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Lincolnview boys, Joseph run away with Elida Invitational

ELIDA — The Lincolnview boys cross country team and St. John’s senior Megan Joseph had dominating performances at the 7-team Elida Invitational Tuesday at Elida.

St. John’s, Ottoville, Lincolnview and Elida are in Saturday’s Ottawa-Glandorf Blue/Gold Invitational.


Boys Team Scores: Lincolnview 22, Ottawa-Glandorf 50, St. John’s 89, Ottoville 109, Kenton 126, Elida 145 (Bath had incomplete team).

Top 10 Individuals: 1. Trampe-Kindt (O-G) 17:20.06; 2. Bayley Tow (L) 17:35.71; 3. Ben Bilimek (L) 18:29.38; 4. Stahl (B) 18:48.05; 5. Alex Rodriguez (L) 18:59.94; 6. Curtis Pohlman (S) 19:08.54; 7. Travis Lippi (L) 19:32.10; 8. Tracey West (L) 19:33.61; 9. Sterling (Bath) 19:42.70; 10. Balbaigh (O-G) 19:49.74.

Other Local Finishers (77 Runners): 11. Colton Snyder (L) 19:54.79; 12. Aaron Hellman (S) 20:14.46; 13. Trevor Neate (L) 20:16.89; 15. Eric Von Sossan (OV) 20:38.75; 19. Nick Pohlman (S) 20:51.32; 21. Ryan Kimmet (OV) 21:04.19; 22. Cody Kemper (OV) 21:06.74; 24. Troy Thompson (L) 21:07.40; 25. Doug Hicks (L) 21:21.99; 26. Brayden Farmer (L) 21:28.35; 27. Andy Horstman (OV) 21:39.31; 28. Trevor Brookman (E) 21:41.25; 29. Tyler Brant (L) 21:41.93; 31. Max Stambaugh (E) 21:43.76; 34. Austin Sealscott (L) 22:22.41; 36. Anthony Hale (S) 22:43.14; 42. Evyn Pohlman (S) 23:05.67; 43. Eric Anthony (E) 23:12.47; 45. Caleb Newland (E) 23:15.58; 47. Daulton Buettner (E) 23:16.94; 48. Patrick Stevenson (S) 23:19.17; 49. Logan Malone (E) 23:23.32; 52. Mark Waldick (OV) 23:47.46; 55. Dalton Hines (L) 24:16.08; 56. Austin Elick (L) 24:17.22; 57. Caleb Moore (L) 24:19.19; 58. Austin Kesler (E) 24:19.90; 63. Micah Germann (L) 24:47.04; 64. John Landwehr (OV) 24:53.72; 67. Brandon Kimmett (OV) 24:59.09; 70. Jacob Bradford (L) 26:42.54.

Girls Team Scores: Ottawa-Glandorf 41, Bath 64, Kenton 75, Elida 85, Lincolnview 93 (St. John’s and Ottoville did not have complete teams).

Top 10 Individuals: 1. Megan Joseph (S) 21:00.10; 2. Breece Rohr (S) 23:07.89; 3. Meyer (O-G) 23:20.15; 4. Morris (K) 23:33.43; 5. Anna Gorman (L) 23:35.06; 6. Rosselitt (O-G) 23:39.02; 7. Aly Turrentine (E) 24:15.23; 8. Anna Mueller (S) 24:20.04; 9. Gibson (K) 24:52.90; 10. Inskeep (B) 25:29.14.

Other Local Finishers (44 Runners): 12. Lauren Bull (E) 25:47.00; 13. Abbie Enyart (L) 26:10.56; 15. Elizabeth Luersman (OV) 26:24.40; 19. Katie Hinegardner (E) 27:30.44; 22. Lexi Pohlman (S) 28:50.10; 28. Claira Rhoades (L) 29:39.77; 30. Kelsey Goodman (E) 30:17.09; 34. Ryanne Ducheney (L) 31:16.84; 35. Mikinzie Dull (L) 31:24.32; 38. Aerianna Littler (E) 33:59.00; 41. Heather Malone (E) 34:44.00.


Lady T-Birds storm by Lady Green 5-1


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OTTOVILLE — Tuesday night, with temperatures flirting with the 100,degree mark, the Lima Central Catholic Lady Thunderbirds traveled to Ottoville to take on the Lady Green in their annual non-league girls soccer matchup.

