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Vw Boys soccer

 The Van Wert boys were shutout 5-0 by Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday night.

Design Build Eggerss Stadium Restoration

The Board of Education of the Van Wert City Schools, Ohio (the “District”) in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Sections 153.65 through 153.72 is soliciting statements of qualifications (SOQ) and design-build services.

Friday, December 2, 2022 PAWS | Let's Review (11/21/22 - 12/2/22)
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We've been staying busy at VWCS. Check out what we've been up to! 

Friday, October 28, 2022 PAWS | Let's Review This Week
PAWS Let's Review this Week Graphic

See what students and staff at each building have been up to! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Van Wert girls soccer falls to Bath
Van Wert Girls Soccer Team

The Van Wert girls were shutout in their season finale by Bath 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Lady Cougars swept by Antwerp
Sayler Wise of Van Wert

 Antwerp handled Van Wert in three sets on Monday night.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Cougars blanked by New Knoxville
Kaden Shaffer of Van Wert

The Cougars were shutout by New Knoxville 3-0 on Monday night.

Van Wert cross country

 A field of 25 teams that included Lincolnview, Van Wert, Parkway and Crestview ran at the Coldwater Lions Invitational on Saturday.

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Cougars wallop Kenton 77-20
Brylen Parker of Van Wert

 Van Wert rolled to a 61-7 first half lead, then rested the starters during the last 24 minutes in a 77-20 rout of Kenton Friday night.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 Volleyball falls to Kenton
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

 Van Wert dropped a three-set match to Kenton on Tuesday night.

Finley Foster of Van Wert

Van Wert picked up their first win of the season on Monday night against Jefferson.

Girls Tennis

The Lady Cougar tennis team defeated Bluffton 4-1 in their final regular season match on Monday night.

Sunday, October 2, 2022 Lady Cougars fall at Ada
VW logo

The visiting Van Wert girls soccer team lost at Ada 9-1 on Saturday morning in War Memorial Park Stadium.

Sunday, October 2, 2022 VW boys downed by Ada
Boys soccer

The visiting Ada boys soccer team defeated Van Wert 7-1 in a non-league match Saturday.

Maddix Crutchfield of Van Wert

 After a bit of a rocky start, Van Wert rebounded with a strong second half to take care of Shawnee 36-14 in their homecoming game on Friday night.

Friday, September 30, 2022 Van Wert Volleyball drops conference game
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

Van Wert fell in three sets to Shawnee on Thursday night.

Friday, September 30, 2022 Van Wert Girls shutout by Kenton
Girls Soccer Team

The Van Wert girls were shutout 13-0 by Kenton on Thursday evening.

Friday, September 30, 2022 Thursday's golf results
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Van Wert finished just short of qualifying as team for districts with a score of 363 and a fifth place finish in the sectional tournament at Moose Landing Country Club on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Lady Panthers beat Van Wert in straight sets
Finley Foster of Van Wert

 Parkway was in control from the opening set in a sweep victory over Van Wert on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Tuesday’s golf results
Golf Picture

Van Wert (162) outscored Lincolnview (180) and Crestview (197) at Hickory Sticks Golf Course on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Lady Knights blank Van Wert on senior night
Finley Foster of Van Wert

 The Lady Knights opened the week with a three-set victory on senior night over Van Wert on Monday.

Tennis Seniors

 The Lady Cougar tennis team got a senior night victory over Lehman Catholic 4-1 on Monday night.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 VWHS Announces 2022 Homecoming Court
2022 Homecoming Court

Van Wert High School’s Student Council is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Homecoming Court.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2022 Homecoming Events
Graphic of homecoming events

Join the Van Wert Cougars on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30pm to kick things off with the annual Homecoming parade!

Monday, September 26, 2022 Lady Cougars blanked by St. John's
Raelyn Proffitt of Van Wert

 The Van Wert girls soccer team was shutout on Saturday by St. John's 11-0.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

. At the break, the Cougars decided to go straight at the Titan defense by using the run to set up the pass, and Van Wert found the endzone three times in the second half to knock off O-G 31-16 at Titan Stadium.

Friday, September 23, 2022 Volleyball falls to OG
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

 The Lady Cougars took another three-set loss on Thursday night at the hands of the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans.

Friday, September 23, 2022 VW Golf WBL Champions
Vw Golf

As a result of the tie and their regular season record of 9-0, the Cougars are officially 2022 WBL champs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Soccer Roundup: Van Wert girls lose
Van Wert Girls Soccer Team

The Lady Cougars suffered another shutout at the hands of state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf 14-0 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Van Wert vs. OG Football Ticketing
VW Cougar Head Logo

Fans interested in attending the Van Wert vs. Ottawa-Glandorf game on Friday, September 23 are asked to purchase tickets at the gate.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Lady Raiders sweep Van Wert
Jordanne Blythe of Van Wert

Visiting Wayne Trace improved its overall record to 10-2 on the season with a straight set win over host Van Wert in non-league volleyball play Monday night at the Cougars’ Den.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Monday's golf scores
Golf Picture

 In Monday night golf action, Van Wert beat Elida to finish unbeaten in WBL matches, Crestview finished ahead of Spencerville in a quad match and the Lincolnview girls defeated Parkway.

Connor Campbell of Van Wert

 One week removed from their first loss of the season, the Cougars rebounded in a big way with a 70-41 victory over St. Marys behind a massive performance from junior wideout Conner Campbell.

Friday, September 16, 2022 Van Wert Volleyball falls to St. Mary's
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

Van Wert fell in three sets to conference rival St. Marys on Thursday night.

Friday, September 16, 2022 Lady Cougars blank Kenton 5-0
Van Wert Tennis Team

 The Lady Cougar tennis team completed a 5-0 sweep of Kenton on Thursday night.

Volleyball Pic

Van Wert still couldn't manage to pick up a victory in a three-set loss to non-conference opponent Delphos St. John's on Tuesday night.

Friday, September 16, 2022 Lady Cougars beat OG 3-2
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The Van Wert girls tennis team defeated conference rival Ottawa-Glandorf 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Friday, September 16, 2022 Tuesday's golf scores
Golf Picture

In Tuesday night golf action, the Van Wert and Lincolnview boys, as well as the Wayne Trace girls were victorious.

Friday, September 16, 2022 VWHS Theatre Announces 2022 Fall Play
VWHS Theatre presents Trouble in Tumbleweed poster

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2022 fall play production.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 All-Clear Given Following Threat at VWMS
VWCS circle logo

Today a threat of violence was made at Van Wert Middle School.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Prep roundup: volleyball, soccer
VWHS Girls Soccer

The Redskins defeated Van Wert 7-0 in WBL action on Monday.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Monday's golf scores
Golf Picture

The Van Wert boys won a 172-172 tiebreaker over Ottoville on Monday night at Delphos Country Club.

Reese Krugh of Van Wert

A few mental lapses resulted in a heart-breaking loss for the Van Wert Cougars on Friday night.

Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

 Van Wert suffered its eighth straight loss to open up the season in a three set match against Wapak on Thursday night.

Friday, September 9, 2022 Lady Cougars top St. Marys
Grace Lott of Van Wert

 The Lady Cougar tennis team notched a big 3-2 WBL victory over St. Marys on Thursday night.

