AREA ROUNDUPBluffton tops Spenceville, Ada in boys golf

By Mike Purdy -

BLUFFTON — Medalist Aaron Belcher’s 2-under 34 led Bluffton (173) to a Northwest Conference tri match victory against Ada (245) and previously unbeaten Spencerville (175) on Wednesday at Bluffton Golf Club.

Drew Wilson (43), Cole Fruchey (47) and Braeden Edwards (49) also contributed to the winning score as the Pirates moved to 13-3 in the NWC. Ethan Harmon led Spencerville (15-1 NWC) with a 38. Brevin Sizemore had the low round for Ada (0-16 NWC) with a 58.

Tri match

Medalist Owen Macke (41), Jacob Oglesbee (43), Zach Roberts (44) and Austin Macke (51) combined for Columbus Grove’s winning score of 179 followed by Ottoville (188) and Delphos Jefferson (208).

Ottoville’s Andy Schimmoeller (42) and Jefferson’s Braxton Scalf (46) had the low scores for their respective schools.

Elida 179, Van Wert 189

LIMA — Medalist Logan Long (38), Dylan Buetner (44), Riley Creps (47) and Jacob Ramirez (50) combined for the winning score at the par 36 Tamarac Golf Course.


Columbus Grove 3,

Miller City 0

MILLER CITY — The Bulldogs won 27-25, 25-20, 25-19 in battle of Putnam County foes. Carlee McCluer had 13 kills and 18 digs, Paige Bellman had six blocks and nine kills and Kayla Reynolds had nine digs for Grove.

Leipsic 3, McComb 0

McCOMB — The Vikings won 25-23, 25-11, 25-14. Hayley Heitmeyer had 22 kills, three aces and 11 blocks, Kierra Meyer had 17 digs, and Selena Loredo had 17 assists for Leipsic (8-1, 3-1 Blanchard Valley Conference).

Pandora-Gilboa 3,

Cory-Rawson 1

PANDORA — The hosts won 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17. Kayla Ferguson had 16 kills and 14 digs, Paige Fenstermaker had 23 kills, 16 digs, five blocks and three aces and Addilyn Diller had 42 assists for P-G.

Bath invite

on Saturday

BATH TOWNSHIP — The Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio Bath Invitational will be held Saturday at Bath High School.

Competition begins at 10 a.m. with Bryan, Eaton, Northwood, Old Fort, St. Henry, Whitmer and the host Wildkittens scheduled to compete.

Admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for students.

Girls soccer

Bluffton 2, Van Buren 2

VAN BUREN — Kayla White and Laykin Garmatter each had a goal for Bluffton (2-1-3).

Notre Dame 5, Lima Senior 0

LIMA — Morgan Twining had 23 saves for the host Spartans.


Coach opening

BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath High School has an opening for a coach. Candidates should send resume and references to Todd Fleharty at



Ohio Northern 3,

Bluffton 0

BLUFFTON — McKenna Jordan had a match-high 14 kills to lead ONU to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-10 victory at Sommer Center. Erin Weisgarber handed out 23 assists and added seven digs for Bluffton.

The Polar Bears improved to 7-2 on the season, while the Beavers fell to 4-5.

Women’s soccer

ONU 1, Denison 0

ADA — Jenna Fullerscored her first career college goal at Kerscher Stadium.

The Polar Bears improved to 3-1-1 overall, while the Big Red fell to 2-2-2.

Men’s soccer


Olivet Nazarene 1

LIMA — Tenth-ranked University of Northwestern Ohio jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead thanks to a pair of Pascal Debowiak goals at Racer Stadium.

Ohio Wesleyan 3,

Ohio Northern 2

ADA — Cory Lains and J.J. Fortner each had a goal for ONU at Kerscher Stadium.

The Polar Bears fell to 3-2-1 overall, while the Bishops improved to 3-2-0.

Men’s cross country

ONU ranked 19th

ADA — Ohio Northern is ranked No. 19 in the first weekly United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll, released Wednesday.

The Polar Bears (26-2 overall) received 131 points in the poll, 17 fewer than the 148 they received in the preseason poll when they were ranked No. 17.

North Central (Ill.) remained in the top spot with 280 points and all eight first place votes, while SUNY Geneseo is second with 271 points and Wisconsin-La Crosse rounded out the top-3 vote-getters with 263 points.

The Polar Bears will return to action Saturday at the Tiffelberg open in Tiffin.

By Mike Purdy

Mike Purdy can be reached at 567-242-0451.

Mike Purdy can be reached at 567-242-0451.


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