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Erin Schauf of Van Wert

Erin Kaufman scored a career high 24 points to help keep Ottawa Glandorf unbeaten in the Western Buckeye League with a 53-40 victory over Van Wert on Thursday night.

VW girls vs. Crestview

Size, length and athleticism won out for the Lady Knights in a 58-40 victory over cross-county rival Van Wert on Monday night.

VW cougar head logo

Tonight's JV / varsity boys basketball against St. Marys has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 8.

Thursday, January 13, 2022 Lady Cougars sunk by St. Marys 78-43
Maria Bagley of Van Wert

A parade of threes and a suffocating defensive attack for St. Marys turned a WBL showdown into a 78-43 rout victory over Van Wert on Thursday night.


 The Van Wert bowling teams split a match against Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday. 

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.

Sofi Houg of Van Wert

Sofi Houg poured in 37 points to break the Van Wert all-time single-game scoring record in leading the Cougars past Paulding 74-58 on Tuesday evening.

VWHS Theatre proudly presents Cinderella

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

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Less than 24 hours after both teams were locked in on their respective Friday night conference battles, Marion Local and Van Wert met up in a knock down, drag out Saturday night showdown.

Ethan Brown of Van Wert

That turned out to be the winning formula in Van Wert's 45-33 WBL victory over Wapakoneta on Friday.

Thursday, January 6, 2022 Lady Cougars hold off Wapak for 39-35 win
Carlee Young of Van Wert

On Thursday night in the Den, the Lady Cougars picked up where they left off last week with a 39-35 victory over Wapakoneta.

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.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

It didn’t take much time for the Cougars to get going on Thursday night at the Den, and once they started they couldn’t be stopped.

Kyra Welch Of Van Wert

 A stout defensive performance and an equally impressive game on the offensive end from Kyra Welch turned out to be all the Lady Cougars needed to run away with a 60-40 non conference victory over Lincolnview on Thursday night.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 Lady Cougars fall to Jefferson 47-31
Carlee Young of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars dropped a non conference game on the road to Delphos Jefferson 47-31 on Tuesday night.

Maddix Crutchfield of Van Wert

A strong push in the fourth quarter wasn't quite enough for Van Wert in a 57-51 loss to Columbus Grove on Monday night.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Cougar bowlers split match, Lancers fall
Bowling Team

On Monday at Olympic Lanes, the Van Wert bowling teams split a match with St. Marys.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 Cougars hold off Ottoville for 59-54 win
Ethan Brown of Van Wert

After playing two games last weekend that were decided by a combined total of four points, Van Wert knocked-off Ottoville 59-54 in non-league play on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 Lady Cougars beat St. John's 56-26
Sofi Houg of Van Wert

 A 24-point performance from Sofi Houg propelled the Lady Cougars to a 56-26 win over Delphos St. John's on Monday night.

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.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Down 35-18 at halftime, the Van Wert boys basketball team had Wayne Trace right where it wanted Saturday night at the Cougars’ Den.

Sunday, December 19, 2021 Cougar swimmers race Elida, Ada
Cougar Swimmers

The Van Wert High School boys and girls swimming teams hosted Ada High School and Elida High school in a double-dual meet on Thursday.

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

Friday, December 17, 2021 Lady Cougars edge out Defiance 37-35
Carlee Young of Van Wert

 In their third straight game decided by five points of less, the Lady Cougars picked up their third straight win.

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.

Maria Bagley of Van Wert

Host Van Wert scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and held off a late Wayne Trace rally to post a 34-32 win over the Raiders in girls basketball non-league action at the Cougars Den Tuesday evening.


Monday, December 13, 2021 Cougar golfers honored at banquet
Golf Team

The Van Wert golf team recently held their banquet at Willow Bend Country Club to celebrate their season.

Sunday, December 12, 2021 Pratt leads Cougars over Kalida 37-32
Boys Varsity Basketball

 A Saturday night defensive battle between Van Wert and Kalida came down to the last four minutes, the Cougars winning those minutes 9-0 to pull out a 37-32 win.

