RSS Feed : Sports A feed of current articles not set 2014-08-31T10:12:39.0603521Z Cougars lose heartbreaker to Golden Bears VAN WERT &mdash; A year ago, if you told the Van Wert football team that they would lose to Bryan by four points, they likely would have celebrated. As the clock ran out on the Golden Bears&rsquo; 18-14 win over the Cougars at Eggerss Stadium on Friday night, there was only disappointment, anger and frustration. Sports Crestview routs rival Panthers, 35-0 CONVOY &mdash;The 2014 football season began much the same way the 2013 campaign did for the Crestview Knights: a shutout of area rival Parkway on opening night. Sports Showalter, Raiders roll past Paulding HAVILAND &ndash; Tyler Showalter and the Wayne Trace offense picked up right where it left off a year ago in the Paulding County rivalry matchup between the Raiders and Paulding Friday night at Raider Field. Sports Grove comes from behind to best Rockets COLUMBUS GROVE &mdash; Columbus Grove can call their win over rival Pandora-Gilboa a total team effort. Sports Bearcats dominate Vikings in opening game, 51-0 SPENCERVILLE - The Spencerville Bearcats football team started the 2014 season off on the right foot by dominating the visiting Leipsic Vikings, 51-0, in non-conference action on Friday night. Sports Titans’ Ellerbrock reaches milestone in sweep of Cougars VAN WERT &mdash; Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Ann Ellerbrock reached a coaching milestone in the Titans&rsquo; 3-set win at Van Wert on Thursday night. Sports O-G rolls past Cougars on pitch GLANDORF &mdash; Van Wert goalie Brant Henry did a good job keeping Ottawa-Glandorf off the scoreboard for over 20 minutes Thursday evening. Sports Soccer power Lehman blasts Lady Lancers MIDDLE POINT &mdash; The Sidney Lehman girls conducted a soccer clinic Thursday while blasting Lincolnview 10-0, featuring outstanding speed, aggressiveness, and ball-handling. This was the first game for both teams in the newly-formed Western Ohio Soccer League. Overall, the Cavaliers are 1-0-1, having previously tied Western Buckeye League power Celina. The Lancers are now 1-2-1. Sports Lady Cougars lose heartbreaker on hardcourts ST. MARYS &mdash; Van Wert picked up wins at first singles and third singles in its match at St. Marys on Thursday evening, but the Lady Roughriders captured wins at second singles and both doubles matches to claim a 3-2 victory. Sports Lady Lancers fall to St. Henry CELINA &mdash; The Lady Lancer golf team traveled Celina on Thursday to take on St. Henry at the Mercer County Elks Golf Course. Sports New look O-line to be tested as Crestview hosts Panthers CONVOY &mdash; It&rsquo;s easy to look at the 2014 Crestview football team and expect greatness. The Knights are coming off a historic season for the program and return the bulk of the skill players on offense from a team that shared the Northwest Conference title last year and won a playoff game. Sports Cougars’ new defense will be on display versus Bryan VAN WERT &mdash; In his third season at the helm of the Van Wert football program, head coach Keith Recker is expecting to field a more competitive team in 2014. Sports Raiders set to welcome Paulding HAVILAND &ndash; One team is coming off a state-runner-up finish. The other is coming off a 2-win season, having lost their last five games by a combined margin of 157-46. Sports Knights fall short in NWC match DELPHOS &mdash; Crestview&rsquo;s Connor Lautzenheiser carded a round of 43 at Delphos Country Club on Wednesday afternoon to earn co-medalist honors, but the Knights lost a Northwest Conference match to Jefferson 184-194. Sports Cougars fight back to claim 5-setter over St. John's DELPHOS &mdash; The climate inside the Robert A. Arnzen gymnasium felt more suited for a sand volleyball match than a high school matchup between the Van Wert Cougars and St. John&rsquo;s Monday night. Sports Big Green posts 6-0 shutout of visiting Lancers OTTOVILLE &mdash; Lincolnview&rsquo;s boys soccer team didn&rsquo;t allow a goal over the final 50 minutes of action against Ottoville Tuesday evening. Sports Lady Knights get early-season statement win at Coldwater COLDWATER &mdash;At Coldwater, success is measured in state championships. The Lady Cavaliers were in the hunt for a title again last fall, losing in the regional final. A trip to the Palace is a daunting task for even the elite volleyball programs, and Crestview made a case that it has one of those elite squads with a 3-set victory on Tuesday night in Mercer County. Sports Lancers take title at WT Invite GROVER HILL &mdash; Lincolnview&rsquo;s boys cross country team continued a strong start to the 2014 season, taking home the team title at the 14-team Wayne Trace Invitational on Tuesday night. Sports Lady Lancers come from behind to best Big Green OTTOVILLE &mdash; In a five set matchup that had highs and lows for both teams, it was visiting Lincolnview which produced the final high of the night as the Lancers outlasted host Ottoville for a 15-7 victory in the decisive fifth set. Sports Lady Lancers rout Crestview 9-0 CONVOY- The Crestview Lady Knights welcomed cross county rivals the Lincolnview Lady Lancers to Crestview High School on Monday night for Northwest Conference action for girls soccer. Lincolnview got multiple goals in each half to get the 9-0 win over Crestview. Sports Lancers sweep Lady Pirates MIDDLE POINT -- Continental volleyball coach&nbsp;Allison&nbsp;Streicher&nbsp;knows there are no moral victories, especially when a team is swept in a 3-set match. That said,&nbsp;Streicher&nbsp;found plenty to be positive about despite her team's loss at&nbsp;Lincolnview&nbsp;on Monday evening. The Lady Lancers won by scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-23. Sports Raiders dropped by Liberty Center &ldquo;Tough loss for WT&rdquo;<br /> <br /> HAVILAND &ndash; Wayne Trace got off to the start it wanted in Monday&rsquo;s non-league volleyball game with Liberty Center.