|Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:00 AM|
Grove sweeps NWC track
By JIM METCALFE
SPENCERVILLE — It might not have been a great surprise that Columbus Grove’s girls track and field team edged out Spencerville’s 152-137 to claim the conference title Saturday at the Charles D. Moeller Track in Spencerville.
It likely was that the “rebuilding” Bulldog boys — who graduated a ton of State-qualifying and placing individuals from a year ago — defended their title from a year ago in besting Bluffton 134-123.
On the girls side, Bluffton was third with 87 points, followed by Ada (75.7), Allen East (68.5), Jefferson (46), Crestview (40.5), Lincolnview (28) and Paulding (27).
In the boys race, the host Bearcats were third at 101 points, followed by the Lancers (85), the Mustangs (62), the Knights (56), the Ada Bulldogs (54) and the Panthers (48). The Jeffcats had no team results.
Next up for the teams is the Division III District tournaments: Jefferson, Spencerville, Lincolnview and Crestview back at Spencerville and Columbus Grove, Ada, Allen East and Bluffton at Liberty-Benton — save for Paulding, whose teams will be in the Division II Defiance District.
The prelims and half of the field event finals will commence Thursday, with the other field event finals and the running finals Saturday.
Girls Final Team Rankings: Columbus Grove 152, Spencerville 137.5, Bluffton 87, Ada 75.5, Allen East 68.5, Jefferson 46, Crestview 40.5, Lincolnview 28, Paulding 27.
Boys Final Team Rankings: Columbus Grove 134, Bluffton 123, Spencerville 101, Lincolnview 85, Allen East 62, Crestview 56, Ada 54, Paulding 48. Jefferson no team score.
(Fuller story and full results in Monday’s paper).
Jays drop season-finale to Versailles
By LARRY HEIING
VERSAILLES — The third time was the charm as St. John’s finally met Versailles on the baseball diamond Saturday morning/afternoon after two rainouts.
It wasn’t worth the wait as the Blue Jays dropped their final game of the season to the Tigers 7-1 in Midwest Athletic Conference action.
The Tigers scored in every inning but the fifth for their 13th victory of the year.
The Jays only managed five hits as seniors Ben Wrasman and T.J. Hoersten each had two hits. Wrasman also had a pair of stolen bases and Hoersten had one.
Kyle McEldowney was the winning pitcher for Versailles and Hoersten suffered the loss.
Score by Innings
St. John’s 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-(1)
(Longer story and box score in Monday’s paper).