Monday, August 31st, 2009
By Daily Standard Staff
Bulldogs have good showing at Rotary Invitational
  Compiled by Ryan Hines
and Gary R. Rasberry
Cross country action got underway on Saturday as Celina hosted the Rotary Invitational on the campus of Wright State University-Lake Campus, bringing in a number of area teams.
Celina took part in the Division I races on the day. The Bulldog Boys finished second in the big-school division as Findlay captured the title with 38 points with Celina second at 58. Celina's Andrew Goodwin dominated the field in taking the race title, finishing in 16:22, 23 seconds ahead of Vandalia-Butler's Doug Norris. Chris Nusbaum was the second Bulldog across to take sixth.
In the big school girls race, the Runnin' Women took third behind Findlay and Jay County. Ashley Figel led Celina by taking fourth place with a time of 22:05. Marissa Gibbons finished eighth.
Area teams swept the top three spots in the Division II-III boys race. St. Henry edged out Coldwater 52-61 to take first place in the team standings with New Knoxville third. St. Marys placed sixth with Parkway 10th and Fort Recovery 11th.
Mike Seas of Coldwater edged St. Henry's Dillan Schulze to capture the race in 16:56. Schulze crossed in 17:05, four seconds ahead of Adam Wierwille of New Knoxville.
Alex Mielke paced St. Marys with an 11th-place finish. Parkway was led by Adam Schlemmer's 23rd-place finish while Ryan Heitkamp of Fort Recovery placed 28th to lead the Indians.
The Coldwater girls dominated the smaller-school high school race, scoring 21 points as the Lady Cavs placed five runners in the top 10. Fort Recovery took third with St. Henry placing sixth and St. Marys seventh. New Knoxville and Parkway did not field scoring teams.
Veronica Bruns and Alyssa Brunswick led a 1-2 finish for the Cavaliers with Bruns finishing in a time of 20:14 with Brunswick three seconds behind. Larissa Kohn was fifth, Leah Brunswick sixth and Jocelyn Staugler seventh.
Marissa Brunswick was the first Fort Recovery runner to cross in taking ninth. Krysta Rinderle led St. Henry with a 20th-place finish. Sarah Wilker led St. Marys with a 27th-place finish.
Mercer County teams head to Coldwater on Tuesday for the Mercer County Invitational.
Bob Schul Invitational
The Minster girls opened their defense of the Division III state title by winning the Bob Schul Division III girls title at Milton-Union, while the boys took second in the Division III race.
Minster outscored runner-up Versailles 38-82 in the girls race. Maria Dahlinghaus was fourth with Jessica Albers fifth for the Wildcats. Versailles' Tammy Berger won the race.
In the boys race, Russia edged Minster 69-84 for the team title. Francis Slonkosky led the Wildcats by placing sixth.
Blue Jay Invitational
The New Bremen boys took the team title while the Cardinal girls finished sixth.
Justin Eilerman won the boys race in a stellar time of 15:49, 45 seconds ahead of Spencerville's Kevin Lenhart. Zach Speckman finished eighth for the Cardinals.
Alexis Niekamp was the first Cardinal girl to cross the line, taking 17th.
Brookville Invitational
Marion Local took home fifth place in the high school girls and eighth place in the high school boys during Saturday's event.
Ashley Dirksen was the first Lady Flyer to cross the finish line, taking 22nd with Brie Jutte taking 24th.
In the boys race, Ben Fortkamp paced the Flyers by taking 22nd.
GIRLS TENNIS
Lima City Invitational
Celina captured the team title at the eight-team event, scoring 22 points. St. Marys took third, a point behind Wapakoneta, which scored 14 to the Roughriders' 13.
The NetDogs captured three titles on the day. Emily Zender captured the B Singles flight, beating St. Marys' Mariah Krugh 6-1, 2-6, 10-8 in the title match.
In the C Singles flight, Brianna Beougher defeated Ottawa-Glandorf's Stacy Kahle 6-4, 7-6 to take the flight title.
In B Doubles, the Manci twins, Audra and Samantha, defeated Bluffton's Trish Bellman and Kristi Geiser 6-1, 6-2 to bring home Celina's third title on the day.
In A Singles, St. Marys' Megan Dominik lost in the title match, falling to LCC's Ashley Swick 1-6, 5-7. Swick beat Celina's Amber Jaeger 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 in the semifinals.
Roughrider Amanda Rupard took the consolation match in C Singles, beating Bluffton's Katie McKraken in an 8-0 pro-set in the consol match.
Celina's A Doubles team of Katie Pyle and Shelby Decker won the consolation final, beating Ottawa-Glandorf's Jenna Schroeder and Mandi Utendork, 8-5.
VOLLEYBALL
Celina wins opener
The Bulldogs opened the volleyball season with a four-game win over Minster on Saturday, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20.
Julie Klosterman had seven aces and 13 kills and Maria Dorsten had a team-high 15 kills to go along with 28 assists and three aces while Cenzie Yoder added nine kills and four blocks.
Erin Dorsten and Kelsey Mastin each had five kills with Dorsten adding five blocks.
Erica Fullenkamp led Minster with 16 kills and 16 assists and Ellen Gruber had 18 assists while Hanna Floyd added seven kills.
Celina travels to St. Henry for its next game on Tuesday.
Flyers sweep Shawnee
The Marion Local volleyball team picked up a 25-12, 25-13 and 25-13 win over Lima Shawnee as the two-time defending state champion Flyers opened their season on Saturday.
Alyssa Winner had 14 kills and 11 digs to lead the Flyers' attack while Ashley Lochtefeld added nine kills and four blocks. Shelby Moeller had 21 assists and Kelly Schlarman, playing in her first game since an ACL injury last September, added six kills.
Coldwater "Spikeoff" Invitational
St. Henry went 3-0 to capture the inaugural event at Coldwater. The host Cavaliers were one of three teams to go 2-1 on the day, with the other two teams being Fort Loramie and New Knoxville.
The Redskins beat Edgerton 25-13 and 25-21 in the first round before beating Ottawa-Glandorf 27-25, 25-10 to advance to the championship match, beating Fort Loramie 27-25, 25-10 to complete the sweep.
Coldwater opened with a 25-14, 25-18 win over Wayne Trace, but lost 25-19, 12-25, 16-25 to Fort Loramie in the second round. The Cavaliers responded by beating O-G 16-25, 28-26, 25-21 in the third round.
New Knoxville lost its opening match to O-G 16-25, 14-25 before rebounding to take its final two matches 25-22, 25-15 over Edgerton and 25-22, 25-19 over Wayne Trace.
GIRLS SOCCER
Celina 2, Oregon Clay 2
The Bulldogs got two goals from Emily Pottkotter to prevent the loss and put Celina at 0-1-1 on the season.
Pottkotter's first-half goal came on an assist from Austa Obringer, while Tracy Donovan got the assist on the second goal.
Celina opens Western Buckeye League play on Tuesday at Defiance.
Van Buren 3, Coldwater 1
The Cavaliers opened play in soccer for the first time, falling to the Black Knights.
Carly Schlater became the first Cavalier to score a goal, preventing the shutout.
The Black Knights outshot the Cavaliers 23-7. Krista Wellman made 11 saves for the Cavaliers.
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