Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina girls and St. Marys boys reached the championship round of the 17th Ohio High School State Invitational Kick-Off bowling tournament held Saturday at HP Lanes in Columbus.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Damon McCracken's 25-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation lifted Van Wert to its first-ever state football championship in defeating Mentor Lake Catholic 31-28 in the Division IV state championship game on Sunday afternoon in Massillon.
2020 Division VII State Football Champions
Season Results (10-2):
Minster W, 20-0
Marion Local L, 13-21
St. John's W, 38-6
Coldwater L, 7-24
Anna W, 38-7
As the first semester of the school year comes to a close, families with children may be making their final evaluations of whether their in-person or remote learning plans have been right for them.
Tips from the pros for a safe holiday
CELINA - As Thanksgiving approaches, national and local health experts have tips on how to keep family and friends safe in the age of COVID-19.
CELINA - Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 and one new hospitalization due to the virus were reported Saturday by the Mercer County Health District.
CELINA - When looking for a new boys basketball coach, Celina only had to look across Grand Lake.
Former St. Marys standout Adam Johns takes over
CELINA - Branden Rushton goes into his first season as girls basketball coach at Celina with a firm hand on what he has coming into the season.
COLDWATER - Nick Fisher is used to being in a waiting mode when it comes to getting ready for Coldwater's boys basketball season.
With the Cavalie
COLDWATER - After going 10-14 last season, Coldwater came away from the campaign losing three seniors, two of whom had most of the scoring.
But head coach Keenan Leichty's cupboard is not bare and a summer of extra playing time allows him a team that has a tremendous upside.
FORT RECOVERY -Two years ago, the Fort Recovery boys basketball team went .500 and finished in eighth place in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Fort Recovery is going into the 2020-2021 season with its eyes wide open.
Coach Holly Gann emphasized that the most important quality for this girls' basketball season will be adapting to the virus restrictions and potential schedule disruptions.
MARIA STEIN - Last year's version of the Marion Local boys basketball squad started slowly but finished the year with a stirring run to the district finals.
MARIA STEIN - Beth Streib begins her sixth season at as girls basketball coach at Marion Local with a wealth of experience returning from last year's Midwest Athletic Conference co-champions.
MINSTER - With five senior letterwinners, two of whom are returning starters, back from their 15-9 squad from a season ago, the Minster Wildcats and head coach Michael McClurg harbor plenty of hopes heading into the 2020-21 boys' basketball campaign.
MINSTER - To the casual observer, the 2019-20 girls' basketball season was a noteworthy success for the Minster Wildcats and coach Mike Wiss. Twenty-
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen's first-ever appearance in the state football finals has slowed preparations for the Cardinals' basketball season. However, second-year boys coach Cory Stephens sees the positive consequences.
NEW BREMEN - For the fourth consecutive year, full roster practices are starting a little late for the New Bremen girls basketball team due to the volleyball Cardinals participating in the state final four.
NEW KNOXVILLE - It's been a few years, but first-year coach Cole Fischbach remembers when the New Knoxville boys basketball team was quite good.
Of the Rangers' five Midwest Athletic Conference titles, four came between 2007 and 2011. In 2008 New Knoxville won the Division IV state title.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Last year, the New Knoxville girls basketball season came to a close shortly before the pandemic caused a general shutdown. For the Rangers, it was a more normal reason: a second straight district final loss to Minster.
Last season, the Parkway boys basketball team set a school record with 19 wins, finished second in the Midwest Athletic Conference and won the first district championship in program history.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway girls' basketball team has won five Midwest Athletic Conference games in the last 14 years.
One of those wins came last yea
ST. HENRY - Veteran St. Henry boys basketball coach Eric Rosenbeck says consistency holds the key to success for his 2020-2021 squad.
Beginning his 12th season at the helm of the Redskins, Rosenbeck starts the season just six wins shy of 200 career coaching victories.
ST. HENRY - Second-year St. Henry girls basketball coach Kyle Menchhofer is tasked with a major rebuilding project at the Redskins prepare to tip off the 2020-2021 campaign.
ST. MARYS - As head coach Dan Hegemier enters his seventh year overall of his second stint with the St. Marys boys basketball team, it's difficult for him not to be eager for the upcoming season.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys girls basketball team ended the 2019-2020 campaign with 19 victories - the program's most wins in a season in more than 15