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Tom Usher

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COLUMBUS — Lima Central Catholic needed every one of its weapons in the state championship game.
But, as it turned out, the T-Birds weren't close to full strength.
LCC played with an injured Tre Cobbs and an injured Jake Williams in the 63-50 loss to Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph in the Division III boys basketball state championship ga

Thunderbirds play through injuries

COLUMBUS — Lima Central Catholic needed every one of its weapons in the state championship game. But, as it turned out, the T-Birds weren't close to full strength. LCC played with an injured Tre Cobbs and an injured Jake Williams in the 63-50 loss to Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph in the Division III boys basketball state championship ga

Area results

High Schools Boys Basketball COLUMBUS — The 2014-15 Associated Press Division III and IV All-Ohio boys basketball teams. Selections based on the recommendations of a media panel: Division III FIRST TEAM: Carlton Bragg, Cleve. VASJ, 6-10, sr., 21.0; Xavier Harris, Mount Gilead, 6-3, sr., 16.3; Seth Legraen, Beverly Fort Frye, 6-3, sr., 17.

Several from area earn all-Ohio honors in D-III and D-IV

St. Henry's Ryan Mikesell earned All-Ohio Division III first team honors and Lima Central Catholic's Dantez Walton and Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage were second team selections by the Associated Press on Tuesday. Mikesell, a 6-foot-7 senior, averaged 22.8 points during the regular season in leading the Redskins (22-3) to the district finals wher

O-G played with passion

Ottawa-Glandorf didn't have a 15 point-per-game scorer. The Titans didn't have a girl in the eight-player rotation over 5-foot-9. But what O-G did have was plenty of fire and passion for the game. They skidded across the floor for loose balls. They sold out on defense and they continually boxed out bigger girls. They also had plenty of athletic

It was a turnaround season for Lima Senior boys basketball, as the Spartans advanced all the way to the regional championship game.
The Spartans' main spark, point guard Xavier Simpson, was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Division I state co-player of the year. Simpson was also named first team all-state.
Simpson was named the state's

Simpson state co-player of year

It was a turnaround season for Lima Senior boys basketball, as the Spartans advanced all the way to the regional championship game. The Spartans' main spark, point guard Xavier Simpson, was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Division I state co-player of the year. Simpson was also named first team all-state. Simpson was named the state's

COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf had three chances in the final 13 seconds.
And two of those were returned with a swat by Versailles' Taylor Winner.
The Tigers used their size and athletic ability to block 10 O-G shots.
That helped Versailles post a 49-46 victory over Ottawa-Glandorf in the Division III girls basketball state championship game S

Tough finish for O-G

COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf had three chances in the final 13 seconds. And two of those were returned with a swat by Versailles' Taylor Winner. The Tigers used their size and athletic ability to block 10 O-G shots. That helped Versailles post a 49-46 victory over Ottawa-Glandorf in the Division III girls basketball state championship game S

COLUMBUS — Versailles is tall, athletic and has played a championship-caliber schedule.
That makes the Tigers a very good matchup for Ottawa-Glandorf.
Ottawa-Glandorf (26-2) will meet Versailles (25-4) for the Division III girls basketball state championship at 2 p.m. today at Ohio State's Value City Arena.
This marks O-G's first trip to t

O-G to meet tall, athletic Versailles for state title

COLUMBUS — Versailles is tall, athletic and has played a championship-caliber schedule. That makes the Tigers a very good matchup for Ottawa-Glandorf. Ottawa-Glandorf (26-2) will meet Versailles (25-4) for the Division III girls basketball state championship at 2 p.m. today at Ohio State's Value City Arena. This marks O-G's first trip to t

COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf's defense never gave Proctorville Fairland any chance to breathe.
The Titans totally smothered Fairland from the opening tip.
Ottawa-Glandorf dominated Fairland 55-27 in the Division III girls basketball state semifinals Thursday at Ohio State's Value City Arena.
Ottawa-Glandorf (26-2) advances to the state champ

