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Willard boys win Bucyrus CC Invite; St. Paul girls third

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 4, 2018 at 1:53 PM

BUCYRUS — The Willard boys won the Bucyrus Elks cross country Invitational, while the St. Paul girls placed third on Saturday morning.

Willard scored 62 points to finish ahead of Olmsted Falls (71). St. Paul was ninth with 255 points.

The Crimson Flashes put a pair of runners in the top 10 and five in the top 20 to lead to the team title.

Elgin’s Jacob Poling was the overall winner in 16:56.86, while St. Paul’s Noah Avandano (17:08.28) was second and Willard’s Zack Keaton (17:24.90) was third.

Also for the Flashes, Blake Smith was ninth (17:42.62), followed by Trenton Rupert (15th, 18:00.93), Justin Gillmor (19th, 18:11), Landon Schaffer (20th, 18:11.62), Nick Bauer (60th, 19:39.23) and Aaron Stephens (65th, 19:42.23).

Also for St. Paul, Zack Stine was 18th in 18:10.56. Collin Liedorff (51st, 19:24.67), Ryan Gross (96th, 20:18.86), Stephen McHale (130th, 21:07.12) and Justin Hammersmith (156th, 21:51.20) rounded out the scoring for the Flyers.

In the girls race, St. Paul scored 134 points to finish third behind Buckeye Valley (25) and Olmsted Falls (91).

Lily Dowdell was second overall for the Flyers in 20:42.40, behind overall winner Chloe Dawson of Buckeye Valley (20:01.01). She was followed by Claire Ceccoli in 28th (22:46.65), and Cheyene Null (23:37.81) in 40th and Dana Sumpter (23:39.74) in 41st.

Also scoring for St. Paul was Madelyn McCall (47th, 23:58.91), Catherine Massie (53rd, 24:10.78) and Alexandra Abel (84th, 26:04.89).

For eighth-place Willard (178), Morgan Adams (21:39.16) was 12th, followed by Amy Del Angel (22nd, 22:32.37) and Elizabeth Dials (38th, 23:27.11).

Also scoring for Willard was Maddison Osborn (72nd, 25:21.34), Sylvia Maciel (81st, 25:52.26), Madison Clark (87th, 26:22.04) and Danielle Bowmar (105th, 27:17.49).

Monroeville was led by Rachel Herner (56th, 24:23.97) and Adelynn Kradlak (63rd, 24:38.76). Also for the Eagles, Callie Roster was 103rd (27:06.36) and Payton Scheid (27:07.49) was 104th.

Kromer paces Norwalk to fifth at Avon Lake

ELYRIA — The Norwalk boys cross country team placed fifth out of 13 teams at the Avon Lake Earlybird Invitational held at Lorain County Community College on Saturday in the Maroon division race.

Freshman Kyler Kromer set a new personal best to pace Norwalk, as his 17:34 time earned him 10th overall out of 101 runners, while Mitchell Sommers (18:05) was 20th.

Rounding out the entries for Norwalk included Jad Oglesby (18:46), Wyatt Hale (18:57), Gabe Hainline (19:20), Jose Dominguez (19:22), Sam Neuberger (20:02) and Luke Brown (20:48).

"We could not have asked for more out of the individuals running for us today," Norwalk coach Drew Karnehm said. "We are not at full strength, and they still came to compete — which speaks volumes of this team. Several runners, including Kyler, Wyatt, Gabe, and Luke all set personal bests, and they should be very proud of themselves."

On the girls side, Norwalk only had two individuals finish the race. Abby Hart was 54th overall in a time of 24:45, also a personal best. Ana Henderson finished 60th overall in 25:54.

"Our girls are competing day in and day out," Karnehm said. "We are definitely low on numbers this year, so our main goal is to try to keep all of them healthy, and be able to compete as a team at the end of the season."

Up next for Norwalk — and most of Ohio — is the Tiffin Carnival at Hedges-Boyer Park on Saturday.

Bellevue girls second at Otsego

OTSEGO — The Bellevue girls cross country team finished second out of 13 teams at Saturday's Otsego Invitational at Mary Jane Thurston Park.

