Oak Harbor freshman reaches state tennis tournament
Oak Harbor freshman tennis player Ashley LaFountain qualified to compete in last weekend’s Division II state tournament.
LaFountain was the No. 3 seed and was to open the state singles tournament against Waynesville junior Alyssa Ritchie. LaFountain would have to win four matches to win a state title.
In the Port Clinton district, LaFountain opened with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Rossford senior Hannan Saleh. She then defeated Ontario senior Brooke Trine 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinal, but lost to Ottawa Hills sophomore Drew Fillis 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinal. By reaching the district final four, LaFountain had secured her spot in the state tourney.
In the district consolation match, LaFountain defeated Bryan senior Meredith McDonagh 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to earn a No. 3 seed at the state tourney. Lexington sophomore Courtney Earnest was the district champ, defeating Fillis 6-1, 6-1, and Earnest, Fillis, and McDonagh were also competing in Columbus over the weekend.
In the girls Division II soccer sectional, Northwood (5-8-1) lost to No. 1 seed Oak Harbor (14-1-1), 2-1, in overtime at Genoa. Sara Lipstraw and Alex Weirich scored for the Rockets, with Weirich’s goal coming in overtime. Oak Harbor outshot Northwood 20 to 18, and Northwood goalkeeper Megan Hess had 19 saves. Each team had two corner kicks.
Calling the match a “defensive struggle,” Northwood coach John Turkal said. “Northwood had several balls cleared out the goal mouth throughout the contest. Jessica Grindle scored for the Rangers with four minutes to go in regulation.”
In the other sectional opener at Genoa, the host Comets blasted Margaretta (4-9-2), 7-0, as five different players scored for Genoa. Rachel Albright and Olivia Reeder each had two goals, and scoring once was Abagail Karikas, Jessica Williams (PK goal), and Melanie Gregory. Genoa and Oak Harbor were to play Saturday afternoon with the winner playing Oct. 27 in the district semifinal at Genoa at 6 p.m. The district championship is at Lake on Oct. 31.
Northwood ended its regular season with an 8-0 victory over Cardinal Stritch. Kayla Kurth and Grindle each had two goals for the Rangers, and Grindle had two assists. Northwood outshot Stritch 38 to 2 as Ranger goalies Megan Hess and Maddie Vickers each only needed one save to preserve the shutout.
“The Rangers dominated immediately on an early goal by Jessica Grindle and led at the half 4-0 as the Rangers only allowed Cardinal Stritch two shots on goal,” Turkal said.
Lake was victorious at Genoa Wednesday in first round sectional play, beating Cardinal Stritch 12-0. Shelby Antonacci and Kayla Encalado led the team with two goals each; Hannah Cox, Emily Whitmore, Hillary West, Sarah LaPlante, Dani Hug, Ashley Timmons, Drew Plummer and Shawna Parker all chipped in a goal apiece. Ashley Timmons led the team with two assists and Jessica Abbey, Nichole Henry, Plummer, Antonacci, and Parker also had one assist each.
The Flyers registered their tenth shut out of the season and faced Woodmore in the sectional final on Saturday. Woodmore opened with a 3-2 victory over Perkins in overtime as Wildcat Jessica Wolfe scored twice, including the overtime goal, and Taylor Avers scored once for the ‘Cats.
In boys D-II sectionals at Lake, No. 2 seed Eastwood (12-3-1) defeated Maumee (3-12-1), 3-0, and Saturday was to face Port Clinton (10-3-2), which defeated Lake (7-4-4), 3-2, Wednesday. No. 1 seed Oak Harbor (11-3-1) defeated Clyde (3-12) 11-0 and was to face Rossford (8-3-3) on Saturday. The sectional winners play in the district semifinal at Lake on Oct. 28 at 4;30 p.m., and the winner advances to the district final at Fremont Ross on Oct. 31.
Powell wins SLL
Lake senior Zack Powell broke away between the two and three-mile mark to
win the Suburban Lakes League cross-country championship and the Athlete of the Year award over the defending champion, junior Nick Goebel from Elmwood, in 16:12.
Lake coach Ken Mysinger said, “Goebel (16:17) ran shoulder to shoulder with Powell for most of the race pacing his Elmwood to the team title. Lake senior Louis Szilagyi ran courageously to place seventh and also earn First Team All-Suburban Lakes League honors.”
The Genoa football team’s playoff situation was looking pretty good heading into last Friday’s contest at Otsego.
The Comets (8-0) were No. 2 in Division 4, Region 14, just behind Galion (8-0). The top four teams in each region get first round home games.
Eastwood (7-1) is eighth in the region, and the Eagles were able to hold and defeat Patrick Henry Friday would be in good position to hold on to a playoff spot. Patrick Henry (8-0) is No. 1 in Division 5, Region 18.
The top seven in the region following Genoa are Clear Fork (6-2), Wooster Triway (6-2), Edison (7-1), Orrville (5-3), and Ottawa-Glandorf (6-2).
Northwood (5-3), once again, is battling for that eighth spot in Division 5, and they are in the same region as Patrick Henry. Between PH and Northwood are Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-1), Ashland Crestview (7-1), Lima Central Catholic (7-1), Tinora (7-1), Fairview (6-2), and Hicksville (8-0).
Still accepting campers
Arnie Sutter's YMCA Cavs Western Basin Toledo Preseason Shooting Clinic is still accepting campers.
The camp, held at the Oregon YMCA, began Monday, Oct. 19 and continues through Friday, Oct. 30.
"Players from the University of Toledo men's and women's basketball team are coming in to help out," said Sutter, a Genoa resident and publisher of Western Basin Toledo Magazine. "Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are coming out, and we have the support of the Oregon Community Family Coalition, a new organization trying to prevent substance abuse.
"The Cavaliers are taking care of a lot of the (camp) awards. The last two years they've probably given out 100 T-shirts and pictures of the Cavs. They've given out bracelets and pencils, just promotional things from the Cavs. There is a possibility they're going to send (a player) next Wednesday."
Sutter said campers can still register through the YMCA by calling 419-691-3523. Camp times are 6:30-7:30 p.m. for grades 5-8, and 7:30-8:30 p.m. for grades 9-12.