Soccer picture

 In Thursday night soccer action, both Van Wert and Lincolnview fell in 2-1 matchups to Defiance and Kalida respectively.

Friday, September 9, 2022 Thursday's golf scores
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Van Wert took down Kenton 208-263 at Memorial Park Golf Club on Thursday night.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Lady Cougars fall in four to Ottoville
Jordanne Blythe of Van Wert

 The Van Wert girls had their second straight competitive home match against a Putnam County opponent on Tuesday night, but just as Kalida did last Thursday, Ottoville came out on top despite an extension beyond three sets.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Tuesday's golf scores
Golf Picture

 In Tuesday night golf action, Lincolnview, Van Wert and Parkway all picked up wins.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Invite champs!
Grace Lott of Van Wert

Van Wert’s Mandy Burenga and Grace Lott and Piper Pierce and Sophie Gearhart were crowned “A” doubles and “C” doubles champions, and the Cougars won the four-team Elida Invitational on Saturday.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Cougar defense blanks Defiance 36-0
Maddix Crutchfield of Van Wert

 Van Wert’s defense came up with another stellar effort Friday night, blanking Defiance 36-0.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Booster Club Members Can Pick Up Swag
VW Cougars logo

Van Wert Cougar Pride Booster Club members will have an opportunity on Wednesday, September 7 to pick up their membership gifts from 5:30-7 p.m. at Van Wert Elementary.

Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

The Cougars will host Ottoville on Tuesday.

Nova Mcname of Van Wert

 In Thursday night soccer action, both Van Wert teams along with Crestview took losses while Spencerville and Lincolnview played to ties.

Thursday, September 1, 2022 Thursday's golf scores
Golf Picture

Van Wert picked up a 156-164 WBL win over Ottawa-Glandorf at Pike Run Golf Course on Thursday.

Olivia Treece of Van Wert

 The Lady Cougars took Kalida the distance on Tuesday night inside of the den, but the Lady Cats outlasted their comeback attempt with a five-set victory.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Lady Cougars fall to LCC
Sophie Gearhart of Van Wert

 The Van Wert girls tennis team fell to LCC 1-4 in a non league matchup on Tuesday night.

Raelyn Proffitt of Van Wert

Both Van Wert teams and the Spencerville girls were shutout in Tuesday night soccer action.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Tuesday's golf scores
Golf Picture

In Tuesday night golf action, the Lincolnview and Parkway boys got wins, while both Wayne Trace teams, the Parkway girls and Crestview girls took losses. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Raiders, Cougars win Wayne Trace CC Invite
Van Wert Boys Cross Country

 A pair of local teams enjoyed success on Tuesday night in the Wayne Trace Cross Country Invitational as the Wayne Trace girls and Van Wert boys both captured championships.

Maddix Crutchfield of Van Wert

 Friday night's WBL tilt between Van Wert and Celina was a tale of two halves.

Friday, August 26, 2022 Lady Cougars fall to Wapak 2-3
Grace Lott of Van Wert

 The Lady Cougar tennis team suffered a close 2-3 loss to WBL foe Wapakoneta on Thursday night.

Claire Benner of Van Wert

Van Wert took their third straight, three-set loss on Thursday night against Celina.

Citlali Aguilar of Van Wert

The Crestview girls knocked out the Van Wert girls 9-2 on Thursday.

Friday, August 26, 2022 Thursday's golf scores
Golf Picture

Van Wert topped both Bryan and Jefferson in a tri match at Willow Bend Country Club on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Lady Cougar tennis swept by Bryan
VWHS Logo

 The Lady Cougar tennis team took an 0-5 loss to Bryan on Tuesday.

Maria Bagley of Van Wert

 Lincolnview commenced volleyball season with a three-set victory over Van Wert on Tuesday night.

Jordanne Blythe of Van Wert

 In the season opener for both volleyball teams, Paulding took down Van Wert in three sets in "the jungle" on Monday night.

Monday, August 22, 2022 Ladycats rout Van Wert 13-0
Sydney Dowler of Van Wert

 Jefferson’s speed and agility were way too much for Van Wert Monday night as the Ladycats’ soccer team routed the Lady Cougars 13-0.

Monday, August 22, 2022 Monday's golf scores
Golf Picture

Van Wert picked up a 172-202 win in a dual match with Celina at the Celina Lynx on Monday.

Brylen Parker of Van Wert

 Brylen Parker had three first quarter touchdowns, including two kick returns in the first two minutes of the game and the Cougars put a rout on Bryan with a 63-28 win Friday night.

Willie Hernandez holds the digital yard marker his donation purchased

Willie Hernandez, a 1953 Van Wert High School graduate, donated funds to the athletic department for the purchase of a digital yard marker.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Lady Cougar tennis falls to Bath 2-3
VWHS Logo

 The Van Wert girls tennis team fell in their first home match of the season 2-3 to Bath on Monday night.

Monday, August 15, 2022 Cougar golfers beat Wayne Trace
Keaton Foster of Van Wert

 Keaton Foster had a 37 and Griff McCracken shot a 40 to lead the Van Wert Cougars to a 164-171 win over visiting Wayne Trace Monday afternoon at Willow Bend Country Club.

Saturday, August 13, 2022 Cougars outscore Knights in jamboree 41-20
Brylen Parker of Van Wert

On a picture perfect football Friday night, Van Wert outscored Crestview 41-20 in the 9th annual jamboree scrimmage to kick off the season.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Wednesday's golf scores
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Van Wert took home seventh place out of 22 teams in the Kalida Invitational at Moose Landing Country Club on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 7, 2022 Lady Cougar tennis sweeps Archbold
VWHS Logo

 The Van Wert girls tennis team opened the season with a 5-0 win over Archbold on Saturday.

VWCS circle logo

Van Wert City Schools announces its 2022-2023 program year policy Free and Reduced Price Meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. 

VWCS circle logo

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the unexpired term of board member Dr. Rachel S. White, who resigned her position July 19, 2022.

Eggerss Stadium

On behalf of Van Wert City School District, we would like to thank you once again for your continued support of the district with the passage of the Eggerss Stadium bond issue.

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.

baseball

 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.

Students create a "Living Literature" presenation representing Casey at Bat

Van Wert High School would like to invite community members to experience the Living Literature presentations on Monday, May 16 in VWHS room 102.

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.

Aerial view of proposed rendering for Eggerss Stadium

Van Wert City Schools and the Eggerss Stadium Renovation Committee invite all Van Wert community members to our Preserve the Pride event on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 pm.

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.

baseball

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.

Friday, April 8, 2022 All-Clear Given Following Threat
VWCS cougar head logo

Today a bomb threat was made to Van Wert High School and other high schools in the area.

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.

VWHS Logo

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.

Collage of renderings of Eggerss Stadium renovations

Van Wert City Schools and the Eggerss Stadium Renovation Committee would like to share some updates that have been made to the Eggerss Stadium Renovations project since it was first announced in September 2021.

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Van Wert Baseball takes dubs against Bryan, while the Van Wert Girls Softball falls to Bryan 

Ethan Rupert of Van Wert

On a warm, windy Wednesday, Van Wert got a masterful pitching performance from junior lefthander Luke Wessell in a 4-1 win over Lincolnview.

Van Wert Softball

On a windy season-opening Wednesday, the Lady Lancers shutout cross-county rival Van Wert 7-0 behind a combined one-hitter from Taylor Post and Sydney Fackler.

