Ohioan Jenna Lilley takes on starring role at national level

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR ASHLAND — Jenna Lilley laced a ground-rule double in her first time at bat for the United States junior national softball team in an exhibition game against a group of Ohio All-Stars last week at Brookside Park. Her next time up, she ripped a...

Softball community aims to re-enter Olympics

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR ASHLAND — Jenna Lilley wants to be an Olympian. And the lone Ohioan on either the United States senior national or junior national team may well be among the most qualified to be a member of Team USA in 2020. Softball, however, is a...

Lydia Ko could be early retiree

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR SYLVANIA — Golf fans should certainly not take Lydia Ko’s special talent for granted. It may not be on display as long as you might think. The 18-year-old star has already won seven LPGA tournaments and seems to be on her way to a...

New Riegel falls in 8th

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR AKRON — New Riegel wasn’t going down without a fight, and it certainly had to battle from inning 1 through 8 in Friday’s OHSAA Division IV state semifinal. In the end, the seventh-ranked Blue Jackets watched senior Kara Scherger...

New Riegel returns to state

By SCOTT COTTOS For The Courier FINDLAY — Kara Scherger had won league player of the year honors, been recognized as an all-Ohio performer and played in several regional contests in three sports. The New Riegel senior, however, had never played in a state tournament....

SRL teams have banner day

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR FINDLAY — It took all of its first year of existence for the Sandusky River League to have an impact on the state softball scene. After taking different paths through the semifinals, the SRL’s New Riegel and Lakota — who also bumped...

Lakota handles SW

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR FREMONT — St. Wendelin had a big inning in Wednesday’s Division IV district softball semifinal at Ross High School. Lakota had a bigger one. The Raiders answered a five-run second inning for the Mohawks with seven of their own in the...

Dewey’s performances lead Elmwood girls

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR TONTOGANY — Katie Dewey did what she set out to do. The style points may come in handy later. Elmwood’s senior standout won the shot put and the discus in Saturday’s Northern Buckeye Conference championships at Otsego High School,...

Troike picks Kent State

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR Kamryn Troike wasn’t sure what to make of the moment on Wednesday when Kent State women’s basketball coach Danielle O’Banion offered her a scholarship. “I was kind of taken aback,” the St. Wendelin junior standout said....

Elmwood’s Camden signs with Bluffton

By SCOTT COTTOS SPORTS EDITOR BLOOMDALE — Bluffton University’s football program has another Royal heading its way. Two weeks after Thomas Wagler signed to play for the Beavers. Elmwood teammate Keyon Camden on Tuesday did likewise. “It will help make the...