The visitors used their great speed to subdue the Lady Green 5-1.

The Lady T-Birds did not waste time once the clock started as they took advantage of a handball called on a Lady Big Green defender at the 38:18 mark in the box and senior Meredith Shepherd sailed the penalty shot by the Lady Green goalie, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Shepherd and fellow midfielder junior Liz Taflinger continued their pressure on the Lady Green defense with shots deflecting off crossbars and sailing left and right of the goal mouth.

Taflinger — at the 32:33 mark — found herself with the ball at the 25-yard mark and sent a high bending shot towards the goal, which eluded the Lady Green goalie in giving the T-Birds a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Green had several opportunities to get their offense kick-started but were called for offsides several times and had their passes just miss the target and get cleared by the T-Bird defense.

The final 20 minutes saw the Lady T-Birds continue their assault on the Lady Green goal and at the 3:45 mark, freshmen Emma Baumgartner got her team’s third goal on the evening, giving the Lady T-Birds a 3-0 halftime lead.

The second half began much like the first with Shepherd, Taflinger,and Baumgartner controlling the ball and sending various shots on goal.

However, at the 37:21 mark the Lady Green got their first break of the game when junior Monica Sarka was taken down in the box by the T-Bird defense, setting up a penalty kick. Sarka did not disappoint, sending her shot past the T-Bird goalie in making the score 3-1.

The Lady Green never threatened after Sarka’s goal and found numerous members of their team either suffering injuries or struggling with the heat.

The Lady T-Birds, under the direction of head coach Mike Santaguida, added two additional goals in the half to make the final score 5-1. Senior Tristan Selby scored at the 23:37 mark and Shepherd rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the night at 4:24.

The Lady T-Birds (2-2-1) had 15 shots on-goal on the evening. The T-Birds will next be in action on Saturday as Liberty-Benton comes to town for a home match starting at 2 p.m.

The Lady Green (2-4-0) had only one shot on-goal for the evening and will travel to Miller City Thursday night for a PCL matchup with the Lady Wildcats.


Musketeer boys down Rangers

The Fort Jennings boys soccer team registered a 2-0 shutout of New Knoxville Tuesday.

The Musketeers (4-3-1) got both tallies in the second half: in the sixth minute of the second half as Mark Metzger found the net on a penalty kick after a push in the box; and in the 14th minute, when Alex Berelsman assisted Metzger.

Fort Jennings outshot the Rangers (1-3-1) 14-5 (6-3 the first half) and the corners kicks 5-0.

New Knoxville’s Dean Frankenburg had nine saves: Musketeers Ryan Koester and Alex Vetter had a save each.

Jennings hosts Miller City 5 p.m. Friday.


Bearcats outlast Panthers

SPENCERVILLE — The Spencerville Bearcats defeated the Paulding Panthers 13-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25 and 15-3 in Northwest Conference volleyball action Tuesday at Spencerville.

The Bearcats were led by Megan Miller with 10 kills. Maddy Hollar led with 12 digs and Schylar Miller led with 20 assists. Amanda Crider led the team in aces with six and served 11 straight serves in the fifth set.

“The first set was really disappointing; we got out to a 10-4 lead and completely fell apart. We did do a nice job bouncing back in the second and third set to take the 2-1 lead,” Spencerville coach Joshua Early noted. “The fourth set was back and forth but Paulding did a nice job forcing a fifth set. The first seven points of the fifth set was back and forth as we took a 4-3 lead. Amanda then took over and served 11 in a row to give us the win; she served really well tonight, especially when we needed it. Megan had another great game and lead the team in kills with 10. I am encouraged to see that even though we did not play our best game tonight we found a way to win. Our team stuck together and was able to push our winning streak to three.”

Spencerville hosts Ada Thursday.


Kalida boys blank Miller City


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KALIDA — Not only was Tuesday night the battle of the Wildcats when Miller City traveled to Kalida for boys high school soccer action but the top spot in the Putnam County League was also up for grabs.

The host Wildcats controlled the field position early on, keeping the ball in their offensive end of the pitch; with two first-half goals and an insurance score in the second, they blanked their guests 3-0.

