Jays fall in 4 sets
Senior Lauren Utrup spikes the ball during her last volleyball match in the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium Tuesday night. The Lady Blue Jays played well but lost in 4 to their MAC foe.
DELPHOS — St. John’s bid good-bye to seven volleyball seniors playing their final home matches at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the Lady Blue Jays, Fort Recovery was a rude guest as they beat the hosts 3-1 in Midwest Athletic Conference action.
The Jays visit New Knoxville 5:30 p.m. Thursday to end the regular season.
Titan girls, T-Bird boys
win cross country tri
OTTAWA — The Ottawa-Glandorf girls cross country team was the only one with a full team at its own tri-match versus Ottoville and Lima Central Catholic Tuesday at Ottawa Memorial Park.
They compiled 15 points and had the four top runners.
The Thunderbirds won the boys race 24-38-70 over the Titans and Big Green.
Luke Schimmoeller ran an 18:28 to finish fifth.
Ottoville is next in the Districts Oct. 20.
OTTOVILLE — Ottoville finished its regular season at 7-13 with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of invading Lima Temple Christian Tuesday night at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.
Leading the way are seniors Abby Siefker (16-of-20 hitting, 7 kills) and Tammy Wannemacher (19-of-19 setting, 9 assists), along with junior Tonya Kaufman (20-of-21 serving, 1 ace) and sophomore Annie Lindeman (9 digs).
Lady Lancers shut
out Liberty Center
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview girls soccer team shut out Liberty Center 7-0 in non-league activity Tuesday at Lincolnview.
Kaylee Thatcher got the Lady Lancers (9-7) on the board at 30:49 of the first half, followed by Haley McAbee (28:09), Cortney Gorman (17:20) and Sarah Harris (4:31).
Harris made it a second goal with 27:56 left in the match, with Hannah McCleery (14:40) and Lydia Myers (assist from Joanne Myers) at 3:00.
Lincolnview dominated the shots on-goal 17-5, with sophomore Julia Thatcher saving five for the hosts.
Lincolnview takes on St. John’s 7 p.m. Saturday in the Division III sectional at Elida.
Spencerville drops a pair at the net
PAULDING — Spencerville paid a visit to Paulding Tuesday night and fell 23-25, 25-12, 25-11, 26-24 in Northwest Conference action.
Leaders for the Lady Bearcats were senior Shelby Mulholland (10 digs, 7 kills), senior Alli Gilroy (13 digs), senior Abby Freewalt (11 digs, 7 kills), sophomore Schylar Miller (13 digs, 22 assists), sophomore Katie Merriman (15 digs, 2 stuff blocks) sophomore Alyse Smith (8 kills) and sophomore Megan Miller (3 aces).
The night before, the Bearcats lost to host Minster 25-17, 25-17, 25-23. The match was moved up from Saturday.
Tops were Mulholland (5 kills, 6 digs, 2 stuff blocks), Freewalt (8 kills, 6 digs) and Schylar Miller (12 assists, 15 digs).
Spencerville plays St. Henry 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Division IV Coldwater Sectional.
ELIDA — Elida’s girls soccer unit tossed a 4-0 shutout versus Defiance in Western Buckeye League play Tuesday at the Elida Soccer Complex.
Lindsey Hall had two goals for the Lady ’Dawgs, while Shannon Boroff and McKenna McCarthy had one each.
Jena Wensole and Rachel Foust had assists.
Elida dominated the shots on-goal 12-2, with Caitlyn Shroyer stopping both Bulldog tries.
Celina bests Elida in
Bulldog volleyball battle
CELINA — Celina’s volleyball team downed Elida 22-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-17 in Western Buckeye League volleyball activity Tuesday at Celina.
Pacing Elida (9-12, 3-5 WBL) were Torie McAdams - 6 kills, 11 digs, 1 block), Erika Kiel (11 digs, 4 aces), Bethany Koch (11 digs, 1 block) and Katie Hawk (23 assists).
Celina won the junior varsity match 2-0.
Elida hosts Defiance 6 p.m. Thursday.
