FINDLAY — The Columbus Grove boys and girls won team titles Friday at a Division III track and field district.
The Grove boys finished with 170 points followed with Bluffton (102.5) finishing second.
The Columbus Grove 3,200 relay team of Caleb Stechschulte, Caleb Morman, Trent Koch, Carson Closson finished first as did Pandora-Gilboa’s Samuel Burkholder (110 hurdles), Bluffton’s Eden Antrim (1,600), Jonathan Schriner (400), Simon Derstine (800), Eric Nygaard (3,200), Ottoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum (300 hurdles) and Kyle Manns (high jump), the Bluffton 1,600 relay team of Ethan Bogart, Eden Antrim, Josh Mehaffie and Jonathan Schriner and Grove’s Ethan Halker (discus), AJ Schafer (shot put) and Gabe Clement (pole vault).
The Columbus Grove girls had 103 points with Kalida (97.3) second, Leipsic (61.3) fourth and Ottoville (50) fifth.
The Columbus Grove 3,200 relay team of Erin Downing, Brynn Fortman, Lauren Benroth and Morgan Deffenbaugh was first as was Kalida’s Brenna Smith (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Hannah Berheide (100 and 200), Andrea Burgei (1,600) and Peyton Heitmeyer (long jump), Bluffton’s Brianna Taber (pole vault), the 800 relay team of Kiersten Closson, Benroth, Jaylen Sautter and Fortman, the 400 relay team of Lydia Vorst, Smith, Peyton Wurth and Berheide and Grove’s Faith Anderson (discus) and Kennedy Flores (shot put). Downing also won the 3,200.
AYERSVILLE — Continental (41 points) was eighth in the boys standings behind first place Archbold (128). Continental’s Curtis Mansfield (discus) and Isaac Gibbs (shot put and pole vault) won events.
The Continental girls were 10th (23) behind team champ Tinora (124). Continental’s Shelby Collier won the pole vault.
Colonel Crawford District
NORTH ROBINSON — Ridgemont (18 points) and Hardin Northern (14) finished 11th and 12th respectively behind first place Colonel Crawford (125) in the D-III girls competition.
Hardin Northern (20) was 10th and Ridgemont (2) was 17th in the boys compeition behind team champ Ashland Crestview (158.5).
Elida 8, Galion 6
GALION — Nick Niebel had four hits, including a double, and two RBI, Mike Niebel had a a double and three RBI and Gunnar Kuhn had two hits for Elida in the Division II sectional final.
Van Wert 3
VAN WERT — The Titans plated six runs in the eighth inning of the Division II sectional final.
Alex Macke had a double, a triple and an RBI, Nate Maag had three hits, including a double, and an RBI and Landon Jordan had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI for O-G. Ethan Rupert had two hits, including a double, and two RBI and Aidan Pratt had a pair of hits for Van Wert. The Titans will play Toledo Central Catholic, a 3-2 winner against Napoleon, in an Archbold district semifinal at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Allen East 3,
Delphos Jefferson 2
HARROD — Winning pitcher Jordan Motter allowed four hits and no walks while striking out 10 in seven innings of the Division III sectional final.
Teammate Chase Miller had a hit and an RBI. Logan Gallmeier had two hits, including a double, and Braylon Scalf had a triple and an RBI for Jefferson.
Allen East will play the winner of Eastwood and Columbus Grove in an Elida district semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Minster 15, Bath 2
BATH TOWNSHIP — Winning pitcher Eric Schmidt allowed one earned run, three hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings in the Division III sectional final.
He also had four hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. Adam Ketner had a double and two RBI, Zach Fortman had a hit and two RBI, Johnny Nixon had three hits and an RBI and Logan Tumbusch had two hits and an RBI also for Minster. Lex Boedicker and RJ Cortez each had a hit and an RBI for Bath.
Minster will play Coldwater, a 9-2 winner against Elmwood, in an Elida district semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday.
St. Marys 6, Lexington 2
ST. MARYS — Andrew Ibrahim had two hits and an RBI, Adam Tobin had two hits and Tanner Howell and Dylan Trogdlon each had a hit and an RBI for St. Marys in the D-II sectional final. The Roughriders will play the winner of Tiffin Columbian and Ontario in the district semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bluffton University.
Paulding 8, Evergreen 5
METAMORA — The Panthers scored three runs in the seventh to force extra innings and then plated a trio of runs in the eighth inning of the D-III sectional final.
Payton Beckman and Sam Woods had two hits and an RBI for Paulding, which will play Otsego, a 3-1 winner against Ottawa Hills, in a 6 p.m. Thusday district semfinal at Defiance High School.
Lincolnview 5, Minster 4
MINSTER — Kendall Bollenbacher had a hit and an RBI, Taylor Post had a double and an RBI, Destiny Coil had a double, a home run and two RBI and Makayla Jackman had a hit and an RBI for Lincolnview in the Division IV district final. Alexis Bishop had two hits for Minster.
six from ONU
ADA — Six Ohio Northern players have been named All-Ohio Athletic Conference for 2021 in voting conducted by the league’s seven head coaches.
Freshman Olivia Kesner, a Lima Central Catholic graduate, was named first team all-conference. Junior Ola Latala, sophomore Regan Landis and senior Mackenzie Wills, an Ada grad, were named second team All-OAC. Seniors Katie Curry and Jordan Dodson received honorable mention all-league honors.
The Polar Bears finished the abbreviated 2021 season with an 8-2 record. ONU finished second in the OAC regular season standings with a 6-1 mark and reached the semifinals of the OAC Tournament under 20th-year head coach Scott Wills.
Men’s track & field
ONU duo named
All-Great Lakes Region
ADA — Ohio Northern juniors Nate Dean and Andrew Buderer have been named All-Great Lakes Region in outdoor track and field for 2021 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Dean is fourth in the region and 21st in the nation in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of :21.63.
Buderer is second in the region and 21st in the nation, clearing 4.79 meters.
Both were also named All-Region for the indoor season this winter.
reduces hurdles time
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Bluffton University freshman Desmond Gist established a new lifetime best at the North Central College Gregory Final Qualifier on Thursday. He went 14.88 in the 110 meter hurdles which ranks second all-time at Bluffton University.
The 14.88 places Gist 38th in the nation for all of Division III with the 10th best time for a freshman. He took .07 of a second off his previous best.
Women’s track & field
ADA — Three Ohio Northern student/athletes were named All-Great Lakes Region in outdoor track and field for 2021 .
Senior Stella DeWitt, junior Kayla Silva and sophomore Anna Schatzle all earned the honor.
DeWitt was named All-Region in the long jump, where she is ranked fourth in the region and 27th nationally with a season-best distance of 5.60 meters.
Silva earned the honor in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
She is ranked third in the region and 42nd nationally with a school record :12.25 clocking in the 100. In the 200, her school record time of :25.45 is fifth of the region and 67th nationally.
Schatzle is fifth in the region and 26th nationally in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 9 inches (3.58 meters).
DeWitt and Silva were also named All-Region for the indoor season this winter.
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