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The Hiland girls youth softball program will conduct sign-ups at the Reese Center at Hiland High School.

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East Holmes youth baseball sign-ups are approaching, and any youth who wants to participate for their community youth baseball program may do so by stopping in at one of the sign-up locations on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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Hiland summer softball sign-up slated for Feb. 11

The Hiland girls youth softball program will conduct sign-ups at the Reese Center at Hiland High School.

East Holmes youth baseball sign-ups set for Feb. 11

East Holmes youth baseball sign-ups are approaching, and any youth who wants to participate for their community youth baseball program may do so by stopping in at one of the sign-up locations on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Living with questions after horrific 9-11 event now part of life for Joe Whalen

Joe Whalen, St. Rose Purple Roses girls basketball coach from New Jersey, attended Classic in the Country. A story about Perry Reese, Jr. saved him from the 9-11 terrorist attack by bringing him into coaching weeks prior to the attack.

Perry Reese film moves ahead as writers visit Holmes County

James Black came to Berlin in an effort to gain information about Perry Reese, Jr. Black is currently in the process of producing the Perry Reese, Jr. movie, which is moving forward after a long struggle to find funding for the screen writing.

All-Star Alta Weiss: A baseball legend in her own time

Born in Berlin on Feb. 9, 1890, Alta Weiss would go on to become one of the most famous female baseball players of all time.

Amish Country Half Marathon and 5K gets a new guise

The Amish Country Half Marathon and 5K is approaching and will present each of its participants with a beard and straw hat.

Competition and inspiration: Local woman proves it’s never too late to pursue a dream

Many years after her dream of showing horses took form, Ruth Kaplan returned to the arena to win both state and national recognition this year.

TAASC seeks sponsors and participants for Winter Sports Challenge

The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition will host their 18th annual Winter Sports Challenge at Snow Trails in Mansfield this winter.

Granite Games: ‘It was awesome’

Janine Lytle, the 26-year-old Wooster native, competed in the Granite Games while training for upcoming events.

Get ready for Skyview Ranch Rough and Rugged 5K challenge

Skyview Ranch in Millersburg will offer gluttons for punishment and lovers of fun a chance to compete in a fantastic 5K race Sept. 3. The fourth annual Skyview Ranch Rough and Rugged 5K Race will send participants through a series of messy, mucky, challenging and fun obstacles. In addition families...

Golf Scramble a success for local advocacy group

The Friends and Neighbors of OneEighty held their 25th annual Benefit Golf Scramble recently. There were 28 teams participating and $14,000 was raised to benefit OneEighty.

WHHS’ first state qualifier celebrated 50th reunion on July 23

Eight members of the 1966 WHHS' baseball team that qualified for the state tournament celebrated their 50th reunion in Buckhannon, West Virginia, with their former coach, Brooks Harris, on Saturday, July 23.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Golf Scramble will be Aug. 5

The 2016 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Golf Scramble will be Aug. 5 at Fire Ridge Golf Course. Registration begins at 5 p.m.

Jim Wright Memorial Golf Tournament raises over 5 thousand

The third Annual Jim Wright Memorial Golf Tournament was held June 25 at Willandale Golf Course in Sugarcreek. The foundation congratulates Philip Ferguson III, Justin Dombrady, Phil Ferguson IV and Mike Ferguson for winning the tournament.

Troyer claims Ohio Amateur Championship as he nears pro career

Jake Troyer, former Garaway High School four-time All-Ohioan, played great golf in capturing the Ohio Amateur and has two big tournaments left to play before turning pro.

Dover to host Williamsport Little League Tournament

The city of Dover is hosting this year's Williamsport Little League 10U State Tournament July 23-30 at Dover City Park.

17th Annual Frenette Golf Tournament raises more than $4,900 for scholarship

On Sunday, June 26 the 17th Annual Aimee Frenette-Rickly Golf Tournament was held at Fire Ridge Golf Course in Millersburg. The event brought in more than $4,900 for the Aimee Frenette-Rickly Memorial Scholarship fund.

Local teen knows raw horsepower, hard ridin’ and straight shootin’

17-year-old Natalie Lovell of New Philadelphia participates in Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association competitive events. She is from the Northern Ohio Outlaw Club, which is the largest club of its kind in the world with more than 500 members.

Holmes County sees 3 athletes find success at Special Olympics State Summer Games

The Holmes County Special Olympics sent several members to the annual State Summer Games June 24-26 at The Ohio State University as a trio of athletes performed well at the games.