O-G amps up defense

COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf's defense never gave Proctorville Fairland any chance to breathe. The Titans totally smothered Fairland from the opening tip. Ottawa-Glandorf dominated Fairland 55-27 in the Division III girls basketball state semifinals Thursday at Ohio State's Value City Arena. Ottawa-Glandorf (26-2) advances to the state champ

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee.
“I am the only one who can make America truly great again,” the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move.
While a step short of a formal campaign launch, the formation of an

Trump launching presidential exploratory committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee. “I am the only one who can make America truly great again,” the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move. While a step short of a formal campaign launch, the formation of an

OTTAWA — The good news was Ottawa-Glandorf reached the girls soccer state championship game.
But with the soccer success, it meant a late start for the girls basketball team.
Five of the soccer players quickly converted over to basketball, but there was a transition period to navigate.
The Titans quickly recovered and have landed at the st

O-G on historic run

OTTAWA — The good news was Ottawa-Glandorf reached the girls soccer state championship game. But with the soccer success, it meant a late start for the girls basketball team. Five of the soccer players quickly converted over to basketball, but there was a transition period to navigate. The Titans quickly recovered and have landed at the st

OTTAWA —Ottawa-Glandorf's girls are back.
Just last fall Ottawa-Glandorf was preparing for the state soccer tournament.
Now four months later, five of those girls return for the state girls basketball tournament. It marks the first time the O-G girls basketball team has been to state.
In soccer, it was the first time a team from the area r

Encore performance for O-G girls

OTTAWA —Ottawa-Glandorf's girls are back. Just last fall Ottawa-Glandorf was preparing for the state soccer tournament. Now four months later, five of those girls return for the state girls basketball tournament. It marks the first time the O-G girls basketball team has been to state. In soccer, it was the first time a team from the area r

LEXINGTON — Ottawa-Glandorf is getting pretty good at making history.
Last fall O-G's girls soccer team became the first team in the area to reach the soccer state championship game.
And now for the first time O-G's girls basketball team is headed to the state tournament.
O-G pressed and ran its way to a convincing 43-30 victory over Richw

O-G girls heading to state in hoops

LEXINGTON — Ottawa-Glandorf is getting pretty good at making history. Last fall O-G's girls soccer team became the first team in the area to reach the soccer state championship game. And now for the first time O-G's girls basketball team is headed to the state tournament. O-G pressed and ran its way to a convincing 43-30 victory over Richw

ELIDA — Ottoville has hit full-tournament mode.
After slow start to the year, Ottoville has punched it in to another gear.
Ottoville went out to a huge lead and cruised home with an impressive 52-34 victory over New Riegel in the Division IV girls basketball regional semifinals Thursday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
Ottoville ran out to a 14-2

Still cresting

ELIDA — Ottoville has hit full-tournament mode. After slow start to the year, Ottoville has punched it in to another gear. Ottoville went out to a huge lead and cruised home with an impressive 52-34 victory over New Riegel in the Division IV girls basketball regional semifinals Thursday at the Elida Fieldhouse. Ottoville ran out to a 14-2

BELLEVUE – From a Buckeye to a Wolverine, Bellevue resident Kevin Strecker turned a simple online advertisement into a life-changing experience.
It was a normal day for Kevin, he went to his computer to check something online and a small ad in the corner of his computer screen caught his attention.
“I looked at the ad and the Universi

Bleeding blue since '82

BELLEVUE – From a Buckeye to a Wolverine, Bellevue resident Kevin Strecker turned a simple online advertisement into a life-changing experience. It was a normal day for Kevin, he went to his computer to check something online and a small ad in the corner of his computer screen caught his attention. “I looked at the ad and the Universi

