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Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020

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The 2020 high school golf season continued on Friday, with Van Wert traveling to Findlay, and Lincolnview and Crestview going north to Defiance. Results are listed below.

Cougars finish 11th at L-B Invite

FINDLAY — Lima Central Catholic won Friday’s Liberty-Benton Invitational at Sycamore Springs Golf Course, while Van Wert finished 11th.

The Thunderbirds won the team title by 13 strokes, 321-334 over host Liberty Benton. Bluffton (348) finished third, followed by Allen East (349) and Van Buren (353). Bath (356) finished sixth, followed by Bowling Green (375), Upper Sandusky (378), Bellevue (380), Arlington (411) and the Cougars (434).

Evan Knittle led Van Wert with a 95, while Blake Boyher carded a 106. Evan Braeken (116) and Lochlen Purmort (117) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars. TJ Stoller finished with a 122.

Van Wert is scheduled to host Wayne Trace Monday at Willow Bend Country Club.

Lincolnview wins NWC quad

DEFIANCE — Evan Miller fired a career best 37, while Landon Price also set a career best with 38 to lead Lincolnview to NWC quad victory at Auglaize Golf Club on Friday. Miller was the match medalist.

Teammate Grant Glossett shot a 44, one stroke better than Dane Ebel (45), while Avery Slusher finished with a 49.

As a team, the Lancers finished with 164, four strokes better than Paulding. Columbus Grove shot a 182 and Crestview (214) finished fourth.

Evan Scarlett (47) led the Knights, followed by Tanner Myers (54), Will Sharpe (55) and Trey Skelton (58).

Lincolnview will compete at the Allen East/Springbrook Tournament on Saturday, then will host the Lancer Invitational at Hickory Sticks on Monday. Crestview will return to action at the Lancer Invite.

POSTED: 08/15/20 at 6:35 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Note: This week’s Friday Flashback takes us back to January of 2011, when Van Wert High School wrestler Cory Hirschy joined a special part of Cougar history. Below is the story as it appeared on the VW independent Sports page.

Now there are 10 Van Wert High School wrestlers in the elite group previously made up of Brad Russell, Jason Roush, Adam Sinning, Brandon Kline, Zach Sully, Joe Quevedo, Rod McGough, Ben Collins, and Connor Massillo.  Cory Hirschy, a senior wrestling in the 189-pound weight class, scored his 100th win in the match against Trotwood Madison at the Middletown Dual Tourney this past Saturday.

Cory Hirschy wrestles at a tournament in Dayton. (independent file photo by Mona Massillo)

Hirschy’s freshman year ended with 16-15 season record.  He placed fifth at the Lincolnview Invitational, and fifth in the sectional tournament at 160 pounds, so he was a district alternate.  He had 28 takedowns and 10 falls.

Hirschy’s sophomore year record was 27 wins, 14 losses.  He came in third at Hamilton Township and fifth at the Oak Harbor tournament. He was the Dublin Scioto runner-up, and the WBL tournament champion in the 171-pound weight class.  He was the sectional runner-up and a Northwest District II qualifier. He was a Lima Area Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star wrestler, and finished the season with 38 takedowns and 19 falls.

The junior year record for Hirschy was 27-15.  He came in third place at Hamilton Township and placed eighth at the Greater Miami Valley wrestling tournament. He was fifth at the Dublin Scioto tournament, and fourth at 189 pounds in the WBL tournament. He placed third in the sectional tournament and was a Northwest District II qualifier. He finished the season with 56 takedowns and 17 falls. He won the Pin Pride award as he was never pinned that season.


POSTED: 08/14/20 at 3:51 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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BLUFFTON — Crestview finished third among four teams in the season opener at Bluffton Golf Course on Thursday.

Bluffton finished with a team score of 175, followed by Columbus Grove (184), Crestview (203) and Ada (211).

Tanner Myers was the low scorer for the Knights with a 47. Evan Scarlett fired a 49, Will Sharpe carded a 51 and Trey Skelton finished with a 56.

Crestview will compete in the Lancer Invitational at Hickory Sticks Golf Course on Monday.

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COLUMBUS — After speculation that an announcement about fall contact sports would come on Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine indicated more information will be announced on Tuesday.

During Thursday’s press briefing, DeWine dropped a hint that football, soccer and field hockey will be allowed with strict protocols, including limits on spectators at games.

Soccer is scheduled to begin on August 21, while football is slated to begin on August 28. Practices for those sports began on August 1, but scrimmages with other teams were banned by DeWine.

Girls’ tennis and golf is underway, and volleyball and cross country seasons will begin soon.

POSTED: 08/14/20 at 3:50 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Due to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines and the reduced number of regular season football games, Van Wert City Schools will not be able to sell season tickets for the 2020 football season.

