Caylee Phillips to State and Cougar Football Takes on St. Mary's


Caylee Phillips heads to the State Cross Country meet in Hebron, Ohio on Saturday, November 10th to finish her outstanding season. Caylee led her as Captain this season and earned the following achievements: Delphos St. John’s Invitational Champion, Marion Invitational Champion, Van Wert County Invitational Champion, WBL Champion, District Champion, Regional Champion and Individual State Qualifier. Caylee also crushed Van Wert’s previous school record this season, becoming the new school record holder with a time of 18:34, the eighth fastest time clocked by any girl at any meet this season in the entire state of Ohio in Division 2. Good luck at State, Caylee!

The football team also competes on Saturday, taking on the St. Mary’s Roughriders in the Regional Semifinals at 7:00 at Spartan Stadium in Lima, Ohio. The Cougar football team finished the season third in the WBL with a record of 7-2 (8-2 overall), the winningest record since 1988. The team finished second in the league in total offense and scoring offense, and first in the league in rushing defense. Individual accomplishments include Nate Place leading the league in rushing with 1,319 yards, as well as having the highest completion at 66.8% of his passes, and the number one scoring offensive player in the league with 140 total points. Keagon Hammons lead the entire WBL with 14 sacks and 4 TFL on the year. Jake Hilleary also rushed for 1,057 yards with 16 touchdowns, which was fifth in the league in scoring. Drew Bagley was sixth in the league with 56 receptions for 441 yards. 

Thank you to Mayor Jerry Mazur for speaking at today’s pep assembly, offering words of encouragement and even placing a bet with the Mayor of St. Mary’s. If the Van Wert Cougars beat St. Mary’s, then St. Mary’s Mayor McGowan will attend a Van Wert City Council meeting where he will be presented with a Van Wert jersey to wear! Let’s GO COUGARS and show those Roughriders that everyone looks their best in scarlet and grey!

Also at today’s pep assembly, student representatives from Mrs. (Samantha) Fleming’s 4th grade class presented Noah Riggenbach with a check for $1,703.14. Noah, a student at neighboring Crestview High School, recently suffered a serious helmet-to-helmet injury during the Crestview-Defiance game. The week leading up to the Van Wert-Defiance game, VWCS held a fundraiser to help Noah and his family, challenging staff and students to pay-it-forward with donations called “Coins for a Cause”. Mrs. Fleming’s 4th grade class was awarded a pizza party for the homeroom with the most donations! Best wishes for Noah’s speedy recovery and thank you to all who donated to this great cause!