|Local Round Up|
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:16 AM|
Blue Jay boys harriers 3rd at Allen County
LIMA — The St. John’s boys cross country runners placed third out of 10 teams at Tuesday’s Allen County Invitational held at Faurot Park in Lima.
St. John’s senior Aaron Hellman finished 17th (19:28) on a very challenging course. Also placing in the top 10 for the boys was Curtis Pohlman 10th.
Senior Megan Joseph was fourth in the girls race.
“I challenged the boys before the race to see if we could get third place as a team and they came through and got us that. Aaron Hellman ran a great race tonight by almost running a personal record on a very hilly course,” Jays’ coach Steve Hellman noted. “Also helping the boys were Curtis finishing 10th, Nick Pohlman 25th, Anthony Hale 36th, Evyn Pohlman 54th and Patrick Stevenson 60th. This was our highest finish in this meet since 2003. As a team this was also our best showing since 2003. I am very proud of the kids and where we have brought the program. For the girls, Megan ran another good race. Some of the kids were not happy with their times but I had to remind them this is the toughest course we run on all year.”
Also running in the race were Spencerville and Elida but results were not available as of press time.
All three local teams are in Thursday’s Coldwater Lions Invitational starting at 5 p.m.
Lady ’Dawgs claw Kenton
KENTON — Elida’s volleyball crew dealt host Kenton a 25-10, 11-25, 25-18, 25-14 Western Buckeye League loss Tuesday.
Elida stat leaders were Torie McAdams (17 kills, 3 blocks), Summer Grogg (10 kills), Katie Hawk (14 assists), Erin Bowman (13 assists), Erika Kiel (27 digs) and Ally Bader (4 aces).
Elida (8-11, 2-4 WBL) visits Ottawa-Glandorf Thursday.
Elida won the junior varsity matchup in two.
Lady Cougars draw with Redskins
WAPAKONETA — The Lady Cougars soccer team traveled to Wapakoneta for a Western Buckeye League matchup at Ryan Field and battled to a 0-0 draw.
“Our defense came up big tonight against a very good team but most of the credit goes to keeper Rachel Gordon; she had over 15 saves tonight,” Cougar coach Larry Lamb noted.
The Lady Cougars travel to Bryan on Saturday for a Kick for the Cure matchup. It starts at 11 a.m.
Heidelberg maintains dominance over Lady Beaver volleyball
TIFFIN — The Bluffton University volleyball team had visions of handing Coach Yarnell his first-ever victory over Heidelberg University when the Beavers traveled to Tiffin on Tuesday.
A solid 25-18 showing in the lidlifter gave the visitors hope before Heidelberg returned to form and made quick work of Bluffton during the next three sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-17). Bluffton slipped to 8-12 on the season, while Heidelberg improved to 8-9 overall.
Bluffton controlled set one from the outset, opening up a 22-12 lead before Heidelberg made the final respectable with six of the last nine points. The second set saw Heidelberg go up 11-4 before Bluffton pulled within 18-17 late. However, the Beavers managed just one more point as Heidelberg returned the favor with a 25-18 win.
The final result was never in doubt the rest of the way as the Student Princes kept Bluffton off balance in sets three and four. The Beavers put together multiple serves just twice in each of the final two sets as Heidelberg cruised to victory.
Sophomore Jenny Brown (St. Marys/Memorial) and freshman Lauren Weisgarber were impressive at the net, pounding 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Sophomore Brooke Ruffer and freshman Adrienne Shepard also showed their mettle at the net with nine and seven kills, respectively. Ruffer handed out a team-high 22 assists, while fellow sophomore Sara Roth added 15 helpers.
Brown and Kendra Parmenter were both in on a pair of blocks for the Beavers. Senior Hailey Phillips and freshman MacKenzie McFarlin picked up 16 and 11 digs to pace the Bluffton defense.
The Beavers delve into Heartland Conference action this Saturday when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to battle the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers. The first serve is slated for 5 p.m.
Jeffcat tough out 5-setter vs. Wildkittens
BATH TOWNSHIP — Jefferson’s volleyballers traveled to Bath High School Monday night and prevailed in five sets: 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13.
