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Friday, September 25, 2020 Roundup: volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

Shawnee defeated Van Wert in three sets, 25-18, 25-18, 28-26 on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 Update 09/23/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Recking Crew Tailgate Tour Photo

The Van Wert Tailgate Tour Recking Crew’s annual golf outing has been canceled for Sept. 26, 2020, and will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined in 2021.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Roundup: volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf
Van Wert Tennis Team

The Lady Cougars swept all three singles matches to edge Bluffton 3-2 on Tuesday.

Monday, September 21, 2020 Lady Raiders shake Van Wert in 5 sets
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

It was the Cougars who got off to a good start, taking an extended first set 26-24 before the Raiders rebounded to win game two 25-14. 

Monday, September 21, 2020 Lady Cougars win 5-0 over Ayersville
Van Wert Tennis Team

The Lady Cougars picked up another win on the tennis court 5-0 over Ayersville on Monday.

Monday, September 21, 2020 VWCO CC teams enjoy good weekend
Van Wert Cross Country Team at the Ottawa-Glandorf Blue/Gold Cross Country Invitational

Van Wert swept the Ottawa-Glandorf Blue/Gold Cross Country Invitational, winning the boys and girls titles, while Crestview fared well at the same invite. Meanwhile, Lincolnview enjoyed a team title and runner-up finish at the Waynesfield-Goshen Invitational.

Monday, September 21, 2020 Havill Crowned 2020 VWHS Homecoming Queen
Homecoming Queen Tayzia Havill surrounded by her homecoming court

Prior to Van Wert's game on Friday, Tayzia Havill was crowned 2020 Van Wert High School Homecoming Queen.

Sunday, September 20, 2020 OHSAA releases football playoff info

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced new regional alignments for the upcoming football playoffs after 664 schools opted in for the postseason.

Friday, September 18, 2020 Johnson catches 4 TD passes, Cougars win
Van Wert Football Team 2020

Owen Treece fired five touchdown passes, four of them to Dru Johnson and a key one to Ian Cowan, and the Van Wert Cougars managed to hold off St. Marys Memorial 34-28.

Friday, September 18, 2020 OG handles Van Wert in 3 sets
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

The Van Wert Lady Cougars had a tough night on Thursday as they lost to the state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Lady Titans in three sets.

Friday, September 18, 2020 Thursday's Golf Results
Van Wert Varsity Golf Team

The Van Wert boys golf team came up short in a dual-match against Bath on Thursday 166-171.

Individual Results: Cameron Terhark 40, Evan Knittle 40, Jace Fast 45, and Blake Bohyer 46.

Friday, September 18, 2020 VWHS 2020 Homecoming Court
(front row, left to right) senior queen candidates: Allie Etter, Tayzia Havill, Carly Smith; (back row, left to right) Sarah Verville (freshman attendant), Aubree Bear (junior attendant), and Sofi Houg (sophomore attendant).

Van Wert High School’s Student Council is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Homecoming Court.

Friday, September 18, 2020 O-G blasts Van Wert 16-0 in girls soccer
Van Wert keeper Grace Dowler makes a save against Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday (DHI Media/Chris Howell)

 The speed, ball-handling, and airtight defense of the Ottawa-Glandorf girls soccer team was too much for Van Wert Thursday, the Lady Titans cruising to a 16-0 win.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update VWCS
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Local HS roundup: golf, volleyball, soccer
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

 Delphos St. John’s defeated visiting Van Wert 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 on Tuesday

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Lady Jays Overpower Van Wert in Four Sets
Varsity volleyball team

The powerful hitting and serving of Delphos St. John’s eventually proved to be too much for Van Wert Tuesday evening, the Jays winning 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Roundup: volleyball, golf, tennis, soccer
Van Wert Golf Team

COLDWATER — State ranked Coldwater (T-18th in Division III) defeated Van Wert in straight sets 25-14, 25-6, 25-17 on Monday.

Van Wert Football Recking Crew Tailgate tour logo

The Van Wert Tailgate Tour Recking Crew will be holding its annual golf outing at Hickory Sticks Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. and tee off at 2 pm.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Coldwater Thumps Van Wert in 3 sets
Varsity volleyball team

The Lady Cougars fell to Coldwater in three sets on Monday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Bath Outlasts Lady Cougars
Girls tennis team

The Lady Cougars nearly upset tennis powerhouse Bath on Monday in a 2-3 loss.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Monday's Golf Results
Golf team

The Van Wert boys golf team came up just a little short to Elida in a dual-match on Monday 171-172.

Monday, September 14, 2020 VW Lady Cougars Sweep Napoleon 5-0
Girls tennis team

Van Wert improved to 9-3 overall with a 5-0 sweep of Napoleon in girls’ non-conference tennis action at Van Wert High School on Saturday.