Adam Langhals, Devin Kortokrax and Trevor Guisinger completed the trifecta for the home team.

Kalida took repeated shots at Miller City goalkeeper, Hunter Berner, sending in 11 attempts in the first 40 minutes. Ian Richey delivered an attempt five minutes in and another with 31:12 to go in the half but the Miller City goalie kept the hosts off the board.

However, as the old adage goes, if you keep shooting at the net, eventually something will go in. That came true with 20:53 left when Langhals delivered on a breakaway shot that went to the left of Berner, giving the home ‘Cats a 1-0 advantage.

Kalida continued its dominance of the field positioning and the 50-50 balls; the hometown Wildcats sent five more shots at the visiting goalie before Kortokrax scored on a header off of a corner kick. Richie delivered the boot in from the right side of the net, making its way all the way through the goal box and finding the noggin of Kortokrax and by Berner to make it a 2-0 Kalida advantage.

In the second 40 minutes of play, Miller City appeared to be more aggressive, gaining control of the field position, but not the scoreboard. Miller City had not had a corner kick all game until midway into the second half but the advantage was for naught as Kalida keeper, Brent Hovest, thwarted the attempt.

Everything seemed to click for Kalida on Tuesday night and none more evident than on their last goal of the contest. Kalida got an open shot by Grant Unverferth but the sophomore whiffed on the kick; however, Guisinger was right there to follow up on the delivery and placed it past Berner with 4:36 left to go, cementing the 3-0 victory.

The win keeps Kalida unbeaten in the PCL at 2-0 and moves their overall record to 5-1-1; Miller City goes to 4-1-2 in all games and 0-1-1 in league play.



Lady Jeffcats put complete match together to down Lancers


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FORT JENNINGS — Jefferson’s girls soccer unit put a complete match together in dominating Lincolnview 5-1 in Northwest Conference action at Keith Hamel Memorial Field in Fort Jennings.

“We played a complete contest from front to back. We weren’t happy with how we played Thursday and we worked them hard in practice Friday,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober said. “We came out with much better effort and maintained it for 80 minutes. That made a big difference. Anything we had to adjust at the half tonight, the girls took to well.”

For Lancer coach Katrina Smith, falling behind is becoming a trend.

“For some reason, we seem to struggle starting matches. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing right now or what,” Smith said. “We have a few more girls that came on board to the team and we’re working them in but we still don’t have a lot of depth. That doesn’t help our effort at the start.”

After getting a couple of early chances that missed the mark, the Lady Wildcats (3-3-1, 1-0-0 NWC) opened the scoring at 30:47. Off a throw-in deep in the Lancer defensive half, sophomore Logan Hamilton battled for the orb, got control in the middle and fired low and left from 16 yards past Lancer junior netminder Julia Thatcher (12 saves versus 23 shots on-goal).

Thatcher stopped a 17-yard chance by freshman Arianna Knebel at 14:33 but she could not do the same at 9:49, when junior Kylee Haehn made a great run down the left post line, faked past a defender and beat the keeper 1-on-1 from 14 yards for a 2-0 edge.

The Lancers had two chances in the last 11 minutes of the half: at 10:52, when junior Hannah McCleery went over the top from the right wing; and with 14 ticks left, when sophomore Brooke Schroeder just missed over the top from nearly the same spot.

Even though at times the Lancers started to put things together, their overall lack of depth and the Jefferson speed edge started to take more and more effect on this hot and humid early evening.

The Red and White had several chances as especially Hamilton was giving the Lancer defenders fits and they were getting 1-on-1 chances on the keeper but they were either over the top or Thatcher got key stops.

Lincolnview had an opening at 33:47 but senior Cassie Hale was well wide from the right wing.

Haehn had a tremendous chance at 21:18 when she took a great cross pass in front of the net but her 7-yard laser hit off the bar and eventually went out of bounds.

Thatcher stopped two nice chances by junior Elisabeth Miller — at 19:50 and 19:06 — but she couldn’t stop the next one at 18:38 when junior Bailey Miller, near the left sideline, passed to just outside the wing to Knebel and her 7-yarder went the opposite side for a 3-0 lead.