The visiting Wildcats record is now 6-11.
Leading the way for the victors was senior Lindsay Deuel (21 kills; 14-of-14 serving with 1 ace), as well as senior Rileigh Stockwell (7 kills, 2 aces) and junior Brooke Culp (31 assists).
“We, yet again, found ourselves in another close match. Our girls fought hard all the way to the end and got the win!” Jefferson head coach Joy DeVelvis noted. “Lindsay really stepped up tonight! She hit the ball consistently well, earning 21 kills (the most in one night for our team) and she also served well. Her aggressive play at the net really helped our team a lot. Her touches made it easier for our passers to get to the ball and her kills kept our momentum going forward! Brooke Culp also played great. She earned 31 assists tonight, the most in one match for her as well.”
The Delphos junior varsity also won 25-22, 27-25.
LadyCats stay unbeaten in PCL
By BOB WEBER
OTTOVILLE — Monday night, the Kalida Lady Wildcats traveled west down St. Rt. 224 to the home of the Big Green for their annual Putnam County League girls soccer match.
The Lady Wildcats were able to score a goal in each half to come away with a 2-0 win over the Lady Green.
On paper, this was a mismatch; however, anyone that has ever watched a PCL game in any sport knows better. You throw out the records; you don’t worry about what happened yesterday, it’s all about tonight and who wants it the most.
Both teams have suffered some key injuries prior to the season and throughout play this year. The Lady Green, with 16 girls on their roster, lost junior Haley Landwehr before the season even began and has had several players out during the season with injuries or illness.
The Lady Wildcats lost one of the best soccer players in the area when junior Jackie Gardner broke her foot.
The first half saw the Lady Wildcats pressuring the Lady Green’s defense from the onset of the game. Sophomore Makenna Richey, junior Lindsey Erhart and sophomore Brittany Kahle tested the Lady Green defense and goalie Danielle Trenkamp throughout the half.
The Lady Green, for 39-plus minutes, survived shot after shot and played inspired defense behind sophomores Alena Horstman, Erica Brickner, Carly Kortokrax, junior Megan Lambert and senior Haylee Koester.
Well, the halves in soccer are 40 minutes long and with only 14 seconds left in the first half, the Lady Wildcats pushed down the field one last time and found Kahle open behind the defense and her shot escaped Trenkamp, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Wildcats outshot the Lady Green 7-0 during the first half. The Lady Green had only two threats during the half, with corner kicks from junior Courtney Von Sossan and a couple of breakaways from senior Karin Wendeberg that were well defended by the Wildcats.
The second half was completely controlled by the Lady Wildcats as they continued their assault on the Lady Green goal. Ottoville head coach Tim Kimmet’s squad gave a strong effort on the night but the Wildcats just had too many weapons on both ends of the field.
At the 16:54 mark, sophomore Laine Laudick found the back of the net, giving the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 lead that stood for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Wildcats outshot the Lady Green 11-0 on the evening.
The Lady Wildcats (11-0-1, 3-0 PCL) will next play Thursday night against Swanton with a 7 o’clock start. The Lady Green (5-8-0, 0-3 PCL) will also be in action Thursday as they travel to Continental for another PCL contest.
Pilots work past Ottoville netters
OTTOVILLE — Ottoville won the first set Monday against visiting Ayersville but the Lady Pilots rallied to win the final three for a 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 in volleyball action at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.
Pacing the Lady Green were Chelsey Boecker (46/46 setting, 5 assists), Taylor Mangas (16/17 serving, 3 aces) and Annie Lindeman (20/23 hitting, 8 kills).
The hosts won the junior varsity match 26-28, 25-20, 25-11.
The Lady Green is in a tri-match at Lima Central Catholic at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Pioneers down Lady Bearcats
SPENCERVILLE — Visiting Lima Temple Christian defeated Spencerville in volleyball action Monday night in 4 sets; 25-18, 26-24, 18-25, 27-25.
The Bearcats were led by Schylar Miller with 20 assists, Maddy Hollar and Katie Merriman each with 12 digs and Cierra Adams with seven kills.