"We're going to have to run our best," Nagy told The Press. "Everyone is trying to get us. Last year we made a name for ourselves and we snuck in there. This year we're really strong. I know all our girls can do it."
Everything at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin went as Lacy predicted, except that league foes Elmwood and Lakota finished higher than Woodmore in the regional meet. It is the Royals that qualified as a team for this past weekend’s state meet, and not the Wildcats.
Elmwood scored 143 points to finish third behind Ottoville (84) and Liberty-Benton (126). Old Fort (144), Lakota (149), and Woodmore (150) followed.
But Nagy and Bailey Ulinski were competing as individuals at Scioto Downs in Columbus in the Division III state meet, and Genoa senior Simone Eli.
Nagy was second at the regional meet in 19:33.15 behind Shayla Siefker (19:00.86) of Ottoville. Ulinski was ninth in 19:58.57, and Eli followed in 19:58.8.
In the boys D-III meet, Gibsonburg junior Elias Dandar is the only individual qualifier. Dandar was 14th in the regional meet in 16:51.89.
In the D-I meet, St. John’s Jesuit senior Chris Madaras, a Pemberville resident, was competing alongside his Titan teammates. The Titans were fourth at Tiffin’s D-I meet with 129 points, finishing behind Medina (71), Green (94), and Cleveland St. Ignatius (96). Madaras finished 47th in 16:50.65.
The Owens CC volleyball team captured its ninth consecutive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season championship with a hard-fought road match victory over Columbus State CC (25-19, 26-24, 16-25, 26-24).
Owens had a well-balanced attack was lead by Chae Small with 13 kills and Chelsea Stover, Amanda Mick and Brittney Bradner (Cardinal Stritch) with nine kills each. Stover also had three aces and 12 digs. Bradner and Jalisa Graham each had six blocks.
The Express closed the season with a win in straight games, 30-17, 30-16, 30-23, over Cuyahoga CC and followed that in straight games with a 30-19, 30-10, 30-11 rout over Lakeland CC.
Owens won 10 out of the last 11 OCCAC regular season championships. Lewis’ squad finished 10-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and was ranked No. 14 in the latest NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll.
Also Playing for the Express are Kristen Gyori (Clay) and Mallory Imbery (Genoa). Bradner has been selected as an honorable mention choice on the OCCAC Team.
Bradner closed the season with 211 kills and led the team with 169 blocks in 121 games. Playing mostly defense, Gyori in 133 games had 167 blocks, 29 aces, 852 assists, 31 kills, and led the team with a hitting efficiency of .526. In 32 games, Imbery had 28 kills, 22 aces, and 14 blocks.
Teammate Stephanie Champine was selected Player of the Year and Champine, Chelsea Stover, and Lindsay Word were first team choices.
The Owens volleyball team was looking to advance to their seventh national tournament as the Express competed in the NJCAA Region XII Women’s Championship this weekend at Grand Rapids Community College.
Coached by Sonny Lewis, the Express took a 36-13 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they played against Mott CC (9-25) in quarterfinal action. If they advanced, the Express played the winner of the Macomb CC (17-25)/Oakland CC (22-13) match in the semifinals. The championship was to be Sunday, Nov. 2.
Other teams participating in the tournament include Schoolcraft College (30-7), St. Clair County Community College (31-12) and Columbus State Community College (28-6).
The NJCAA Division II National Championship will be held Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Contributing writer Mark Griffin won his second Press Soothsayer championship by predicting correctly 95 of 127 football games (74.8 percent).
Griffin, an avid Ohio State fan, said the University of Michigan’s consistency in losing helped him win out over seven other soothsayers.
"The competition was tough this year, but I'm glad I pulled it out,” Griffin said. “Picking against Michigan most of the time this season and actually having them back up my prediction was probably the most satisfying of all.”
Two games behind Griffin is contributing writer Jeffrey Norwalk in second at 106-36, his best finish ever. Following Norwalk is Press sports editor J. Patrick Eaken (105-37), writer Scott Calhoun (103-39), Toledo Sports Radio.com broadcaster Rick Waldron (101-41), and writers Deb Wallace (87-40), A.J. Szozda (86-41), and Nick Huenefeld (83-44) closed out.
Northwood tee-ball, baseball, and softball registration for the 2009 season is Nov. 9 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Josie Reinhart Community Center (Oram and Wales) and Nov. 10-14 at the municipal office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deadline is Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Parents must accompany children and birth certificates are required. Non-refundable fee is $30 with a maximum of $45 for two or more participants. Families that meet low-income requirements may request a fee waiver in writing. Umpires and coaches should also register. Call 419-693-9327.