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Clay senior pole vaulter Meghan Scharer nearly won a Division I district pole vault preliminaries at St. Francis DeSales High School by leaping 9-feet-4 in the finals. She 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.
Hoffman also qualified as an individual in the 800, finishing sixth at district (2:10.32).
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.
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.
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