ADA – Sometimes it looked like Ottawa-Glandorf had 10 players on the floor at the same time.
Ottawa-Glandorf's halfcourt and full-court man-to-man defense blitzed Archbold 43-20 in the Division III girls basketball regional semifinals Tuesday at Ohio Northern's King Horn Center.
Ottawa-Glandorf forced 20 first-half turnovers en route to kic

O-G too tenacious for Archbold

ADA – Sometimes it looked like Ottawa-Glandorf had 10 players on the floor at the same time. Ottawa-Glandorf's halfcourt and full-court man-to-man defense blitzed Archbold 43-20 in the Division III girls basketball regional semifinals Tuesday at Ohio Northern's King Horn Center. Ottawa-Glandorf forced 20 first-half turnovers en route to kic

ADA — Gradually, Toledo Rogers' size took its toll.
Bath hung in and battled for three quarters.
But in the end, Rogers' size helped the Rams pull away with a 56-41 victory over Bath in the Division II girls basketball regional semifinals Tuesday at Ohio Northern's King Horn Center.
Rogers had five Division-I players, including three commi

Bath falls to Rogers

ADA — Gradually, Toledo Rogers' size took its toll. Bath hung in and battled for three quarters. But in the end, Rogers' size helped the Rams pull away with a 56-41 victory over Bath in the Division II girls basketball regional semifinals Tuesday at Ohio Northern's King Horn Center. Rogers had five Division-I players, including three commi

BELLEVUE – From a Buckeye to a Wolverine, Bellevue resident Kevin Strecker turned a simple online advertisement into a life-changing experience.
It was a normal day for Kevin, he went to his computer to check something online and a small ad in the corner of his computer screen caught his attention.
“I looked at the ad and the Universi

Bleeding blue since '82

BELLEVUE – From a Buckeye to a Wolverine, Bellevue resident Kevin Strecker turned a simple online advertisement into a life-changing experience. It was a normal day for Kevin, he went to his computer to check something online and a small ad in the corner of his computer screen caught his attention. “I looked at the ad and the Universi

LIMA — Bath forward Bri Smith has been causing plenty of havoc around the basket these days.
She's blocking shots, grabbing rebounds and knocking in 10-foot jumpers.
At times, she looks like a different player than earlier in her career.
That's because Smith is finally healthy and is playing at an athletic level that she had difficulty in

Healthy Smith giving Bath a spark inside

LIMA — Bath forward Bri Smith has been causing plenty of havoc around the basket these days. She's blocking shots, grabbing rebounds and knocking in 10-foot jumpers. At times, she looks like a different player than earlier in her career. That's because Smith is finally healthy and is playing at an athletic level that she had difficulty in

PAULDING — Finally.
Bath missed 11 straight 3-pointers in the first half and was 1 for 30 on threes in the district.
Then, Bath's Alyssa Manley ended that drought with a long-range 3-pointer and the pressure was off.
Bath went on to post a 51-34 victory over Wapakoneta in the Division II girls basketball district championship game Saturday

Thirsty for 3's

PAULDING — Finally. Bath missed 11 straight 3-pointers in the first half and was 1 for 30 on threes in the district. Then, Bath's Alyssa Manley ended that drought with a long-range 3-pointer and the pressure was off. Bath went on to post a 51-34 victory over Wapakoneta in the Division II girls basketball district championship game Saturday

ST. MARYS — Lima Central Catholic turned the fire hose on Riverdale and blew it right out of St. Marys.
LCC ran up and down the floor and scored at will in a 94-39 victory over Riverdale in the Division III boys basketball sectional championship game Friday at St. Marys.
LCC point guard Josh Dixon led the way 21 points. Dantez Walton had 19

LCC rolls past Riverdale

ST. MARYS — Lima Central Catholic turned the fire hose on Riverdale and blew it right out of St. Marys. LCC ran up and down the floor and scored at will in a 94-39 victory over Riverdale in the Division III boys basketball sectional championship game Friday at St. Marys. LCC point guard Josh Dixon led the way 21 points. Dantez Walton had 19





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