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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:09 PM

LadyCats sneak by Cavaliers in girls soccer

By DAVE BONINSEGNA

DHI Correspondent

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BATH TWP — On a windy, chilly Wednesday afternoon at Bath High School’s soccer pitch, the Kalida Lady Wildcat footballers punched their ticket to the Division III District finals with a 1-0 victory over the Coldwater Lady Cavaliers.

Kalida got an early goal by Makenna Vorst off a pass from Brittany Kahle from about 12 yards out.

Kahle took a pass and dished it off to Vorst; the junior pounded it past Cavalier netminder Alanna Severt to give the LadyCats a 1-0 lead with 24:36 to go in the first half.

That goal would be all that Kalida needed to move on in the tournament as their defense and senior goalkeeper Sarah Verhoff staved off the deep Cavalier crew the rest of the way.

Kalida head coach Dave Kehres explained the need to capitalize on the limited opportunities a etam will get the farther one goes in the second season.

“She got us going; she finished. We talked about that you have to finish; if you don’t, you aren’t going to win,” Kehres noted. “You have to take advantage of the opportunities you do get because you don’t know how many you are going to get.”

The rest of the way would be a wind-driven, physical contest that saw both units rely on their tough defenses to control the proceedings and limit the chances the other’s offense could muster, especially getting any free looks for their forwards and attacking midfielders.

The weather conditions hampered both sides on the offensive end as neither team could make much of a run at their net in the contest.

On several occasions, the collisons between opponents stopped play as players for each side ended up on the pitch.

Shots on-goal were limited as Coldwater (8-10) delivered just four at Verhoff (4 saves) and Kalida sent in eight to the Coldwater net against Severt (7 stops).

At this point of the season, Kehres isn’t worried about style points, just wins.

“It’s not always pretty but at this stage of the season, you just want to win and move on. That is what we did; we got the lead early and got the win to move on,” Kerhes added.

The Wildcats (14-1-2) move on to play Saturday against the winner of the Continental/LCC contest back at Bath High School for a berth in the Regionals. Kalida hopes to make a return trip.

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District 8 announces All-Star volleyball units

Senior Ciara Ralston (Findlay - Division I), Celina senior Michaela Wenning (Division II), Coldwater senior Macy Reigelsperger (D-III) and Marion Local senior Gina Kramer (D-IV West) and McComb sophomore Jenna Huffman D-IV East) were named Players of the Year in District 8 All-Star volleyball voting.

All-Star squads for Divs. I-III are, first team, Ralston, Wenning, Ralston, Liberty-Benton’s Rachel Myers (senior) and sophomore Carrigan Gray; Columbus Grove senior Julia Wynn; Bluffton senior Paige Buroker, Celina senior Emily Dorsten, Defiance senior Sam Murray, Lima Central Catholic senior Meredith Niese, St. Marys Memorial senior Reagan Aller and Ottawa-Glandorf junior Niki Ellerbrock.

On the second team: Elida senior Torie McAdams, Grove senior Rachel Schumacher, Van Wert junior Alexa Dunlap, senior Erika Hartings (Coldwater), Findlay junior Lindsay George and Parkway senior Raegen Bransteter.

In the senior All-Star match, on the East side (coached by Columbus Grove’s Susan Jones and Shawnee’s Amy Knight) are Wynn, Schumacher, Buroker, Ralston, Myers, Niese, Shawnee’s Shay Wilkerson and Ashlee King; LCC’s Sydney Mohler; Bath’s Danielle VanDyne; Bluffton’s Kaleigh Oberly; and Findlay’s Anna Schumm.

On the West side (headed by St. Marys’ Monica Vanderhorst and Celina’s Amy Sutter) are McAdams, Wenning, Dorsten, Reigelsperger, Murray, Aller, Bransteter, Van Wert’s Taylor Doidge, Coldwater’s Erika Hartings and Kelsey Rammel; Defiance’s Megan Sewell and St. Marys’ Mallory Kill.

Coach of the Year is Coldwater’s Mike Etzler.

In Division IV, the All-Star first team has Kramer, Huffman, Lady Flyer seniors Megan Wendel and Clara Wuebker; Leipsic’s Amber Gerdeman (senior) and junior Kelly Nadler; McComb senior Brenna Dee, New Bremen seniors Julie Brown and Karli Jones; New Knoxville senior Haley Horstman, Pandora-Gilboa senior Megan Maag and St. Henry senior Ally Mikesell.

On the second unit are Arcadia juniors Abbie Dauterman and Molly Glick; Arlington senior Erin Helms and junior Lindsay Werst; Lima Temple Christian senior Amanda Sutton and junior Lynnea Clay; Crestview junior Courtney Trigg; McComb senior Hailey Huffman; P-G senior Vivian Nofziger; Perry sophomore Hannah Blankenship; St. Henry senior Sam Thobe; and Ridgemont junior Riley Drumm.

