St. John’s freshman Curtis Pohlman looks to catch a runner from St. Henry at the MAC Cross Country Meet held Thursday at Coldwater. He finished 40th in the high school boys race with a time of 18:24. Also running in the boys race was Aaron Hellman (19:18 for a new PR), Anthony Hale (21:17) and Todd Rode (26:25), just getting back from an injury. In the girls race, Megan Joseph led the way with a 27th-place finish with a time of 20:48 for a new season’s best, Anna Mueller (23:14) and Teresa Pohlman (24:31 for a new PR). In the junior high race, Nick Pohlman finished 10th with a time of 12:32.
MAC cross country
COLDWATER — Host Coldwater took both sides of Thursday’s Midwest Athletic Conference Cross Country meet.
“This is a very tough meet due to the talent level of the schools in the league. There could be up to 3 boys and girls teams that will run at the state meet in a few weeks,” St. John’s coach Steve Hellman relayed. “We ran very well with the upperclassmen running their best time of the year. The two freshman are struggling some right now, which I think they are getting a little tired from the extra mileage and the longer race distance.”
District competition is Oct. 20. St. John’s is at Liberty Center starting 2:30 p.m.
Boys Team Scores: Coldwater 52, Minster 53, St. Henry 60, Versailles 70, New Bremen 152, Parkway 180, New Knoxville 188. No Team Scores: St. John’s, Marion Local, Fort Recovery.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Prakel (V) 15:34.18; 2. Hemmelgarn (SH) 16:15.87; 3. Wenning (C) 16:16.93; 4. Dahlinghaus (MI) 16:17.55; 5. D. Seas (C) 16:27.18; 6. Albers (MI) 16:28.52; 7. Kuntz (NK) 16:30.08; 8. Schulze (SH) 16:40.24; 9. Kuess (C) 16:51.99; 10. Ware III (V) 17:01.87.
St. John’s Finishers (128 Runners): 40. Curtis Pohlman 18:24.93; ... 59. Aaron Hellman 19:18.18; ... 101. Anthony Hale 21:17.34; ... 128. Todd Rode 26:25.30.
Girls Team Scores: Coldwater 32, Minster 36, Versailles 95, Ft. Recovery 114, New Knoxville 156, St. Henry 160, Marion Local 165, Parkway 210. No Team Score: St. John’s, New Bremen.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. S. Kanney (C) 17:47.55; 2. C. Seas (C) 19:04.11; 3. J. Kanney (C) 19:09.43; 4. Slonkosky (MI) 19:16.21; 5. Butler (MI) 19:25.27; 6. Burke (MI) 19:26.74; 7. L. Seas (C) 19:34.84; 8. Sutter (F) 19:39.40; 9. Warvel (V) 19:42.46; 10. Barlage (MI) 19:42.90.
St. John’s Finishers (147 Runners): 27. Megan Joseph 20:48.18; ... 74. Anna Mueller 23:14.90; ... 98. Teresa Pohlman 24:31.34.
Boys Team Scores: St. Henry 44, Versailles 71, Marion Local 86, Minster 95, Coldwater 96, Ft. Recovery 147, New Knoxville 150. No Team Scores: St. John’s, New Bremen, Parkway.
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Rollins (P) 11:07.21; 2. Seas (C) 11:25.34; 3. Pleiman (V) 12:00.95; 4. Cavanaugh (MI) 12:06.37; 5. Hoying (SH) 12:08.74; 6. Clune (SH) 12:11.24; 7. Heitbrink (ML) 12:22.33; 8. Heitkamp (ML) 12:27.90; 9. Muhlenkamp (SH) 12:31.21; 10. Nick Pohlman (SJ) 12:32.71.
Other St. John’s Finishers (61 Runners): 54. Patrick Stevenson 15:17.17.
Girls Team Scores: Minster and Versailles 33, Ft. Recovery 100, St. Henry 113, New Bremen 136, Coldwater 139, Marion Local 160. No Team Scores: St. John’s, Parkway, New Knoxville.
