Blue Jays subdue Lady Lancers in volleyball
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview got off quickly in its non-conference volleyball matchup with St. John’s Monday night at the Lancerdome, winning the opening set 25-15.
The visitors then rallied to take the match in four sets, winning 25-22, 25-22, 25-18.
Leading the Lady Blue Jays (5-10) were senior Heather Vogt (13 blocks, 5 kills), senior Katrina Etzkorn (12 digs), senior Lauren Utrup (9 blocks), classmate Christie Carder (16 assists), senior Emily Horstman (4 aces) and classmate Bailie Hulihan (4 kills).
The Lady Lancers (4-8) will visits NWC power Lima Central Catholic 6 p.m. (junior varsity start) tonight and visit Ada Thursday.
St. John’s hosts New Bremen 5:30 p.m. (junior varsity matchup) Thursday).
(Longer article in Wednesday’s paper).
St. John’s edges Miller City in girls soccer
MILLER CITY — Junior Madison Kreeger scored a goal with 3:05 remaining in the match to lift St. John’s to a 2-1 girls soccer victory over Miller City on a brilliant but windy Monday afternoon at Miller City.
With the wind in the first half, the Lady Blue Jays (3-9-1) scored first on a curling 19-yarder by senior Alyssa Gable (assisted by junior Lyndsay Mohler) against freshman keeper Amanda Simon (7 saves versus 10 shots on-goal) with 14:53 left in the first half.
The Lady Wildcats (7-7) tied the score in the second half with 11:57 to go as sophomore Livia Schroeder chipped one over sophomore St. John’s netminder Samantha Wehri (15 saves vs. 18 shots) from 22 yards.
St. John’s is off until it hosts Sidney Lehman Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. (moved up from Oct. 6).
Miller City hosts Archbold Saturday.
(Longer article in Wednesday’s paper).
Kalida edges out field in PCL Golf Championship
DELPHOS — Just over a week ago, Kalida’s golf team blew away the field at the Delphos Country Club Invitational.
Monday, the Wildcats were back at the DCC for the Putnam County League tournament. This time, the Wildcats were unable to put away the field away easily as the outcome of the tournament wasn’t decided until the final scores were posted.
The Wildcats won the 2012 PCL championship ,shooting a 326 to edge host school Ottoville (332) by six strokes. Columbus Grove finished third with a 373, followed by Leipsic with a 383, Fort Jennings had a 384 and Miller City a 394.
As the scores were being posted, the feeling was a good fifth score could change the outcome as Kalida had a one stroke lead on the Big Green after their top four players finished. The outcome came down to the fifth golfer as the Wildcats’ Brady Mathew finished with an 81, while Ottoville’s Logan Kortokrax had a 93 extending the Wildcats margin by five strokes.
Kalida finished the day with three scores of 81 as Cody Mathew and Austin Horstman tied Brady Mathew for the team lead. Neil Recker finished with an 83.
Ottoville was led by co-medalist Zach Weber with an 80. This is the fourth straight year Weber has earned medalist honors for the Big Green. Derek Schimmoeller and Wesley Markward both had an 82 and Craig Odenweller an 88.
Miller City’s Jared Fuka tied Weber for the low round of the tournament with an 80.
Columbus Grove was led by Jacob Roebke with an 87 and Kurt Warnecke led the Musketeers with a 91.
Sectional play begins 9 a.m. Thursday at Auglaize Country Club and Sycamore Springs.
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Kalida (326) Cody Mathew 81, Austin Horstman 81, Brady Mathew 81, Neil Recker 83, Zach Erhart 86.
Ottoville (332) Zach Weber 80, Derek Schimmoeller 82, Wesley Markward 82, Craig Odenweller 88, Logan Kortokrax 93.
Columbus Grove (373) Jacob Roeble 87, Clay Diller 93, Kody Griffith 95, Logan Diller 98, Brandon Hoffman 100.
Leipsic (383) Jason Niese 87, John Ellerbrock 92, Neil Haselman 100, Logan Selhorst 104, Alex Ellerbrock 108.
Fort Jennings (384) Kurt Warnecke 91, Nate German 95, Josh Wittler 98, Lucas Luebrecht 100, Nick Von Sossan 112.
Miller City (394) Jared Fuka 80, Austin Lammers 95, Cody Sheets 105, Elizabeth Schimmoeller 114, Devin Hoellrich 114.
