Crestview advances in softball district

By Mike Purdy -

ELIDA — Crestview advanced to the Division IV district finals with a 2-0 victory Tuesday night against Hicksville.

Winning pitcher Victoria Lichtensteiger (12-10) threw a complete game, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Avery McCoy doubled and Emma Bowen, Codi Miller, Caitlin O’Hagan and Cora Millay all singled for the Knights (13-11), who will play the winner of today’s 5 p.m. game between Antwerp and Continental at 5 p.m. Friday. Both games will be played at Elida. Miller and O’Hagan had Crestview’s RBI.

Continental 14,

Pandora-Gilboa 4

CONTINENTAL — Mackenzie Rayle had a home run, single and four RBI, Alivia Homier homered, had base hit and two RBI, Amber Logan had two hits and two RBI and Jade Zachrich had two hits for the host Pirates. Kristen Mullins had three hits, including a double, and an RBI, Madi Dulaney had a hit and two RBI and Korri Basinger had a hit and an RBI for P-G.


Parkway’s Haley Hawk (player of the year) and Mark Esselstein (coach of the year) received top honors among those selected to the All-Midwest Conference teams.

Joining Hawk on the first team were Coldwater’s Maura Hoying, Carly Post and Maddie Steinke, Minster’s Taylor Homan, New Bremen’s Sophia Fox, Kelly Naylor and Cassidy Smith, Parkway’s Bailey Bates and Alyx Slusher, St. Henry’s Alexis Ontrop and Versailles’ Hailey and Kami McEldowney.

Boys basketball

Continental coach

CONTINENTAL — The Continental Local Board of Education formally hired Eric Maag as our new varsity boys basketball coach during the regular May meeting Tuesday night.

Coach Maag is a 2007 graduate of Columbus Grove High School and a 2011 graduate of Ohio Northern University. Maag was the junior varsity boy coach at Columbus Grove High School from 2011-2015 and was the interim varsity boys head coach at Grovel during the 2015-16 season. Last season, Maag served as an assistant at Kalida High School.

Maag has selected Kyle Meyer to serve as the varsity assistant and Brock Homier will serve as the JV coach. Maag has also planned activities before school begins in August, including a summer league, team camps and a kids camp for the younger boys of the district.

Prichard signing

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’s Dakota Prichard will be signing a letter of intent with Edison State Community College at 2 p.m. Friday in the school’s main gym. Among his honors, Prichard was named second team all-state and first team all-district in Division III as well as Northwest Conference Player of the Year.


Spencerville 4,

Van Buren 3

VAN BUREN — Jacob Meyer had two doubles and two RBI, Brady Becker doubled and had an RBI and Luke Market had two hits for the visiting Bearcats.

Coldwater 5,

Van Wert 4

COLDWATER — Dylan Thobe knocked in Sam Broering with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Thobe finished with two hits, including a double, and three RBI and Broering had three hits. Caleb Fetzer homered, Nathan Temple had two hits, including a double, and an RBI, Holden Willingham had two hits and an RBI and Nick Gutierrez had two hits for the Cougars.

Defiance 11, Wapakoneta 3

WAPAKONETA — Despite the loss, the host Redskins won the Western Buckeye League title outright with an 8-1 league record. Defiance finished in a tie for second at 7-2 with Kenton. Wyatt Moyler had a hit and an RBI for Wapak. The Redskins will play Celina in a district semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday at Patrick Henry.

Redskins No. 1

Wapakoneta is ranked No. 1 in Divison II in the final state coaches poll of the year. Celina is No. 19 also in D-II. In D-III, Coldwater is No. 8, Ottawa-Glandorf is No. 11 and Lima Central Catholic is No. 12. Minster and Miller City are ranked No. 8 and No. 9 respectively in D-IV with Leipsic at No. 13 and Fort Recovery at No. 18.


Fort Recovery pitcher Nick Thwaits (player of the year) and Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert (coach of the year) received top honors among the All-Midwest Athletic Conference teams.

Joining Thwaits on the first team area Jaret Jackson, Eric Vogt and Jacob Youngpeter of Delphos St. John’s, Coldwater’s Dylan Thobe, Fort Recovery’s Cade Wendel, Marion Local’s Duane Leugers, Minster’s Aaron Ernst, Jon Niemeyer and Bryce Schmiesing, New Bremen’s Luke Vonderhaar, New Knoxville’s Nick Topp, Parkway’s Trace Walls and Versailles’ Keaton McEldowney, Kurtis Rutschilling and Kyle Subler.

Hall picks school

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee’s Tyler Hall will be signing a letter of intent to play for St. Francis University at 2 p.m. Thursday in Room 101 at the high school.

Coach openings

DELPHOS — Delphos Jefferson has openings for a varsity wrestling head coach and girls JV basketball for 2017-18. Those interested should contact David Hoffman at



HIU 17, UNOH 7

LIMA — The NAIA No. 7 and top-seeded host University of Northwestern Ohio (44-11) saw its winning streak end at 27 games during the second day of the NAIA national tournament’s Opening Round at UNOH against three-seeded Hope International (Calif.) University (34-16).

Erich Gonzalez, Jeff Cardenas and Junior Gomez all went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the Racers at the plate. Joining the trio with multiple hits were Dayfron Ortiz and Jonathan Rodriguez with 2-for-4 outings of their own.

The 17 runs were the most given up by UNOH all season.

UNOH will take on the two-seeded Middle Georgia State University after it defeated the four-seeded MidAmerica Nazarene University 8-1. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University had four players named All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Luke Hickey, Dyson Bowman and Ottawa-Glandorf graduate Jaylen Von Sossan all received second team selection and Dante D’Andrea was named honorable mention.


All-region selection

BLUFFTON — Josie McElroy (has been named All-Central Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). This is the second year in a row that McElroy has been named All-Central Region.

Women’s tennis

ONU trio honored

ADA — Four members of the Ohio Northern team were named All-Ohio Athletic Conference for 2016-17 in voting conducted by the league’s nine head coaches.

Lynn Kelly and Ashley Ochsenhirt were named to the first team. Christina Corbean and Ola Latala received second team recognition.

Women’s All-Sports

ONU wins honor

ADA — Ohio Northern won the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s All-Sports Trophy for the 2016-17 season.

This marks the second consecutive title and the 11th crown overall for the Polar Bear women’s teams.

ONU edged Mount Union 80.00-79.25 on the strength of OAC titles in volleyball, soccer, basketball and outdoor track and field.

By Mike Purdy

Mike Purdy can be reached at 567-242-0451.

Mike Purdy can be reached at 567-242-0451.

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