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!

Thursday, March 10, 2022 Girls Basketball Banquet
Van Wert Girls Basketball

The Van Wert High School girls basketball program recently held its annual postseason banquet

Friday, February 25, 2022 Cougars drop OT thriller to Wauseon
Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Friday night's sectional final at Lima Senior had all the makings of a classic, just not the ending the Cougars would have wanted.

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.

Sunday, February 20, 2022 Welker advances to State swim meet
Jayden Welker of Van Wert

The Van Wert swim team traveled to Bowling Green State University for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Northwest district tournament where all Cougar swimmers earned personal records in every event of the day.

Saturday, February 19, 2022 Gunter leads Cougars over Bath 54-46
Garett Gunter of Van Wert

 Van Wert finished its regular season with a hard-fought 54-46 win over Lima Bath Friday night.

Carson Smith of Van Wert

 Tuesday night’s battle between neighbors was a back-and-fourth donnybrook — until the fourth quarter.

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.

Varsity Basketball

Van Wert beat Kenton 65-54 on Saturday night to complete a perfect 3-0 week against WBL teams.

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 The WBL bowling tournament was held Saturday at 20th century Lanes in Lima where the Van Wert girls finished in fourth and the boys team turned in a seventh place finish.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 Cougar defense stymies Elida
Nate Phillips of Van Wert

 It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win. Van Wert struggled mightily on offense but was superb on defense in a 36-23 win over Elida Friday night.

Thursday, February 10, 2022 Lady Cougars squeeze by Elida 41-38
Carlee Young of Van Wert

 Both teams shot mostly blanks for the first 22 minutes Thursday night, but Van Wert busted loose late in the third quarter and held on for a 41-38 win over Elida.

Garett Gunter of Van Wert

In a rare Tuesday night WBL tilt against St. Marys, the Cougars put together what was quite possibly their best performance of the season.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 Lady Cougars top Kenton 52-38
Sofi Houg of Van Wert

 Van Wert built up a big first half lead and pretty much held onto it in the second to top Kenton 52-38 Monday night.

Carson Smith of Van Wert

 In a week that limited practice time and caused postponements throughout the area, the Cougars managed to cap things off with a 54-41 over St. Henry on Saturday night.

2022 Cougars United spirit week themes for United Way

Van Wert City Schools will be participating in United Way of Van Wert County's "Rivals United" week with a "Cougars United" fundraiser competition between Van Wert High School and Middle School. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Cougars take care of St. John’s 55-47
Garett Gunter of Van Wert

Tuesday night’s short trip to Delphos was a successful one for Van Wert as they came away with a 55-47 win in non conference action with the Blue Jays.

Sofi Houg of Van Wert

Area girls basketball teams found out their tournament paths on Sunday as the Northwest District Athletic Board held tournament draws.

Monday, January 31, 2022 Cougars swim strong at WBL meet
Van Wert Swimmers

The Cougar swim team traveled to Napoleon High School for the annual Western Buckeye League Championships involving all 10 member schools on Saturday where the boys took fourth place and the girls finished in eighth.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 In a tilt between two teams tangled in the middle of the WBL standings, Shawnee held off Van Wert for a 60-55 win on Friday night.

Thursday, January 27, 2022 Lady Cougars shock unbeaten Shawnee 57-48
Carlee Young of Van Wert

With the help of a spread out scoring attack and some defensive intensity, Van Wert played spoiler on Thursday night with a 57-48 win over previously unbeaten Shawnee.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Boys Basketball Tournament sites released
Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 Northwest Ohio boys basketball tournament sites were released recently as squads from around the area found out their potential places for tournament games.

Sofi Houg of Van Wert

 Despite going without a field goal in the fourth quarter, Fairview’s free throw shooting was enough to hold off a furious Van Wert rally and escape with a 57-54 Tuesday night win.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 Fresh off of an emotional WBL loss to Ottawa-Glandorf on Friday night, Van Wert bounced back in a big way with a 57-45 win over Coldwater early Saturday evening.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Ottawa-Glandorf and Van Wert played one of their typical games Friday night at the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

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.

Bowling

 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.

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.

Monday, December 20, 2021 Van Wert Wrestlers Compete in Galion
VWHS wrestling team

Van Wert had three second place finishers – Joaquin Estrada, Keaton Sudduth and Caleb Bledsoe – and the Cougars finished sixth out of 10 teams at the Galion Pool Invitational on Saturday.

Monday, December 20, 2021 Cougar Swimmers Take on Ada, Elida
Van Wert Cougar swimmers recently took to the pool against Ada and Elida. 

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, December 16, and the Cougar boys were victorious over Ada (43-12) and Elida (43-35), while the girls fell to both teams (Ada 46-25, Elida 49-27).

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.

VWCS Circle Logo

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code ORC 153.65-73, Van Wert City Schools is requesting qualifications from architects for professional design services to assist in the planning, design and construction of renovated athletic facilities, Eggerss Stadium.

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.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 In an effort to avenge their loss in the second round of the 2020 postseason, the Port Clinton Redskins upset Van Wert in the regional title game on Friday night at Donnell Stadium in Findlay.

Friday, November 19, 2021 Van Wert vs. Port Clinton Game Day Info
Google map view of the area surrounding Donnell Stadium in Findlay

Click for printable information for tonight's Regional Finals football game against Port Clinton at Donnell Stadium in Findlay. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.

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. 

Maddix Crutchfield of Van Wert

 In a battle between the last two state champions in division four, the Van Wert Cougars made another playoff statement with a big 48-14 win over the Clyde Fliers on Friday night.

Rendering of Eggerss Stadium

An informational meeting about the proposed Eggerss Stadium renovation project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 16 at the Ohio City Community Building.

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.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 Sherer runs at state
Hunter Sherer of Van Wert

Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer finished his high school cross country career by placing 56th out of 181 runnrtd at the 93rd annual OHSAA Division II boys cross country championships at Fort Obetz on Saturday.

Friday, November 5, 2021 Jackson leads Cougars over Wauseon 53-20
Nathan Jackson of Van Wert

Behind Nate Jacksons's biggest game of the season, Van Wert glided through the second round of the playoffs with a 53-20 win over Wauseon on Friday night.

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.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 The swirling rain and diminishing field conditions were no obstacle for the Van Wert offense on Friday night as they shutout Rossford 46-0 in their playoff opener.

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.

Monday, October 25, 2021 Cougar runners qualify for regional meet
Boys Cross Country

 Columbus Grove hosted the Northwest Ohio District cross country championships on a cool but sunny Saturday.

Van Wert Cougars versus Rossford Bulldogs with OHSAA logo

The Van Wert Cougars will take on the Rossford Bulldogs on Friday, October 29 at Eggerss Stadium.

Nathan Jackson of Van Wert

With a WBL championship on the line, Van Wert quickly left no doubt en route to a 51-7 thrashing of Lima Bath Friday night.

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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Lady Cougars fall to Defiance in four sets
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

 The Lady Cougars season came to an end on Tuesday night with a four-set loss to Defiance in sectional play.

Monday, October 18, 2021 WBL champ!
Hunter Sherer of Van Wert

Van Wert High School senior Hunter Sherer won the Western Buckeye League individual cross country championship at Kenton on Saturday. 

