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Lady Musketeers

shut out ’Dawgs

FORT JENNINGS  — Fort Jennings controlled its non-league girls soccer match with Elida Saturday as the Musketeers collected a 4-0 win at home.

Seniors Kristen Maag, Elaina Maag and Macy Schroeder and junior Marissa Mesker all had a goal for the Musketeers. Elaina Maag and Kristen Maag both had an assist.

Fort Jennings outshot the Bulldogs 13-8 and won the corner kicks 4-1 as senior Gabbie German had eight saves and senior Rachel Foust had six saves for the Bulldogs.

“We controlled the game from the start; we went to every 50/50 ball and won almost every challenge. Our first goal was scored with 34 minutes on the clock when Elaina chipped it over the keeper to Marissa, who was sprinting past the defense and the keeper; Marissa walked the ball into the goal,” Musketeer mentor Rodney Wagner explained. “Our second goal came with 32:41 left in the first half; Kristen took a corner kick and Macy charged into the box and volleyed the ball from about the 12-yard line. The ball was moved back and forth to both ends of the field and neither team got a good look the rest of the half. In the second half, the scoring started at 25:43 when we took about three shots inside the 6-yard mark and the ball was mishandled; Elaina took a shot from less then six yards out and slid the ball past the keeper. The final score came at 1:43 when Kristen took the ball down to the touch line and fired a shot that slid past Foust for the last goal.”

The host won the junior varsity match 3-0.

Fort Jennings (8-1-3) visits Allen East 5 p.m. Tuesday, Elida (5-7-1) is at Celina 7 p.m.


Roughriders ride

past Musketeers

ST. MARYS — Saturday evening’s boys soccer bout between Fort Jennings and St. Marys Memorial was decided early as the host Roughrider grabbed a 4-0 non=league victory at home.

Eight minutes into the match, Tyler Kovar crashed through the 6-yard box, winning the cross driven by Zach Wilker for Memorial’s first goal.

Six minutes later, Brenan Brown collected two goals in two minutes for the Roughriders: off a cross and another corner kick.

With nine minutes left in the first half, St. Mary’s Rodriguez tapped in a non-clear by the Musketeer defense to the wide-open far post on the goal line for a 4-0 lead.

The second half was much different. The Musketeers dug down deep and found the will to win the ball. That will battled incessantly throughout the half, resulting in a clean sheet for both teams. The Musketeers even created a few chances to score but unfortunately could not.

Ft. Jennings (6-7-1) hosts Lima Temple Christian  5 p.m. Thursday.

St. Marys is 9-0-3.


Ottoville 2nd at Bath invite

BATH TOWNSHIP — Luke Schimmoeller won the boys race at the Bath Invitational Saturday morning but his Ottoville team came in second to Waynesfield-Goshen 39-62.

North Baltimore was third (79), the host Wildcats fourth (79.5) and Kenton fifth (84). Lima Senior and Upper Scioto Valley did not have team scores.

On the girls side, only two teams had enough runners for a score: North Baltimore and Waynesfield-Goshen tied at 28.

Elizabeth Luersman was the Lady Green’s highest finisher at eighth.

Ottoville is in the Old Shoe Invitational 4 p.m. Tuesday at Ottawa.


Ottoville boys individuals (top 20): 1. Luke Schimmoeller 18:57.28; ... 8. Mark Waldick 20:16.56; ... 11. Ryan Kimmet 20:27.81.

Ottoville girls finishers (top 20): 8. Elizabeth Luersman 24:51.72; ... 19. Kara Hoersten 28:01.88.


Kalida 3rd at VW invite

By Nick Johnson

DHI Correspondent

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VAN WERT - Eight area teams came to Van Wert High School on Saturday afternoon for the annual Van Wert Volleyball Invitational. Van Wert Cougars finished fourth in the invitational after winning their first match and losing the next two matches.

Van Wert’s first match came against the Elida Bulldogs in the Van Wert Middle School gym. The Cougars beat the Bulldogs in two sets 25-23, 25-23.

The first set featured ties at 6, 14, 18, 20 and 23. Elida was led by solid play Torie McAdams (7 kills) and Bethany Koch, and Van Wert was led by Sydney Collins and Taylor Doidge. With the game tied at 23, Van Wert got a kill from Collins which led the Cougars to the first-set victory.

