CROSS COUNTRY: Ottoville, Elmwood girls advance
TIFFIN -- Ottoville’s Shayla Siefker ran away from the field, again.
The Big Green junior collected her second straight Division III regional girls cross country title to lead her team to a second-place showing at the OHSAA regional cross country championships at Hedges Boyer Park.
It’s the second straight year Siefker and her team qualified for the OHSAA state cross country championships.
Liberty Center captured the regional crown with a 105-120 final margin over Ottoville. Elmwood also qualified for the second year in a row by topping Old Fort for third place 124-140.
The top four teams and top 16 individuals in each race earned a spot in next week’s OHSAA state championships at Scioto Downs.
Siefker, who was second as a freshman before winning regional titles the past two years, was more excited to see that her teammates will be joining her in Columbus again.
“It’s just as exciting to win it again. But what’s really exciting is to see our team make it to state again,” said Siefker, who won the race in a time of 19:37, 25 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
“One of the girls said were we ranked fifth so we knew we were going to be close. We have had a rough year dealing with a lot of injuries, but we ran a pretty strong race as a team today.”
Teammates Brianna Rodriguez (17th, 21:45) and Molly Maag (24th, 21:09) helped cement Ottoville’s state berth.
Elmwood seniors Bethany Flage (15th, 20:40) and Darla Heimann (19th, 21:00) led the Royals back to Columbus.
While Flage’s time wasn’t a personal record, it was perhaps her best race of the season.
“She ran a great race, but she is consistent and I never get any less than the best from her in every race,” said Elmwood coach Chris Hailey.
“Our girls team feeds off each other and normally they have even a tighter pack than they had today. That’s the true key to cross country.”
It’s tough to qualify for state in back-to-back seasons but the Royals were up to the task despite losing it’s top runner and team leader from last year’s squad, Kaye Bockbrader, to graduation.
“This team is a little younger. Last year they had Kaye Bockbrader as a captain. She was a consummate leader,” Hailey said. “This year the girls are just tough kids and they are silent, quiet and lead by example.
“That’s the way the whole team is, they don’t want to let each other down and that‘s what makes this team special,” he added.
Liberty-Benton’s girls team had it’s 19-year state meet streak snapped as the Eagles ended up sixth in the 16-team field with 154 points.
The Eagles will be represented in Columbus though as sophomore Halle Frey qualified with a 10th place finish in 20:31. Pandora-Gilboa junior Sarah Flickinger also advanced by placing 11th in 20:33.
Findlay High School’s girls team was last in the Division I team standings.
Erin Gwinn was the top runner for the Trojans as she 88th in a time of 21:20.
Division I Girls
1, Rocky River Magnificat 34. 2, Brecksville 116. 3, Brunswick 151. 4, Medina 154. 5, North Royalton 164. 6, Wadsworth 196. 7, Amherst Steele 211. 8, Perrysburg 222. 9, Strongsville 223. 10, Cleveland St. Joseph 224. 11, Avon Lake 265. 12, Sylvania Southview 269. 13, Anthony Wayne 308. 14, North Olmsted 360. 15, Berea 388. 16, Findlay 432.
Winner & Area Girls Finishes
1, Hanna Neczypor (North Royalton) 17:33. 88, Erin Gwinn (Fin) 21:20. 92, Sara Plott (Fin) 21:30. 98, Molly Parsons (Fin) 21:43. 99, Stefanie Otley (Fin) 21:44. 100, Rpayton Rudolph (Fin) 21:52. 116, Ciara Atkinson (Fin) 23:51.
Division II Girls
1, Shelby 101. 2, Van Wert 116. 3, Rocky River 118. 4, Coldwater 138. 5, Avon 158. 6, Defiance 180. 7, Oak Harbor 182. 8, Ontario 182. 9, Maumee 187. 10, Lexington 196. 11, Napoleon 264. 12, Bay Village Bay 293. 13, Edison 297. 14, Elyria Catholic 298. 15, Bellevue 370. 16, Eastwood 422.