Monday, October 18, 2021 First Team All-WBL!
Kyra Welch and Tyra McClain

Tyra McClain (left) and Kyra Welch (right) each earned First Team All-WBL) honors at the annual WBL meet in Kenton on Saturday.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Another night, another 40-plus point performance from Aidan Pratt and the Van Wert Cougars in a blowout victory.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 Cougars shutout by Bath 3-0
Van Wert Boys Soccer

Van Wert dropped their season finale to Bath 3-0 on Thursday night.

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.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 VW independent soccer, volleyball recap
Van Wert Boys Soccer

 Kaden Shaffer scored a goal and Van Wert battled New Knoxville to a 1-1 tie on Monday.

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. 

Monday, October 11, 2021 Weekend HS volleyball, soccer roundup
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

Van Wert improved to 6-14 with a 25-10, 25-16, 25-20 straight set victory at Waynesfield-Goshen on Saturday.

Grace Lott of Van Wert

The Van Wert girls tennis team finished up their season at the sectional tennis tournament held at UNOH this past weekend.

Van Wert VS. Kenton

What looked like a mismatch on paper turned out to be a mismatch on the field Friday night as Van Wert rolled to a 63-20 homecoming win over Kenton.

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Van Wert took a four-set loss to Elida in WBL action on Thursday night.

Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

The Lady Cougars won their second straight game on Tuesday night and picked up their first WBL win of the season against Kenton in three sets.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Lady Cougars sweep Jefferson
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

The Lady Cougars picked up their fourth win of the season on Monday night over the Jefferson Wildcats in three sets.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

Aidan Pratt and the Van Wert offense put together another stellar performance in a blowout victory over Shawnee on Friday night.

Sydnee Savage of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars dropped thier sixth straight WBL match of the year with a three-set loss to Shawnee on Thursday night.

Van Wert Golf Team

The Van Wert boys golf team shot 347 to finish in fifth place in sectional play at Moose Landing Golf Course on Friday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Lady Panthers sweep Van Wert
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

The Lady Panthers picked up their 12 win of the season on Tuesday in a three-set sweep over Van Wert.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Lady Cougar tennis team loses to LCC 3-2
Van Wert Tennis Team

 The Van Wert girls tennis team fell 3-2 to LCC on Tuesday night.

Monday, September 27, 2021 Lady Knights sweep Van Wert
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

 The Lady Knights cruised to a three set victory over Van Wert on Monday night.

Van Wert Boys Cross Country

 With the changing of the season to autumn this week, area cross country coaches are hoping their runner’s times continue to fall along with the calendar.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Cougar golfers take 9th at WBL tournament
Jace Fast of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys golf team came away with ninth place in the WBL tournament after recording a team score of 369 on Friday morning at Pike Run Golf Course.

Girls Soccer Team

Catanna Saum's first half goal was all it took for Van Wert to snap a lengthy losing streak with a 1-0 win over Delphos St. John's on Saturday.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Lancers shutout Van Wert 2-0
Van Wert Soccer VS. Lincolnview

 Lincolnview picked up a 2-0- shutout victory over Van Wert on Saturday morning.

Maddix Crutchfield of Van Wert

For the second straight season, the WBL rivalry between Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf came down to a defensive stop on the final play.

Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

The Lady Cougars dropped their fifth straight WBL game on Thursday night with a three-set loss to Ottawa Glandorf.

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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Tuesday's Golf Scores
Van Wert Golf Team

The Wayne Trace boys golf team was nipped by county rival Paulding 351-352 for the GMC title on Tuesday at Ironwood Golf Course.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Lady Raiders sweep past Van Wert
Van Wert VS. Wayne Trace

 In a non-league battle to start the week, the Wayne Trace Lady Raiders swept past visiting Van Wert in three games to post their fourth consecutive victory in improving to 9-3 on the season.

Connor Pratt of Van Wert

The Roughriders scored on the opening possession of Friday night’s WBL contest at Grand Lake Health Field and scored again late to hand top-ranked Van Wert their first loss of the season 21-14.

Friday, September 17, 2021 Lady Cougars swept by St. Marys
Maria Bagley of Van Wert

 St. Marys proved to be too much for Van Wert on the volleyball court Thursday night in a sweep victory.

Grace Dowler of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars were shutout in conference play on Thursday night 7-0 by St. Marys.

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 The Van Wert girls tennis team swept Kenton 5-0 for another WBL win on Thursday night.

Friday, September 17, 2021 Thursday's Area Golf Scores
Golf Picture

 The Van Wert boys golf team dropped a dual match to Elida 178-161 on Thursday night at Tamerac Golf Course.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Lady Cougars sweep St. John’s for 3rd win
Jordanne Blythe of Van Wert

On their second straight night of home matchups with MAC teams, the Lady Cougars bounced back with a three set sweep over Delphos St. John’s on Tuesday night.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the first official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday afternoon, and in region 14 of Division IV, the undefeated Van Wert Cougars came in at the top spot.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Lady Cougars beat Elida 4-1
Mandy Burenga of Van Wert

The Van Wert girls tennis team evened up their WBL record at 4-4 with a 4-1 win over Elida on Monday evening.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 VW independent tennis, golf, soccer recap
Van Wert Girls Soccer Team

Van Wert fell to Wapakoneta 8-0 on Monday, dropping the Lady Cougars to 0-6 (0-3 WBL).

Saturday, September 11, 2021 Lady Cougars beat Napoleon 3-2
Van Wert Girls Tennis Team

The Van Wert girls tennis team picked up a 3-2 non conference win over Napoleon on Saturday.

Brylen Parker of Van Wert

To put it simply, Friday night’s WBL showdown between Wapakoneta and Van Wert was a game for the ages.

Thursday, September 9, 2021 Volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer roundup
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

Wapakoneta topped Van Wert 35-23, 25-23, 25-12 at Van Wert High School on Thursday.

Thursday, September 9, 2021 Lady Cougars edge out St. Marys 3-2
Girls Tennis Team

The Van Wert girls tennis team pulled out a close WBL match 3-2 over St. Marys on Thursday night.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Van Wert girls tennis team pulled out a close WBL match 3-2 over St. Marys on Thursday night.

Thursday, September 9, 2021 Thursday's Golf Scoreboard
VWHS Logo

The Van Wert boys golf team picked up a WBL victory over the Kenton Wildcats 166-206 on Thursday night at Willow Bend Country Club.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Tuesday’s Area Golf Scores
Van Wert Golf Team

The Van Wert boys golf team dropped a WBL match to Shawnee 176-182 at Shawnee Country Club on Tuesday.

Hunter Sherer of Van Wert

Van Wert’s area cross country teams turned in high finishes on Saturday morning at the annual Columbus Grove Invitational.

Garett Gunter of Van Wert

On Friday night in Defiance, the WBL's top offense was at it again, and in their third straight victory to open the season, the Cougars made everything short, sweet and to the point in a 55-18 blowout of the Defiance Bulldogs.

Kayla Krites of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars dropped their second WBL game of the season on Thursday night to the Defiance Bulldogs in four sets.

Friday, September 3, 2021 Lady Cougars swept by Shawnee
Natalie Benner of Van Wert

The Van Wert girls tennis team ran into an undefeated Shawnee team on Thursday night and took an 0-5 loss to the Indians.

