net.
Perry and Delphos Jefferson met on Saturday night with one goal in mind: To prove they were better than their 0-2 records.
DELPHOS — It was a small disadvantage for Delphos St. John’s entering the contest. The Blue Jays were playing their season opener against a Crestview squad that had played — and won — twice already.
ADA—Every team goes through scoring droughts. It’s just a part of basketball.
The 2012-13 swimming season is one that should be equal parts familiar and surprising.
SHAWNEE — This season’s Shawnee girls basketball team isn’t the same one that was on the court one year ago. The Indians are much younger, much smaller and much less experienced.
BLUFFTON—Bluffton began the second half of its conference-opener against Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday night trailing by two possessions. It never fell behind more than three possessions the remainder of the evening.
PERRY — Last girls basketball season, the Northwest Central Conference was less than impressive.
VAN WERT — It was easy to expect a group of young, undersized Crestview girls to play timidly and step out of the way of a bigger, older and more aggressive Ottoville team.
VAN WERT — There was no secret system for Ottoville during Friday night’s season-opening game against Van Wert: Get the ball inside to the big girls, and let them take care of the rest.
BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s women’s basketball team had its goal of winning its annual Tip-Off tournament within its grasp, and this time the Beavers weren’t going to let it slip away.
BLUFFTON — After a 2011-12 season in which the Bluffton women’s basketball team finished with an 8-17 overall record and a seventh place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, a fresh start seems needed.
LIMA — The UNOH women’s basketball team held a slight advantage over an undefeated, athletic St. Francis team for the first 30 minutes of Tuesday night’s game at the UNOH Garage.
DAYTON — There are several things one could point to that represents just how good Marion Local was this season, but here’s a good place to start: Marion Local won 15 sets in a row to finish its 2012 season.