Friday, September 11, 2020 Roundup: Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Golf
VW Cougar Head Logo

Elida posed some challenges, but Van Wert was able to sweep the Lady Bulldogs on Thursday.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Tuesday's Golf Results
Varsity golf team

The Van Wert boys golf team dropped a home match against Bryan on Tuesday 159-171.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Van Wert Tops Ottoville 25-22, 25-20, 25-21
Varsity volleyball team

Two evenly-matched volleyball teams met at the Cougar Den Tuesday evening, but Van Wert came up big at the end of each set to escape with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 win over Ottoville.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Van Wert wins Elida Tennis Invitational
Girls tennis team picture

With victories at singles and “A” doubles, Van Wert narrowly took home the team championship at the Elida Tennis Invitational on Saturday.

Kyra Welch runs at the Grove Invitational

The Lincolnview, Crestview and Van Wert cross country teams ran at the Columbus Grove Invitational on Saturday.

Saturday, September 5, 2020 Big Second Half Lifts VW to 56-20 Win
Nate Jackson runs the ball against Defiance

Big plays in the second half allowed Van Wert to turn an eight point halftime lead into a 56-20 rout of Defiance at Eggerss Stadium on Friday.

Friday, September 4, 2020 Ottoville Shuts Out Lady Cougars 7-0
Haylee Hill of Van Wert dribbles the ball up the field against Ottoville on Thursday.

The Van Wert girls soccer team dropped a match 7-0 to Ottoville on Thursday.

Friday, September 4, 2020 Cougar Tennis Blasts Kenton 5-0
VW Cougars with cougar head stacked logo

The Lady Cougars tennis team bounced back with a 5-0 win over Kenton on Thursday.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 Thursday's Golf Results
Golf ball on a golf tee

The Van Wert boys golf team dropped a dual match to Shawnee on Thursday 157-179.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 Lady Cougars Lose first WBL Game to Wapak
Van Wert's Finley Foster (7) and Rylee Dunn (36) block at the net against Wapak on Thursday.

Van Wert dropped their first WBL match of the season to Wapakoneta on the volleyball court Thursday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Cougars outlast Defiance 3-2
Serafin Hernandez of Van Wert dribbles the ball against Defiance on Tuesday.

The Van Wert boys soccer team grabbed their first win of the season on Tuesday 3-2 over Defiance.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Tuesday’s Golf Results
Golf ball on a golf tee

The Crestview girls golf team hosted a tri-match with Antwerp and Jefferson on Tuesday, coming away with a team score of 238 compared to Jefferson’s 184 and Antwerp’s 227.

VW Cougars with cougar head stacked logo

The Wayne Trace Cross Country Invitational took place Tuesday night at Welcome Park in Grover Hill with three local schools taking home team championships on the day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Kalida Takes Care of Van Wert in 5 Sets
Carlee Young of Van Wert serves the ball against Kalida on Tuesday.

In a back and forth five-set thriller, the Kalida Wildcats outlasted Van Wert on Tuesday night for the win.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Monday’s Golf Results
Golf ball on a golf tee

The Van Wert boys golf team fell in a dual match to Ottawa-Glandorf on Monday 159-176.

Kyra Welch runs during a cross country meet

Delphos St. John’s hosted their annual Blue Jay Invitational to open the 2020 cross country season.

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The Van Wert Cougars offense put on a show on Friday night, beating Elida 55-20 in their opener behind Nate Jackson's four touchdowns.


Friday, August 28, 2020 Castle leads Lady Knights over Van Wert
Girls soccer

Katelyn Castle scored four goals on her way to leading the Lady Knights to their second win of the season on Thursday. This time, in an 8-0 victory over Van Wert.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 Van Wert tennis blanks O.G. 5-0
VW Cougars stacked logo

The Van Wert girls tennis team bounced back off of a loss to Bryan on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Ottawa-Glandorf Thursday.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 Van Wert sweeps Defiance for first win
VW Cougars stacked logo

DEFIANCE — The Lady Cougars grabbed their first win on the volleyball court Thursday after making quick work of Defiance in three sets.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 Fall Athletics Ticket Policy
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2020 - 2021 Fall Athletics Ticket Policy

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Lady Lancers sweep Van Wert in opener
Finley Foster- Volleyball

The Lady Lancers started the season strong on the volleyball court Tuesday night with a win over Van Wert in three sets.

“I’m very pleased with how we started and with how we finished this game,” said Lincolnview Head Coach JaNahn Evans. “These girls have been going strong and hard all summer and they’ve been ready to play since April.”


Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Lady Cougars fall to Bryan 1-4
VW Cougars stacked logo

The Van Wert girls tennis team suffered a 1-4 loss at the hands of the Byan Golden Bears on Monday night.

ve their next match on Thursday at home against Ottawa-Glandorf.

Van Wert Cougar head stacked

 Paulding rallied past Van Wert with a stunning 15-25, 25-11, 12-25, 25-19, 15-7 victory over the Cougars in volleyball action on Monday.

r varsity match, 25-8, 25-22 and won the freshman match 25-7, 25-6.

Monday, August 24, 2020 Lady Cats blank Van Wert
Grace Dowler of Van Wert makes a save against Jefferson on Monday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

The Jefferson girls soccer team opened their season with a 7-0 victory over visiting Van Wert. Liv Lindeman and Kyra Foust each had a pair of goals and a total of five players found the net for the Lady Cats.