Friday, September 3, 2021 Cougars shutout by Celina 8-0
Kaden Shaffer of Van Wert

 The Van Wert boys soccer team fell 8-0 in a WBL contest to Celina on Thursday.

Van Wert Volleyball Team

With neither team able to consistently get its pass-set-kill offense running smoothly, Tuesday’s Van Wert/Kalida match came down to who made the fewest errors.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Area Golf Scores
Van Wert Golf Team

The Van Wert Cougars came out victorious 169-180 over Wapak at Willow Bend Country Club on Monday night.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Lady Cougars fall to OG in tennis
Van Wert Tennis Team

 The Van Wert girls tennis team dropped a WBL tennis matchup 1-4 to Ottawa-Glandorf on Monday evening.

Boys Cross Country

The 2021 cross country season kicked off Saturday at Stadium Park as Delphos St. Johns hosted the Blue Jay Invitational.

Brylen Parker of Van Wert

Nothing, not even a 20 minute weather delay could slow down the offensive juggernaut that is the Van Wert Cougars on Friday night.

Grace Dowler of Van Wert

Lady Knights leading scorer Katelyn Castle put up a first half hat trick and four total goals to lead Crestview past Van Wert 7-1 in girls soccer action on Thursday night.

VWHS Logo

The Lady Cougars volleyball team fell to Celina in their WBL opener on Thursday night.

VW Golf logo

The Van Wert boys golf team picked up a 158-177 win in a dual match over Bryan on Thursday at Riverside Greens Golf Course.

Thursday, August 26, 2021 Bryan tops Van Wert 4-0 in boys soccer
VWHS Logo

Despite a much-improved Van Wert defense, Bryan topped the Cougars 4-0 Thursday in boys soccer action.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Lady Cougars fall to Bryan 0-5
VWHS Logo

 One night after sweeping Defiance, the Van Wert girls tennis team took an 0-5 loss to Bryan on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Ottoville blasts Van Wert 13-0
VWHS Logo

Ottoville’s superior speed and ball-handling was too much for Van Wert in a 13-0 Tuesday win.

Monday, August 23, 2021 Lady Cougars fall to Jefferson 8-1
Catanna Saum of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars soccer team suffered their second defeat of the season on Monday.

Monday, August 23, 2021 Area Golf Scoreboard
Golf Picture

The Van Wert golf team pulled out a WBL match against Celina 166-178 on Monday evening at Willow Bend Country Club.

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The Lady Cougars tennis team hosted the six-team "Cougar Classic" tournament on Saturday and came away with a second place finish.

Monday, August 23, 2021 Weekend soccer scores
Soccer logo

Both Van Wert and Lincolnview soccer teams dropped their opening matches over the weekend.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

The defense of the 2020 state title has begun.

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The Van Wert Cougars defeated Bath in a dual match 170-178 on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Cougars, Knights drop golf matches
Golf Picture

 The Cougars dropped a match to Defiance on Monday when the Bulldogs broke a 172-172 tie with their fifth player's score.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Cougars, Lancers pick up golf wins
Golf Picture

The Cougars held off Wayne Trace in Monday afternoon golf action at Willow Bend Country Club 172-182.

VW Cougars logo

Fans interested in purchasing tickets for Van Wert High School home athletic contests now have the option to purchase a mobile ticket online, as well as in-person at the gate for varsity football, volleyball, and boys and girls soccer.

Garett Gunter of Van Wert

Van Wert's high powered offense was on full display against Crestview on Friday night in their final scrimmage before the regular season kicks off next week.

Monday, August 9, 2021 *NEW* Alerts Sign-Up
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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 https://www.vwcs.net/Content2/alerts-sign-up.

Nate Jackson of Van Wert runs the ball against Crestview in their 2019 scrimmage.

The Van Wert football team will host the Crestview Knights on Friday, August 13th for a scrimmage.

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VW Cougar head logo

Van Wert Cougar Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce their upcoming Meet the Teams Bonfire!

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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.

VW Cougar head logo

Season tickets for the 2021 varsity Cougar football season are now available.

Removing the mold.

Dr. Robert Laing and staff volunteered their day off to make upper dental impressions for the Van Wert High School football program members.

Van Wert’s ACME team advanced to this weekend’s state tournament following their win over LCC on Sunday.

The Cougars are once again heading to the ACME state tournament!

VWHS Logo

 In their final game of the regular season, the Van Wert Cougars dropped a non conference matchup to Coldwater by a score of 10-3 on Monday evening.

Van Wert Varsity Baseball Team

For back-to-back seasons, the Van Wert Cougars have clinched at least a share of the WBL crown.

Owen Treece of Van Wert

The Van Wert Cougars are officially one win away from a share of the WBL title after their 3-1 victory over St. Marys on Friday night.

Kirsten Dunning Signs

Van Wert senior Kirsten Dunning has officially signed her letter of intent to continue her education and running career at Ohio Christian University in Circleville next year.

Lady Cougars Fall to Napoloen

The Lady Cougars were outed in the first round of tournament play 8-4 by the Napoleon Wildcats on Tuesday evening.

Nate Phillips of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys track and field team repeated as champions of the annual 15-team Ada Invitational on a cool but sunny Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

Van Wert Varsity Softball Team

The Crestview Lady Knights picked up a 16-5 win in a makeup game over Van Wert on Wednesday.

Owen Treece of Van Wert

 It was business as usual Tuesday for the Van Wert baseball team — another one-run win, this one 3-2 over Elida.

Connor Pratt of Van Wert

 

Van Wert’s track and field teams enjoyed a sweep at Ottoville, the baseball team edged Elida and the softball team suffered a one-run loss at Elida.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Cougars skate by New Haven 4-3
VWHS Logo

 In a rare trip across the state line, the Cougars picked up another one-run victory on Monday evening 4-3 over New Haven.

Van Wert Varsity Baseball Team

On a perfect weather night in Dayton, Ethan Rupert gave the Van Wert Cougars a perfect ending to their trip south with a walk-off single and a 4-3 extra inning victory over Northwestern.

Carlee Young of Van Wert

The Lady Panthers took the short trip to Van Wert on Saturday afternoon and came away with a pair of wins.

Van Wert Varsity Softball

The Lady Cougars dropped their sixth straight game on Wednesday night with a 6-1 loss to Celina.

Van Wert VS. Crestview

Carson Hunter left the Van Wert Cougars with nothing but zeros across the board in a 2-0 Crestview win on Wednesday night.

TJ Stoller of Van Wert

In one of the more bizarre endings you’ll ever see to a baseball game, the Van Wert Cougars walked-off on a TJ Stoller single for a 5-4 victory over Shawnee on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Van Wert sweeps county track meet
Van Wert Hurdles

 The Van Wert boys and girls track teams swept the county meet over Crestview and Lincolnview on Tuesday.

Monday, April 26, 2021 Cougars tennis tops Napoleon 3-2
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The Van Wert tennis team bounced back from a Friday night loss to Ottawa-Glandorf with a 3-2 win over Napoleon on Saturday.

Van Wert Varsity Baseball Team

Led by a brilliant performance on the mound Friday night from senior Owen Treece, the visiting Van Wert Cougars handed Ottawa Glandorf their first Western Buckeye League loss with a 4-0 victory at Memorial Park.