Winner & Area Girls Finish
1, Lauren Taylor (Van Wert) 19:08. 65, Halee Stief (US) 21:30
Division III Girls
1, Liberty Center 105. 2, Ottoville 120. 3, Elmwood 124. 4, Old Fort 140. 5, Woodmore 142. 6, Liberty-Benton 154. 7, Tiffin Calvert 185. 8, Toledo Christian 208. 9, Pettisville 226. 10, Carey 246. 11, Delta 251. 12, Gibsonburg 290. 13, Lima Central Catholic 306. 14, Pandora-Gilboa 314. 15, Stryker 324. 16, Fairview 343.
Winner & Area Girls Finishes
1, Shayla Siefker (Otto) 19:37. 5, Julia Windom (Lak) 20:24. 10, Halle Frey (L-B) 20:31. 11, Sarah Flickinger (P-G) 20:33. 15, Bethany Flage (Elm) 20:40. 17, Brianna Rodriguez (Otto) 20:45. 19, Darla Heimann (Elm) 21:00. 20, Jenna Jesko (Car) 21:06. 24, Molly Maag (Otto) 21:09. 28, Shelby Wilson (McC) 21:17. 29, Miranda Wagner (Elm) 21:18.7. 31, Brooke Bendele (Otto) 21:21. 36, Brooke Larsen (L-B) 21:29. 38, Cassie Reinhart (H-L) 21:33. 40, Audra Schroeder (L-B) 21:36. 45, Brittany Freeman (Car) 21:50. 48, Ashley Wolfe (Elm) 21:51. 50, Addy Mathias (Elm) 21:55. 57, Caitlin Mathias (L-B) 22:08. 61. Zoe Thompson (L-B) 22:13. 67, Jessica Muhlenkamp (L-B) 22:28. 70, Sarah Walter (Car) 22;30. 74, Deanna Kahle (Kal) 22:37. 76, Taylor Hermiller (P-G) 22:40. 77, Megan Scheck (P-G) 22:40. 79, Melissa Turnwald (Otto) 22:47. 81, Rachelle Muckensturm (L-B) 22:51. 84, Becky Heimann (Elm) 22:59. 87, Hayley Rinearson (Elm) 23:07. 89, Kari Beining (Otto) 23:09. 90, Megan Kemerly (Car) 23:10. 95, Amanda Hagley (Car) 23:21. 99, Emily Hyatt (Car) 23:28. 101, Alivia Stephan (Car) 23:33. 107, Deidre Latham (P-G) 24:01. 108, Emilee Byrne (Otto) 24:02. 126, Grace Basinger (P-G) 27:41. 127, Marissa Schultz (P-G) 28:01.
CROSS COUNTRY: Elmwood boys headed to state again
By JAMIE BAKER
TIFFIN — It certainly wasn’t easy, but Elmwood’s boys cross country team is headed back to state.
Elmwood junior Nick Goebel was the second overall finisher to help the Royals end up fourth as a team in the Division III boys race at the OHSAA regional cross country championships at Hedges Boyer Park Saturday.
The top four teams in each race and top 16 individuals earned berths to next Saturday’s OHSAA state championships at Scioto Downs.
The Royals weren’t able to defend their regional title as Delta ran away from the field to win with 85 points. Hilltop (103) was second and Stryker nipped Elmwood 119-123 for third place.
For some teams, nothing short of a regional championship will do. But for Elmwood, just getting the chance to run another week was good enough on a cold, muddy and windy day.
“Survival. That’s probably the word of the day,” said Elmwood coach Chris Hailey. “I knew Delta would probably be untouchable and that Stryker and Hilltop would be stepping it up and they did. “Our pack was much better than it has been. We have to move the whole pack up next week but I thought everyone ran well.”
Goebel, a fifth-place finisher at regionals last season, crossed the finish line in 16:16.7, a little less than six second behind individual champion Colin Fisher of Delta.