Ally Etter- tennis

Wapakoneta returns six of its seven varsity tennis players from last year’s WBL runnerup team, so the Lady Redskins promised to be a formidable outfit in 2020. They are, but Van Wert battled to the end Monday before the Lady Cougars suffered their first loss of the season 3-2. The Cougs got wins at first and second singles, but Wapak took the other three matches.


Saturday, August 22, 2020 Scrimmage time!
Van Wert versus Crestview football scrimmage

Crestview hosted Van Wert in the only tune-up for the two teams before the regular season begins next week.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 DeWine gives go ahead for fall sports
OHSAA picture

Governor Mike DeWine gave the green light for fall sports to move forward as planned. In a much anticipated press conference Tuesday afternoon, DeWine laid out the key points to the restart of contact sports at all levels on Aug. 21.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Raiders win dual match over Van Wert
Evan Knittle golfing

Wayne Trace visited Willow Bend Country Club on Monday for a dual match with Van Wert, and the Raiders came out on top by a final score of 186-199.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Lady Cougars bounce Celina 4-1
VW Cougars stacked logo

The Lady Cougars tennis team moved to 3-0 overall on the season after winning their WBL opener 4-1 against Celina on Monday.


Eggress Stadium

In a sense, it’s back to the drawing board for Eggerss Stadium.

Van Wert Cougars logo

The Van Wert boys golf team competed in the Liberty-Benton Invitational on Friday, ending the day with a team total of 434.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 Cougars Compete at Kalida Invitational
Van Wert Cougar Logo

The Van Wert golf team competed in the Kalida Invitational on Wednesday at Moose Landing Country Club and came away with a team score of 426.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 No Season Tickets for 2020 Football Season
No season tickets for 2020 football season

Due to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines and the reduced number of regular season football games, Van Wert City Schools will not be able to sell season tickets for the 2020 football season.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2020 WBL Football Schedule
Updated WBL Football Schedule

The Western Buckeye League released its revised six-game 2020 football schedule on Wednesday morning. There will not be a WBL champion this year and league officials decided against using a two-division format.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Raiders take 7th at Defiance Invite
Van Wert Cougars logo

Wayne Trace finished in the top half of the pack on Monday, grabbing seventh the Defiance Invitational.

VW Cougar Logo with Cougar Head

Through two matches the Lady Cougar tennis team's hot start has led them to two 5-0 victories, this time against Lehman Catholic on Tuesday.

Monday, August 10, 2020 Lady Cougar Tennis Team Wins Opener
Van Wert Cougars logo

On the heels of a strong 2019-2020 campaign, the Lady Cougars picked up exactly where they left off on the tennis court, sweeping Archbold for a 5-0 win on Saturday.

Cougar head and cougar paw with VWCS 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

During the 2019-2020 school year, all Ohio schools were closed for the remainder of the school calendar year beginning on March 17, 2020 by order of Governor DeWine and State Health Commissioner Acton in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Pictured from left to right are current and former Van Wert High School Booster Club Officers: Breanne Sudduth, Treasurer; LeeAnn Pratt, Secretary; Michelle Gunter, President; Ben Laudick, Former President; and RJ Coleman, Vice President. 

The Van Wert High School Athletic Booster Club is extremely proud to have contributed $75,000 to the resurfacing of the Van Wert High School track.

Drone photo taken by Adam Sealscott shows the new scarlet-and-gray color scheme on the tennis complex’s six tennis courts.

The newly reconditioned courts at the Van Wert County Foundation Tennis Complex at Van Wert High School will have players and fans alike seeing red.

TJ Reynolds throws the first pitch of the all-star game

Eight area High School seniors competed in the Ohio Memorial All-Star Game at Ottawa Memorial Field over the weekend.

Sunday, May 24, 2020 VWHS Class of 2020 Commencement
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Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Watch the 149th Annual Van Wert High School Commencement. 

VW Cougar head logo

Registration for fall athletics is now open for students who will be in grades 7 - 12 for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 VWCS to Close March 16 - April 3
VWCS Coronavirus Update March 12, 2020

Van Wert City Schools has cancelled all school-related events beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3 due to the order announced by Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday, March 12.

TJ is surrounded by family and coaches as he signs his letter of intent to play for Muskingum University.

Van Wert High School senior TJ Reynolds signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Muskingum University.

Lorrie Decker

Van Wert’s Lorrie Decker finished tied for 28th at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Division II State Bowling Tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on Saturday.

Van Wert High School cheerleaders pose with their trophy at the state championship

The Van Wert High School Cheerleaders traveled to St. John Arena at The Ohio State University on Sunday, March 1 to compete in the 28th annual OASSA State Cheer & Dance Championships.

Monday, February 24, 2020 Bowling: Decker to State for Third Year
Congratulations Lorrie Decker, state-bound in girls bowling

Van Wert High School bowler Lorrie Decker is bound for the Ohio High School Athletic Association State tournament for the third consecutive year.