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Sunday, May. 27, 2018

The Van Wert Lady Cougars finished as the regional runner up at the Division II track and field meet at Piqua on Saturday. It’s the first time in program history (boys or girls) that a team finished as high as second at regionals. Bellefontaine won the title with 54 team points, while Van Wert finished with 44 points. Pictured above (left to right) are: Nicole Clay, Caylee Phillips, Megan Braun, Cassidy Meyers, Julia Springer and Kirsten Clay. Photo provided

POSTED: 05/27/18 at 7:39 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert’s Megan Braun captured the Division II long jump regional championship (18-02.50) at Piqua on Saturday, and will compete at the state tournament in Columbus. Braun also qualified for state in the 400 meter dash with a second place finish and a school record time of 57.79, and she was part of the 4×400 meter relay team (with Cassidy Meyers, Julia Springer and Caylee Phillips) that set a school record with a time of 4:02.97. The finish was good for fourth place and a spot in the state tournament. Teammate Tabatha Saam qualified in the shot put on Thursday. On the boys’ side, Austin Clay placed third in the shot put (51-10.75) and will represent the Cougars at state. Photo courtesy of Tina Braun

POSTED: 05/27/18 at 7:39 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

Regional baseball and softball championship games were played on Friday and Saturday. Below are scores of games involving area teams.


Division III at Elida (Friday)

Coldwater 7 Columbus Academy 2

Division IV at Patrick Henry (Friday)

Hicksville 11 Plymouth 1 (five innings)

Note: Division II between Wapakoneta and Ontario will be played today at Bowling Green


Division II at Tiffin (Saturday)

Keystone 8 Defiance 2

Division IV at Greenville (Saturday)

Bradford 12 Parkway 1 (six innings)

POSTED: 05/27/18 at 7:38 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Crestview’s Tyler White finished his career in the Division III track and field regional finals in Troy on Friday. The senior placed seventh in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.87. Photo courtesy of Wyatt Richardson

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 9:26 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

TROY — Two Lincolnview High School sophomores will participate in next week’s OHSAA track and field state tournament in Columbus.

Evan Cox finished as the regional runner-up in the high jump (6-02.00) in the Division III regional finals at Troy on Friday. He’ll be joined by Brad Korte, who qualified by finishing fourth in the long jump on Wednesday.

Junior Karter Tow ended his season on Friday by finishing sixth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:02.25.

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 9:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Seven Lincolnview Lancers were named to the All-NWC baseball team, and the group was honored during Thursday’s night’s end-of-the-season banquet. Front Row: Jaden Youtsey, 1st Team NWC; Chayten Overholt, Northwest Conference Player of the Year and Gavin Carter, 1st Team NWC. Back Row: Creed Jessee, Honorable Mention NWC; Collin Overholt, 2nd Team NWC; Ethan Kemler, 2nd Team NWC and Brayden Evans, 2nd Team NWC. Pictured below is the entire Lincolnview varsity baseball team with the 2018 Northwest Conference trophy. The Lancers posted a 20-6 record (7-1 NWC) and shared the conference title with Crestview and Delphos Jefferson. The team also went 10-0 at home, set a school record for wins and finished No. 5 in the state in the final poll issued by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Photos submitted

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 9:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Chayten Overholt has signed his letter of intent to play collegiate baseball at Ohio Northern University. Overholt was a four year starter at shortstop and a four year leadoff man for the Lincolnview Lancers. He named All-NWC during each of his four years and was the 2018 NWC Player of the Year. He also earned Division IV All-Ohio honorable mention accolades during his junior year. This past season, Overholt broke the school record for hits in a season with 42 and finished as the school’s all time hits leader (123). In addition to playing baseball for the Polar Bears, Overholt will study civil engineering. Pictured above, front row: Collin (freshman brother), mother Karessa Overholt, Chayse (fourth grade brother), Chayten Overholt, father Chad Overholt. Back row: coaches Eric Giessler, Marcus Meyer, Eric Fishpaw, Kyle Stechschulte. Submitted photo

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 12:05 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

PIQUA — Van Wert High School junior Tabatha Saam qualified for next week’s track and field state tournament by placing third in the shot put during Thursday’s Division II regionals at Piqua.

Saam had a throw of 37-04.25, while teammate Abby Jackson placed sixth (36-04.75).

Megan Braun finished second in the 400 meter dash preliminaries (58.34) to advance to Saturday’s finals, and the 4×200 relay team of Caylee Phillips, Braun, Nicole Clay, and Cassidy Meyers qualified for the regional finals by finishing eighth with a time of 1:49.35.

Phillips, Clay, Julia Springer and Meyers finished seventh in the 4×800 relay with a time of 9:49.10.

Phillips, Braun, Meyers, Springer and Meyers finished fifth in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:05.93, enough to qualify for the regional finals.

Austin Clay finished sixth in the discus finals (153-07.00), while Eli Rager placed seventh in the long jump finals (20-08.00). Jacob Hart finished 12th in the 200 meter dash (23.91).

The regional finals will be held on Saturday.

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 12:04 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Nine Lincolnview Lancer baseball players were honored on Thursday night for earning a 3.0 grade point average during the school year. Pictured above (front row): Clayton Leeth, Collin Overholt, Gavin Carter and Creed Jessee. Back row: Thad Walker, Chayten Overholt, Ethan Parsons, Ethan Kemler and Sam Myers. Players who earned special awards (pictured below) were: Chayten Overholt (Offensive Player of the Year), Gavin Carter )Most Valuable Player), Brayden Evans (No Fear Award, Most Hit By Pitches) and Thad Walker (Most Improved Award). Submitted photos

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 12:03 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

Regional baseball and softball games were played Wednesday and Thursday. Below are scores of games involving area teams.

Division II baseball at Bowling Green

Wapakoneta 12 Oberlin Firelands 0 (5 innings)

Division III baseball at Elida

Coldwater 2 Milan Edison 1

Division IV baseball at Springfield

Fort Loramie 7 Minster 5

Division IV baseball at Patrick Henry

Hicksville 8 Lima Central Catholic 4

Division II softball at Tiffin

Defiance 9 Mansfield Madison 5

Division III softball at Findlay

Eastwood 7 Fairview 0 (Wednesday)

Division IV softball at Greenville

Parkway 12 Newton Local 0 (Wednesday)

Division IV softball at Findlay (Wednesday)

Tinora 3 Ada 2 (8 innings)

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 12:02 am. FILED UNDER: Sports