Is footgolf a real thing? Yes, and you can play it in Wooster

Take one part soccer and two parts golf. Add 21-inch diameter holes to an existing golf course, and that's the recipe for the relatively new sport of footgolf. The L.C. Boles Golf Course in Wooster is the home of Ohio's first American Footgolf League certified course.

Hawks baseball program gets a boost from apparel donation

Thanks to the efforts of Berlin Embroidery, which teamed up with HolmesCountyTicket.com, the Hawks baseball program received a check for nearly $900 from the sales of the championship gear that was made to celebrate the accomplishment.

Basketball clinic slated for July 18-19 in Orrville

One Heartbeat Basketball will host a mini clinic July 18-19 for middle school and high school age boys. The clinic will take place at University of Akron Wayne College John E. Boyer Gymnasium, located at 1901 Smucker Road near Orrville.

Waynedale soccer partners with Easter Seals

Waynedale girls' soccer is having a fundraiser on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waynedale High School. They are partnering with Easter Seals Northern Ohio.

WHHS continues facility upgrade with improved tennis courts

When West Holmes High School's tennis courts started feeling the ill effects of weathering and age, it took a much-needed group effort of support from the community to revitalize the facility. That recently took place, and thanks to the kind donations of the community the courts have a brand new...

Chilcote claims $1,000 in Holmes Pest Control Invitational

Numerous races would make for an exciting night Saturday, June 11, but it would be Bob Chilcote who would win $1,000.

Sammy Rhodes shines at state meet as an athlete and a role model

Sammy Rhodes wants to just be an athlete; however, as a wheelchair competitor she understands the great responsibility of being a role model for other people. Rhodes participated in four-seated competitions at state and came away with a gold medal and three silvers.

Wentworth sisters shine at state to share one final moment on the podium

Garaway senior Rachel Wentworth ran to a fourth-place finish in the Div. III girls' 3200, making it three straight trips to the podium, while her younger sister Ariel Wentworth placed seventh and joined her on the podium.

Waynedale’s golden season of dreams ends as state runner-up

The 2016 Waynedale Golden Bears baseball team did something no Waynedale team before them had ever done in reaching the Div. III state final game. Despite a 7-1 loss to Hiland in that game, it does little to diminish the accomplishment of this group.

Orrville’s Jessica Eby caps stellar right where she belongs, on state podium

Orrville senior Jessica Eby completed a sensational career by flying to second place in the 300-meter hurdles. She tacked on a podium finish as part of the 4x200 relay team and leaves Orrville as one of its greatest athletes.

Clark caps off incredible career at West Holmes with All-Ohio honors

Hannah Clark got out to a great start, ran with the best the state had to offer and eventually earned a third-place finish in the Div. II girls' 800-meter race Saturday, June 4 in Columbus. The All-Ohioan effort caps off a sensational career for Clark, who leaves as one of the most highly decorated...

Hawks proud to put family first in this championship season

The Hiland hawks baseball team captured the school's very first baseball state championship with a 7-1 victory over Waynedale Saturday, June 4 at Huntington Park in Columbus. While the team had loads of talent, it may have been their family-first attitude that provided a most critical piece of the...

Red Rider’s Karlie Lax, a surprise All-Ohioan in rookie campaign

Orrville freshman Karlie Lax probably wasn't on anyone's radar for a state tournament berth when the year began, but she surely was when it ended. Lax placed eighth in the Div. II pole vault, giving her the final berth for the podium and All-Ohio status.

Hostettler’s All-Ohio effort leaves her wanting more

West Holmes junior Michelle Hostettler has broken her own record time after time in the 3200, but her state time left her wanting more June 4. Despite not being thrilled about her time, Hostettler still placed fifth, earning yet another All-Ohio honor to add to her growing resume.

Amish Country invades Columbus as Hawks hand Bears a 7-1 title game loss

The Hiland Hawks hoist the hardware of champions after defeating Waynedale 7-1 in the Div. III state tournament final June 4. After qualifying for state three times before in 2000, 2008 and 2012, Hiland finally broke through to capture the elusive title.

Norwayne’s Brevin Harris proves it isn’t where you start but how you finish

Norwayne High School star Brevin Harris didn't shine in the Div. II state preliminaries in the 200. Instead, he waited until it mattered the most, in the finals, where he roared to a third place finish. He tacked on a runner-up in the long jump to complete a sensational weekend.

Sami Ice jumps up to runner-up spot in Div. III pole vault

Waynedale's Sami Ice had already earned a podium spot in last year's state track and field pole vault event, placing fifth. She upped the ante this year, placing second to become a two-time All-Ohioan.