While he didn’t better last week’s personal record of 15:52, Goebel was satisfied with his performance Saturday.
“As long as our team makes it, I’ll be satisfied. I was hoping for first but second is all right with me,” he said. “I had enough left so I know I can go faster. I was just a little tired in this race. For some reason, I just didn’t feel good.”
Teammates Dexter Lee (23rd, 17:23), Wes Lee (31st, 17:38) and Josh Boes (48th, 17:56) also finished in the top 50 to pave Elmwood’s road to Columbus.
The rest of the day belonged to Liberty-Benton’s Seth Butler, Hopewell-Loudon’s Tyler Wise and Fostoria St. Wendelin’s Mark Berton who will represent their schools at state in Division III as individuals.
Butler will be making his fourth appearance in Columbus after finishing eighth overall in 16:49. Wise was next in ninth place at 16:50 while Berton ended up 13th in 17:02.
It will be Berton’s first trip to Scioto Downs.
Berton played a little less basketball, but did a lot more running during the summer. And if his post-meet smile was any indication, all of the extra miles he put in during the summer were certainly worth it.
“I actually trained during the summer and didn’t play basketball. I think that killed me last year because I hurt my ankle a little bit and never really recovered,” Berton said.
“There were some times during the summer I didn’t want to do it, but I ran any way. I knew if I wanted to make it to state I had to run and do as much work as I could to get better.”
Findlay High School freshman Matt Waaland made his regional meet debut in the Division I boys race. He capped the season by placing 50th in a time of 16:54.2.
1, Sylvania Northview 70. 2, Cleveland St. Ignatius 80. 3, Medina 113. 4, Toledo Central Catholic 146. 5, Avon Lake 149. 6, Toledo St. Francis 195. 9, Strongsville 219. 10, Brecksville 221. 11, Sylvania Southview 304. 12, Lakewood St. Edward 322. 13, Wadsworth 361. 14, Oregon Clay 375. 15, Bowling Green 392. 16, North Royalton 425.
Winner & Area Boys Finish
1, Hunter Heaton (Medina) 15:54. 50, Matt Waaland (Fin) 16:54.2.
1, Elyria Catholic 68. 2, Defiance 115. 3, Bay Village Bay 126. 4, Rocky River 127. 5, Lima Shawnee 162. 6, Shelby 170. 7, Eastwood 188. 8, Black River 233. 9, Lake 239. 10, Napoleon 248. 11, Bucyrus 279. 12, Tiffin Columbian 284. 13, Van Wert 307. 14, Ontario 321. 15, Edison 323. 16, Otsego 338.
1, Michael Bajdic (Bay) 15:42.
1, Delta 85. 2, Hilltop 103. 3, Stryker 119. 4, Elmwood 123. 5, Gibsonburg 155. 6, Coldwater 178. 7, Old Fort 203. 8, Liberty-Benton 224. 9, Sandusky St. Mary’s 229. 10, Liberty Center 231. 11, Tiffin Calvert 261. 12, Ottoville 277. 13, Hopewell-Loudon 280. 14, New Riegel 291. 15, Archbold 294. 16, Fayette 391.
