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Despite relinquishing a five-point lead in the final 20 seconds of regulation, the North Central girls basketball team held Pettisville to three points in the overtime period to pull away from the Blackbirds and win 44-38 in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Bryan High School on Tuesday night.

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PAULDING — The Lincolnview girls basketball team jumped out to an early 12-2 lead in the first quarter and proceeded to cruise to a lopsided 61-34 victory and end Hilltop’s season in a Division IV sectional semifinal in Paulding on Tuesday.

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Bryan’s girls bowling team won a Division II sectional title by less than 100 pins at a tournament at River City Bowl-A-Way in Napoleon on Saturday.

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PAULDING — It was late in the third quarter of a boys basketball game between Bryan and Paulding on Saturday, and the underdog Paulding Panthers were sticking around and making it a game.

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PIONEER — After trailing by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, the North Central boys basketball team got some clutch 3-point shooting from Jack Bailey and three huge free throws from Zack Hayes to come back and beat visiting Edgerton 48-44 on Saturday night.

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MONTPELIER — The Montpelier girls basketball team secured its first winning season since 2015-16 and only its second winning season since the turn of the century with a 67-29 shellacking of visiting Maumee Valley Country Day on Saturday afternoon.

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LIBERTY CENTER — The Golden Bears raced to their locker room and erupted into raucous cheering that showed no sign of slowing down, even after coach Todd Grosjean retreated to the hallway after addressing his team.

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BOWLING GREEN — Bryan’s swim team broke seven school records at a Division II district swim meet in Bowling Green on Friday and in the process will be sending a plethora of swimmers on to the state meet next week in Canton.

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The Bryan boys basketball team’s big men had a field day against Liberty Center on Friday night, as 22 points from Titus Rohrer and 19 from Reese Jackson gave the Golden Bears a 61-48 league win over the Tigers on senior night.

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The Montpelier wrestling team fell 70-6 at home in a dual match with Wauseon on Thursday. Full results from each weight class are as follows:

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Two local high schools found themselves with the most students on the Green Meadows Conference scholar athletes list, the conference announced on Thursday. Edgerton had the most student-athletes on the list with 10, and Fairview came in tied for second with seven.

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WEST UNITY — The 2019-20 season didn’t always go exactly how the Edon girls basketball team hoped it would, but with a 55-41 road victory against Hilltop on Thursday, the Bombers earned a share of a Buckeye Border Conference title in a three-way tie with Stryker and Montpelier.

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STRYKER — The Stryker girls basketball team put a capper on its miraculous second-half run on Thursday night, beating Montpelier 47-31, the Panthers’ seventh win in a row, to earn a three-way share of the Buckeye Border Conference title with the Locomotives and Edon.

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Sarah VonSeggern, née Betts, said all she wanted to do when she committed to play softball at Bluffton University was continue to compete in the sport she loved since she was a little kid.

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BOWLING GREEN — One of the top five spots on the podium at the Division II district diving championships was occupied by an area diver, as Bryan’s Taylor Peters finished as the district runner-up to qualify for next week’s state meet at Canton McKinley High School.

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MONTPELIER — After 12 years away from coaching, Joe Brigle is returning to the Montpelier sidelines, as he was named the Locomotives’ next head football coach by the Montpelier school board on Tuesday.

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MONTPELIER — Behind a swarming full-court press and a hot shooting first half, the Fairview girls basketball team stormed out to a 41-10 halftime lead and never looked back on its way to a lopsided 55-33 victory on the road against Montpelier on Tuesday.

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PIONEER — The North Central girls basketball team led after three quarters, but couldn’t hold on, as Hicksville rallied late and earned a 45-38 nonconference road win over the Eagles on Tuesday night.

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The Bryan wrestling team lost both of its dual matches during a quad meet in Edgerton on Tuesday. Full results from each of those matches are as follows:

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Tournament time is almost here, and local boys basketball team learned their sectional draws for the 2019-20 season on Sunday.

