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Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Celina ousts Lady Cougars 13-2
Alexa Gearhart of Van Wert

 Back on April 12 the Van Wert softball team edged Celina 11-10. In Tuesday’s Division II sectional semifinal, the two teams met again, and this one was totally different.

TJ Stoller of Van Wert

 Peyton Meredith’s two-out walk-off single ended a nine inning marathon and gave Shawnee a 9-8 conference win over Van Wert on Monday night.

Lauren McHugh of Van Wert

 In a game that included plenty of offense with a combined 23 runs on 24 hits between the two teams, the Parkway Lady Panthers defeated Van Wert 15-8 in non-conference action on Wednesday night.

Rendering of the renovated Eggerss Stadium

Months of campaigning and spreading information paid off at the polls with the passage of a bond issue to renovate and improve Eggerss Stadium in downtown Van Wert.

VW Softball

The Lady Cougars were unable to complete the comeback during Monday night’s 7-5 loss to Bath.

Monday, May 2, 2022 Softball tournament schedules set
VW Softball

 Northwest Ohio high school softball teams found out their tournament schedules Sunday afternoon as the Ohio High School Athletic Association hosted sectional/district tournament draws.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 Lady Cougars blast Shawnee 16-3
Emilee Phillips of Van Wert

The Van Wert Lady Cougars kept themselves in a five-way battle for second place (behind Wapakoneta) in the WBL with a 16-3 five-inning run-rule win over Lima Shawnee Friday evening.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 Cougars rally for win over Crestview
Sam Houg of Van Wert

 Van Wert put together a five-run rally in the fifth inning and managed to come back for a 6-4 win over cross-county rival Crestview on Wednesday night.

Ethan Rupert of Van Wert

Van Wert's eight-run outburst in the sixth inning turned a close game into a commanding 10-1 WBL victory for the Cougars over Ottawa-Glandorf on Tuesday night.

Monday, April 25, 2022 Cougars drop game to St. John’s 3-1
VW baseball logo

 It came down to the little things on Saturday afternoon as St. John’s hosted Van Wert.


 Both the Van Wert and Lincolnview baseball teams came out with victories on Friday night.

Thursday, April 21, 2022 Cougars bounce back with win over Wapak
VW baseball logo

The Cougars officially snapped their four-game losing streak on Wednesday night with a 10-5 win over Wapakoneta at Smiley Park.

Monday, April 18, 2022 Kalida holds off Van Wert 5-2
VW baseball

 The Cougars couldn’t put together a comeback on Saturday in a 5-2 non-conference loss to Kalida at Holy Name Ballpark.

Monday, April 18, 2022 Lady Cougars drop two to Coldwater
Van Wert Softball

The Lady Cougars faced a tough Coldwater team on Saturday and dropped a pair of games in a non-conference doubleheader.

Friday, April 15, 2022 Cougars shutout by Defiance
Turner Witten of Van Wert

The Cougars had a tough day at the office on Thursday night as David Jimenez held them to one hit in a 10-0 shutout loss to Defiance.

Friday, April 15, 2022 Lady Cougars top Defiance 7-4
Carlee Young of Van Wert

 A five-run second inning led the Lady Cougars to a 7-4 WBL victory over Defiance on Thursday night.

Connor Pratt of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys track team put up 95 points and came out on top in a tri-meet against Celina (60) and Crestview (20) on Tuesday.


The Cougars suffered their second straight loss on Tuesday night at the hands of the Celina Bulldogs 9-2 in WBL action.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Lady Cougars rally past Celina 11-10
Sydnee Savage of Van Wert

A clutch two-out hit by Sydnee Savage plated Alexa Gearhart and the Lady Cougars got an 11-10 WBL win over Celina on Tuesday night.

Monday, April 11, 2022 Cougars hold basketball banquet
Basketball Scholar Athletes

 The Van Wert boys basketball program recently held an awards banquet with head coach Ben Laudick and his staff recognizing the teams accomplishments throughout the year.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Wessell tosses no-hitter against Elida
Luke Wessell of Van Wert

Van Wert picked up their fourth straight victory to open the season in historic fashion as Luke Wessell tossed a no-hitter and the Cougars blanked Elida 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Lady Cougars beat Elida in 8th inning
Emilee Phillips of Van Wert

 The Lady Cougars picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday night 9-8 over Elida in an eight-inning marathon.


Josh Reichert's complete game helped the Cougars cruise to their third straight victory on Monday night with a 7-0 shutout of the Parkway Panthers.

Surrounded by coaches and family, Ethan Rupert signs his letter of intent to attend UNOH

Ethan Rupert, a senior at Van Wert High School recently signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at the University of Northwestern Ohio. 

Mark Bagley speaks to the board of education during Wednesday's board meeting

Updates and various reports made up the majority of Wednesday night’s meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

March 2022 The Cougar Connection cover page

The March 2022 edition of The Cougar Connection is now available for viewing!

Connor Pratt surrounded by his family as he signs his letter of intent to attend Hillsdale College

Van Wert High School senior Connor Pratt recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career with Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 VWCS Releases 2021-2022 Quality Profile
2021-2022 Quality Profile with a graphic of the cougar head and cougar paw

Van Wert City Schools is pleased to release its 2021-2022 Quality Profile.

Mark Bagley speaking to the board of education at Wednesday's meeting

Anthony Adams will again serve as president of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

VWHS Theatre proudly presents Cinderella

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2022 spring musical production.

Thursday, January 6, 2022 Allie (Clifton) Kalsow to be Recognized
Professional headshot of Allie (Clifton) Kalsow

The public is invited to join us this week as we celebrate Allie (Clifton) Kalsow, a Van Wert High School alumna, for her various accomplishments as a VWHS student-athlete.

Monday, December 20, 2021 Late VW Rally Stuns Wayne Trace 56-55
After intercepting a Wayne Trace inbound pass, Aidan Pratt goes in for what proved to be the game winning layup and free throw.

Christmas may have come a bit early for the Van Wert Cougars.

Saturday, December 18, 2021 Defiance Rallies to Edge Van Wert 46-43
Van Wert’s Garett Gunter finds himself guarded by Defiance’s Brayden Shaw during Friday night’s home opener.

Van Wert’s home opener went right down to the wire but the Cougars came up just short, falling to Defiance 46-43 on Friday night

Matt Braun, the lead pastor at LifeHouse Church, speaks to the Board about a project which collected donations for needed clothing items for area children.

Van Wert City Schools Board of Education met Wednesday at First Federal Lecture Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and approved resolutions necessary for the Eggerss Stadium project.

Mariana Ickes prepares to sign her letter of intent with her family and coaches by her side

Van Wert High School senior Mariana Ickes recently signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career with Bluffton University next fall.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Eggerss Stadium: Reflections and Renovations
A view of the current visitors locker room under Eggerss Stadium.

Recently I visited Eggerss Stadium on a crisp and breezy fall day.