All 2019 season ticket holders will be able to purchase their same season tickets for the 2021 football season.

As soon as the athletic department receives athletic attendance information, it’ll be released on the school website ( and social media.

POSTED: 08/14/20 at 3:49 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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The Northwest Conference has a revised and different type of schedule in place for the 2020 high school football season.

NWC teams will be placed in two divisions and will play three regular season games before playing in a three week conference tournament that will determine the 2020 champion.

Ada, Allen East, Bluffton and Columbus Grove will be in the East Division, while Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Paulding and Spencerville will be in the West Division.

Week No. 1 (August 28) games will be Ada at Allen East, Columbus Grove at Bluffton, Paulding at Delphos Jefferson and Crestview at Spencerville.

Week No. 2 (September 4) games will be Allen East at Bluffton, Ada at Columbus Grove, Crestview at Paulding and Spencerville at Delphos Jefferson.

Week No. 3 (September 11) games will be Columbus Grove at Allen East, Bluffton at Ada, Delphos Jefferson at Crestview and Spencerville at Paulding.

Seeding for the 2020 NWC tournament will take place on Saturday, September 12. Division records will determine a team’s seed and ties will be broken using the results of head-to-head matchups or by drawing pills.


POSTED: 08/13/20 at 11:12 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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The Lincolnview Lancers traveled to Wood County on Tuesday, while the Crestview Lady Knights opened their season in Mercer County. Below are the results from their respective matches.

Wildcat Invitational

BOWLING GREEN — Lincolnview finished 10th at the 14-team Wildcat Invitational at Stone Ridge Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Lancers posted a team score of 375 and were led by Evan Miller and Dane Ebel, who each shot a 91 on the day. Landon Price was right behind with a 92, and Avery Slusher carded a 101 and Grant Glossett finished with a 104. Aiden Hardesty shot a 105.

Pettisville won the team title with a score of 318, while Margaretta finished as the runner-up with a 340. Pettisville’s Max Leppelmeier was the match medalist after firing a 70.

Coldwater 184 Anna 261 Crestview 275

COLDWATER — Coldwater won Tuesday’s tri-match with Anna and Crestview at the Mercer County Elks on Tuesday.

Bri Hahn led the Lady Knights with a 61, while Audrey Lichtensteiger and Kayla Leppard each carded a 70. Elizabeth Gent finished with a 75.

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The Western Buckeye League released its revised six-game 2020 football schedule on Wednesday morning. There will not be a WBL champion this year and league officials decided against using a two-division format. The league tried to keep rivalry games intact and tried to balance strength of schedule. Van Wert will open with two home games against Elida and Defiance, then will travel to Wapakoneta before hosting St. Marys Memorial in Week No. 4. The Cougars will travel to Ottawa-Glendora and Bath in Weeks No. 5 and 6. For best results, click on the headline first.

POSTED: 08/12/20 at 9:46 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Van Wert moved to 2-0 on the young girls’ tennis season with a dominating 5-0 home sweep of Sidney Lehman Catholic on Tuesday.

Allie Etter won her first singles match over Liann Traney 6-0, 6-0, and Grace Lott defeated Annie Stiur by an identical score at second singles. At third singles, Lizzie Rutkowski beat Mary Lines 6-3, 6-1.

Van Wert’s first doubles team of Sophie Rutkowski and Natalie Benner enjoyed a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Madie Verdien and Tayler Rieneke, and Jamie Burenga and Tayzia Havill cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 second doubles win over Lily Williams and Madi Gleason.

The Lady Cougars also dominated at the junior varsity level, with Piper Pierce recording an 8-0 win at singles, and Jadyn Bullinger/Sidney Rauch, Olivia Quillen/Ashlyn Jennings and Aubree Bear/Olivia Rutkowski posting doubles victories.

“I’m very glad to get a strong start to the season, and help build our confidence,” Van Wert head coach Katie Peterson said. “Some of our JV players were also able to get some experience, as well as a win under their belt. We will be using these early wins as we get ready for Celina.”

The Lady Cougars are scheduled to host Celina on Monday.

POSTED: 08/12/20 at 3:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Lincolnview’s Annie Mendenhall eyes the green during the Colonial Golfers Club Tournament in Harrod on Tuesday. Mendenhall ended the day with a 115, and the Lady Lancers finished with a team score of 423 and a 13th place finish. Winter Boroff led Lincolnview led the team with an 88 and Dylann Carey shot a 114. Aryonna Hoghe fired a 116 and Andi Webb finished with a 126. The Lady Lancers will compete in the Celina Invitational on Friday. Photo by Wyatt Richardson/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 08/12/20 at 3:52 am. FILED UNDER: Sports