Top 10 Individuals (74 Runners): 1. Pohl (MI) 12:16.30; 2. Watren (V) 12:20.87; 3. Slonkosky (MI) 12:47.84; 4. Heitkamp (F) 12:54.23; 5. Mceldowney (V) 12:55.40; 6. Blakeley (V) 12:57.51; 7. Fischer (MI) 12:59.45; 8. Schulze (SH) 13:01.99; 9. Albers (V) 13:04.48; 10. Borgerding (MI) 13:10.62.
HARROD — Trisha Drury scored a pair of goals and Abby Joyner one to lift Allen East to a 3-0 victory over Jefferson in Northwest Conference girls soccer action Thursday at Allen East High School.
The Lady Mustangs outshot the Lady Wildcats 21-8.
These same two teams will battle 5 p.m. Saturday in Division III sectional action at Elida.
Rangers sweep Lady Jays
NEW KNOXVILLE — Host New Knoxville swept St. John’s 25-13, 25-10, 25-13 in Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball action Thursday.
The Lady Blue Jays begin Division IV sectional action 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ottoville vs. Cory-Rawson.
Lady Musketeers battle
by Ottoville in girls soccer
FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings tuned up for the girls soccer post-season with a 2-0 shutout of archrival Ottoville Thursday at Fort Jennings.
“We had Senior Night and we controlled the first half and much of the second half. With 21:00 left in the first half, Emily Grone slipped a pass by the defense and Marissa Mesker took a shot past the goalie,” Lady Musketeer mentor Rodney Wagner noted. “Then after a slow start in the second half, we started taking some good shots. Macy Schroeder took three long shots on-frame and the keeper stopped every one. Finally, with 3:31 left in the match, she found the range and put a long shot in for the second goal.”
The Lady Musketeers (13-1-3) doubled up on the Lady Green 14-7 in shots on-goal and dominated the corner kicks 6-0. Gabbie German had seven saves for the hosts, while Rachel Beining stopped 10 for the visitors.
Ottoville plays Crestview 5 p.m. Tuesday in its own Division III sectional. Fort Jennings waits the winner of Continental and Miller City for Oct. 20.
Lady Green belt
Pirates in volleyball
CONTINENTAL — Ottoville’s volleyball team tuned up for the second season with a 25-16, 25-9, 25-12 beatdown of Putnam County League foe Continental Thursday at Continental.
Senior Abby Siefker led the Lady Green (8-13, 2-4 PCL) with 10 kills (16/17 hitting), while senior Tammy Wannemacher added four aces (20/20 serving) and junior Tonya Kaufman 10 assists (35/35 setting).
Defiance brooms away Lady ’Dawgs
ELIDA — The Defiance volleyball team swept Elida 25-21, 27-15, 25-21 in Western Buckeye League action Thursday at Eldia.
Elida (9-13, 3-6 WBL) stat leaders were: Torie McAdams (10 kills, 1 block), Katie Hawk (24 assists), Erika Kiel (26 digs) and Bethany Koch (3 aces).
Elida won the junior varsity match 25-22, 16-25, 25-14.
Titans notch WBL boys soccer tie
By Charlie Warnimont
GLANDORF — Ottawa-Glandorf’s boys soccer team took the field Thursday evening needing a win to gain at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title.
A scrappy Van Wert team stood in their way as the Titans attempted to wrap up their fourth WBL title in school history. From the start, the Cougars knew they had their hands full against a veteran Titan squad.
Despite a offensive lull by the Titans midway through the opening half, O-G scored five times in the opening half on their way to a 9-0 win over the Cougars at the Titan Soccer Stadium. O-G closes out league play at 8-1, as they have at least a share of the WBL title with Shawnee, and are 14-1 overall, while Van Wert is 3-13 for the season.
