Roundup: YMCA swim team members competing at zone championships

Members of the Lima Barracudas swim team will be competing at the YMCA Great Lakes Zone Championships this weekend at the Spire Institute at Geneva.

Members of the Barracudas include swimmers from Lima, Bluffton, Ada, Elida, Shawnee, St. Marys, Wapakoneta and Van Wert.

More than 1,800 athletes from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia will be competing in the zone championships. The swimmers that have qualified for their events had to achieve a zone cut.

Last weekend Lima placed first in the 18-team Northwest Ohio YMCA league championship at Bowling Green State University.



ONU wins twice

JAN PHYL VILLAGE, Fla. — Ohio Northern wrapped up its annual spring break trip with victories against Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) and Lake Forest (Ill.) at the Auburndale Softball Complex.

The Polar Bears began the morning with a 5-2 victory against Rutgers-Camden.

Allie Bican threw an 11-strikeout, 5-hit complete game to improve to 2-3 on the season.

Bican was also responsible for three of the five runs on offense, including a two-run single in the top of the fifth to extend ONU’s lead to 4-0. Lauren Walls and Callie Rosser each had two hits for Northern.

Then, against the Foresters (6-5), Northern rallied from a 3-2 deficit with runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings.

LFC pitcher Ailee Pederson took a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh when a two-out single by Ashley Lenser ended the no-no bid and kept the Polar Bears (6-4 overall) alive.

Pinch-hitter Mariana Alejandro went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Wapakoneta graduate Allie Wilson to tie the game at 3-3 and send it into extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Lauren Walls singled home Taylor Hilty, who started the inning on second base due to the NCAA’s extra-inning rule, with the winning run.

Women’s tennis

Ohio Northern 5,

Macalester 4

ORLANDO, Fla. — A late singles win from Regan Landis clinched a victory against Macalester (Minn.) for the Ohio Northern at the USTA Courts.

The win completed a 5-0 spring break trip for the Polar Bears (8-3 overall) while dropping the Scots to 7-3.

Northern opened the match by winning two of the three doubles courts to take a 2-1 lead into singles play.

Jenna Bell and Abby Cruser won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Julianne Sheldon and Jamie Hurst won 8-7 (6) at No. 2.

On the singles courts, Cruser won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1, and Katie O’Connell won 7-6 (5), 1-6, 10-6 at No. 6 before Landis won the clincher 6-3, 6-7 (5), 13-11 at No. 3.


ONU splits DH

DAVENPORT, Fla. — Ohio Northern split a doubleheader against Hamilton (N.Y.) as it continued its spring break trip at Northeast Regional Park.

The Polar Bears (8-5 overall) won the opener 11-0 before falling 1-0 to the Continentals (1-6 overall) in 11 innings in the second game. Both games were scheduled for seven innings of regulation play.

Marion Local grad Tim Knapschaefer and Logan Stevens led the charge for Northern in Game 1.

Knapschaefer pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out 12 to improve to 1-1 on the season. Stevens finished with four hits and was a home run short of hitting for the cycle. His final stat line included a triple, double, two singles, four RBI and a stolen base. Corey McMann added a trio of singles and two RBI.

In the second game, ONU’s Noah Truax allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four in eight scoreless innings. Joey Kennedy had a team-best two hits for ONU.

Men’s tennis

Macalester 6,

Ohio Northern 3

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ohio Northern dropped a match to Macalester (Minn.) at the USTA Courts to close out its spring break trip.

The Scots improve to 6-4 overall while dropping the Polar Bears to 5-6.

Macalester opened the match by winning all three doubles courts. The Scots then won three singles courts to clinch the match.

Northern’s three singles victories came courtesy of Tristan Munteanu, Sam Sran and Nico Rogel. Munteanu won 3-6, 6-2, 10-7 at No. 1, Sran won 6-4, 1-6, 10-8 at No. 3, and Rogel won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 6.