The Lady Lancers (0-3-2, 0-1-1 NWC) made it 3-1 at 15:49 when Schroeder got control of the ball in front of the net and tallied past junior Wildcat goalkeeper Kayleigh O’Conner (7 saves versus 8 shots on-goal) from 12 yards.

The Lancers nearly made it 3-2 when Schroeder got another good look from 16-yarders but O’Conner deflected the orb away.

The home team took advantage of a clearly tiring Lancer crew and continued to attack, breaking through twice more.

At 12:15, Haehn fed a through ball to the speedy Hamilton and she did the rest, getting a wide-open 16-yarder past the keeper for a 4-1 edge.

Thatcher deflected an 78-yarder laser by Haehn at 5:05 but at 4:27, off a Haehn corner kick (one of 6 for the match versus 2 for the visitors) from the left side, the ball got deflected to freshman Makaya Dunning at the top of the box and she went inside the left post for a 5-1 edge.

“Our speed and depth paid off tonight. We’re getting good contributions from more players, especially our freshmen,” Stober added. “We’re putting them in important situations and they are responding well. Overall, we’re creating more chances offensively, which is a good thing; we had a lot of great 1-on-1 shots tonight; we just need to become more consistent at finishing them off overall.”

Smith saw some good things during the match.

“There were times we started putting things together offensively. We just didn’t do it consistently enough,” Smith added. “We’ve got some younger girls in there that we have to mesh together, so that will take some time.”

Jefferson hosts Kalida 5 p.m. Thursday; Lincolnview hosts Coldwater 1 p.m. Saturday.


Lady Jays sweep Miller City


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MILLER CITY — St. John’s got the broom out Monday evening at Miller City’s J. Harry Leopold Gymnasium, sweeping the Lady Wildcats 25-8, 25-14, 25-16.

“We got a lot of girls into the match tonight; we played all 15 we had. I like to get younger girls playing time as mich as possible, not only for now but for the future,” St. John’s coach Carolyn Dammeyer noted. “They all contributed in one way or the other and it builds confidence. We had a 1-2 Saturday at Kalida but all three matches went three sets. We played pretty well; we continue to get better each time out and as a coach, that is all you can ask. What I’m also trying to do is build more all-around players: I’ve never been a big fan of having a bunch of girls that can only play front row or back row but not both. It builds your versatility and you can match up better.”

One of those all-around players she spoke about was freshman Jessica Geise (7 kills, 3 aces) and another is senior Brittney Claypool (5 kills, 2 aces) but they were not alone: Bekah Fischer (6 kills, 3 aces), Alicia Buettner (4 kills), Maddie Pohlman (3 kills), Maddie Buettner (3 kills), Colleen Schulte (6 aces, 16 assists) and Maya Gerker (3 aces, 14 assists)

For the extremely young and thin Wildcats (0-7) — 10 healthy players, including five freshmen — it’s all about steady improvement for head coach Cheryl Kreinbrink.

Senior Janke vanWezel led the way with five kills and three digs, along with freshman Skylar Niese (3 kills, 3 aces), sophomore Kristin Schmenk (3 kills), junior Kylee Ricker (3 assists). They totaled 13 kills, six aces, four blocks, four digs and eight assists as a team. There was no junior varsity match.

The Wildcats (0-8) host Columbus Grove in PCL action 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (no JV match), while the Blue Jays (3-7) host Coldwater 5:30 p.m. Thursday (JV start).


Archers spike Jefferson in volleyball

ANTWERP — A balanced Antwerp volleyball attack took the measure of invading Jefferson 25-11, 25-18, 25-12 in non-league action Monday night.

Topping the Red and White were Kamie Pulford (7/7 serving, 1 ace), Katie Goergens (4 kills), Rileigh Stockwell (4 kills) and Brooke Culp (3 digs, 8 assists).

“It was an atrocious night for us; we had no effort, no nothing. Once we got down, we could never dig ourselves out,” Jefferson coach Joy DeVelvis noted.

Leading the way for the blue and white (2-4) were Avery Braaten (10 digs), Peyton Short (6 digs, 5 assists), Maddie Reinhart (4 digs, 2 aces), Emily Derck (11 assists), Blaire Rebber (6 blocks, 5 kills), Emily Hamman (6 kills, 3 aces) and Gabby Zuber (8 kills).


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