In the second set, Van Wert jumped out to a high lead with the play from Alexa Dunlap, Claire Gamble and Melissa Bono before Elida fought back to a tie at 18 behind good play from Summer Grogg and Kali Cahill. Van Wert used a timeout to kill the momentum and it worked; a Dunlap kill gave the Lady Cougars the game and the match.

Erika Kiel led the Lady Bulldogs with 26 digs and two aces and Katie Hawk had 18 assists.

The Cougars took on the Versailles Tigers in their second match, which took place in the high school gym and lost 25-18, 25-13.

The first set was a battle, which saw ties at 1, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 and 14. The Tigers got good play from Lauren Bruns and Taylor Winner, where Van Wert got good play from Collins and Bono. After the tie at 14-14, Versailles went on an 11-4 run to finish off the first set behind Lauren Monnin.

The second set was more of the same for Versailles as Van Wert had trouble keeping up with the top-ranked team in the invitational. After a Cougar timeout with the score 8-4, Tigers, Versailles went on a 17-9 run to put the Cougars away. The Cougars got strong play from Doidge and Ashlee Dowdy but couldn’t prevent the Tigers from winning the match.

With a 1-1 record in the invitational, the Cougars took on the Kalida Wildcats, the second seed, in the third-place game. Kalida started the first set with an 11-4 run led by Amy Smith, Kayla Siefker and Bailey Dangler, which forced a Van Wert timeout. After that, Van Wert played a more balanced game as they matched the LadyCats. In the second part of the set, Van Wert got strong play from Riley Jones, Dowdy and Collins but Kalida had too big of a lead for the Cougars to overcome.

The second set started out well for the Cougars as Ashlee Dowdy had multiple kills to lead Van Wert to a 7-3 led. Kalida fought back to bring the game to a 13-11, Cougars, led with great play from Siefker and Carrie Gerding. Van Wert got kills from Jones and Ashlee Dowdy to jump out to a bigger lead but the Wildcats fought back with kills from Siefker and Dangler to bring the score to 17-17. The two teams fought to ties at 18, 19 and 22. After the tie at 22, the Wildcats scored three unanswered points to win the set and the match.

In its second match, Elida lost 17-25, 25-20, 26-24 to St. Marys Memorial.

Leading the effort were Torie McAdams (11 kills, 3 blocks), Kiel (16 digs, 3 aces), Hawk (30 assists) and Aubrey Williams (10 kills).

In the Lady ’Dawgs’ final match of the day, they moved to 9-9 with a 22-25, 26-24, 25-13 loss to Shawnee.

Tops for the match were Hawk (18 assists, 4 aces), Kiel (14 digs) and Kali Cahill (6 kills).

Elida hosts Ottawa-Glandorf 6 p.m. Tuesday.


Elida boys

double-up on Spartans

ELIDA — Elida’s boys soccer unit handed Lima Senior 4-2 in non-league play Saturday afternoon at the Elida Soccer Complex.

Elida hosts Bath 7 p.m. today.



whitewash Pirates

KALIDA — Kalida’s girls soccer team remained undefeated with a 5-0 non-league win over Bluffton Saturday.

Summer Holtkamp and Jackie Gardner both had two goals for the Wildcats (10-0-1). Joni Kaufman added a goal and Justine Verhoff had an assist.

Kalida outshot the Pirates (3-8-0) 24-1 for the match. Wildcat goalie Sarah Verhoff had a save and Abbey Heslep had 17 saves.

Kalida welcomes in Ottoville 5 p.m. today.


Kalida, Defiance tie

KALIDA — Kalida and Defiance battled to a 1-1 tie in boys soccer action Saturday night at Kalida Soccer Stadium.

Grant Unverferth netted the Wildcats (9-1-3) only goal, while the Bulldogs (5-7-2) had their only tally from Jordan Tobias.

Kalida outshot their guests 12-8; Brent Hovest had seven saves for the home team and Zach Kesler 10 for the guests.

Kalida hosts Cory-Rawson 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Grove routs Continental

in PCL net play

COLUMBUS GROVE — It was deja vu all over again Saturday morning at Columbus Grove as the host Bulldogs swept Continental 25-8, 25-8, 25-8 in Putnam County League volleyball.

Julia Wynn led the way (10 kills, 3 blocks), along with Rachel Schumacher (26 assists), Kelli Vorst (15 digs) and Emily Tabler and Briana Glass (3 aces).

The Bulldogs visit St. John’s 5:30 p.m. tonight.


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