<br /> <br /> The lady Raiders posted wins of 25-14 and 25-18 in the first two sets as the red, white and blue looked to record its second victory of the season.<br /> <br /> However, the visiting Tigers had other ideas. Liberty Center answered by taking the third set 25-22 before winning the fourth game 25-23 to set up a deciding fifth set. The orange and black then rallied from an 8-6 deficit for a 15-10 victory to claim the match.<br /> <br /> Liberty Center got an outstanding effort by Andrea Weirauch. The senior middle hitter recorded 32 kills to lead the lady Tigers to the victory, including 24 in the final three games of the match.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She really stepped up and made some key plays for them,&rdquo; noted Raider head coach Angie Speice of Weirauch. &ldquo;She did a good job of finding open spots and keeping things off balance.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> After the Tigers led early in the first set, Wayne Trace responded with an 11-0 run to open a 17-10 advantage after three Sarah Young aces. With the lead at 19-13, the lady Raiders closed the game by scoring six of the final seven points for a 25-14 victory.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I thought we came out and got off to a really strong start,&rdquo; Speice stated.<br /> <br /> Game two saw the momentum begin to shift late in the contest.<br /> <br /> Wayne Trace led 21-13 late in the set but the Tigers put together a stretch where they scored five of the next seven points to get within 23-18.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Although the Raiders went on to the 25-18 victory, that little spurt seemed to put some life and was the spark Liberty Center needed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They got a little momentum there at the end of the second set and they rode that into the third game,&rdquo; continued the Raider mentor. &ldquo;They also played very smart as the match progressed and did a good job of finding holes and exploiting them. Liberty Center saw the floor very well and that is something we have to learn from and get better.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Liberty Center never trailed in set number three, getting eight kills and a block for a point by Weirauch to post a 25-22 win.<br /> <br /> The Tigers then led most of the fourth set as well behind 11 kills from Weirauch and two each by Jenna Jeffers and Ainsley Quigley. Sarah Yaney and Breanna Sharp also had aces for the orange and black.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Matches like this are a good experience for our girls and help to prepare us for our league play,&rdquo; added Speice. &ldquo;You have to give Liberty Center a lot of credit. They did a good job of keeping us off balance.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In the deciding fifth set, Wayne Trace jumped in front 3-2 on an Addison Baumle ace but the lead would be short lived.<br /> <br /> A Weirauch slam quickly tied the contest at 3-3 before kills by Wayne Trace&rsquo;s Erin Mohr and Sarah Young put the Raiders on top 5-3.<br /> <br /> The red, white and blue still led 8-6 after a Baumle kill but the Tigers would take over from there.<br /> <br /> Kills by Quigley and Weirauch put Liberty Center in front 9-8 and the visitors would never trail again.<br /> <br /> Two Raider hitting errors helped the Tigers push the lead to 12-9 before a Mohr kill got Wayne Trace within 12-10.<br /> <br /> However, Weirauch then finished off the match with a pair of slams that gave Liberty Center the 15-10 win.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am proud of the effort from the girls,&rdquo; Speice noted. &ldquo;They played extremely hard. It was a good match for us in that we were able to see what we need to work on and where we stand. Now we have to work hard to improve in those areas.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Mackenzie Swary and Addison Baumle each had 21 digs for the Raiders with Carrigan Critten and Haley Saylor posting a dozen each. Erin Mohr led the Raiders with a dozen kills followed by Danae Myers with 11 and Sarah Young with ten. Blair Baumle also dished out 41 assists for Wayne Trace.<br /> <br /> Wayne Trace (1-1) returns to action on Thursday as the lady Raiders host Spencerville.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We expect the same type of match from Spencerville,&rdquo; concluded Speice. &ldquo;They will be a scrappy team from what we have seen in the past. It will be a good challenge for us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Wayne Trace&rsquo;s junior varsity moved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-18, 25-20 victory over the Tigers.<br /> <br /> Sports Off and running: Grandstaff, Tow 1-2 at Blue Jay Invite DELPHOS &mdash; Fourteen boys teams and 10 girls teams spent Saturday morning at Stadium Park in Delphos for what was the first cross-country competition of the regular season. Sports Crestview opens with pair of wins ARCHBOLD &ndash; Crestview made quick work of Archbold and Stryker on Saturday as the Lady Knights cruised past both the Blue Streaks and Panthers in two sets at Archbold High School. Sports Lady Lancers win 5-set thriller ANTWERP &mdash; It took five games, and extra points in the fourth, for Lincolnview and Antwerp to decide a winner on Saturday night, but with a 15-11 win in the final set, the Lady Lancers came away with a hard-fought victory. Lincolnview claimed a 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 27-29, 15-11 decision to even its record at 1-1 on the season. Sports