Van Wert Varsity Softball Team

With Emilee Phillips in command in the circle and Van Wert pounding out nine hits, Friday’s game with Ottawa-Glandorf was seldom in doubt, the Cougars winning 8-1.

Friday, April 23, 2021 Cougar tennis sweeps Elida
Boys Tennis

The Van Wert boys tennis team picked up a 5-0 win over WBL rival Elida on Thursday. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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
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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
VWHS Logo

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
VWHS Logo

 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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Van Wert recognizes swim team
Van Wert Swim Team

 The Van Wert swim team recently held their end of the season awards banquet.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Lady Cougars hold awards banquet
Basketball Girls

The Van Wert girls basketball team recently held their awards banquet to conclude the season.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 Booster Club Spring Flower Sale
Petunia

The Booster Club Spring Flower Sale will run from February 22 - March 9. 

Owen Treece of Van Wert

The Cougars started Saturday's sectional final strong, but the Defiance Bulldogs were even stronger in the second half on their way to a 51-30 win.

Lorrie Decker of Van Wert

Lorrie Decker of Van Wert ended her High School bowling career At Wayne Webbs in Columbus at the State tournament on Friday.

Jayden Welker of Van Wert

Van Wert swimmer Jayden Welker travelled to the state swim meet on Thursday at Canton McKinley High School.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

It's been a long time since the Van Wert Cougars started the season 0-7, but after a 44-39 win over Parkway on Saturday afternoon their losing record was officially a thing of the past.

Jaden Welker of Van Wert

The Van Wert swim team traveled to Bowling Green State University for the OHSAA Northwest district tournament where all Cougar swimmers earned personal records in every event of the day.

Saturday, February 20, 2021 Van Wert rolls on with 51-43 win over Celina
Garret Gunter of Van Wert

After Friday night’s hard-fought win over Celina, the Cougars are now 10-10 overall and finished in the WBL at 5-4.

VWHS Logo

Lorrie Decker represented the Lady Cougars at the District bowling tournament on Thursday and took home first place to clinch her fourth straight trip to State.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 Lady Cougars bounced by Shawnee 68-43
Jaylyn Rickard of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars season came to an end on Wednesday night with a 68-43 loss thanks to a first half blitz put on by WBL foe Shawnee.

Travis Francis of Van Wert

The Van Wert swim team traveled to Ayersville High School for the OHSAA sectional tournament on Friday where nine swimmers qualified for the district meet.

Aidan Pratt of Van Wert

 It might have taken until the final second of the 36th minute on Saturday night, but the Van Wert Cougars pulled off a 54-43 upset victory over the state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Titans.

VWHS Logo

The Van Wert bowling teams competed at the division two sectional tournament on Friday.

Sunday, February 14, 2021 Lady Knights edge Van Wert 50-43
Sofia Houg of Van Wert

Crestview spurted out to a 7-0 lead in Saturday afternoon’s game at Van Wert, then held onto the lead for the entire 32 minutes in a 50-43 win.

Owen Treece of Van Wert

On Van Wert’s “Legends of the game” night, Owen Treece represented all of the past 1,000 point scorers well with a 34-point performance in an 81-55 win over Bath on Friday.

Kyra Welch Of Van Wert

The now crowned WBL Champion Bath Wildkittens proved to be too much for Van Wert in a 54-26 loss for the Lady Cougars on Thursday night.

Van Wert Lady Bowlers

The current Van Wert girls bowling team is WBL co-champion and a northwest Ohio powerhouse, but that didn’t happen overnight.

Van Wert versus Crestview

The Crestview Knights played their third straight game against a neighboring team form the area on Tuesday night, and on the heels of a loss to Wayne Trace, the Knights got back on track with a 54-48 win over Van Wert.

VWHS Logo

The Van Wert girls got another WBL win in a rescheduled game with Kenton on Monday night.

VWHS Logo

Van Wert’s winning streak is still alive and up to six after they completed another weekend sweep on Saturday night with a 49-46 win over St. Henry.

Kyra Welch Of Van Wert

In the battle of State Route 118, the Lady Cougars came out on top over Parkway on Saturday by a final score of 42-29.

Lady Bowlers

The Van Wert girls bowling team's second place finish at the WBL tournament on Friday locked them up as as the WBL co-champions.

Saturday, February 6, 2021 VW Cougars race by Elida, win 72-44
Ethan Brown of Van Wert

Van Wert scored early and often and the Cougars cruised to their fifth straight victory, a 72-44 win over Elida on Friday night.

VWHS Logo

As often happens, a frantic nail-biter of a game came down to free throws at the end in Van Wert’s 55-50 win over Shawnee Thursday 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.

Owen Treece of Van Wert

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Van Wert Cougars garnered their fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night with a 52-48 win over St. John’s.

Gracie Mull of Van Wert

The Van Wert swim teams traveled to Napoleon High School for the annual Western Buckeye League Championships involving all 10 member schools.

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The Van Wert bowling teams split a match with the Elida Bulldogs on Monday night.

Kyra Welch Of Van Wert

The Lady Cougars came up just short in a tight battle with Bryan on Monday night, losing 50-44 when the Golden Bears pulled away in the final minutes.

Sunday, January 31, 2021 Cougars pull off upset of Lima CC 61-57
Garett Gunter of Van Wert

Van Wert head coach Ben Laudick believes it’s the biggest victory for his young team so far this season.

Saturday, January 30, 2021 Treece's 32 leads Van Wert over Kenton
Owen Treece of Van Wert

 Owen Treece's 32-point performance helped Van Wert notch their first WBL win of the season 67-58 over Kenton on Friday.

Tyra McClain of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys and girls swim teams traveled to the Defiance YMCA to compete in a dual meet with the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Lady Cougars drop WBL game to OG 60-38
Carly Smith of Van Wert

Ottawa-Glandorf experimented with a zone defense early Monday night against Van Wert.

Monday, January 25, 2021 Van Wert bowlers roll over Kenton, Bath
Van Wert Lady Bowlers

The Van Wert boys girls bowling teams each picked up a pair of wins on senior night against Bath and Kenton on Monday.

Sunday, January 24, 2021 Treece scores 30, Cougars beat Coldwater
Owen Treece of Van Wert

 A strong start by Van Wert and 30 points by Owen Treece helped propel the Cougars to their second victory of the year, a 69-62 win over Coldwater on Saturday night.

Sunday, January 24, 2021 Col. Grove wins Van Wert duals
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Columbus Grove’s wrestling team took first place at the eight team Van Wert Duals held at Van Wert High School on Saturday.

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Shawnee handles Van Wert 72-46
Ethan Brown of Van Wert

 It was the George Mangas show on Friday night in Lima during Shawnee's 72-46 win over Van Wert.

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Cougar swimmers fall to Wapak
Ian Rex of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys and girls swimming teams travelled to the Wapakoneta YMCA to compete in a dual meet against Wapak on Thursday.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 VW wrestlers handle Shawnee 45-32
VWHS Logo

Van Wert traveled to Shawnee to take on the Indians in a Western Buckeye League matchup and came away victorious 45-32.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Hot-shooting Riders top Van Wert
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St. Mary’s, featuring a 6’9 240-pound sophomore center and an unstoppable senior ex-Cougar point guard, ran over Van Wert 77-58 Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Van Wert swimmers race against Bryan, Bath
Gage Wannemacher of Van Wert

The Van Wert boys and girls swimming teams traveled to the Williams County YMCA to compete in a mini-invitational against the Bryan Golden Bears and the Bath Wildcats on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 VW, Lancers wrestle at Ayersville Duals
VWHS Logo

Wrestlers from Van Wert and Lincolnview competed in the Ayersville Duals on Saturday.