Winner & Area Boys Finishes
1, Colin Fisher (Delta) 16:11. 2, Nick Goebel (Elm) 16:16. 8, Seth Butler (L-B) 16:49. 9, Tyler Wise (H-L) 16:50. 13, Mark Berton (FSW) 17:02. 20, Jake Graham (CG) 17:20. 23, Dexter Lee (Elm) 17:23. 31, Wes Lee (Elm) 17:38. 38, Evan Wenner (Car) 17:44. 41, Drew Bendele (Ott) 17:49. 42, Eric Duvall (L-B) 17:52. 48, Josh Boes (Elm) 17:56. 49, Zack Johnson (L-B) 17:57. 52, Nathan Schalk (NR) 17:59. 53, Matthew Herron (Blu) 18:01. 55, Daniel Arbogast (NR) 18:01. 57, Travis Wagner (Elm) 18:04. 61, Eric Wymer (VB) 18:07. 64, Jason Turnwald (Ott) 18:10. 67, Drew Cassidy (NR) 18:12. 71, Tyler Turnwald (Ott) 18:14. 74, Martin Juarez (H-L) 18:19. 78, Joseph Sherrieb (L-B) 18:21. 90, Ryan Honigford (Ott) 18:32. 92, Trey Wilhelm (Elm) 18:33. 93, Aaron Lucius (H-L) 18:34. 95, Matt Apinter (H-L) 18:35. 96, Robert Kniss (H-L) 18:36. 99, Jacob Welly (NR) 18:40. 100, Seth Bendele (Ott) 18:43. 106, Conlan Varty (Elm) 18:54. 107, Tyler Looser (Ott) 18:55. 108, Ryan Schalk (NR) 19:01. 110, Gary Kedmenec (L-B) 19:01. 115, Andy Foster (Ott) 19:11. 117, Tedd Roberts (L-B) 19:23. 118, Daniel Steyer (H-L) 19:27. 120, Nick Rumschlag (H-L) 19:35. 127, Andrew Mack (NR) 20:19. 130, Collin Snyder (NR) 20:49.
GIRLS SOCCER: FINDLAY HIGH GIRLS STOP LEX, 1-0
By DAVE HANNEMAN
Ashley Miller is hoping to earn an athletic scholarship to play soccer in college.
After her heads-up play in Saturday’s 1-0 district final win over Lexington, whoever signs her may want to tack something on for academics as well.
“I didn’t stop. I just kept going after it,” Miller said of her second game-winning goal in the district.
Miller seized the opportunity on a long, looping lob into the Lexington box. Goalie Courtney Linger easily made the play on the kick, and was under no real pressure with Findlay already backpedaling on defense.
But Linger dropped the ball, and when she did Miller swooped in. The senior forward knocked the ball free and had a wide-open net to convert the game’s only goal.
There was some discussion among officials and coaches after the goal, but only as a matter of explanation.
“I think it was a good call,” said Lexington coach Bob Juengst. “She didn’t have possession of the ball, and if you don’t control it it’s a free ball.”
“If the goalkeeper has their hands on the ball, or possession of the ball, you can’t kick it loose,” said interim FHS coach Mark Laux.
“We benefitted from the referee’s interpretation. It was a tough call. You hope the outcome is decided by the game of soccer. (But) sometimes games are effected by a call, or a non-call.”
Findlay improved to 12-5-1 and won its first district championship since 2006. The Trojans will face either Toledo St. Ursula or Sylvania Northview 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Division I regional semifinals at Ottawa Hills.
Lexington’s season ended at 12-5-3.
While Miller’s goal won it for the Trojans, both teams left a number of opportunities on the field on an overcast, blustery day at Elmer Graham Stadium.
In the first half, Linger had one Findlay shot dribble through her legs. She slowed the ball enough, however, to grab it before it crossed the goal line. The teams played on after a no-call on a penalty in the Lexington box and Miller and Jessie Blair missed opportunities when their shots from out front both went just high.
Lexington, which outshot Findlay 9-4, had its chances as well. Kelsie Browning had a point-blank shot at the 14:30 mark of the second half, but her kick went straight to goalie Shannon Mills. Jaclyn Rourke also had a chance with 5:31 left. But her one-touch shot off a high lob went off the cross bar.
“We had enough opportunities. We just didn’t make the play,” Juengst said of the Minutemen, a young team that overcame an 0-3-2 start to reach the district finals.
Mills made eight saves to post her sixth straight shutout, three of them in tournament play. Paige Madden led the defense with 16 intercepts, Maricella Hernandez had 13, and Becky Shank had 12 intercepts and two steals.