Saturday, December 11, 2021 Cougars sink Celina in WBL opener
Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 From start to finish the Cougars looked strong across the board in their 55-39 WBL opening win over Celina on Friday night.

Friday, December 10, 2021 Lady Cougars take care of Celina 49-32
Sofi Houg of Van Wert

 The Lady Cougars notched their first WBL victory of the season on Thursday night in a 49-32 win over Celina.

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.

Sofi Houg of Van Wert

With both teams looking to get back into the win column on Tuesday night at Spencerville High School, it was the Bearcats who came out on top over Van Wert despite a third quarter run for a 42-41 win.

Monday, December 6, 2021 LCC edges Van Wert 37-36
Garett Gunter of Van Wert

The Lima Central Catholic and Van Wert basketball teams have both had limited practice time because of long football playoff runs, so Saturday afternoon’s game didn’t look to be pretty. 

Carlee Young of Van Wert

In the WBL opener for both teams, the reigning conference champion Bath Wildkittens continued their winning ways with a 46-35 victory over Van Wert on Thursday night.

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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Girls hoops: Lancers, Knights win, VW falls
Van Wert Varsity Girls Basketball

Marion Local controlled the first and third quarters and the Flyers handed Van Wert a 53-40 loss on Tuesday night.

Aidan Pratt playing basketball against a Crestview player

Due to the Cougar football team’s recent playoff success, the 2021-2022 boys basketball schedule has been adjusted.

Kyra Welch Of Van Wert

Just as they did in their opener two seasons ago, the Lady Cougars pulled out a down to the wire victory over Ottoville on Saturday night.

Mr. Bagley holds a Cougar jersey in front of last year's state championship display case

It’s a high-stakes football game between a pair of 12-1 teams, with the winner moving on to the Division IV state semifinals.

Board member Scott Mull listens to information about the district’s five-year forecast.

Van Wert City Schools will be in the black for the next five years, according to the latest financial forecast.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Eggerss Stadium: It's Time!
Current concession stand at Eggerss Stadium

I’ve lived in Van Wert for more than 40 years and cannot imagine the city without Eggerss Stadium. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 VWHS Volleyball Holds Awards Banquet
2021 senior volleyball players

The Van Wert Volleyball team held their annual awards banquet on Sunday, November 7.

VW Cougar head logo

Season tickets for the 2021-2022 boys varsity basketball season will be available starting Monday, November 8.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 VWCS Completes 2021 United Way Campaign
United Way logo

Van Wert City Schools recently wrapped up its 2021-2022 United Way Campaign.

Rendering of Eggerss Stadium

Mudbowl 2021.  This could be used to describe the playoff game between Van Wert and Rossford this past Friday at Eggerss stadium.

Van Wert City Schools Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton addresses the Board during the October meeting on Wednesday.

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education heard two presentations during its October meeting on Wednesday.

Aerial view of Eggerss Stadium lighting up the night sky surrounding Van Wert

Traditions: the passing of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. All over America, one thing unites us in the late summer and early fall: high school football on Friday nights.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 VWCS Thanks Local Partners for New AEDs
Administrators, staff, and students representing Van Wert City Schools stand with a table full of AEDs with Stacy Adam, Executive Director and Krista Somerton, Program Manager of the Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation

Through several grants and generous donations, Van Wert City Schools is pleased to have a total of 33 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on-site throughout its four campuses.

Monday, October 11, 2021 Eggerss Stadium: A Van Wert Legacy
Rendering of the renovated Eggerss Stadium

It’s pretty easy to name things that go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Arts and crafts. Love and marriage. 

Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley talks about a bond issue the district is placing on the ballot to fund renovations to Eggerss Stadium.

Voters in the Van Wert City School District can expect to see a May 2022 ballot issue to renovate and improve Eggerss Stadium.

Monday, August 9, 2021 *NEW* Alerts Sign-Up
Notification graphic

Van Wert City Schools is announcing changes to its alert system. In order to receive alerts about district announcements and school delays and cancellations, individuals must sign up at

VWCS Circle Logo

Dear Parent(s),

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! The Board of Education, the building principals, and I look forward to returning to a much more “normal” educational experience for students and employees as we begin the 2021-2022 school year.