Lack of experience can’t keep Dover’s Brogan off the podium at state meet

Dover's Connor Brogan made a Captain America-like transformation over the past two seasons, going from an athlete who felt he was too small to compete in the shot put to one who could earn a spot on the podium as a senior at Dover. Brogan proved up to the task at state, capturing sixth place in the...

Norwayne litters the podium with Bobcats in girls Div. III sprint relays

Norwayne's lady sprinters had a sensational day on the track at the annual state meet June 3-4 in Columbus. The Bobcats' 4x100 team won the gold while the 4x200 relay team worked its way to the podium too.

Dalton Bulldog 4x100 girls’ relay team gains podium spot in a flash

Dalton's crew of 4x100 girls' athletes were thrilled to be performing at the state track and field meet, but they made sure they left the June 3-4 weekend with accomplishment, capturing fourth in the 4x100 to reach the podium.

Waynedale pulls its late inning Houdini act to advance to final

The Waynedale Golden Bears made a living out of coming from behind to win throughout the state Div. III baseball playoffs. They pulled off the magic again in the state semifinal, where a late rally led them past Clear Fork and into the state finals.

Smithville’s Lucas Clark dresses for success in securing a podium spot in the 800 meter

Lucas Clark only wanted to make it to state; however, once there he and his lucky green and black diamond dress socks found themselves celebrating on the podium as an All-Ohioan in the Div. III 800 meter race.

Senior swan song not so sweet, but Coblentz is still a major part of Hawks’ state baseball team

Hiland's Zach Coblentz suffers a shoulder injury that leaves him out at the close of the season for baseball, but he will be at regionals to cheer on his team.

Declan Howell cherishes opportunity to grow at regionals high jump

Declan Howell, just a freshman at Hiland, enjoyed a chance to perform at regionals this year. It was a season of growth for a young man who felt lost in the event earlier in the year.

Waynedale’s Sami Ice and Denise Machamer take their game to state

A pair of state qualifiers from Waynedale are all smiles after both Sami Ice and Denise Machamer went first and third, respectively, at the Div. III Navarre regional.

Isaiah Yoder puts his dream on hold after near-miss at regional

Hiland star sprinter Isaiah Yoder will have to wait another year to secure his dream date at Columbus. The Div. III day at the Navarre regional did not turn out as he had hoped as one bitter disappointment and a great effort that left him on the outside looking in will have to spur him to continue...

Kaufman off and running in a big way as defending Class A champs throttle Fairless in sweep

The boys of summer at Kaufman Realty are hoping that their season-opening double-header is a harbinger of good things to come, dealing Fairless a double-header dousing Sunday, May 29 at Lehman Field.

Chaney bolts out of the blue and into regionals with a winning 200 performance

Brayden Chaney shrugged off a disappointment in the long jump and cruised to victory in the 200 in the Div. II district meet at West Holmes Stadium Saturday, May 21.

And in a giant rush of wind, Lady Pirates 4x800 was in

Garaway's 4x800 team of Claudia Miller, Jocelyn Miller, Ariel Wentworth and Rachel Wentworth qualified for the Div. III state track meet with an incredible comeback at regionals. Ariel Wentworth came storming back over the final 100 meters to propel the team to Columbus.

A medal-worthy effort for Hawks’ 4x800 quartet

Hiland's 4x800 foursome of Joe Wengerd, Lorin Hershberger, Hunter Yoder and Matt Troyer received the eighth and final spot on the podium for a regional medal.

2016 Holmes County Special Athletes Day is a celebration on many levels

A large contingent of competitors gathered at West Holmes Stadium for the annual Holmes County Special Athletes Track & Field Day on Friday, May 20. The event provides an avenue for many students throughout Holmes County as well as members of the Holmes County Training Center to participate in...

Sabine going ‘by the numbers’ to explore career opportunities

Stewart Sabine graduated from West Holmes High School with a head for numbers. He has parlayed that passion for numbers and statistics into a career of enjoying being a part of some epic national titles. His most recent venture was with the national champion Villanova basketball team.

Young Life seeks sponsors for annual golf fundraiser

Young Life of Tuscarawas and Holmes counties has had a major impact in the area youth who have chosen to take part. The organization will conduct one of its largest fundraisers June 4 when it presents its annual golf scramble at Willandale Golf Course. Young Life is currently seeking hole...