GIRLS SOCCER: LB loses to Ontario
By JAMIE BAKER
Sometimes the best defense and impregnable goalkeeping isn’t enough.
Occasionally, the ball slips through and into the net.
That’s what happened to Liberty-Benton’s girls soccer team Saturday as Ontario scored with 10:08 remaining in the match to knock off the Eagles 1-0 in a Division II district final at Elmer Graham Stadium.
With the win, Ontario (16-1-2) advances to the regional tournament for the first time since 1988. The Warriors will play either Wauseon or Lake Wednesday in the regional semifinals at a site yet to be determined by the OHSAA.
The way the match was playing out, Liberty-Benton coach David LaRocco probably figured whichever team that was able to take advantage of an opponents’ mistake was the team that would be moving on to regionals.
“In a match like this with two good teams the margin of error is razor thin,” said LaRocco, whose team had allowed just a pair of goals in its last 12 matches. “We had a breakdown and they put a couple nice give-and-go passes together. We got stuck behind the ball and they finished it. We just couldn’t capitalize today.”
Ontario’s Alexi Burdette took a pass from Amanda Fowler in front of the goal and pushed the ball past the L-B goalkeeper for the game’s only score.
The Warriors saw first-hand what Amanda Hyde could do when they scouted Tuesday’s 3-1 district semifinal win over Bryan. They wanted to make sure if they were going to get beat, it wasn’t going to be by Hyde.
“I knew what to expect. Hyde is an exceptional player,” Ontario coach Larry Atkinson said. “We put our all-star (Emily Fowler) on her and told her to stay with her. We told her if she goes to the restroom, you go with her.
“We may have forced them into doing some things that they might not have been used to doing.”
Ontario finished with a 14-12 edge in shots. The Warriors’ Hannah Stickelman recorded six saves.
Saturday’s loss was a tough ending to another terrific season for the Eagles as they bowed out of the tournament with an 18-2 record.
It will be difficult for LaRocco to say good-bye to seniors like Hyde, Marie Walker and Amber Petersen who helped put Liberty-Benton’s team among the state’s elite small-school programs.
“In four years, Amanda Hyde and Marie Walker have a record of something like 72 wins, six losses and two ties,” LaRocco said. “Amber Petersen came along halfway through her career and she’s been a pleasure to coach, too. They’ve accomplished a lot in their careers.”
BOYS SOCCER: Bluffton bounces defending state champs
BOWLING GREEN — Bluffton’s boys soccer team is becoming penalty kick professionals.
Bluffton won its third straight tournament game via a shootout as the Pirates bounced defending state champion Ottawa Hills 1-0 in a Division III district final at Bowling Green Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Bluffton (16-2-1) will be making its first regional tournament appearance since 1999 when the Pirates play Ottawa-Glandorf Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Elmer Graham Stadium. Bluffton and Ottawa-Glandorf played to a scoreless tie back on Oct. 1.
The Green Bears (16-2-1) and Pirates played to a scoreless tie in regulation and after two 10-minute overtime periods.
Lucas Harnish and Renato Fiqueiredo scored on Bluffton’s first two tries in the penalty kick shootout. Jaden August scored on the Pirates fourth try giving the Pirates a 3-1 PK advantage and the win.
Fred Freeman posted his second straight shutout in goal for the Pirates as he made 16 saves. The Green Bears doubled the Pirates in shots 18-9 as Ottawa Hills’ goalkeeper Michael Griger had seven saves.
VOLLEYBALL: Kalida stops Cory-Rawson
LIMA — Kalida's volleyball team is headed to the regional tournament.
The Wildcats secured a trip to Thursday's Division IV regional semifinals at Elida by knocking off Cory-Rawson 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 in the district finals at Lima Senior Saturday.
With the win, Kalida (17-6) will take on Hopewell-Loudon in the regional semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m. Cory-Rawson, which was playing in its first district final since 1994, closed the season with a 17-9 record.
