Longtime Van Wert boys basketball head coach Dave Froelich was hoping to “quietly go away” when he turned in his resignation late last month.
Follow the Leipsic vs. Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph state championship game with Jim Naveau's timely tweets with updates.
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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.
See sectional and district pairings from high school basketball games around the Lima region.
Local teams: Bath, Celina, Elida, Kenton, Shawnee, St. Marys, Van Wert, Wapakoneta
Local teams: Ottawa-Glandorf, Paulding
Local teams: Continental, Kalida, Miller City
Local teams: Allen East, Bluffton, Coldwater, Delphos Jefferson, Liberty-Benton, Lima Central Catholic, Parkway, Spencerville
Local teams: Ada, Columbus Grove, Cory-Rawson, Hardin Northern, Leipsic, Pandora-Gilboa, Ridgemont, Upper Scioto Valley
Local teams: Findlay, Lima Senior
Local teams: Crestview, Delphos St. John's, Fort Jennings, Lincolnview, Marion Local, Minster, New Bremen, New Knoxville, Ottoville, Perry, St. Henry, Temple Christian, Waynesfield-Goshen
WAPAKONETA — Thad Vernon turned in a huge effort to lift Shawnee’s boys basketball team to a Western Buckeye League win at Wapakoneta 54-51 on Friday.
LIMA — Someone was going to have a bad weekend with both Lima Senior and visiting Van Wert coming off of Friday night losses.
PERRY TOWNSHIP — Bath put its speed, athleticism and depth on display Tuesday night when the Wildcats paid a visit to Perry at the Leonard Volbert Gymnasium.
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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.
BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath gave visiting Shawnee a flicker of hope right before halftime. Then just as quickly took it away.
BATH TOWNSHIP — A reporter was looking for one of the Rockhold twins after a recent Bath boys basketball game.
LIMA — Winning always is a good thing. Winning to end a losing streak is even better.
LIMA — Dakota Mathias strapped Elida to his back and took the Bulldogs for a fourth-quarter ride.
LIMA — Even in the early going of its 59-41 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf on Saturday night, Lima Senior’s boys basketball team looked a bit leg weary.
Even though I was young and just out of college, I should have known better.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Dakota Mathias came into the game at Shawnee averaging 28.1 points per game, and the Indians were going to make sure he didn’t get that number against them.
SPENCERVILLE — It’s not how you start that counts, it’s how you finish.
PERRY — It took a little while for Jared Poling to find his rhythm from behind the arc for Perry.
DELPHOS — Curtis Geise had another big night and Delphos St. John’s stayed unbeaten in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 65-47 win over New Knoxville in boys basketball action Friday.
Shawnee (8-6, 4-0 Western Buckeye League) at Elida (6-7, 2-2 WBL), girls basketball
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I had the opportunity to watch the Lima Senior High-Elida showdown recently. As usual it was an entertaining match-up that came right down to the wire and the fans who packed the Elida Fieldhouse certainly got their money’s worth. Rivalries like this are often played at a high level because the competitors in the game are focused and playing at full tilt.
HARROD — Some outstanding freshmen have been contributing to area varsity basketball teams this season, and another one stepped up Saturday: Temple Christian 5-foot-7 guard Brock Bowman.
LIMA — Two lessons came out of Toledo Whitmer’s 70-64 boys basketball win over Lima Senior on Friday night.
SPENCERVILLE — Tenacious defensive pressure and solid perimeter shooting can be a lethal combination.
DELPHOS — And then the roof caved in.
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.
WAYNESFIELD — Temple Christian remained unbeaten in the Northwest Central Conference with a 70-50 victory on Friday at Waynesfield-Goshen.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Ottoville coach Todd Turnwald knew his team would be outnumbered heading into Friday.
ELIDA — Elida’s Dakota Mathias realizes there’s a bull’s-eye on his back.
LIMA — Coaches constantly preach not to give opponents extra opportunities.
ELIDA — Elida can expect to see a lot of gimmick defenses as teams try to slow down Dakota Mathias, the Bulldogs junior scoring machine.
LIMA — A basketball game lasts 32 minutes for a reason as both Lima Central Catholic and visiting Crestview discovered Friday night at Monsignor E. C. Herr Gymnasium.
BATH TOWNSHIP — There are some things that cannot be easily simulated at practice.
Perry and Delphos Jefferson met on Saturday night with one goal in mind: To prove they were better than their 0-2 records.
LIMA — It was a game of wills and in the end Lima Senior was able to impose its will on Celina on Friday night in the Spartans’ home opener.
LIMA — There wasn’t much need for nail-biting or sitting on the edge of the seat.
ELIDA — All eyes were on Elida’s Dakota Mathias.
LIMA — Sometimes young teams struggle at closing out games.