COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus Grove boys and girls were atop the team standings Thursday after the first day of the Northwest Conference Championships in track and field.
The Grove girls, led by Kennedy Flores winning the shot put and discus, had 70 points followed by Spencerville (45), Lincolnview (32), Bluffton (30), Ada (27), Paulding (21) and Crestview (4). Allen East and Delphos Jefferson each had two points. Paulding’s Claire Schweller (pole vault), Spencerville’s Emme Prine (high jump) and Ada’s Courtney Sumner (long jump) also were event winners. CG’s Erin Downing, Sabrina Henige, Lauren Benroth and Morgan Deffenbaugh joined forces to win the 3,200 relay.
The Grove boys had 85.5 points followed by Bluffton (37.5), Allen East (31), Lincolnview and Spencerville (24 each), Crestview (15), Paulding (7), Ada (5) and Jefferson (1).
The Grove foursome of Caleb Stechschulte, Caleb Morman, Trent Koch and Carson Closson won the 3,200 relay. Grove’s Gabe Clement (pole vault), Ethan Halker (discus), A.J. Schafer (shot put) and Jacksen Schroeder (long jump), Lincolnview’s Daegan Hatfield (high jump) all won events.
Compeition is scheduled to resume Saturday.
NWCC League Meet
DOLA — Ridgemont’s Amanda Howland (discus), Renee Newton (long jump) and Ridgemont’s Amand Howland (shot put and pole vault) were among the girls winners on the first night of the Northwest Central Conference competition at Hardin Northern.
The Waynesfield-Goshen 3,200 relay team. W-G’s Devon Klenke (high jump) and Perry’s J.Q. Austin (long jump) and Jason Dove (shot put) were among the boys winners. Compeition is scheduled to resume Saturday.
Fort Recovery 2
MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview advanced to play Crestview in the Wapakoneta district semifinals.
Kendall Bollenbacher had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI, Taylor Post had a hit and two RBI and Destiny Coil had two hits, including a home run, an an RBI for Lincolnview. Brenna Homan had two hits and Jackie Homan had a pair of RBI for Fort Recovery.
St. Henry 0
CONVOY — Winning pitcher Kali Small allowed three hits and no walks while striking out 12 in seven innings. Bailey Gregory had two hits and an RBI, Breena Grace had two hits, including a home run, and an RBI, Katelyn Castle had three hits, including a double, and Laci McCoy had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI for Crestview. Rileigh Baumer had two hits for St. Henry.
New Bremen 1
ROCKFORD — Parkway advanced to play Minster in the Wapakoneta district semifinals.
Winning pitcher Madison Louth allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five in seven innings. She also had two hits and an RBI. Teammate Claire Langenkamp had two hits and an RBI. New Bremen’s Alayna Ross allowed one earned run, seven hits and no walks while striking out six in six innings. She also had a pair of hits.
MINSTER — Lyndi Hemmelgarn had three hits, Alexis Bishop had three hits, including a double, and three RBI, Kaycie Albers had a hit and two RBI and Alayna Albers had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for Minster. Krista Market had three hits and an RBI and Gracie Butorac had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for Spencerville.
Edgerton 11, Miller City 3
EDGERTON — Taylor Wilhelm had two doubles and an RBI and Samantha Demuth had three hits, including a double, for Miller City.
Columbus Grove 5, McComb 4
COLUMBUS GROVE — Winning pitcher Cheyanne Mershman allowed one earned run, five hits and three walks while striking out five in seven innings. She also had three hits and an RBI. Madison Zimmerly had two hits and an RBI and Lauren Fuerst had two hits and an RBI also for CG.
Wayne Trace 11, Ada 1
Leona Dalton had a double and Brenna George had a hit and an RBI for Ada.
Kenton 7, Van Wert 5
VAN WERT — Jasmine Reisinger had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI and Riley Reed had a pair of hits, including a double, and an RBI for Kenton. Alexa Gearhart had two hits, including a double, and an RBI and Emilee Phillips and Adeline Collins each had a hit and an RBI for Van Wert.
Arcanum 11, Celina 0
CELINA — Gracie Chilcoat and Karissa Frederick each had a hit for Celina.
Division II sectional
LIMA — Four singles players and four doubles teams qualified for district by reaching the semifinals at UNOH.
Shawnee’s Gabe Burke and Mason Stahl, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk and St. Marys’ Joey Vanderhorst advanced in singles.
In doubles, O-G’s Carter Welch and Colin Welch, Bath’s Daniel Bolon and Ezra Bolon, Shawnee’s Brayden Ward and Niel Ok and Lima Central Catholic’s Enrico Pittalis and Aaron Simmons will get to play at Port Clinton High School next week.