Ottawa-Glandorf started the match on offense Thursday evening and showed they were serious about getting that title share as they were able to keep the ball on the Van Wert defensive side of the pitch a majority of the half. Although the Cougars were able to hold their own early, the Titans finally got on the scoreboard just over five minutes into the match.
Senior forward Eric Beckman gave the Titans a 1-0 lead as he scored with 34:29 left in the opening half. Senior midfielder Cody Bockrath picked up the assist as he played a ball from the right side of the field to the box where Beckman headed home a shot. The Titans went up 2-0 six minutes later as Beckman scored his second goal of the night as he took a nice give-and-go pass from Chewy Kaufman and knocked home a shot.
Despite the Titans two quick goals, the Titan offense hit a lull after that they were unable to increase their lead until there was 17 minutes left in the first half. During that stretch, O-G coach Mike Weihrauch took most of his starters off the field to talk to them.
During the starters absence, O-G added a goal when sophomore Mitch Niese put home a goal with 17:01 left in the half. Once the starters returned, senior Nate Toumazos knocked home the teams fourth goal, while Beckman ended the first half scoring with his third goal of the half as he and Lammers hooked up on O-G’s fifth goal with 1:42 left in the half. Beckman also assisted on the Toumazos goal.
Van Wert had just two shots on goal the first half, one coming on a direct kick that landed in the hands of Titan goalie Tyler Ellerbrock. The second shot was over the crossbar.
O-G scored four times in the second half as Michael Rosebrock scored from 30 yards out, before fellow seniors Cory Imm and Tyler Ellerbrock, who left the goal to play in the field, both scored. Senior Brandon Lauth finished the scoring with 8:34 left. The Cougars had a couple of scoring chances in the second half against three different Titan goalies, but could not get one past them.
The Titans second goal starts in the sectional finals against these same Cougars at Defiance on October 20.
O-G won the junior varsity match 7-0.
WBL champ O-G tops Van Wert in three sets
By Jim Cox
VAN WERT - Ottawa-Glandorf came into Thursday night’s volleyball match with the Western Buckeye League championship safely sewed up at 8-0. Host Van Wert was tied for second (with Celina and Defiance) at 6-2, and the Cougars gave the Titans a real test before falling 25-18, 25-18, 25-15. O-G finishes the WBL season at 9-0 and is 16-5 overall with one match (Saturday with Columbus Grove) remaining. Van Wert is 6-3 and 12-8 with a Saturday match remaining with Lincolnview.
Neither team had much success scoring on its offense but the defenses were magnificent, resulting in a slew of long, exciting rallies.
The first set was close until the end, with five lead changes before the visitors took their final lead at 17-16. After that, led by the hitting of Niki Ellerbrock, Stacy Walker, and Kayla Eastman, O-G went on a decisive run to end it at 25-18.
The second set was similarly close, providing Van Wert with its best chance for a win. The Cougs led by as many as four (12-8, 13-9, 15-11), but the Titans’ offense went on a roll led by Ellerbrock to take an 18-17 lead. At that point, Van Wert committed a series of errors, allowing O-G to escape with another 25-18 win.
The home team led early in the third set (1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4), but the Titans tied it at 5-5 on a stuff block by Eastman. O-G never trailed after that, although the Cougs stayed within striking distance until it was 17-14. At that point, Van Wert committed seven errors in a row to let it get away.
Walker, Ellerbrock, and Kristi Jerwers led O-G in kills with 14, 10, and nine. Kelsey Baldwin and Jerwers had 29 and 26 digs, respectively. Kelley Selhorst had 38 assists.
Kills were scattered among several Van Wert players -- led by Taylor Doidge and Alexa Dunlap with four each. Other Cougar stat leaders were Amanda Coplin (nine assists), and Dunlap (22 digs).
The undefeated (20-0) Titan jayvee team won in two sets, 25-7, 27-25, although the surprising Cougars (7-11) had a set point at 25-24 in the second set. O-G won the freshman game in three sets.