Saturday, January 16, 2021 Van Wert tops Bryan 55-45 for first win
Garret Gunter

Wins have been hard to come by for Van Wert and Bryan, but the Cougars got one Saturday evening, a 55-45 verdict over the Golden Bears. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Cougar wrestlers wallop the Titans
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Van Wert dominated Ottawa-Glandorf to the tune of 72-6 on Thursday and in process the Cougars earned their first Western Buckeye League victory of the season.

Senior Octavius Tucker

The Van Wert boys and girls swim teams hosted Fort Recovery High School for a dual meet on Thursday.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Paulding outlasts Van Wert 59-46
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Thanks to nine points from Sofia Houg, the visiting Cougars led 13-11 after one quarter.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Cougars swimmers take dual match over Ayers
Senior Allie Etter

The Van Wert boys and girls swim teams travelled to Defiance on Tuesday to compete in a dual meet with Ayersville.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Defiance holds off Van Wert 53-46
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Defiance dominated the first quarter 23-10 against Van Wert Tuesday night;

Van Wert Girls Basketball

Despite a late rally by Lincolnview, the Van Wert girls were able to keep their composure and get a 52-42 win over the Lady Lancers on Saturday.

VWHS Girls Basketball Team

Van Wert's bid to get their record back to even on the season didn't go as planned in a 46-35 loss to St. Marys on Thursday night.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 Van Wert swimmers split meet against Ada
VWHS Swimmer, Jamie Burenga

The Van Wert boys and girls swimming teams hosted Ada for a dual meet on Tuesday night.

VWHS Logo

The Van Wert boys fell by just 24 pins to Ottawa-Glandorf, while the girls team continued their winning ways with a victory over the Lady Titans.

Van Wert High School Basketball

The Jefferson girls returned from the long layoff of the holidays with a big 44-37 win over Van Wert on Tuesday night.

Van Wert VS. Columbus Grove

Columbus Grove outlasted non-league Van Wert in two overtimes Monday evening to claim a 65-61 win.

Friday, December 25, 2020 Cougars sweep Lincolnview bowlers
VWHS Logo

Both the Van Wert boys and girls bowling teams defeated Lincolnview on Monday night.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Ottoville takes care of Van Wert 62-42
Van Wert Basketball VS. Ottoville

Van Wert followed with one of its best bursts of the night when the Cougars’ leading scorer Owen Treece was finally able to get on the board with 2:10 to go in the half.

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The Van Wert boys bowling team took a loss to St. Marys on Monday night, while the girls team came out on top against the Roughriders.

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In a wild game featuring pesky defenses and cold shooting by both teams, it came down to free throws in a 46-42 Delphos St. John’s win over Van Wert Monday night.

Monday, December 21, 2020 Raiders rally to top Van Wert 52-49
VWHS Boys versus Wayne Trace

 It was a game of runs and Wayne Trace had the final run on the way to a 52-49 non-conference boys’ basketball win over visiting Van Wert on Saturday.

Monday, December 21, 2020 High School Bowling Scores
Bowling

The Van Wert boys bowling team lost to Shawnee on Saturday, while the girls prevailed against the Indians.

Sophomore Aidan Pratt

In Friday night’s WBL opener, Noah Ambos and the Wapakoneta Redskins got the best of Owen Treece and the Cougars in 51-39 Wapak win.

Friday, December 18, 2020 VW girls hoops, wrestling teams fall
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A big fourth quarter rally came up just short, as Van Wert fell to Wapakoneta 51-50 on Thursday night.

Van Wert Boys Basketball

Everything went right for the Wildcats in Van Wert on Saturday night as they stole a non conference matchup from the Cougars 56-43 to move to 5-0 on the season.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 HS Roundup: hoops, wrestling, bowling
VWHS Logo

Sofi Houg poured in 20 points, Jaylyn Rickard added 18 and Van Wert had little trouble with Defiance in a 74-35 Western Buckeye League win on Thursday.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Van Wert downs Spencerville 48-43
Houg and Rickard

Sofi Houg scored 19 points and some key shots by the Cougars down the stretch helped Van Wert notch a 48-43 win over Spencerville on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Player of the Year!
Quarterback Owen Treece

Along with earning First Team All-Ohio honors, Van Wert senior quarterback Owen Treece (above) has been named the Division IV Offensive Player of the Year by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Co-Coach of the Year!
Van Wert Head Coach Keith Recker

Van Wert head football coach Keith Recker has been named Division IV Co-Coach of the Year by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, along with Wade Bartholomew of Bloom-Carroll.

Monday, December 7, 2020 Lady Cougars roll over Wapak
VWHS Logo

The Van Wert Girls defeated the Wapakoneta Redskins bowlers 2541 to 2410 on Monday night.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 Lady Cougars take WBL opener over Celina
Van Wert Girls Basketball

Sofi Houg's 17-point evening propelled Van Wert to a 50-29 win over Celina in their first WBL contest of the season on Thursday night.

Van Wert Varsity Girls Basketball

MAC powerhouse Marion Local proved to be too much for the Lady Cougars as they came out on top on Tuesday night in the non conference battle 55-28.

Van Wert High School Football wins State Championship

For 109 years, the trophy case at Van Wert High School has been without a state title. That all changed on Sunday afternoon in Massillon as the Cougars pulled off a comeback 31-28 victory against Mentor Lake Catholic to win the school’s first ever State Championship.

Carlee Young of Van Wert

 In thrilling fashion, the Van Wert Lady Cougars pulled off their first win of the basketball season as they outlasted Coldwater 30-29 in the season opener on Friday night.

OHSAA Logo

Due to a new health advisory issued by the Franklin County Department of Health and the Columbus Department of Health Wednesday afternoon that recommends the games not be played in Franklin County, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving this weekend’s football state championship games to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, which has offered to host all six games.

Cougars beat Cincinnati Wyoming

The Cougars pulled out another one, 28-20, to advance to the state championship game against unranked Mentor Lake Catholic (8-2) next Sunday at noon at Fortress Obetz in Columbus.

Quarterback Owen Treece

Along with playoff road warriors, you can call the Van Wert Cougars regional champions.

Sunday, November 8, 2020 OHSAA releases state semifinal info
OHSAA Logo

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the pairings and site selections Sunday for the upcoming football state semifinals in Divisions II through VII.

Sunday, November 8, 2020 Sherer leads Cougars
Hunter Sherer of Van Wert

Hunter Sherer led the Van Wert Cougars to a top-10 finish and earned All-Ohio honors at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Division II cross country championships at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 Cougar Express rolls to another win
Dru Johnson of Van Wert

Van Wert’s team speed and uncharacteristic turnovers by top-seeded and state-ranked (No. 4) Bellevue were the difference during Saturday night’s Division IV Region 14 semifinal game between the Cougars and the Redmen.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 Cougars run to state!
Cougars run to state

Van Wert’s boys’ cross country team is bound for the State meet after finishing third behind Wauseon and Shelby at the Division II regional meet at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin on Saturday.

