Lady Bearcats get the best of Jeffcats
SPENCERVILLE — Jefferson’s volleyballers were seeking to even their mark at .500 in the Northwest Conference as they visited Spencerville Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats couldn’t do so, falling 25-7, 25-18, 25-27, 25-22.
Leading Jefferson (7-9, 2-4 NWC) were junior Rileigh Stockwell (4 aces, 3 kills, 4 digs), junior Katie Goergens (7 kills, 3 blocks), senior Fallon Van Dyke (5 kills) and sophomore Brooke Culp (13 assists).
Topping the Lady Bearcats were senior Shelby Mulholland (6 aces, 8 kills, 18 digs, 3 stuff-blocks), senior Abby Freewalt (13 kills, 29 digs) and sophomore Schylar Miller (4 aces, 27 assists, 22 digs).
“The girls played as a whole tonight and we are very proud of their hard work,” Bearcat coach Kari Wicker noted. “After losing game 3 by two and getting down in the fourth, the ladies picked themselves up and pushed hard for each and every point all the way to game point to win game 4. We plan on taking this momentum into their game on Monday vs. Temple Christian.”
In the junior varsity match, Spencerville won 20-25, 25-14, 25-22.
Spencerville plays at Lima 5:30 p.m. (JV start) Monday, while Jefferson plays again at home on Tuesday versus Allen East.
Lady Lancers 3rd at WT invite
The Lincolnview girls golf team finished third of seven teams at Thursday’s Wayne Trace Invitational held at Pleasant Valley Golf Course.
Amanda Kocab led the Lady Lancers (210 team score) with a 45 to share medalist honors with Shelby Kohler of Wapakoneta, Jerika Bland (Paulding) and Rachel Schroeder (Hicksville); along with the 46 of Kaitlin Brant, the 54 of Macey Ashbaugh and the 65 of Mikenna Klinker.
Wapakoneta won the meet with a 189, with Celina (Megan Stetler 48) at 197, the Lancers third, host Wayne Trace (Emilee Linder 46) 211, Paulding 213, Hicksville 227 and Parkway (Brenna Brazle 59) 277.
Kalida edges Elida in boys soccer
ELIDA — Kalida’s boys soccer team battled by Elida 2-1 in a hard-fought encounter Thursday under the lights of the Elida Soccer Complex.
The visiting Wildcats had five shots on-goal — getting two tallies from Adam Langhals and two stops by Brent Hovest — versus three for the home team (Jerod Houston got the only goal and Drew Laing saved three attempts).
Both return to the pitch 2 p.m. Saturday: Elida at home versus Lima Senior and Kalida at Defiance.
Lady ’Dawgs sweep Kenton
ELIDA — The Elida volleyball team swept Kenton 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 in Western Buckeye League action Thursday at Elida High School.
Tops for the Lady Bulldogs (9-6, 3-2 WBL) were Torie McAdams (8 kills, 2 blocks), Kali Cahill (7 kills), Katie Hawk (18 assists), Erika Kiel (14 digs) and Summer Grogg (5 aces).
Elida also swept the junior varsity matchup 25-12, 25-8.
Elida is in the Van Wert Invitational 10 a.m. Saturday.
Elida girls tie ’Kittens in soccer
BATH TOWNSHIP — Elida and Bath battled to a scoreless girls soccer draw in Western Buckeye League activity at Bath High School.
The Wildkittens outshot the Lady ’Dawgs 8-2.
Elida visits Fort Jennings 10 a.m. Saturday (JV 1st).
LadyCats repel Blue Streaks
KALIDA — Even though the Kalida girls soccer unit dominated their match versus Archbold Thursday night at Kalida Soccer Stadium — outshooting their foe 18-3 — the LadyCats still struggled to notch a 1-0 victory.
Makenna Vorst scored the only goal for the hosts (9-0-1) on an assist from Summer Holtkamp.
Madison Kohler nabbed 16 saves for the Blue Streaks (8-3-0) and Sarah Verhoff three for the hosts.
Kalida entertains Bluffton 1 p.m. Saturday.
Archbold brooms away Kalida volleyballers
KALIDA — While the Kalida girls soccer team beat Archbold 1-0, the Blue Streaks’ volleyball team got revenge on the LadyCat unit, sweeping its way to a 25-12, 25-10, 25-18 triumph.
