The Lake and Genoa equestrian teams won championships during the first of four weeks of Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship Association District 2 competitions.
On September 9 at the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green, Lake won a Division 2 (5-9 riders) and overall championship by scoring 184 points. Eastwood (109) was second, Otsego (75) third, and BG (37) fourth.
In Division 3 (1-4 riders), Genoa outscored runner-up Toledo Christian, 63-52. Perrysburg was the D-1 (10 or more riders) champion with 158 points.
The Lake squad, a club team, is two-time defending state champions. This year’s Lake team members are Ashley Landers (Lake), Alissa Knierim (Lake), Rhianna Reaume (Lake), Lauren Nissen (Rossford), Taylor Barndt (Elmwood), and Kylee Smith (Elmwood).
Lake coaches are Connie Workman, chairperson of District 2, and Jenna Workman, a founding member of the Lake team who is now a junior at the University of Toledo. Connie says she believes the team is “well on our way to three (state titles) in a row.”
This year, District 2 has 49 riders. The district this year includes teams from Lake, Eastwood, Genoa, BG, TC, Otsego, and Perrysburg.
“Last year we had 82, which is why we split and started another district to keep the shows a little more manageable and continue the growth of OIHA in Ohio by drawing more participants from our eastern areas,” Connie Workman said.
District 1 competes at Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton; District 3 in Napoleon; and District 4 at Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. All four divisional champions from each district compete at the state meet.
Lake harriers second
The Lake varsity boys cross country team placed second of the eight teams competing in the first Northern Buckeye Conference jamboree. Lake was led by junior Tyler Rickman in third place overall, Scott Brittenham was sixth, Orfrancis Ozuna 13th, Sean Harger 29th, senior Dustin Preble 31st, freshman Aaron Witt 43rd, and sophomore Bennett Breese 44th.
The varsity Girls Team placed third of the six teams with a full squad. The Lady Flyers were led by senior Amber Soncrant (10th overall), freshman Marissa Boos (16th), freshman Vanessa Warton (17th), senior Ana Cannon (33rd), and sophomore Alana Smith (37th).
At the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, the third largest high school cross country meet in the nation, both Lake teams finished in 25th place in the Varsity Division II "A" races. Rickman and Brittenham were the top finishers for the guys and Soncrant, Warton, and Boos led the girls.
In the Columbus Grove Invitational, the Lake girls’ team placed 17th of 18 teams in the large school division and were led by Soncrant, Warton, Boos, Smith, Adriana Cannon, Jessica Ozuna, and Angela Santana.
The boys team placed 10th of 20 teams in the large school division and were led by Brittenham in nine place overall, Rickman was 10th, followed by Orfrancis Ozuna, Harger, Preble, Witt, and Breese.
At the inaugural NBC Jamboree, the Lake Junior High boys team placed fifth of the five teams with a full team and were led by Gage Gillen (third overall), Jace Basilius (17th), Jerad Pickel (20th), Ted Swartz (23rd), and Ryan Walsh (27th).
The Lake JH girls placed second of the four full teams. Emily Lovell finished fifth overall, Abbey Lovell was eighth, Rebekah Swartz ninth, Grace Blandin 15th, Alyx Fisher 18th, Peyton Wamer 19th, Mary Wires 26th, Rachel Deal 35th, Delaney Bee 39th, Chantel Parrish 43rd, and Megan Du Fresne 44th.
The East Toledo Family Center is registering for their youth soccer leagues from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for students in grades K-6. There are no cuts, everyone is welcome. Register at the ETFC, 1020 Varland Ave. Program fee is $20 per child, due at the time of registration.
ETFC cheerleading registration is also taking place from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for interested parties in grades 1-6. Fee is also $20 and includes no cuts.
The ETFC is also excepting applications for volunteer coaches in both soccer and cheerleading. A background check is required as well as NYSCA training. Call Brandon Thomas at 419-691-1429, ext. 221.