Julia Fuerst again led the Wildcats by slamming 13 kills and adding four aces. Tricia Horstman was strong at the net with 13 kills and two aces and teammate Amy Hamburg added seven kills with three aces.
Emily Turnwald dished out 22 assists to go along with six kills and 3 aces. Haley McIntyre added four kills and Halie Zenz chipped in 17 assists and 4 aces for the Wildcats.
VOLLEYBALL: Findlay whips Lima Senior
It’s on to Norwalk for the Findlay High School volleyball team.
The Trojans had little trouble in Saturday’s Division I district final at Liberty-Benton, whipping Lima Senior 25-12, 25-11, 25-21.
It was the third time this season that Findlay High School stopped the Spartans in straight sets.
With the win, the Trojans (22-3) will play Rocky River Magnificat (20-3) in the Division I regional semifinals at Norwalk Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Kayce Krucki and Kristen Davidson led the Trojans at the net with eight kills each. Krucki also chipped in 12 digs and an ace while Davidson added eight digs, five blocks and an ace.
Hannah Gephart dished out 33 assists on a perfect 68-of-68 setting. Meghan Opperman served up five aces with 10 digs, Krystan Krucki had 14 digs and Morgan Winans added six blocks for the Trojans.
SERVING: Meghan Opperman 12-13, Becca Feczer 11-11, Hannah Gephert 17-17, Kristen Davidson 12-13, Kayce Krucki 10-11. ACES: Opperman 5, Feczer 3, Gephart, Davidson, Ka. Krucki. KILLS: Ka. Krucki 8, Davidson 8, Morgan Winans 6, Feczer 5, Krystan Krucki 5. SPIKING: Ka. Krucki 16-17, Davidson 12-14, Winans 8-10, Feczer 12-14, Kr. Krucki 18-19. ASSISTS: Gephart 33. SETTING: Gephart 68-68. DIGS: Kr. Krucki 14, Ka. Krucki 12, Opperman 10, Davidson 8. BLOCKS: Winans 6, Davidson 5, Feczer 3, Gephart 3.
VOLLEYBALL: H-L stops Calvert in district final
By SCOTT COTTOS
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Hopewell-Loudon’s Brianna Richey remembered all too well last year’s Division IV district final when Tiffin Calvert denied the Chieftains a return trip to the Elida regional.
“It was always in my mind,” she said. “I just didn’t want it to happen again, especially since this is my senior year.”
It didn’t happen again.
Richey collected 11 kills and 26 digs and fellow senior Brittany Egbert recorded 16 kills and 14 blocks Saturday to key second-ranked Hopewell-Loudon’s 25-23, 25-19, 25-12 win over Calvert at Findlay High School in a rematch of last year’s district title match.
The Chieftains will take a 24-1 record into Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional semifinal match against Kalida (17-6) at the Elida Fieldhouse. The Senecas wrapped up their season at 19-7.
“It’s amazing,” Hopewell-Loudon senior Elizabeth Bentz said. “I keep thinking that we’re back and it’s a really good feeling.”
Not long before the Chieftains celebrated, however, they felt something that’s actually quite foreign to them — butterflies in their stomachs.
“For the first time, the girls showed their nerves,” Hopewell-Loudon coach Erin Dircksen said.
“In the first game you saw their nerves kind of come out. The girls didn’t want a repeat of last year. They were overplaying it, overthinking it. They wanted it so badly that they stopped playing their game.”
Dircksen was happy to see her team’s defense prevent Calvert points off tips, as the Chieftains had worked on in practice. Practice also was geared toward adding another element to an offensive attack normally led by Richey and Egbert, and that worked as well as the 6-foot Bentz came through with some key putaways.
“Brittany and Liz play front row together and people are going to key on Brittany and think, ‘The ball’s going to Brittany, the ball’s going to Brittany, the ball’s going to Brittany,” Dircksen said. “Liz kind of got used to laying back and not getting the ball, but all week long we kind of worked on her to expect the ball.”