Rockets outlast LadyCats in PCL volleyball
PANDORA — A day after losing a 3-setter versus Putnam County League foe Columbus Grove on the road, the Kalida volleyballers trekked to Pandora-Gilboa High School for another PCL showdown, this time versus the Lady Rockets.
This one was much tougher but still resulted in a loss, very nearly overcoming a 2-set deficit: 25-22, 28-26, 17-25, 16-25, 15-11.
Leading the LadyCats were Kayla Siefker (2 aces, 20 kills, 4 blocks, 15 digs), Amy Smith (10 kills, 2 aces, 20 digs), Andrea Bellman (10 kills), Julia Vandemark (17 digs), Alexis Decker (33 assists) and Bailey Dangler (22 assists, 2 aces).
Titans edge Lady Cougs in soccer
By BRIAN BASSETT
VAN WERT - With a hard wind blowing out of the south during Tuesday evening’s girls soccer contest between Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf at Van Wert High School, it is no surprise that all the match’s goals were scored in the north goal.
Unfortunately for the home Lady Cougars, O-G put one more goal in than they did and the Lady Titans escaped Van Wert with a 2-1 Western Buckeye League win.
O-G had the wind at its back in the first half and got a pair of goals. When the teams switched sides after halftime, Van Wert put a goal in but it was too little, too late.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Titans to get on the board. After a shot-on-goal by Danielle Schroeder at the 38:53 mark of the first half was saved by Van Wert sophomore keeper Emily Bair, Schroeder responded with a goal 45 seconds later.
Almost six minutes later, at the 32:48 mark of the firs half, Michelle Maag added to the O-G lead with a goal from 20 yards out to the right of the goal.
The Lady Cougar defense clamped down and shut out O-G the remainder of the match. Unfortunately, the Lady Titan defense also played very well.
Van Wert struggled to get the ball into O-G territory in the first half, with the Lady Titan defense and the wind, but they did at the 14:48 mark. Junior forward Hannah Hulbert nailed a shot into the wind which hit the crossbar and sailed high, narrowly missing a goal.
The Lady Titans had their best scoring opportunity through the remainder at the 7:28 mark of the first when Maag fired a shot from seven yards out. Bair was not in position and it looked like a sure-fire goal but senior defenseman Sierra Kesler was there to kick it away.
The match went to the half with O-G leading 2-0.
Van Wert’s offense picked up with the wind at its back in the second half, possessing the ball more. They managed seven shots on-goal in the second half, to only one in the first.
Hulber had most of the shots-on-goal for the Cougars but Lady Titan keeper Megan Hoehn held strong with some impressive saves.
The Lady Cougars finally broke free at the 7:30 mark in the second half. Van Wert was awarded a free kick from 20 yards out. Hulbert took the kick and sent the ball past a line of O-G defenders but Hoehn came through with a diving. The ball bounced away from Hoehn, however, and junior midfielder Lauren Mathew was there to send the ball past Hoehn for Van Wert’s only goal.
The Lady Cougars made several more pushes at the goal but couldn’t convert in the last seven minutes as the Lady Titans held on.
O-G ended the match with 20 shots on-goal, 10 in each half. Van Wert had eight, one in the first half and seven in the second.
The win improves the Lady Titans to 10-4-1, 5-3-1 in WBL play. The Lady Cougars fall to 4-11, 3-6 in WBL play.
Bluffton moves to 12-10 with 3-set victory over Ohio Wesleyan
By Meghan Mohr
Sports information assistant
BLUFFTON — It’s back to school for the Beavers as Bluffton welcomed the Battling Bishops on Homecoming week for a ‘White Out’ in Founders Hall. Bluffton handled the Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan in three sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-15), improving to 12-10 in the process.
Sophomore Kristyn Hovest (Gilboa/Pandora-Gilboa) and fellow outside hitter Kendra Parmenter (Grove City) both had nine slammers. Hovest tallied just one error for a superb .400 hitting percentage. Close behind were senior Heather Schierer (Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry) and freshman Jenny Brown (St. Marys/Memorial) with seven bombers each. Senior Brooke Distel (Carey) and junior Bethany Behnfeldt (Napoleon) were both flawless with four and three kills, respectively. Freshman setter Mackenzie Lauber (Mansfield/Madison) handed out 34 assists.
