Clay senior pole vaulter Meghan Scharer won a Division I district pole vault preliminaries at St. Francis DeSales High School by leaping 9-feet-4 in the finals, but lost to Whitmer senior Christina Schultz in a tie-breaker. Even though Baums Page (baumspage.com) listed Scharer first, she was not the district champion,
Schlultz won the event on jumps. They both cleared the same height but Meghan had an earlier miss which gave Schultz the title. Scharer did win the City League championship this year with a jump of 9-6 and was the district champion last year.
Scharer, who has committed to the University of Dayton for soccer, also qualified for the D-I regional at Amherst Steele.
But it was the Clay boys track team that did the most scoring damage at the district meet, finishing fifth with 65½ points while the girls team finished 11th with 18 points.
Qualifying for the regional meet at Amherst Steele is the 4x800 relay team of junior Robert Hoffman, senior Patrick Roman, junior Adam Bess, and senior Taylor Durczynski after finishing third at the district meet in 8:08.79, exactly three seconds behind the champions from St. John’s Jesuit.
Hoffman, junior Eric Wood, and sophomores Jason Bucha and Ryan Laberdee qualified in the 4x400, finishing fourth at districts (3:25.64), just over four seconds behind the championship team from Bowsher.
Hoffman also qualified as an individual in the 800, finishing sixth at district (2:10.32).
Eagle hurdler Noah Buehrer, a junior, qualified in the 110 and 300. Buehrer finished tied for third at districts in the 110 (15.1 seconds) and second in the 300 at 39.43, just over a second behind the champion, Central Catholic senior Garren Duhart (38.2).
Clay junior Eric Wood qualified in the 100 and sophomore Ryan Laberdee in the 200. Both finished fourth at district — Wood in 11.17 and Laberdee in 22.71 during the finals.
Clay senior Thomas Crawford qualified in the discus and shot put. Crawford was fourth in both events at district, tossing 149-8 in the discus and 45-4¾ in the shot.
Three Clay tennis players qualified for the Division I district tournament at Sandusky, but none advanced to state.
In singles, Clay freshman James DeMeo won the first set against Maumee senior John Russell 6-2, but Russell came back to take the next two sets 6-4, 6-3. In doubles, Clay seniors Colton Plumb and Andrew Gale were defeated by eventual district champions and state qualifiers, St. John’s Jesuit juniors Evan Bechtel and Ryan Jorgensen, 6-0, 6-2.
In D-II at Port Clinton, two Oak Harbor singles players qualified for districts, but neither advanced past the first round. Junior Greg LaFountain was defeated by Tiffin Columbian senior Derek Walton 6-3, 6-4, and Oak Harbor senior Kevin Young was defeated by Galion senior Dorion Kempt 7-5, 6-1.
Rossford, coached by Press staff writer and tennis professional A.J. Szozda, sent one doubles team, which also did not get past the first round. Sophomore Joe Hotz and senior Mark Hotz were defeated by Port Clinton seniors Blake Troller and Jason Que 6-1, 6-0.
Perrysburg won the Northern Lakes League championship with 34½ points, while Rossford was fourth under Szozda’s leadership with 25 points.
Rossford’s Joe Hotz and Kyle Keller defeated the Northview doubles team of senior Will Forrester and sophomore Spencer Georgetti 6-3, 6-3 to win an NLL doubles championship.
Defiance College baseball player Alex Timofeev (Clay) earned his first All-HCAC award, after being tabbed as an Honorable Mention selection while playing first base during his junior year.
The Oregon native developed into one of Defiance’s top offensive weapons and ended the year with a .336 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, .482 slugging percentage, eight doubles, two home runs and 27 runs batted in. Timofeev set new career highs in nearly every offensive category and did his best work in non-conference action, where he led the Yellow Jackets with a .432 average, .463 on-base clip, .595 slugging percentage and sparkling 1.058 OPS. Timofeev has a .308 collegiate career batting average as a junior with one more year to play.
Timofeev was starting first baseman on the 2007 Clay baseball team that made a run at the state tournament. He played for the Ohio Monarchs summer collegiate program for the past two seasons and will compete again this summer in his final season.
The AAFC Patriots will be holding soccer tryouts boys and girls age 7-13 June 1-2 from 6-8 p.m. at Clay Center Park. Bring shin guards, water and a ball. Registration begins at 5:30 pm.