Madelyn Verhoff was fourth overall in 21:03, while Lindsey Spurlock was seventh in 21:43. Also for the Lady Red on Saturday were Rylee Bollenbacher (17th, 22:39), Lilli Ray (19th, 23:00), Vanessa Shanaman (22nd, 23:29), Jamie Vogel (25th, 23:55) and Sierra Frost (35th, 25:32).

The Redmen boys placed sixth out of 12 teams, with Zach Cleveland (18:21) and Cayden Adams (18:45) finishing in the top 10 in fifth and eighth, respectively.

Also scoring for Bellevue was Caleb Wenzel (31st, 20:32), Cooper Fought (38th, 21:07), David Lugo (41st, 21:20), Dylan Adkins (52nd, 22:18) and George Schaffer (53rd, 22:21).

"This meet was advertised as a challenging course, and they were right," Bellevue coach Lee Booze said. "here weren't any fast times, but the kids got an old school cross country experience with hills, woods, mud and water.

"Sometimes it's about that competitive spirit, and not just the numbers on the stop watch," he added. "I thought the teams showed a lot of fortitude and drive today."


St. Paul goes 2-1 at Lehman Invitational

SIDNEY — The St. Paul volleyball team opened with a three-set loss, but bounced back with a pair of wins at Saturday’s Lehman Catholic Invitational.

The Lady Flyers opened the loss to unbeaten Bellbrook (9-0), which went on to win the tournament. After winning the first game (25-20), St. Paul dropped a pair of tight games (25-22, 26-24) in the loss. The Lady Flyers were up 17-10 in Game 2, but it slipped away.

“Bellbrook is a real nice team with some real big hitters,” St. Paul coach Nancy Miller said. “It was a good match.”

St. Paul (5-2) rebounded to beat Frankfurt Adena (25-18, 25-12) and Lima Central Catholic (25-19, 28-26) to conclude the day.

“It was nice to see them come back at the end of the day and finish a tight game,” Miller said. “It was good competition that will make us better. The competition is always great when you go down to Lehman.”

Across the three matches, Kamryn Maxwell had 28 kills, 34 digs and served 18 points with four aces. Anna Lukasko and Holly Powers had 21 kills each, while Megan Hammersmith had 20 kills and 29 assists.

Also for St. Paul, Dyllan Knoll had 44 assists with 16 points and four aces, while Kennedy Stang led the defense with 45 digs, and Lauren Chandler had 31 digs.

St. Paul is back in action Thursday at New London.

Monroeville 3, Vermilion 0

MONROEVILLE — The Eagles handed the Sailors their first loss of the season in Saturday's non-league game at the Monroeville Athletic Complex.

The Eagles (5-1) won by scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-21.

Kelsie Palmer and Kylee Brooks each had nine kills for the Eagles, while Maura Brown added seven to go with five blocks. Adrian Barman had four kills, three blocks and 12 digs — and also served 13 for 15 with two aces.

Also for Monroeville, Camryn Hedrick had 31 assists, and Stacia Stieber had 18 digs and was 10 for 11 serving with two aces. Graisyn Yoder was 9 for 11 serving with two aces and added four kills.

Western sweeps Clearview, Margaretta

COLLINS — The Western Reserve volleyball team swept both Lorain Clearview (25-9, 25-9) and Margaretta (25-11, 25-18) in Saturday's non-league tri-match.

For Western (5-0), Avery Tubbs had 17 kills, with Morgan White and Emma Webber each adding 13 kills. White led the defense with 22 digs, and Hannah Burke was 103-of-105 setting with 45 assists.

Burke also served 15 points, while Alyssa Burch led the team with 19 points.


Swope goes low for Flyers

BELLEVUE — St. Paul sent three golfers to Saturday’s Bellevue Invitational played at Sleepy Hollow, and did not factor into the team scoring.

Jackson Cook finished with a 42-45—87 for the Flyers. That was the lowest nine-hole (42) and 18-hole (87) score this season for a St. Paul golfer, as well as Cook’s personal best in both as well.

Also for St. Paul, David Swope shot a 50-57—107, and Logan Amato had a 60-71—131.

Host Bellevue finished with a 364 as a team to finish tied for seventh and one stroke out of sixth among the 11 teams.

Garrett Vickery led the Redmen (40-44—84), followed by Hudson Strayer (43-46—89), Connor Rospert (45-49—93), Adam Hosang (48-50—98) and Alex Martinez (48-59—157).

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