Barbey’s big day highlights West Holmes’ effort at Galion Lions Invitational

West Holmes traveled west to a ferocious challenge at the Galion Lions Invitational Friday, May 6, and a host of solid efforts highlighted their performance. In the end, in a tough 16-team field, the Lady Knights would finish tied for eighth, while the Knights would place ninth.

Confident Knights get 8-4 upset win over John Glenn with a total team effort

The West Holmes Knights might have come into their tournament game a lower seed and an underdog versus the John Glenn Muskies, but that didn’t mean they lacked for confidence in themselves.

Minerva ‘Scooches’ by Lady Knights 3-0 in tourney opener

The Div. II Sectional Tournament started and ended on May 7 for the West Holmes Lady Knights softball team.

Little Pirates rule the roost in boys and girls IVC track and field

The Inter-Valley Conference better keep a wary eye on the Garaway Pirates track and field team over the coming years. The Pirates swept the IVC meet at East Canton Stadium, the boys churning out 96 points and the girls hammering away to the tune of 106 points. That made easy wins for both Garaway...

Youngsters battle tough at OCC middle school meet

The Ohio Cardinal Conference has been waging quite a battle at the front of the pack for the track and field title, but the middle school athletes were at it this past week as well.

Pitchers’ duel goes Lady Pirates way in 1-0 win over Monroe Central

Usually when you are a highly ranked div. III team, you don’t face a lot of major challenges in sectionals; however, the Garaway Lady Pirates got the challenge of a lifetime when they faced Monroe Central in the Div. III Sectional Final Wednesday, May 11 in Sugarcreek.

Schwartz’ arm and Pirates’ defense lead to upset win over Fort Frye

Due to strong pitching and defense, the Garaway Pirates win a close 3-1 game over Fort Frye in the Div. III Eastern District sectional title game at Fort Frye.

Seminoles line up, Mullet sits ‘em down as Hawks spank Monroe Central 16-0

Hiland improves to 21-2 on the season and marches one game closer to their goal of a state berth after a 16-0 shutout over Monroe Central.

Meyer survives tennis sectional, 13 others not as fortunate

A total of 14 Holmes County tennis players set sail with their hopes firmly entrenched on surviving the East District Tennis Sectional at Dover Park Monday, May 9. Having to fend off threatening weather, the tournament actually made it through the day without getting wet, but only one of the 14 was...

Lady Knights get the ‘one they’ve been waiting for’ in 6-1 win over Wooster

This was the game West Holmes High School head softball coach Jaime Chenevey had been waiting for all season long from her Lady Knights.

Hiland survives TCC with an ugly end to an ugly game

Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School has been a feisty bunch this year for the Hiland High School baseball team. It’s been a somewhat challenging season for the Saints, with a number of freshman playing and a very short bench. In their first meeting, the Saints made things interesting against...

Troyer steps back into track shoes, wins the 110-meter hurdles OAC title as freshman

2015 Garaway High School graduate Connor Troyer headed to the University of Mount Union last fall with football on the brain.

Generals maintain top spot in OCC after getting challenged by Knights

West Holmes High School was the sight of an Ohio Cardinal Conference showdown featuring a pair of teams with different objectives but one supremely same goal — to win.

West Holmes’ Caleb Martin kicks off summer season in style with a no-no

West Holmes Middle School eighth-grader Caleb Martin had it rolling when he and his West Holmes Squires Gold team played Smithville Junior High School in the Wayne/Holmes Summer Baseball League on May 2 in Millersburg.

Hiland compounding interest daily when it comes to success on the diamond

If success breeds success, the Hiland Hawks 2016 baseball team should be poised on the precipice of something pretty special.
Last year saw the Hawks make it to regional finals in Division IV, where they lost a heart-breaking 10-inning affair to eventual state champion Newark Catholic.

Millet exemplifies leadership for Pirates

Nathan Millet didn’t grow up running alongside his Garaway Pirates teammates. He didn’t traverse the rolling tundra surrounding Sugarcreek and wasn’t part of the successful cross country and track teams that had propelled Garaway’s cross country program into the best among Division III and the...

Garaway pole vaulter on the Hunt for a state podium spot

Everyone is always looking for the next great thing. The newest iPhones are barely out on the market before people are clamoring in huge anticipation for the next edition to hit the market, with all of the new gadgets and whistles that come with it.

Lady P’s going by the numbers as they attack 2016 with purpose

Sometimes numbers don’t mean a doggone thing.
Sometimes they do.
The numbers speak volumes when it comes to the 2015 Garaway Lady Pirates softball team.

