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Van Wert Varsity Softball Team

The Antwerp girls got the best of Van Wert 7-3 in non league softball action on Monday night.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Cougars walk off on Raiders 9-8
Ries Wise of Van Wert

Trailing 8-7 entering the bottom of the seventh, Van Wert scored a single run in the seventh to tie the game and then won it in the bottom of the eighth for a 9-8 victory over Wayne Trace in high school baseball action Monday night.

Van Wert Varsity Baseball Team

Turner Witten's walk off single in the bottom of the seventh inning put the Cougars over the top in a 6-5 win over Kalida on Saturday.


The Van Wert tennis team hosted a five-team invitational on Saturday and came away with fourth place overall.

Saturday, April 17, 2021 WBL softball
Marissa Mottinger of Van Wert

Cougars were held to one hit and lost 10-0 in six innings.


Lincolnview and Van Wert posted baseball wins on Friday as did Van Wert’s tennis team, while Crestview’s softball team fell to Fairview. Below is a recap of the action.

Ty Jackson of Van Wert

 Crestview hosted a tri meet with Van Wert and Celina on Tuesday.

Owen Treece of Van Wert

 It was a big early-season game Tuesday between two WBL contenders — Defiance and Van Wert.


The Van Wert tennis team dropped a WBL match to Defiance 2-3 on Tuesday.


The Lady Cougars returned to the diamond after a week off on Tuesday night and got a WBL over Defiance 10-6.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Cougars defeat Bluffton 4-1
Evan Knittle of Van Wert

  The Van Wert tennis team picked up their second win of the season on Monday 4-1 over Bluffton.

Van Wert Varsity Baseball Team

Van Wert's doubleheader in Napoleon on Saturday resulted in a split between the two teams.

Luke Wessell of Van Wert

 In what turned out to be an old-fashioned pitchers duel between WBL teams, left-hander Luke Wessell led the Cougars to a 2-1 victory over Celina on Friday night.

Saturday, April 10, 2021 Cougar tennis sweeps Celina
Sam Moonshower of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys tennis team got their first win of the young season on Friday with a 5-0 shutout of Celina.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 Van Wert sweeps five-team track meet

The Van Wert boys and girls both took home first place in a five-team track meet at Defiance High School on Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Cougars win WBL opener 4-3 over Bath

Van Wert opened up WBL play by squeaking out a 4-3 win over Bath on Monday night.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Cougars fall to Bath 3-2
Jace Fast of Van Wert

Van Wert fell to Bath 3-2 on the Tennis court Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Van Wert track teams race to victory
VWHS Track

Bolstered by strong relay teams, Van Wert cruised to victory in the season opener, finishing first on the boys and girls side at the five-way meet at Defiance on Tuesday.

Kiara Saam of Van Wert

A four-run second inning proved to be too much for the Lady Cougars to overcome in their first WBL game of the season against Bath on Tuesday.

Marlin Swim Team

The Van Wert Marlins Swim Team held their end of season awards presentation on March 25 at the YMCA.

Luke Wessell of Van Wert

Luke Wessell went the distance in Van Wert’s 6-3 win over Parkway on Monday night at Smiley Park.

VWHS Varsity Softball Team

The Lady Cougars dropped two games on the road to Bryan on Saturday by final scores of 12-2 and 9-7.

Sunday, April 4, 2021 Cougar tennis drops opener to Bryan

 The Van Wert boys tennis team dropped their first match of the season to Bryan 4-1 on Saturday.

Turner Witten of Van Wert

Saturday’s baseball doubleheader between Van Wert and Bryan was action-packed but definitely not pretty.

Kiara Saam of Van Wert

The Lady Lancers came back from a 3-0 deficit to score eight unanswered runs and beat Van Wert on Wednesday night.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Owen Treece tossed a five-inning shutout and the Cougars exploded for 15 runs in a non conference win over Lincolnview on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Play clock donation
Hurless Donation

Eggerrs Stadium will have play clocks in time for the 2021 football season, thanks to a generous donation of $4,000 from Mel and Arlene Hurless.


Emilee Phillips of Van Wert

Van Wert’s Emilee Phillips did it all in the Cougars’ 18-0 run-rule win over Delphos Jefferson in Tuesday softball action.

TJ Stoller of Van Wert

Van Wert’s 10-run third inning blew open what became a 16-2 victory over the Spencerville Bearcats at Smiley Park on Monday.

Jacob Halker of VW

Van Wert and Jefferson kicked off the baseball season with a doubleheader at Smiley park in their first game since 2019 on Saturday.

Decker signs to LMU

Standout Van Wert bowler Lorrie Decker officially signed her letter of intent to bowl for Lincoln Memorial University next season in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Jaylyn Rickard of Van Wert plays in All-Star Games

 The 45th annual OHBCA District eight girls all-star games took place at the Elida Fieldhouse on Monday night.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 Johnson signs to play football at Ashland
Senior Dru Johnson

Van Wert's Dru Johnson officially singed on Wednesday to continue his studies and play college football at Ashland University next year.