The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Jul. 22, 2018

All ACME state tournament games scheduled to be played today in Defiance have been postponed until Sunday.

Tomorrow’s schedule will be the same, including Van Wert vs. Versailles at 2:30 p.m.

POSTED: 07/21/18 at 8:55 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association and its six District Athletic Boards have awarded $164,750 in college scholarships to 191 recent high school graduates, including 10 from the area, following selections made by each of the OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards. The OHSAA’s annual college scholarship program is now in its 26th year.

Thirty-six of the honorees will receive $1,000 awards from the OHSAA, including six (one from each district) who will receive an OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholarship. The remaining 155 award winners are from the six respective DABs and will receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. The point system used in each district is described below.

“The accomplishments in the classroom and through interscholastic athletic competition of these 191 student-athletes represent the best of education-based athletics,” said OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass. “The District Athletic Boards and OHSAA staff, Board of Directors and member schools are excited to recognize these young leaders. We take great pride in the scholar-athlete program and the student-athletes throughout the state of Ohio.” (more…)

POSTED: 07/20/18 at 6:10 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

SIDNEY — American Legion Post 178 became the second Van Wert baseball team to qualify for state in as many days.

Van Wert’s ACME baseball team clinched a state tournament berth on Tuesday and Post 178 defeated Sidney 8-0 on Wednesday to capture a district title and advance to next week’s state tournament in Lancaster.

Two Lincolnview Lancers were key factors for Post 178. Gavin Carter pitched all seven innings and allowed just three hits while striking out nine, and Jaden Youtsey clubbed a home run in the first inning. He finished with two hits, as did Van Wert’s TJ Reynolds.

Five of the team’s runs were scored in the opening inning, and the remaining three came in the fifth inning.

Post 178 (20-7) will play Wednesday against an opponent yet to be determined.

POSTED: 07/19/18 at 5:10 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

Radio stations WKSD 99.7FM and WERT 1220AM/104.3FM have released their broadcast schedules for the 2018 high school football season.

WKSD coverage will again center around such schools at Crestview, Wayne Trace, Paulding and Antwerp, while WERT will continue as “The Voice of the Cougars” by broadcasting all 10 of Van Wert’s regular season games. All broadcasts will include pregame coverage and all games will kick off at 7 p.m.

In addition to the radio, all games will stream live at,, each station’s free mobile app, and at

Kenny Stabler and Shawn Gerber will provide play-by-play and color commentary on WSKD, and Scott Alan and Ron Burt will call the action on WERT.


August 24 – Paulding at Wayne Trace
August 31 – Crestview at Hicksville
September 7 – Antwerp at Paulding
September 14 – Tinora at Wayne Trace
September 21 – Antwerp at Wayne Trace
September 28 – Wayne Trace at Fairview
October 5 – Crestview at Ada
October 12 – Ada at Paulding
October 19 – Hicksville at Antwerp
October 26 – Crestview at Paulding


POSTED: 07/19/18 at 5:08 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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COLUMBUS — Several rules changes will go into effect and teams are reminded of preseason practice regulations as 718 schools across Ohio begin high school football practice on Monday, July 30. Last year, 42,878 high school student-athletes played football in Ohio, the most participants among the OHSAA’s 26 sanctioned sports.

An experimental football equipment rule in Ohio last year has been adopted as a national rule this year, which calls for a player with any equipment issue – such as the helmet coming off – to leave the field for at least one play until the equipment issue has been resolved.

Also of note, kickoffs are no longer permitted in freshman games, and they are only permitted in junior varsity games if both head coaches mutually agree. Kickoffs are already not permitted in junior high games.

“Player safety on kickoffs is something being discussed at all levels of football – professional, college, high school and younger,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Director of Sport Management and Officiating and the OHSAA’s football administrator. “And at the sub-varsity levels, there isn’t much time spent working on kickoffs, so this will help.”

