The Press Newspaper
Erin Gyurke runner of year
The Eastwood girls cross country team successfully defended their Northern Buckeye Conference championship.
Leading the way was junior Maddie Jackson, who won the individual title as the Runner of the Year, and was followed by strong performances from freshman Lexi Clark and sophomore Meagan Kaminski, who received first team honors, and junior McKayla Phillips, who was second team.
Jackson (19:39.01) defeated runner up Courtney Burner (19:55.93), a Woodmore freshman, by over 15 seconds.
Genoa freshman Carly Gose (19:59.45) was fourth, followed by Clark (20:57.93), and Kaminski (21:00.83). Genoa sophomore Jodi Bays finished 10th in 21:20.83.
Eastwood scored 36 points, followed by Elmwood (43), Lake (100), Fostoria (107), Otsego (108), and Rossford (131). Freshman Marissa Boos (21:30.21) was the top Lake runner, finishing 12th.
The boys title was won by Otsego (45), followed by Elmwood (71), Woodmore (74), Lake (91), Genoa (97), and Fostoria (138).
Lake juniors Tyler Rickman and Scott Brittenham finished second and third in 16:24.34 and 16:42.52. Champion Brandon Avers, an Otsego freshman, defeated Rickman by just over three seconds, finishing in 16:21.28.
Clay harrier Erin Gyurke won the Three Rivers Athletic Conference race, finishing in 18:06.68 and outdistancing second place Stephanie Sherman (18:21.05) from Notre Dame Academy by over 14 seconds.
For Clay, Haley Hess was third in 18:41.55, Hannah Hess sixth (19:10.62), Abbey Groll 18th (20:04.99), Brooke Gyori 21st (20:27.21). and Jessalyn Bohland was 33rd (21:10.99).
However, the Eagles finished a close second to champion Notre Dame by two points, losing 47-49. Whitmer (87) finished third, followed by St. Ursula Academy (102), Central Catholic (119), Findlay (132), and Fremont Ross (158).
The Clay boys finished last of seven schools fielding teams, scoring 153 points. St. Francis DeSales (34) was champion, followed by Findlay (75), Central (82), St. John’s Jesuit (88), Ross (118), and Whitmer (148).
Clay’s top runners were Matthew Gibbons and Vanya Barron, who finished 23rd and 24th in 16:54.02 and 16:55.78.
In the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, Gibsonburg coach Beth Kohler was named Coach of the Year, even though her girls’ team finished second with 44 points behind champion Toledo Christian (28). Danbury (130) was third and Cardinal Stritch Catholic fourth (136).
Perhaps helping Kohler receive her award is that the Golden Bear middle school team won the TAAC championship.
Local first team All-TAAC varsity selections include Northwood runner Olivia Carbe (21:24.02) and Gibsonburg freshman Samantha deAnda (21:25.93).
Second team is Gibsonburg senior Courtney Ksenich (22:05.38), Stritch senior Rosa Mondragon (22:13.14), Gibsonburg juniors Molly Burkett (22:42.17) and Alyssa Escobedo (23:02.04).
TC also won the boys race with 37 points, followed by runner-up Stritch (55), Gibsonburg (73), and Ottawa Hills (87).
First team selections are Stritch sophomore Tim Lynn (17:41.6), Gibsonburg senior Jake Merryfield (17:53.09), and Stritch senior Jake Lynn (18:11.47). Second team is Gibsonburg sophomore Ian Reinick (19:01.62) and Stritch sophomore Bobby Romstadt (19:07.67).
In the Sandusky Bay Conference, the Oak Harbor girls were runner-up, scoring 72 points to trail champion Perkins (23).
Oak Harbor junior Trinity Gephart was third in 20:25.44, senior Maria Boers 22nd (21:36.46), Madeline Newman 24th (21:40.55), and freshman Andrea Cecil was 36th (22:56.6).
The Rocket boys were fourth, scoring 91 points to trail Sandusky St. Mary (67), Perkins (74), and Port Clinton (75).
Oak Harbor sophomore Tyler Sievert was seventh (16:59.41), sophomore Jake Wistinghausen ninth (17:12.77), senior Zachary Seaman 13th (17:23.85), sophomore Tim Poiry 18th (17:43.67), junior Bryce Buderer 25th (17:58.09), junior Tristen Epling 30th (18:15.47), and sophomore Nathan Purk was 39th (18:59.74).
In the Toledo City League, Waite was fifth with 132 points, trailing Start (32), Bowsher (43), Rogers (83), and Woodward (109). Scott finished last with 136 points.
Sophomore Kristopher Young was Waite’s top runner, finishing 22nd in 21:58.89. Bowsher junior Tom Heckman was champion, finishing in 16:45.6.
LaFountain won a Northwest District championship and was seeded No. 1. Her opening match was against the Southwest District No. 5 seed, Tipp City Tippecanoe senior Sierra Nellessen. LaFountain would have had to win at least three matches to qualify for the state final or consolation final.
Morrison at Indiana Tech
Indiana Tech sophomore Alexis Morrison (Clay) has helped the Warrior volleyball team to a 16-8 record for the season so far. The Warriors are 5-0 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play, and recently finished the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament with a 3-1 record. This included an upset win against No. 18 Indiana University-East. Morrison, an outside hitter, has recorded two kills in the four sets she has played during the season so far.