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THE MINSTER High School baseball team is all smiles as they gather to hold up the Division IV championship trophy after a 5-4 thriller in the state finals at Huntington Park in Columbus. The Wildcats edged Cuyahoga Heights in the bottom of the seventh to capture their second consecutive D-IV state crown on a two-out base hit by Devon Poeppelman (far right).

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The Lehman High School baseball team completed another successful season under longtime head coach Dave King, posting a 23-6 record and advancing to the regional tournament for the second consecutive season in Division IV. The 23 wins pushed King (back row, far right) to over 470 wins in his career.

The Minster girls softball team had its best season ever, and that's not just an opinion. Prior to this season, Minster had only one tournament victory in school history. But this year's team was a record-setter, finishing with a 25-6 record under coach Scott Robinson and advancing all the way to the Division IV Regional championship game before losing a tough game to Covington 9-6. The Lady Wildcats also finished runner-up in the tough Midwest Athletic Conference with a 6-1 record, when the previous high for league wins in a season was two. Their 349 hits as a team ranked seventh all-time in Ohio.

The Versailles High School baseball team had an outstanding season, winning the championship of the Midwest Athletic Conference, then adding sectional and district championships in postseason before falling in the Division III Regional semifinals. The Tigers, coached by Mitch Hoying, finished the season with a 24-8 record.

(Left) The Covington Lady Buccs softball team celebrates their Division IV Regional championship last month.

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The Tippecanoe Red Devils celebrate after Steven Calhoun’s two-out, bases-loaded double drove in the game-tying and game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a Division II District title game against Monroe at Mason High School.

Tippecanoe pitcher Carter Langdon fields a bunt as third baseman Ben Hughes and a host of Red Devil fans look on during a Division II Regional semifinal game at UD’s Woerner Field. Tippecanoe lost to Wyoming 3-2.

Covington’s Cassidy Cain drives the ball during Thursday’s Division IV State semifinal at Firestone Field in Akron.

Milton-Union's Matt Brumbaugh qualified for the Division II State tournament and reached the second round as a freshman this season.

Covington catcher Connor Schaffer makes a diving catch during the Division IV State semifinal game at Firestone Field in Akron.

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Minster’s Kayla Wuebker gets set to hand the baton to Chelsea Stewart during the 400 relay finals in the Division III State Track Meet. Minster finished seventh to earn a spot on the awards stand. Joining these two were Hannah Barga and Sara Dahlinghaus. Minster also finished second in the 1600 relay, and Barga was a member of that foursome with Gabrielle Barga, Natalie Fausey and Samantha Hoelscher.

Derek Collins of Minster heads around the track in Columbus during the 1600 relay finals in Division III. Collins anchored the Minster foursome, which won in 3:21.3. He was joined by Troy Kauffman, Paul Dues and Korey Schultz.

Francis Slonkosky of Minster carries the baton in the 3200 relay at the State Track Meet. Slonkosky went on to finish seventh in the 1600 run.

Minster’s Kayla Wuebker goes high to clear the bar on a rainy Friday at the State Track Meet in Columbus. Wuebker went on to clear 12 feet and take third place in Division III, the second year in a row she's finished in that spot.

NEW BREMEN senior Ben Chaney put a nice finishing touch on his track career by placing seventh in the Division III 110 hurdles at the State Track Meet.

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JEREMY BENSMAN (right) of Anna hands the baton to Brady Cates in the finals of the Division III 400 relay at the State Track Meet in Columbus. Anna finished seventh in 43.96, the other two runners being Nate Bolllheimer and Cole Furgason. Bollheimer, Furgason, Cates and Kyle Dersham also finished sixth in the 800 relay in 1:31.57.


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It was an impressive performance for Fort Loramie sophomore distance runner Meg Westerheide at the Division III State Track Meet in Columbus. She took two fourth-place finishes, in the 800 in 2:15.18 and fourth in the 1600 in 5:07.42.

Lane White brought a state 4th place finish in the 400 meter dash home for the Covington Buccs.

Fairlawn High School sophomore Trey Everett clears the bar during the high jump this season. Everett competed in the State Track Meet in Columbus and made it to the podium, finishing sixth. He was also an Academic All-Ohioan.

Allison Roeth of Houston took 4th place honors at state track in the 3,200 meter Division III race.

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Lehman's Justin Stewart earned a state track medal with a 7th place finish in the Division III 400 meter event.

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The Viking's Leah Dunivan earned a pair of state track medals with a fifth place finish in the shot put and a fourth place in the DIII high jump. Dunivan is pictured here earning her state berth in high jump at the regional track meet in Troy in late May.

After finishing as Division III state runners-up in 2011, the Versailles Lady Tigers won it all earlier this month, winning the 2012 state title in track team championship. In the 3200 relay, Chloe Warvel, Natalie Grillot, Hannah Wenig and Tammy Berger placed second. In the 800 relay, Lauren Bohman, Abby Barlage, Taylor Winner and Amanda Winner placed third and in the 400 relay, Lauren Bohman, Gwen Keihl, Megan Hemmelgarn and Abby Barlage placed sixth.

Lauren Francis, left, of Russia, finished 8th in the state in the Division III 3,200 meter race.

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Versailles Craig Pothast tied for 6th place in Division II state high jump.

Versailles standout Sam Prakel earned first place honors for Division II state track in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races.

Bradford’s Dylan Canan runs in the 400 at the Division III State track meet in Columbus. Canan finished ninth in the event.

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Troy’s Ashley Rector runs in the 400 during the Division I State track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Rector, along with Todda Norris, Catelyn Schmiedebusch and Gracie Huffman, placed sixth in the 4x200 relay race.

Tippecanoe's Sam Wharton (middle) follows Reynoldsburg’s Tsehaye Hiluf (front) in the 3,200 race during the Division I State meet Saturday in Columbus. Wharton finished second in the event, breaking the meet and Tippecanoe High School record in the process, while Hiluf broke the D-I record and won the race.

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Tippecanoe’s Grant Koch fights off a cramp and stumbles his way to the finish line during the 800 at the Division I Regional meet Friday at Welcome Stadium. Koch held on to win the race and qualify for the state meet — where he placed sixth.

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