The sectional semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at UNOH followed by matches to determine first place and third place.
Division I sectional
FINDLAY — No Lima Senior singles player or doubles team advanced out of the first round at Findlay High School.
Parkway 1, Coldwater 0
COLDWATER — Parkway’s victory resulted in Coldwater and New Bremen tying for the Midwest Athletic Conference championship with 7-2 league marks. Parkway finished 6-3 in the MAC.
Winning pitcher Dylan Hughes allowed four hits and no walks while striking out two in seven innings. He also had a hit and knocked in the game’s only run. Teammate Chaz Neuenschwander had a pair of hits. Coldwater’s Luke Sudhoff allowed no earned runs, two hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings. Teammate Reece Dellinger had two hits.
New Bremen 18,
SPENCERVILLE — Zach Bertke, Reece Busse and Ben Blickle combined to allow three hits and a walk while striking out eight in five innings. Mitchell Hays had a double and two RBI, Blickle had two hits and three RBI, Vince Hulse had four hits, including three doubles, and four RBI and Kyle Tenkman had two hits and two RBI. Emerson Layman, Evan Osting and Jack Cox each had a hit for Spencerville.
CONVOY — Five Ottoville pitchers combined to allow five hits and six walks while striking out four in seven innings. Josh Thorbahn had two hits and an RBI, Jack Langhals had three hits and Brice Schroeder had two hits and an RBI for Ottoville. Hunter Jones doubled for Crestview.
CONTINENTAL — Maddie Burke had two hits, including a double, and three RBI and Madelyn Potts had a pair of hits, including a triple, for Continental.
PAULDING — Winning pitcher Jacob Martinez allowed no earned runs, three hits and four walks while striking out five in seven innings. Teammate Sam Woods had two doubles and two RBI.
Perrysburg 13, Shawnee 6
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Luke Cowan had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, Derrick Lyons had a home run and Logan Maxwell had a hit and an RBI for Shawnee.
Fort Recovery 4, Wapakoneta 2
WAPAKONETA — The Indians took the lead with three runs in the top of the 10th. Starting pitcher Daniel Patch and winning pitcher Troy Homan allowed seven hits and five walks while striking out 12 in 10 innings. Teammate Cobe Wendel had three hits.
Wapakoneta starter Brandon Schneider allowed one earned run, three hits and three walks while striking out five in nine innings. Teammate Garrett Siefring had two hits.
Minster 7, Lincolnview 2
MIDDLE POINT — Winning pitcher Johnny Nixon allowed no earned runs, five hits and no walks while striking out four in seven innings. Eric Schmidt had two hits, including a double, and two RBI and Justin Nixon had three hits and an RBI for Minster. Landon Price had two hits, including a double, for Lincolnview.
Pandora-Gilboa 10, Arcadia 5
PANDORA — Tommy Hovest had a hit and two RBI, Ryan Johnson had two hits, including a double, and an RBI, Jacob Maag had a triple and two RBI and Colin Harris had two hits and an RBI also for P-G.
Benjamin Logan 7, Bath 0
BELLEFONTAINE — Lex Boedicker had two hits, including a double, for Bath.
Kalida 11, McComb 0
Winning pitcher Colin Hoffman allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Luke Erhart had three hits, including a double, Brandon Mil;er had two hits and an RBI, EJ Miller had two hits, including a double, and two RBI and Jaden Smith had two hits, including a double, and two RBI also for Kalida.
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament champ UNOH will open NAIA tournament play Monday against Mount Vernon Nazarene at Kingsport, Tennessee.
Ohio Northern 5,
Mount Union 4
ALLIANCE — Fourth-seeded Ohio Northern got a big defensive play from a pair of seniors in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat top-seeded and No. 16-ranked Mount Union in the semifinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at the 23rd Street Field.
With the win, the Polar Bears (22-17-1) advanced to the OAC Tournament Finals and will play a best 2-out-of-3 series for the championship at second-seeded Muskingum this weekend.
Northern got two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Mount Union got a two-out double from Allie Goldy and followed that with a bloop single by Alyssa Rose.
Rose beat the throw to first, but first baseman Brady Guest (Crestview) threw home and Gabby Stewart tagged out Goldy trying to score from second to end the game. Sydney Motylinski had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI also for ONU.
UNOH duo receive
Two UNOH players have been named NAIA All-Americans.
Midfielders Agnes Stefansdottir and Karabo Dhlamini received honorable mention honors.
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