Honorable Mention: Ottoville junior Annie Lindeman; Crestview sophomore Haley Helm; Arcadia senior Madeline Ramsey; Hardin Northern senior Molly Wilson; New Knoxville junior Kalyn Schroer, St. Henry sophomore Madison Broering; and Van Buren senior Paige Sudlow.

For the All-Star match, the East (coached by P-G’s Brent Newell and Leipsic’s Chelsea Rogers) consists of Ramsey, Helms, Wilson, Gerdeman, Dee, Hailey Huffman, Maag, Nofzier, Sudlow, Leipsic’s Haley Gerten and Rachel Rieman and Cory-Rawson’s Aubry VonStein.

For the West (headed by St. John’s Carolyn Dammeyer and New Bremen’s Theresa Jenkins), members are Kramer, Wendel, Wuebker, Brown, Jones, Horstman, Mikesell, Thobe, Ottoville’s Taylor Mangas, Kalida’s Alexis Decker, Crestview’s Kirstin Hicks, Minster’s Megan Kaiser and St. Henry’s Rachel Davis.

Coaches of the Year include Marion Local’s Amy Steininger (West) and McComb’s Dave Reinhart (East).

SEI Nominee – Mike Etzler- Coldwater

Hall of Fame Nominee – Amy Steininger- Marion Local

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Jeffcat junior high closes on winning note

The Jefferson junior high football team concluded its season Tuesday night with a 22-6 victory over Lima Central Catholic.

The game started with both teams trading possessions, each moving the ball but unable to convert key fourth downs.

The Jeffcats’ offense oet a big boost from its defense when linebacker Tyler Gorman intercepted an LCC pass and returned it 25 yards deep into LCC territory. The ‘Cats took advantage with a score by tailback Brenen Auer. Auer also converted the 2-point conversion, giving the Wildcats an 8-0 lead.

The Jefferson defense stepped up once again on the next possession as Jordan Bonifas and Cioran Shanahan combined on a huge 3rd-down sack to stop the T-birds. The ensuing punt snap went over the Thunderbird punter’s head and he could nothing but fall on the ball deep in their own end. The ‘Cats wasted little time, scoring on another Auer TD run. The 2-point conversion failed for a 14-0 lead.

The Jeffcat “D” continued to wreak havoc on the T-Bird offense. This time, safety Kole McKee intercepted an LCC pass, ending the first half.

The ‘Cats began with a dominate drive to start the second half but a fumble stopped it.

The defense continued to be tough, forcing an LCC punt. The ‘Cats got a good 25-yard return on the play, setting them up on LCC’s side of midfield. From there on, the Jeffcat offensive line began to dominate the T-Bird D-line, marching 45 yards to the end zone. McKee scored the touchdown and converted the 2-pointer as the ‘Cats now took a commanding 22-0 lead.

On the drive, they chewed up the end of the third quarter and most of the fourth.

LCC scored their only points on their next drive with a screen pass that went 45 yards; the 2-point conversion failed.

The Wildcats then run out the final 2:30 and ended their season at 6-2.

The Jeffcat team consists of Troy Dudgeon, Taylor Kunkleman, Damien Jones, Tyler Gorman, Bobby Stevenson, Alex Rode, Cioran Shanahan, Dominic Estrada, Trey Gossman, Kole McKee, Brenen Auer, Brayden McClure, Jacob McClure, Nick Vulgamott, Davion Tyson, Evan Poling, Eli Breeze, Lucas Ketchum, Matt Wiechart, Tyler Shrider and Tyler Bratton.

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Manchester U edges Beaver men on pitch

By Ryan Schadewald

Sports information assistant

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - A late second half goal powered the Manchester University Spartans to a 2-1 victory over the Bluffton University men’s soccer team on Wednesday.

The loss dropped the Beavers to 0-13 on the season (0-6 HCAC), while the Spartans improved to 2-12-2 (1-5 HCAC).

The Spartans got on the board first as Simon Coleman put one into the back of the net with an assist from Ola Ladipo just eight minutes in.

Less than five minutes later, the Beavers responded as senior midfielder Matthew May (Van Buren) scored his first career goal off of a touch from junior T.J. Kline (Mogadore/Lake Center Christian), making the score 1-1 just 13 minutes in.

Then, in the 70th minute, Manchester got the match-winning goal from junior Loic Youth with an assist from fellow junior Ellis Whitt, making the score 2-1.

Despite outshooting the Spartans 14-10, the Beavers couldn’t come up with a goal in the final 20 minutes and fell by that 2-1 margin.

The Beavers will hit the road once again on Saturday, heading to Franklin, Ind., to take on the Franklin College Grizzlies in a doubleheader with the women. The women play at 1 p.m, with the men’s match to follow at 3:30 p.m.

The men will return to Bluffton for their home finale at the Sears Complex as they continue the heated rivalry with the Defiance College Yellow Jackets Wednesday at 4 p.m

 

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