Big Green punishes Pioneers on pitch
OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville boys soccer unit handed Lima Temple Christian a 6-1 loss Monday under the lights of Ottoville Soccer Stadium.
Dylan Klima scored twice for the Big Green (7-3-1), along with solo tallies from Logan Gable, Grant Altenburger, Lucus Maag and Jared Fanning.
Ottoville outshot the Pioneers (2-8-2) 15-7.
Taylor Zwiebel scored for the visitors.
Ottoville hosts Miller City under the lights at 7 p.m. Friday.
(Longer article in Wednesday’s paper).
Lady Bearcats sweep Perry
SPENCERVILLE — The Spencerville volleyballers broomed away Perry 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 Monday night at home.
Stat leaders for the Lady Bearcats were senior Shelby Mulholland (7 aces, 10 digs, 5 kills, 1 stuff), senior Abby Freewalt (3 aces, 13 digs, 5 kills), sophomore Katie Merriman (5 kills, 1 stuff) and sophomore Schylar Miller (3 aces, 12 digs, 15 assists).
Spencerville visits Crestview 6 p.m. (JV start) tonight and hosts Jefferson Thursday.
Lady Cougs down Bulldogs
DEFIANCE — The Van Wert girls soccer team downed Defiance 3-1 in Western Buckeye League action Monday at Defiance.
Van Wert hosts Wapakoneta 5 p.m. Thursday in another WBL encounter.
Beavers named Team of the Week by Ohio College Football
BLUFFTON — Bluffton University and Youngstown State University were named the Teams of the Week by OhioCollegeFootball.com following a pair of big wins over the weekend. It is the first time Bluffton has been recognized as a Team of the Week by OCF.
The Beavers defeated the Mount St. Joseph Lions 14-7 at Salzman Stadium. It marked the first time the Beavers (3-1, 2-0 HCAC) had beaten the Lions since 2001, a string of 10 straight setbacks at the hands of MSJ. It was the first time since 2000 that Bluffton has opened the season 3-1 and 2-0 in the HCAC.
The Youngstown State Penguins, who are members of the Miami Valley Football Conference (NCAA FCS) and ranked No. 4 in the FCS Coaches Poll, defeated No. 8 ranked Northern Iowa, 42-35, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Panthers. YSU improve to 4-0 overall for the first time since 2000.
Junior Airic Steagall (Hillsboro) paced the Beaver ground attack, picking up 81 yards on 17 carries and scoring twice. Freshman Calib Alexander (Ocala, Fla./St. John Lutheran) ran the ball 18 times for 65 yards. Tyler Wright (Troy) led the Beavers through the air, completing 10-of-14 passes for 104 yards. Ryan Sabin (Canal Winchester) caught four of those passes for 70 yards.
Ben Kaufman (Ottawa-Glandorf) totaled 11 tackles, three of the solo variety, to lead the Beavers on defense. Josh Runda (Lima/Bath) also had a stellar defensive performance, racking up nine tackles, including four solo tackles and three tackles-for-loss. Nick Smith (Troy) and Mike Johnson (Browns Mills, NJ/Pemberton Township) chipped in with eight tackles each. Derek Woods (Springfield/South) had a late interception to go along with his four stops.
The Beavers will look to stay unblemished in the Heartland Conference when they welcome Manchester University (0-4, 0-2 HCAC) to Salzman Stadium on Saturday. Bluffton has won the last two meetings with the Spartans, including the first ever Beaver overtime win at North Manchester, Ind., in 2011.
HCAC Tabs Saunders as Special Teams Player of the Week
DEFIANCE — For the second time in four weeks, a member of the Defiance College special teams unit has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week, with Spencer Saunders claiming the honor on Monday.
Saunders played a major part in helping Defiance pick up a 30-7 Homecoming victory against Anderson on Saturday as the sophomore placekicker accounted for 12 points without missing an attempt.
The Springfield native scored the eventual game-winning points in the first quarter and matched a personal-best with a 33-yard field goal for a 10-0 Yellow Jacket lead. Saunders went on to connect from 28 and 22 yards out and converted all three point-after attempts in the contest.
Saunders now ranks third among all HCAC kickers with 15 points during the 2012 campaign and leads all conference performers with three made field goals.
The HCAC Player-of-the-Week award is the first for Saunders in his two-year career with the Purple and Gold and the second weekly honor earned by the DC football program this season.
Saunders and the Jackets (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) will look for a second-straight victory this Saturday when they take the road to challenge Earlham at 2 p.m.