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Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

The Crestview Lady Knights are all smiles after defeating Ottoville 51-35 to win the Division IV district championship at Defiance High School on Saturday (see the Sports page for a full game story). Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 11:50 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information Because of COVID-19, Junior Achievement’s traditional programming model is no longer feasible. However, the organization is not waiting for the world to “return to normal” to carry on its mission. Through creative new options, such as JA BizTown In A Box, Junior Achievement is helping Van Wert’s young people spend more time […]

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VW independent/submitted information Braun Industries recently completed its 2020-2021 campaign for the United Way of Van Wert County.  Braun employees worked together and gave generously in support of the 34 agencies that are funded by United Way. As a company, Braun Industries included a corporate contribution as well.   United Way Executive Director Vicki Smith said […]

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 11:41 pm. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor DEFIANCE — A late fourth quarter surge allowed top seeded Crestview to pull away from No. 3 seed Ottoville in the much anticipated Division IV girls district championship at Defiance High School on Saturday. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, a six point lead turned into a 16 […]

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 9:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor DEFIANCE — A dominating second half allowed Defiance to end Van Wert’s boys basketball season in the Division II sectional finals at Defiance High School on Saturday. The Bulldogs held the Cougars to just 11 second half points on the way to a 51-30 victory. The win means Defiance (15-8) will […]

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 9:44 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert wrestlers Killian Sudduth (left) and Macein Bigham (right) are bound for the Division II district tournament at Norwalk High School. Sudduth finished fourth at 126 pounds and Bigham was the runner-up in the 160 pound weight class at the Defiance sectional, held Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Cougars had two sixth place […]

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Gavin Grubb (right) became Crestview’s first ever district wrestling qualifier with a strong showing at sectionals. Grubb, a 106 pound freshman, finished third by pinning Spencerville’s Trey Hunter in 59 seconds in the third place match at the Division III Lima Central Catholic sectional. In addition, Lincolnview’s Dylan Hensley qualified for the district tournament by […]

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 9:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor This week’s Monday Mailbag includes questions about UD Arena at the University of Dayton and Tuesday’s Crestview-Ottoville Division IV district semifinal game, plus a comment about the need for a high school shot clock. Q: What are your thoughts on UD Arena and the state tournament? It would have been nice […]

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 9:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Submitted information COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the regional tournament pairings in girls basketball Sunday. Dates, locations and times subject to change, home team listed first. Division I Region 1 Akron Archbishop Hoban vs. Canton McKinley at Medina High School, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.Canton GlenOak vs. Medina at Medina High School, Tuesday, […]

POSTED: 02/28/21 at 9:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Although it’s been a year of COVID-related challenges, with few of the in-person events and interactions she enjoys best, FFA State Sentinel Victoria Snyder said it has still been a most rewarding experience. “If I could take anything away (from the experience), it’s probably being adaptable,” said the 2020 Lincolnview High School […]

POSTED: 02/27/21 at 1:56 am. FILED UNDER: News