Kendall Reidenbach grows into leadership role in Lady Pirates program

Perched behind her spot just below the umpire behind the dish, Garaway senior Kendall Reidenbach isn’t exactly the most imposing player on the field.

Hawks, Pirates & Cards all ‘get better’ in tri-meet

Considering that the tri-meet at Hiland High School Tuesday, April 5 was between Inter-Valley Conference rivals Garaway, Sandy Valley and host Hiland, one might think that it would be cutthroat action to the wire.

Goudy goes large at Fairless Tri-County meet to capture field MVP

After breaking the West Holmes discus record last season, Josh Goudy knew this year might be something special.
He is getting what he hoped for in more ways than one.

Harris has come a long way from days of broom handles and couch cushions

A couple of old couch cushions, some string and a broom handle.
That is what introduced Ty Harris to the world of pole vaulting back in the third grade.

Knights’ young guns asked to carry majority of load

Brenden Bridenthal, Kendrick Wagler and a host of other talented youngsters hurling for the West Holmes High School baseball team this season are in an unenviable spot yet one that can make good athletes that much better.

Kelli Neville shows nerves of steel in claiming K of C state title

Like Luke Skywalker learning to become a Jedi Knight, shooting free throws is not just an automatic. It takes great patience, nerves of steel and the ability to allow your mechanics to take over. It also takes a whole lot of practice.

Have injuries, loss of confidence robbed RGIII of his game?

The Cleveland Browns landed a big name … kind of.
With the signing of the former Washington Redskins superstar who has battled through injuries and ego wars with the “Skins” brass, Cleveland has met a need. To what extent that becomes good or bad, only time will tell.

Moore brings passion for coaching to Lady Knights volleyball program

Savannah Moore has had her share of success playing sports. The current Wooster Fighting Scots senior has dedicated this year to performing in track and field as a hammer and discus thrower. But it is in the field of coaching where her true passion lies. Moore is set to the become the new West...

Bucks vs. Holmesville Elementary

Waynedale High School athletes assisted in a basketball game between the Bucks and the Holmesville Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade basketball team.

Hawks’ graduating ‘four-of-a-kind’ will leave a gaping hole

The Hiland Hawks’ senior foursome of Austin Mast, Michael Miller, Brady Schlabach and Bruce Troyer aren’t the most gifted athletes to come through the Hiland system over the past half-decade. But sometimes pure athleticism can’t be measured in terms of how high kids can jump, how fast they can run...

Who scores? Who stars? Who cares for united Pirates

Garaway celebrated its 23rd victory of the season after a decisive 69-47 win over Hiland in the Div. III district final at New Philadelphia Friday, March 4.
Who was the MVP of the game? It could have been one of half a dozen players.
None of them cared.

Woods, Kaufman enjoy the fruits of their labor on the mats at state

It’s the cherry on top of the sundae, and two West Holmes Knights will be having their dessert in Columbus, thank you very much.
The West Holmes High School wrestling team advanced Thane Kaufman and Cole Woods to the 79th annual OHSAA state championship tournament.

Hawks use depth & senior power to move past Coshocton

When the crunch time of high school basketball tournaments rolls around each March and teams need big plays, every head coach wants nothing more than to see his seniors step up and deliver. For Hiland Hawks High School boys basketball coach Mark Schlabach, that hope became reality in a big way when...

Clark shuts down the Ultimate Warrior in leading Lady Knights to regional final

At the end of any basketball game, it is so easy to look at the box score and see who had the most points and think that player must have been the difference maker in the game.

6 grappling Knights stay alive to vie for spot at state

When it comes to sectional wrestling for Ohio High School Athletic Association wrestlers, placing in the top four means advancing to the next phase, the district level of competition. While the seeding does get better with the better seeds, moving on is the name of the game, so whether first or...

Pirates get an ‘A’ for assist in pounding Edison Local 103-57

All season long, the Garaway Pirates have flown quietly under the radar, at least when it comes to state pollsters. A quick glance around the Division III state poll and the 20-3 Pirates are nowhere to be found, despite having run roughshod through the Inter-Valley Conference with an undefeated...

West Holmes Lady Knights move on to district finals with big win over Dover

The West Holmes Lady Knights and the Dover Tornadoes didn’t have to travel far to compete in the Division II district semifinal on Feb. 23. Both team buses rolled a short distance and met up in Berlin at the Perry Reese Jr. Center for a game that decided who got to dance at the district final on...

Mini-spurts lead Lady Pirates to victory over Martins Ferry

Who needs massive scoring streaks when you can use short little spurts to pull away?



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