Columbus Grove won the Northwest Conference 2014-15 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence” for the second time with a strong finish in the spring sports season. This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.
The Bulldogs compiled a total of 77 points with Bluffton (73.5) finishing second and Crestview (70) third.
Spencerville (61.5), Allen East (58), Lincolnview and Delphos Jefferson (51.5 each), Ada (48.5) and Paulding (29.5) rounded out the standings. Points are awarded and accumulated each year based on conference standings in all sports and the NWC scholastic bowl competition.
The award was started during the 2005-06 school year to honor longtime Northwest Conference commissioner/secretary Don Bachman, who served in that position for more than 30 years before passing away in 2005.
This year Columbus Grove earned outright NWC titles in girls and boys cross country and track and field. Grove was also co-champ with Crestview in volleyball. In addition to the conference championships, the Bulldogs had a second place finish in boys basketball and were co-runner-ups in football. Grove also had third place finishes in girls basketball and softball.
Schools that also had champions/co-champions included Allen East (softball, girls soccer), Bluffton (golf), Crestview (baseball, softball, volleyball, girls basketball, academic team), Delphos Jefferson (football, wrestling) and Spencerville (boys basketball).
WBL All-Star Game
LIMA — The South edged the North 3-2 in a Western Buckeye All-Star Game on Tuesday night at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Winning pitcher Alyssa Windau from Shawnee pitched two stints, the second in the eighth inning to get the save as well. Joining Windau on the 19-player South team were players from Wapakoneta, Kenton, St. Marys and Celina. Chloe Wohlgamuth of Shawnee had a two-run single and Callie Vogel of Celina had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for the South. Bath’s Ellie Dackin had an RBI double and also scored a run for the 20-player North, which also included players from Defiance, Ottawa-Glandorf, Van Wert and Elida.
East of Chicago tourney
LIMA — The East of Chicago golf tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday at Hawthorne Hills.
Players will be divided into Champions (0-6 handicaps), Open Division I (7-10 handicaps) and Open Division 2 (11-14 handicaps) categories along with with seniors in divisions for those ages 50-59 and 60 and older and juniors ages 14-17. The junior division requires at least two entries.
Qualifying will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. After the two rounds of qualifying the lowest four players in each division will move on to match play beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event is scheduled to end Sunday with matches set to begin at 8 a.m.
Entry fees are $55 for those in the regular and senior divisions and $40 for those in the junior division. Entry forms can be downloaded by going to the Hawthorne Hills calendar at hawthornegolf.com/calendar/.
Sports card show
There will be a sports cards and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Hotel Fort Wayne located at 305 E. Washington Center Road (exit 312A off of Interstate 69) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dealers from the tri-state region will be in attendance buying, selling and trading sport and non-sport cards and collectibles. Featured will be vintage and new singles, hobby boxes and supplies. There is no admission fee and items can be brought in for appraisal.
Please feel free to bring your items in for appraisal. For more information please contact Brian Mayne at 260-824-4867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.