Bentz cashed in three times, including the clinching point, in a tight first set that saw neither team lead by more than three points.
But as it turned out, Hopewell-Loudon never trailed the rest of the way after a pair of Egbert kills took her team from a 15-15 tie in the first set to a 17-15 lead.
The Chieftains largely contained Calvert’s Ali Mass, but the Senecas’ standout hitter went on a six-kill splurge in the second set to help rally her team from a 12-4 deficit to within 22-19. Three straight Calvert errors, however, enabled Hopewell-Loudon to finish off the set.
Egbert smacked four kills, Bentz added two and Jessica Livesay was the beneficiary of an ace that dribbled off the netcord as the Chieftains ran out to a 10-3 lead in the third set.
Mary Ellen McAllister and Maggie Yost added 19 and 12 assists, respectively, for Hopewell-Loudon, with McAllister also serving for three aces. Livesay ended up with 14 digs.
GIRLS SOCCER: St. Marys Memorial roughs up Fort Jennings
ELIDA — Three St. Marys Memorial players each scored a goal and the Roughriders posted a 3-1 Division II district girls soccer final victory over Fort Jennings Saturday.
The victory sends St. Marys into Wednesday’s 7 p.m. match against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at Lexington in the regional semifinals.
Kaysha Deitz, Katie Burke and Kendra Vehorn scored for St. Marys, while Fort Jennings’ goal came from Taylor Wallenhorst.
St. Marys held a 16-4 shots advantage. Roughriders’ goalie Paige Cicus made three saves and Fort Jennings’ Megan Schimmoeller had 13.
BOYS SOCCER: O-G wears down Temple Christian
WAPAKONETA — Depth and defense were the key as Ottawa-Glandorf advanced to regionals by blanking Lima Temple Christian 2-0 in a Division III boys soccer district final at Wapakoneta Saturday.
With the victory, Ottawa-Glandorf (13-3-3) advances to the regional semifinals and will play Bluffton Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Elmer Graham Stadium. The Titans and Pirates played to a scoreless tie back on Oct. 1.
The Titans put the clamps on a usually-potent Temple Christian offensive attack and was able to wear down the Pioneers (14-3-2) in the second half.
TJ. Metzker opener the scoring for the Titans wit a goal off a pass from Cory Meyer with 4:00 left until halftime.
Zac Klausing added an insurance tally in the second half with 8:00 remaining in the contest. Andrew Trenkamp was credited with the assist.
The Titans finished the game with a 7-1 edge in shots. Nick Leatherman recorded one save in getting the shutout for Ottawa-Glandorf.
VOLLEYBALL: Grove ends Van Buren's run
By SHANNON DOVE
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KALIDA — Senior Mackenzie Vorst had 19 kills and two blocks to help Columbus Grove’s volleyball team capture the Division IV district championship 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 25-10 over Van Buren Saturday at Kalida High School.
Columbus Grove raises its record to 23-2 and advances to the regional semifinal Thursday against Antwerp at Elida High School. The Archers posted a 25-21, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Toledo Christian.
Van Buren finishes with its best record in school history at 18-7.
“It’s amazing,” Vorst said. “I’ve never made it this far in my high school career and it’s just an honor that we’ve been able to do it this year. We’ve done really well.”
The Bulldogs won the fourth set by a comfortable margin after Van Buren jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and remained in front until junior Stephanie Etzkorn’s kill put the Bulldogs ahead 7-6.
With the Black Knights up 9-7, Columbus Grove scored the next 10 points with Vorst contributing four kills, Etzkorn one and numerous attack attempts by Van Buren that went out of bounds or into the net. The Bulldogs went on to win the set 25-10.
“This feels fantastic. I mean it’s awesome,” Columbus Grove coach Kelly Lepley said. “It’s a big accomplishment for the girls and they’re extremely proud of themselves and excited and I am too.”
