Boys basketball season preview: Columbus Grove Bulldogs



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Coach: Chris Sautter

Years, career record: First, 15 overall, 161-134

Division: IV

Last year: 11-12, 5-2 PCL (third), 2-6 NWC (seventh)

Returning letterwinners (* returning starter): Rece Roney* (Sr., 6-4, forward); Caiden Grothaus* (Sr., 5-11, guard); Ryan Tabler (Sr., 5-10, guard); Logan Schroeder (Jr., 5-10, guard)

Promising newcomers: Grant Cassidy (Sr., 5-8, guard); Lachlan Clymer (Sr., 6-1, guard); Logan Ridenour (Sr., 6-0, forward); Logan Malsam (Jr., 6-1, forward); Dane Selby (So., 6-1, forward); Grayson Flores (So., 5-11, guard)

Team outlook: The Bulldogs need their role players to step into the limelight this season. “We have a nice mixture of underclassmen and upperclassmen, and some of them are going to have to step up and be leaders and go-to guys if we are going to be successful,” first-year coach Chris Sautter said. “Both the PCL and NWC will be strong again as always, and we will have to be playing very good basketball to compete night in and night out against those teams.”


Dec. 2 at Wayne Trace 7:30 PM

Dec. 3 Jackson Center 7:30 PM

Dec. 9 Ottoville 7:30 PM

Dec. 10 at Bath 7:30 PM

Dec. 16 Crestview 7:30 PM

Dec. 17 at Arlington 7:30 PM

Dec. 23 at Patrick Henry 7:30 PM

Jan. 6 at Delphos Jefferson 7:30 PM

Jan. 7 Fort Jennings 7:30 PM

Jan. 13 Lima Central Catholic 7:30 PM

Jan. 14 at Leipsic 7:30 PM

Jan. 20 at Lincolnview 7:30 PM

Jan. 21 Kalida 7:30 PM

Jan. 27 Paulding 7:30 PM

Jan. 28 at Ottawa-Glandorf 7:30 PM

Feb. 3 at Spencerville 7:30 PM

Feb. 4 at Continental 7:30 PM

Feb. 7 at Pandora-Gilboa 7:30 PM

Feb. 10 Allen East 7:30 PM

Feb. 17 at Bluffton 7:30 PM

Feb. 18 Miller City 7:30 PM

Feb. 24 Ada 7:30 PM



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