In games with no kickoffs, the ball will be spotted at the 35-yard line to start halves and after scores. The ball will be spotted at the 50-yard line after a safety. (more…)

POSTED: 07/19/18 at 5:07 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

The YMCA recently wrapped up its first week of their Youth Golf Clinic at Hickory Sticks Golf Club. The first week of the clinic was attended by 50 youth and was free for all in attendance. Sponsors of the clinic were Quality Painting and Roofing, Foster Family Chiropractic, Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy and Braun Industries. Photo submitted

POSTED: 07/19/18 at 5:06 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert’s ACME baseball team is bound for this weekend’s state tournament in Defiance, after posting 2-1 and 4-1 district victories over Shawnee on Monday (see related story). Photo courtesy of the Van Wert Athletic Booster Club/Eric McCracken

POSTED: 07/18/18 at 10:31 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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LIMA — The Van Wert Cougars are headed to the ACME state baseball tournament for the third time in four years after beating Shawnee in back-to-back district games at Lima Central Catholic High School on Tuesday.

In game one, the Cougars broke a 0-0 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on to defeat the Indians 2-1.

Hayden Maples scored on a sacrifice fly by TJ Reynolds to make it 1-0, then Lawson Blackmore scored an insurance run on a single to left by Nathan Temple.

Shawnee’s lone run came on an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

Van Wert had just three hits in the game – singles by Maples, Temple and Ryan Hollingsworth, while Shawnee had only five hits in the game.

On the mound, Blackmore pitched all seven innings and struck out eight while walking just one.

After a short break, the two teams played again and Owen Treece pitched a complete game and held the Indians to just three hits in a 4-1 victory.

The sophomore struck out five and walked two.

Van Wert’s first run came in the bottom of the third, when Jaxson Amweg scored on a grounder by TJ Reynolds.

The Indians tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth, but the Cougars took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Jake Lautzenheiser’s RBI single plated Ryan Hollingsworth, then Hayden Maples hit an RBI single to left field that scored Parker Conrad.

Maples, who finished with three of Van Wert’s nine hits, added another run scoring single in the bottom of the sixth, driving in Conrad again.

Lautzenheiser also had a trio of hits.

The Cougars (18-5) will play Versailles in the state tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Defiance (see Saturday’s full schedule below).

POSTED: 07/18/18 at 5:34 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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DEFIANCE — Saturday’s opening round matchups are set for the ACME baseball state tournament at Defiance High School.

12 p.m. – Perrysburg vs. Archbold
2:30 p.m. – Van Wert vs. Versailles
5 p.m. – Coldwater vs. Bryan
7:30 p.m. – Bellefontaine vs. Defiance

The winner of Perrysburg/Archbold will play the winner of Van Wert/Versailles at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the winner of Coldwater/Bryan will play the Bellefontaine/Defiance winner at 5 p.m., also on Sunday.

Sunday’s winners will meet for the ACME state title at 7 p.m. on Monday.

POSTED: 07/18/18 at 5:34 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was played last night, so it seems like a good time to talk about various All-Star Games.

MLB’s All-Star Game

It was an exciting game, and the American League All-Stars defeated their National League counterparts 8-6 in 10 innings.

Count me as one of the people who is glad Major League Baseball did away with the rule that said the league winner of the All-Star game would have home field advantage in the World Series.

Stop and think about this – an exhibition game (yes, it’s an exhibition game with really good players) decided which league would have home field advantage for the World Series. In what universe does an exhibition game decide home field advantage for a championship series?

Sorry, but that was just plain silly.

The Pro Bowl

This may seem harsh, but the NFL’s Pro Bowl has become unwatchable. It used to be played in Hawaii after the Super Bowl, and players could bring their families out, enjoy the beach and play in the game, plus get a few thousand dollars for their trouble.

Things changed when players started making millions. Let’s face it – If you’re making $5 million a year, is $5000 worth risking injury what truly is an exhibition game?

The format has changed and has been downright weird at times. To top it off, the game is now played the week before the Super Bowl. So any Pro Bowl players who are Super Bowl bound are automatically out.

I don’t want to say the NFL should end the Pro Bowl, because it does bring in revenue to the host city, but I’m not sure if there’s another good solution. (more…)

POSTED: 07/18/18 at 5:33 am. FILED UNDER: Sports