Longtime Van Wert boys basketball head coach Dave Froelich was hoping to “quietly go away” when he turned in his resignation late last month.
When I think of Waynesfield-Goshen’s Doug Foley, I think of basketball.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — This will be Mark Triplett’s first head coaching job.
FORT JENNINGS — John VonSossan, the boys basketball coach at Fort Jennings High School since the 1986-87 season, is retiring.
ELIDA — There are many different ways for a player to get his or her name into the mix for a player of the year honor.
ELIDA — There weren’t too many defensive schemes at Tuesday’s District 8 Boys All-Star game at the Elida Fieldhouse.
COLUMBUS — They dreamed the dream and it became real. And for the Titan at the center of that magic moment, real life was even better than dreaming.
COLUMBUS — He had a vision.
COLUMBUS — The trophy was in the arms of 6-foot, 8-inch Demonte Flannigan when Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph walked out of the Value City Arena in their blue blazers and khaki pants an hour and a half after beating Leipsic 87-63 in the Division IV boys basketball state championship game on Saturday.
COLUMBUS — There’s something to be said about being tournament-tested.
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COLUMBUS — Even before talking about the starting lineup populated by NCAA Division I players, it is obvious Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph is no ordinary Division IV high school boys basketball team.
COLUMBUS — Leipsic’s Zach Kuhlman hardly missed a shot when he scored 24 points in the Vikings’ 61-58 win over Lancaster Fairfield Christian in a Division IV boys basketball state semifinal game on Friday.
COLUMBUS — Forget the vote on having separate public and private school tournaments.
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LIMA — Southside Boxing’s Lonnie Rettig has been eagerly awaiting this weekend.
LEIPSIC — Eighty-eight years ago players like Bob Hutton, Bill Wagner and Oscar Robinson energized the town of Leipsic by leading the boys basketball team to the 1925 state tournament.
LEIPSIC – Joe Kirkendall, a teacher at Leipsic Schools, said a special energy is filling the school district.
I spent Monday night at the Milano Café with a bunch of basketball officials.
OTTAWA — Even the best teams can use a wake-up call at times.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s T.J. Metzger was named first team All-Ohio in the Division III and Division IV All-Ohio teams that were released on Tueday.
BOWLING GREEN — Ottawa-Glandorf’s season was dedicated to a second chance.
BOWLING GREEN — Bodies were bouncing off each other in what might have been the most physical boys basketball game Bath has played this season.
BOWLING GREEN — Everything changed. But everything stayed the same.
KETTERING — Many times it comes down to one play during the tournament.
BOWLING GREEN — It was all about openings when Ottawa-Glandorf beat Lima Central Catholic 60-52 in a Division III boys basketball regional semifinal at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday night.
BOWLING GREEN — It wasn’t quite the start Leipsic was looking for.
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.
KETTERING — You had to excuse Curtis Geise for being tired after Delphos St. John’s victory over Jackson Center on Tuesday in the Division IV regional semifinals.
Because my wife Janie and I were both teachers and had our summers off, we used them to travel all over the country with our kids. I put over 100,000 miles on an old, orange Volkswagen camper van and then traded that in for a mini motor home that we drove to the ends of the earth. We avoided the crowded RV parks and campgrounds. When we were roaming through big cities, I often parked overnight in a church parking lot or on a nice, peaceful street.
NAPOLEON — Too much size in the block and too much depth off the bench.
ADA — When Bath junior forward Taren Sullivan went high and pulled down the rebound with 10 seconds, securing the win, virtually every Wildcat player, coach and fan knew what it meant.
LIMA — There was much chatter on Twitter and in other corners of the Internet about Lima Central Catholic delivering a message when it got a rematch with Spencerville in the Division III boys basketball district championship game on Saturday night at Lima Senior.
ELIDA — Before their fingerprints were all over the district championship trophy, Delphos St. John’s footprints were all over the lanes on the basketball court at the Elida Fieldhouse.
BENTON RIDGE — It might be a safe assumption that Leipsic’s Devin Mangas feels comfortable on Liberty-Benton’s basketball court.
ADA — Two minutes.
ADA — Bang on Dakota Mathias all you want.
I have always been intrigued by the basketball played in Putnam County over the years because it is fueled by a passionate fan base and has produced some of the greatest players to ever hit the hardwood in this area.
WAPAKONETA — It was the ultimate good news/bad news night for Lima Central Catholic on Friday night in the Division III sectional finals at Wapakoneta.
DEFIANCE — Ottawa-Glandorf’s boys basketball team began the sectional tournament in impressive fashion, dominating Fairview 100-26 in a Division III final at Defiance.
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 — The long-range bombers found a cozy place to settle in at Lima Senior.
VAN WERT — Sometimes “Plan B” is good enough.
OTTAWA — Top-seeded Leipsic started the boys basketball tournament by dismantling North Baltimore 107-39 in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Ottawa-Glandorf. Leipsic will play Cory-Rawson at 8 p.m. Friday at O-G in the sectional finals.
FINDLAY — Many basketball teams go into the postseason looking for a little tournament magic, but few find it.
WAPAKONETA — For 31 minutes, Bluffton had Coldwater right where it wanted.
LIMA — Not much separates Elida and Van Wert.
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LIMA — The key when playing as the favorite in the high school basketball tournament is to never let your opponent think they have a chance to beat you.
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.
VAN WERT — The Ottoville boys basketball team beat Perry 41-35 in a Division IV sectional semifinal game at Van Wert on Tuesday.