Kyra Welch Of Van Wert

Both the Cougar girls and boys squads qualified for the Regional Championships to be held in Tiffin next Saturday.

Van Wert Versus Keystone

Van Wert might have bent at times, but they didn't break in a 38-27 victory over Keystone High School on Saturday night.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Shawnee knocks out Van Wert in 3 sets
VWHS Logo

The Lady Cougars ended their tournament run on Wednesday night against Shawnee in three sets.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Van Wert Federal Donates to VWHS Athletics
Trent Temple, Van Wert High School Athletic Director, accepts a donation from George Scott, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank Vice President and Senior Lending Officer.

Van Wert Federal Savings Bank recently donated $3,500 to the Van Wert High School Athletics Department.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Ottawa-Glandorf blanks Van Wert 8-0
Van Wert Boys Soccer

The Division III boys soccer tournament kicked off (so to speak) on Monday at the Ottawa Glandorf Soccer Complex in Glandorf with the O-G Titans hosting the Van Wert Cougars for the second time this season;

VWHS Volleyball Team beats Defiance

 After previously winning their regular season meeting in three sets, Van Wert came out on top their second game against Defiance on Monday in the first round of tournament play.

Monday, October 19, 2020 Van Wert sweeps WBL Championship races
Van Wert Cross Country Team WBL Champs

The Van Wert High School and Middle School cross country programs made history on Saturday by sweeping all four WBL Championship races.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Treece leads VW to 46-20 playoff win
Senior Quarterback Owen Treece

Owen Treece threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more to lead No. 5 seed Van Wert to a 46-20 Division IV Region 14 playoff win over No. 12 seed Port Clinton at Eggerss Stadium on Saturday.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Celina nips Van Wert in 4 sets
Van Wert Senior Volleyball Players

The underdog Van Wert volleyball team battled Celina toe-to-toe Tuesday night before falling in a four-set thriller 25-27, 25-20, 25-21, 26-24.

Monday, October 12, 2020 Van Wert tops Antwerp in 4 sets
Van Wert Varsity Volleyball Team

With only a one-set lapse, the Van Wert volleyball team was impressive Monday night in a 25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 25-15 win over Antwerp.

Asanke Steyer and Hunter Sherer of Van Wert

In the high school boy’s race, Shawnee defeated Van Wert by the razor thin margin of 61 to 62.

Allie Etter of Van Wert

After Thursday's play, the Van Wert girls tennis team overall advanced four players to day two of the Sectionals.

Van Wert Tennis Team

 The Van Wert girls tennis team advanced four players on Thursday to day two of the Sectional tournament.

Evan Knittle

Van Wert's Evan Knittle finished up his High School golf career at the District tournament on Thursday.

Friday, October 9, 2020 Lady Cougars beat Bath in 3 sets
VWHS Logo

The Lady Cougars picked up their third WBL win of the season in three sets over Bath on Thursday night.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Bye week
VWHS Football Team

On the heels of a 5-1 regular season, the Van Wert Cougars will enjoy a bye week before returning to game action in the Division IV Region 14 playoffs on Saturday, October 17.

 

Van Wert Cougar Football

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Volleyball: Lancers, Knights win; VW falls
Van Wert Volleyball Seniors

Things didn’t go as hoped for the Lady Cougars, as they were swept by Elida 25-5, 25-`8, 25-16 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Girls Basketball Meeting
2019-2020 Varsity girls basketball team

Any girl in grades 9-12 who is interested in playing high school basketball is asked to attend an informational meeting on Monday, October 19 at 7:20 a.m. in room HS-117. 

VWHS Cougar Logo

At Van Wert High School, Parkway defeated the Lady Cougars 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 on Monday.

Carlee Young volleyball photo

Congratulations to Carlee Young for being nominated as this week's Ohio High School Athlete of the Week!

Sunday, October 4, 2020 Crestview downs VW
VW soccer team vs. Crestview

All eyes were on the ball during Saturday’s soccer match between Van Wert and Crestview.

VWHS Varsity Volleyball Team

It was a most improbable comeback win for the Van Wert volleyball team over Bryan Saturday afternoon

Van Wert at Wildcat Cross Country Invitational

Things should get very interesting at the Western Buckeye League meet to wrap up the regular season after conference foes Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf heated things up at the Wildcat Cross Country Invitational.

VWHS Football versus Bath

The Van Wert Cougars made rightful use of their final regular season tune-up on Friday night with a 29-7 win over the Bath Wildcats.

Friday, October 2, 2020 HS golf, volleyball, soccer roundup
Van Wert JV Volleyball Team

The Lady Cougars posted their second win in three days with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-11 straight set win over Kenton on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 HS roundup: volleyball, soccer, golf
VWHS Varsity Golf Team

On a chilly Tuesday, all three of Van Wert County’s boys’ high school golf teams hit the course at Willow Bend and Lincolnview emerged victorious, topping Van Wert and Crestview 168-172-221

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Lady Knights prevail in 3 sets over Van Wert
Finley Foster and Jordanne Blythe

The Lady Knights continued on their recent hot streak Monday night with a three-set victory over Van Wert.

Monday, September 28, 2020 Kenton stifles Van Wert girls 12-0
VWHS soccer team

The Kenton girls soccer team scored twice in the first minute and cruised to a 12-0 win over Van Wert Monday.

Sunday, September 27, 2020 VW competes at WBL tennis tournament
Van Wert Tennis Team

Allie Etter was Van Wert’s highest finisher at the Western Buckeye League tennis tournament in Elida on Saturday.

Sunday, September 27, 2020 Cougars, Langdon win VW Health titles
Van Wert Cross Country Team

Van Wert defeated two Division III state-ranked teams – No. 4 Columbus Grove and No. 10 Anna – to win the boys’ title at the 16-team Van Wert Health Invitational at Van Wert Reservoir on Saturday.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Cougars come up short against OG
Van Wert Football Team

Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf have had their share of exciting football games in their history. And Friday night was no exception.

Friday, September 25, 2020 Cougars finish 8th at WBL golf tournament
VW Golf Varsity Team

The Van Wert boys golf team played to an eighth place finish at the WBL tournament on Thursday.

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
VWCS Circle logo

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
OHSAA Logo

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
VWCS circle logo

Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Elida Invite Champs!
Van Wert cross country girls team poses with trophy after winning the Elida invitational

Van Wert’s girls’ cross country team won the Elida Invitational on Tuesday by placing three runners in the top eight: Kyra Welch (third, 19:50), Tyra McClain (fourth, 19:52) and Rachel Spath (eighth, 20:44).

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.

Saturday, September 12, 2020 Undefeated Cougars Top Wapak 34-0
Owen Treece ran for three scores and passed for another.

Van Wert’s defense came up big, forcing Wapakoneta to turn the ball over on downs three times in a 34-0 rout of the Redskins at Harmon Field on Friday.

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.

Friday, September 4, 2020 Ottoville shuts out Van Wert 10-0
Ethan Mooney- soccer

The Ottoville Big Green used a pair of hat tricks to lead the way to their second straight shutout of the season, this time over Van Wert 10-0 on Monday.

 

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.

vw football

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
VW Cougar head logo

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