In the third set, Van Buren held the early lead, but never went up by more than two points. Columbus Grove gained a 10-9 edge with a kill from Vorst and went up 13-10 when an attack by the Black Knights sailed out of bounds.
“I think the girls were getting frustrated because things weren’t going our way,” Van Buren coach Mark Bunn said. “That’s just volleyball. If momentum’s not going your way you’ve just got to ride the wave and the wave was a long one. We just didn’t have enough points to fight our way back.”
The Black Knights rallied and when a kill by sophomore Kaitlyn Endicott gave Van Buren a side out, the team took advantage of its serve. Endicott slammed another kill to knot the score 16-16 and Sara Roth’s kill regained the lead 17-16.
The lead was short lived, however, as Grove senior Jena Diller had a kill, then served an ace to retake the lead at 18-17. Van Buren would tie the score at 22-22, but was unable to retake the lead and a kill by Diller finished off the 25-23 set win for Columbus Grove.
“I just know this team’s never let up,” Bunn said. “I always have confidence in them and I’m always grinning at them, ‘Hey, they’re going to get it done.’ I thought we were going to do the same thing in that third set.”
Van Buren led the second set early but the Bulldogs took over the lead 9-8 with a kill from Vorst. Once the Bulldogs gained the advantage they slowly pulled away, leading by as much as six points when a Van Buren player touched the net to make it 18-12.
But the Black Knights slowly chipped away at Columbus Grove’s margin with a kill by senior Samantha Benson making it 18-14 and later a kill by Endicott to make it 21-17.
Then a side out breathed life into the Black Knights, who used a kill by junior Rachel Adolph, a combined block from Adolph and senior Madison Grant, and a pair of attack errors by the Bulldogs to go ahead 22-21. Adolph slammed an additional three kills, including the set winner and the Black Knights tied the match at one set apiece.
Adolph led Van Buren with 14 kills and added 12 digs. Endicott finished with four kills, 16 digs and one ace while Grant added four kills and an ace. Junior Jessica Borsani had a team-high 14 assists and added three digs while Roth contributed eight assists, two digs and an ace.
Diller finished with 29 digs while senior Paige Gerdeman had 47 assists. Kelsey McCleur led the team with two aces and senior Casey Osterhage matched Vorst’s two blocks.
Saturday’s District Finals
Anthony Wayne 7, Ashland 1
At Sylvania Southview
Toledo St. John’s 1, Toledo St. Francis 0, OT
Lexington 2, Oak Harbor 1
Lima Shawnee 2, Napoleon 1, 2OT
Ottawa-Glandorf 2, Lima Temple Christian 0
At Bowling Green
Bluffton 1, Ottawa Hills 0
At Mansfield Malabar
Genoa (13-4-2) vs. Huron (14-3-1), 7
PREP GIRLS SOCCER
Saturday’s District Finals
Findlay 1, Lexington 0
At Sylvania Timberstone
Sylvania Northview 3, Toledo St. Ursula 2, SO
Lake 2, Wauseon 1, SO
Ontario 1, Liberty-Benton 0
St. Marys Memorial 3, Fort Jennings 1
Saturday's District Finals
Findlay def. Lima Senior 25-12, 25-11, 25-21
Toledo St. Ursula def. Toledo Notre Dame, 3-1
Celina def. Eastwood, 25-17, 25-11, 25-13
At Seneca East
Mansfield Madison def. Edison, 3-0
Archbold def. Parkway 22-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-15
Otsego def, Lakota, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22
Huron def. Margaretta, 25-10, 25-23, 25-19
At Lima Senior
Kalida def. Cory-Rawson 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17
Hopewell-Loudon def. Tiffin Calvert 25-23, 25-19, 25-12
Antwerp def. Toledo Christian 25-21, 25-17, 25-18
Columbus Grove def. Van Buren 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 25-10
Norwalk St. Paul def. Monroeville, 3-1
Marion Local def. St. Henry 25-16, 16-25, 25-12, 25-19