Guiding Kalida (12-3) were Kayla Siefker (6 kills, 11 digs), Alexis Decker (10 assists) and Julia Vandemark (11 digs).
Kalida is in the Van Wert Invitational 10 a.m. Saturday.
Grove nets NWC volleyball win
BLUFFTON — Columbus Grove hit the pavement to Bluffton Thursday night and came back with a 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 Northwest Conference volleyball triumph.
Guiding the victorious Bulldogs were Julia Wynn (18 kills, 8 blocks), Emily Tabler (4 aces), Kelli Vorst (28 digs) and Rachel Schumacher (41 assists).
Grove also won the junior varsity match 25-10, 26-24.
Grove hosts Continental 10 a.m. Saturday.
Lady Cougs take down Celina
By Brian Bassett
VAN WERT - Both the Van Wert and Celina volleyball teams headed into Thursday’s Western Buckeye League contest in the Cougars’ Den at Van Wert High School with identical 3-1 conference records but when the dust settled, it was Van Wert who stood alone at second place in the conference with a 25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 25-14 win.
The teams were very evenly matched — and it showed.
After the teams fought to a 2-2 tie to open the first set, Celina seized the lead on a Lady Cougar error and opened it on a tip from junior Emily Dorsten and a kill from Beth Goettemoeller. Van Wert trailed by as much as six, 16-10, but fought back and tied the set at 18 on a kill from sophomore Alexa Dunlap. Celina was called for a misalignment, which gave Van Wert a 19-18 lead.
The teams then fought to ties at 19 and 20 before seniors Ashlee Dowdy and Sydney Collins recorded kills to force a Lady Bulldog timeout. The Lady Cougars outscored Celina 3-2 out of the break, en route to a first-set win which was capped by an Ashlee Dowdy kill.
The second set saw a tie at four to begin, before Van Wert took an advantage on an Ashley Dowdy block, a Dunlap kill and a pair of points from sophomore Alexis Dowdy. The Lady Cougars ran their lead to four, 11-7, before Celina stormed back to tie the set at 14. Celina then put together a run which culminated in a kill by junior Michaela Wenning to give the Lady Bulldogs a 19-15 lead and force a Van Wert timeout.
The break didn’t help and Celina ran the score to 24-19 on an ace from Goettemoeller. With Celina holding set-point, the Lady Cougars rallied with five straight points to tie it at 24 and force a Celina timeout.
An ace by sophomore Riley Jones and a Lady Bulldog error gave Van Wert the game in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion.
Much like the first two sets, the third was tightly-contested and saw early ties at 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18 and 19. With the score tied at 19, Collins picked up a kill to give Van Wert a 1-point lead and force a Lady Bulldog timeout. An Ashlee Dowdy tip gave the Lady Cougars a 21-19 lead but Celina came back to tie it at 22 on an ace from junior Brooke Staugler.
A Lady Cougar carry, a Wenning kill and a Van Wert attack error sealed the win for the Lady Bulldogs and kept them alive in the match.
After getting a lead only to lose it Monday to Crestview, the urgency kicked in for Van Wert. They took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on two Dunlap kills and a Celina error and held a lead the entire set. Only up 12-11, Van Wert put together a 9-0 run which was capped by an Alexis Dowdy kill.
Van Wert coasted throughout the remainder and won the match on a Collins ace.
The win improves Van Wert to 8-5 on the season and they have some possession of second place in the league with three matches to go - which is exciting for a program which does not have a WBL championship.
The Lady Cougars host their own invitational 10 a.m. Saturday.
Van Wert edges Wapak in girls soccer
The Van Wert soccer team edged Wapakoneta 3-2 in a Western Buckeye League tussle Thursday,
The Lady Cougars visit Crestview 1 p.m. Saturday.
Lady Pirates shut out Golden Bears
Continental’s girls soccer team handed Bryan a dominating 4-0 non-conference loss Thursday.
The Lady Pirates scored thrice in the first half: Vanessa Koppenhofer at 27:34; Paige Ordway at 20:05; and Taylor Williamson (courtesy of Paige Kindilien) at 5:46.
Sloane Zachrich tacked on the final tally at 39:19 of the second half.
Leva Weller faced three Golden Bear shots and stopped one to earn another shutout.
The Pirates fired 40 shots and Courtney Retcher stopped 30.
Continental also owned the corner kicks 5-1.