Junior libero Hailey Phillips (Malinta/Patrick Henry) had a team-high nine digs, followed by Schierer’s seven, then Lauber and junior Lindsay Krohn (Marysville, Ind./New Washington) with six apiece.
Bluffton racked up 44 kills with just 16 errors for a .272 hitting percentage, while the visitors finished with 24 kills and 18 errors for a .065 hitting percentage. The Beavers picked up 43 digs and ripped eight service aces in the victory.
Up next, the Beavers will battle Hanover College on Homecoming Day at 2 p.m. in Founders Hall.
DC Football to host “Take A Kid to the Game” Saturday
DEFIANCE — The Defiance College athletics department will join the NCAA to host the 18th-Annual “Take A Kid to the Game” program during its football contest with Mount St. Joseph on Saturday,. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m., with festivities starting at noon.
All children ages 12 and under will be admitted into the game at no cost and will be encouraged to participate in various games and competitions. Children will receive a free plastic Defiance College mini-football and will have the opportunity to have their faces painted in a football, Defiance College or Halloween theme.
The action will continue at halftime of DC’s game against the Mount as three children will be selected to compete in a relay competition on the game field for a prize.
For more information, contact Matt Zahel at 419-783-2343.
Raiders outlast Wildcats for non-league win
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER
HAVILAND – Wayne Trace dominated the first set and then had to hold off visiting Jefferson in the second and third sets en route to a straight-set victory the Wildcats in non-league volleyball action at the ‘Palace.’
The lady Raiders led from start to finish in the first set in rolling to a 25-9 victory. However, the second set saw the Wildcats rally from an early deficit to take the lead only to see Wayne Trace answer late and slip past Jefferson 29-27.
Set three was very similar to the second set as the red, white and blue came from behind for a 25-23 win.
Wayne Trace never trailed in the first set, leading 5-1 early on and widening the margin to as much as 15-3. Jefferson did get back within 18-8 on a Katie Goergens kill but it was all Raiders from there.
The red, white and blue then finished the set with an ace by Krystal Wannemacher, a kill from Tanya Sinn and three more Wannemacher aces to seal the 25-9 win.
However, set two was altogether different.
With the lady Raiders on top 11-8, kills from Sinn, Lauren Speice and Wannemacher widened the margin to 14-8.
The Wildcats would rally, though. A Goergens slam ignited a 10-1 run that saw the visitors go on top 19-17. Fallon Van Dyke added three kills in the spurt for the lady Wildcats while Kenidi Ulm, Lindsay Deuel and Rileigh Stockwell also chipped in slams.
Jefferson led 21-18 following a Van Dyke kill before Wayne Trace rallied to tie after an ace from Maddie Baumle and a Wannemacher slam.
Kamie Pulford recorded an ace as the Wildcats went on top 23-21 but the set again took a quick turn. Kills from Wannemacher and Brenda Feasby helped Wayne Trace go back in front 25-24 before a service error left the set tied at 25-25.
A Raider hitting error again put the Wildcats in position for the win but the visitors couldn’t finish. Two straight hitting mistakes by Delphos allowed Wayne Trace to go back in front 27-26.
After the Wildcats tied the set at 27-27, the lady Raiders finished off the second set with consecutive kills by Speice and Sylvia Young for the 29-27 victory.
The third set again saw Delphos take a lead midway through, opening a 20-15 advantage following slams from Ulm and Deuel. With Jefferson still leading 21-16, it was Wayne Trace who took control from that point forward.
Four Young kills and a Young block for a point, two aces by Sinn and a Wannemacher slam sealed the 25-23 Raider victory to end the match.
Stockwell and Goergens had five kills for the lady Wildcats and Van Dyke recorded four slams. Deuel and Ulm chipped in two each as well. Stockwell also had four aces for Delphos, which falls to 6-12.
Wannemacher recorded five aces and six kills with Sinn recording seven kills and three aces for Wayne Trace, which moves to 9-10 on the season.
Jefferson visits Kalida 6 p.m. Thursday.