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Area produces five district champions in Div. III district meets

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated May 18, 2018 at 4:06 AM

PERKINS TWP. — As the season progresses, the St. Paul girls track distance relay is peaking at the right time.

One week after setting a track record (9:54.24) at Crestview in the Firelands Conference championships, the 4x800 team for St. Paul clocked in at 9:48.69 on Thursday at the Division III district championship meet held at Perkins High School.

The quartet of Claire Ceccoli, Holly Powers, Meghan Hedrick and Lily Dowdell came in with a seed time of 10 minutes flat, but Thursday’s time was 17.11 seconds ahead of second place Woodmore.

Also in the 4x800, New London was third. The team of Maryonna Cathey, Savannah Shaver, Kaylin Williams and Dana Gustely had a time of 10:11.35.

Meanwhile, the New London boys 4x800 also won the district title on Thursday. The team of Carson Coey, Court Britt, Austin Reed and Curtis Joppeck turned in a time of 8:26.59, which was three seconds ahead of St. Paul.

For the Flyers, Zach Stine, Nate Tokarsky, Noah Avendano and Jared Arnold had a time of 8:29.54 for second.

Western Reserve’s Victoria Ramage is moving on to next week in the discus throw, as she took second with a throw of 114-feet-7. Also advancing in the field events was St. Paul’s Camille Endsley, who cleared the high jump bar at 4-feet-10 for fourth place.

In the shot put, St. Paul’s Davis Hedrick (47-feet-8), Western’s Gavin Braden (46-feet-4) and Cayden Hofheins (45-feet-1) finished first, second and third, respectively to advance to the regionals.

In the pole vault, New London’s Jacob Allen won the district by clearing 13-feet-6.

Day 2 action will resume Saturday morning back at Perkins.

Monroeville boys advance two

BUCYRUS — The Monroeville boys track and field team advanced two field event athletes on Day 1 of the Div. III district championship meet held Thursday at Bucyrus High School.

For the Eagles, Monroeville’s Montgomery Walls won the shot put with a top throw of 48-feet-5.50 inches, while Chayce Schaub advanced in the long jump. His jump of 18-feet-10 was good for the fourth and final spot that will advance to next week’s regional meet at Tiffin.

TENNIS

Norwalk’s Brown wins district match

BOWLING GREEN — Norwalk’s Austin Brown closed his junior season on Thursday with an appearance in the Division I district quarterfinals at Bowling Green State University.

Brown opened with a win over Alex Kufner (Toledo St. John’s) in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. He then fell in the quarterfinals to Findlay’s Drew Swisher, 6-2, 6-2. He concludes the season with a record of 23-9.

Also on Thursday, No. 4 seed Jack Mei dropped his opening round match to Toledo St. John’s Tate Reno (6-3, 6-2).

Edison caps perfect SBC season

MILAN — The Edison boys tennis team put the finishing touches on a 14-0 Bay division record in the Sandusky Bay Conference, sweeping Fremont St. Joseph on Thursday, 5-0.

Winning in a sweep for the Chargers (16-1) was James Hill at first singles (6-0, 6-0), while Bryan Johnston won at second singles (6-3, 7-6). Nick Shupe won at third singles (6-1, 6-1).

In doubles play, Nick Lombardi and Connor Goodwin won in three lengthy sets (7-5, 3-6, 10-8), while the No. 2 team of Carter Kramer and Lincoln Meredith won by default.

SOFTBALL

Monroeville 4, Plymouth 1

MONROEVILLE — The Eagles closed out the season with a 24-4 record, including a 10-2 mark in the Firelands Conference, with Thursday’s win over visiting Plymouth.

In the circle, Carley Helmstetter went the distance for the win. She allowed an unearned run on five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Offensively for Monroeville, Paige Schafer was 3 for 3 with two doubles, a triple — and scored two of the four runs. Crossan was 2 for 4, while Brooke Kime, Taylor Reer and Skiler Hershiser each singled and drove in a run. Jessica Hayes also singled and scored.

For Plymouth (14-13, 9-5), Ariel Plank was 2 for 3, while Maycie Creveling, Tristen Wiley and Mallory Miller each added singles.

Willard 9, Port Clinton 2

WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes closed the season with an SBC Bay division win over the visiting Redskins on Thursday.

With the win, Willard finished the season at 11-7 overall and 7-5 in the league.

For Willard, Morgan Hamons pitched six solid innings for the win. She allowed two earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Melayna Mahl pitched a scoreless seventh.

Offensively for the Flashes, Kourtney Craft was 3 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Jena Adams was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run, while Becca Slone added a double.

Cathern Hamons and Madie Secor added RBIs, with Secor scoring twice.

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