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NAPOLEON — The Northwest Ohio Athletic League descended upon River City Bowl-A-Way on Saturday, with the Bryan boys and girls teams sweeping the competition.

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AYERSVILLE — A total of 14 Bryan swimmers qualified for a Division II district meet in Bowling Green on Friday after excelling in the pool at a sectional meet at Ayersville High School on Saturday.

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EDGERTON — The Hilltop girls basketball team missed nine free throws in the final minute of regulation. Edgerton senior Coral Picillo hoisted a 3-point prayer at the full-time buzzer, which banked in after hitting the rim twice, to send the game into overtime and completely erase the 10-poin…

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EDON — The Edon boys basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night, as Antwerp outscored the Bombers 43-17 in the second and third quarters to run away to a 65-38 win to keep the state-ranked Archers’ perfect season intact.

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Reese Jackson scored 20 points, and Caleb Zuver added 12 in his return to the court to lead the Bryan boys basketball team to a lopsided 59-27 victory against Patrick Henry in Bryan on Friday.

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The Patrick Henry girls basketball team pulled the upset on the road and played spoiler in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League race with a 44-35 victory against Bryan on Friday.

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STRYKER — With key contributors Payton Woolace and Spencer Clingaman out due to injuries, the Stryker boys basketball team needed someone to step up.

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EDGERTON — Tinora coach Kyle Tietje knew all about the basketball prowess of Edgerton senior Ally Cape coming into Thursday night’s Green Meadows Conference matchup between his Rams and the Edgerton Bulldogs.

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EDON — The Stryker girls basketball team used a stout defensive effort to hold Edon to just nine points in the first half, and the Panthers sank just enough free throws down the stretch to hold off a furious Bombers comeback attempt and win 40-37 on Thursday night.

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STRYKER — After being held to just 21 points in the first three quarters, the Stryker boys basketball team exploded for 25 in the fourth quarter to erase a four-point deficit and pick up a 46-36 nonleague win over visiting Holgate on Tuesday night.

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The Bryan girls basketball team continued its winning ways with a 52-41 victory at home against the Van Wert Cougars on Tuesday.

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MONTPELIER — It wasn’t hard for Montpelier senior Halie Rose to celebrate last Thursday’s win over Edon with her teammates. With the victory, the Locomotives moved to 11-7 on the year overall, but more importantly, now they were 8-3 in the Buckeye Border Conference, sitting alone atop the le…

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The Hilltop boys basketball team earned its first victory of the 2019-20 season with a 59-56 win at home against Monclova Christian on Monday.

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EDGERTON — Colin Gary scored 20 points and Logan Showalter added 13, as the Edgerton boys basketball team held off the Eastside Blazers of Butler, Indiana, for a 58-50 victory in Edgerton on Monday.

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The 2019-20 regular season for girls basketball is drawing to a close, and on Sunday, local teams learned where they’ll be starting their postseason tournament runs.

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The Bryan boys basketball team spotted Van Wert an early 10-0 lead on Saturday, and despite coming back to take a 40-35 advantage midway through the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears couldn’t hang on and lost 57-55 in double overtime.

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EDON — In a game where Edgerton senior Ally Cape led all scorers with 19 points, one stood out more, as a free throw with 2:41 left in the third quarter of the Bulldogs’ 37-29 road win against Edon put Cape over 1,000 points for her career.

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The Bryan bowling teams traveled to Swanton for their last matches of the season on Friday and returned with mixed success, as the girls team won 2,494-2,206 and the boys team lost 2,254-2,195.

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EDON — Austin Kiess, Drew Gallehue and Jack Berry each scored 13 points to lead a balanced Edon boys basketball attack to a 56-44 victory over the Montpelier Locomotives on Friday in Edon.

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PIONEER — The North Central boys basketball team unleashed a flurry of six first-quarter 3-pointers to stake an early 26-6 lead over Hilltop, and the Eagles carried that momentum into the rest of the game, cruising to a 72-36 win over the Cadets.