By From staff reports
With all three earning byes directly into the quarterfinals, it only took one match each for the three to make it to the semifinals on Saturday. First singles player Kelsey Cook defeated Defiance's Amanda Holtsberry 6-1 and 6-3 to advance to Saturday's semifinals in the WBL tournament where she'll face Ottawa-Glandorf's Mollee Carpenter.
Second singles player Amanda Starnes lost the first set to O-G's Lisa Wischmeyer 4-6 before winning the second set 7-6 thanks to a 7-4 tiebreaker. Starnes won the third set 6-2 to make it to Saturday, where she will face Rachel Webb of Elida.
Amy Zender won her third singles match 6-1 and 6-0 over Elida's Joelle Albanese and will face Kaylin Sheeter of Bath in the semis.
Both doubles teams lost on Thursday. The first doubles team of Kelly Rutschilling and Lindsay Miller lost 3-6 and 2-6 to Defiance's Khalilah Breathett and Margret Barber. Erynn Piper and Kelly Casad lost to Bath's Jennifer Bowman and Amy Miller 6-4, 5-7 and 4-6 in its quarterfinal match of the day.
St. Marys will have one team in the semifinals on Saturday as the second doubles team of Dana Wilker and Alyshia Moore advanced to the semifinals with a 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 win. The WBL tennis continues Saturday morning with semifinal matches followed by consolation and championship matches.
Redskins, Wildcats moving on
The MAC will have two teams representing the Grand Lake area at the Division III district golf tournament in Bowling Green next week as both St. Henry and Minster qualified for the team competition at the sectional tournament at Hawthorne Hills in Lima.
St. Henry finished second with a round of 314 thanks to a 76 from Matt Dippold and a 78 from Kyle Uhelenhake. Minster took the third and final team spot with a 319. Matt Purpus shot a 74 with Max Phlipot carding a 79.
Lima Central Catholic, the two-time defending state champs, won the sectional title with a staggering round of 299. Eric Agustust of LCC was the low score of the tournament with a 70.
New Bremen placed fifth with a 329 and Parkway was seventh at 339. Other area teams at the sectional were Marion Local (eighth, 352), Fort Recovery (10th, 366) and New Knoxville (13, 415).
Parkway and New Bremen will send golfers on to district Thursday. Parkway's Trevor Krogman earned one of four individual spots with a 76 while Josh Richardson took the final spot with an 81.
The district tournament will be held at Forrest Creason in Bowling Green.
Cavaliers sixth, Riethman advances
Coldwater place sixth at the Division II sectional at Country Acres in Ottawa, shooting a team score of 333.
Kurt Riethman will move on to represent the Cavaliers after posting the lowest individual, not on an advancing team, score of 75.
Van Wert won the team title with a round of 317. Bath was second with Elida third. Elida's Ryan Stocke earned his third straight sectional medalist title with a 71.
Districts will be held Thursday at Sycamore Springs in Arlington.
Panthers third, Bulldogs fourth at Wayne Trace
Area girls teams got a last-chance tuneup before sectional play next Tuesday at the Wayne Trace Invitational at Pleasant Valley in Payne on Thursday.
Parkway placed third at the sectional with a 203 while Celina was fourth with a 214.
Erin Winings of Parkway won medalist honors with a round of 40. Teammate Amanda Kiracofe shot a 54 with Brittany Shaffer carding a 57.
Celina was paced by Emily Stolly's 50 and Lisa Budde's 52.
Sectional will take place on Tuesday at Country Acres in Ottawa.
Minster unbeaten in dual-tri-quad season
Minster went to 16-0 in the regular non-invitational season with 192-195 win over Fort Loramie at Arrowhead.
Michelle Borchers shot a 44 to lead Minster. Alyson Ahrns carded a 49 with Pam Wagner finishing with a 48.
Cavs fall to Raiders
Coldwater lost 218-225 to Russia on Thursday.
Betsy Borchers of Russia was medalist with a 50.
Jess Welsch led Coldwater with a 51 and Kristen Lefeld carded a 53.
Indians down Blue Jays
Fort Recovery improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the MAC with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-12 win over St. John's at Arnzen Gymnasium on Thursday.
Jennalee Post had the big all-around night for the Indians, dishing out 27 assists, making 10 blocks and recording six aces on the match. Tiff Gaerke had 17 kills and 13 blocks.
Wildcats down Cardinals
Minster stayed a game back in the MAC standings with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 win over New Bremen.
Danae Spieles had 12 kills, 16 digs and one ace to lead Minster while Laura Morsey added 26 assists and nine digs. Laura Gruber also contributed eight kills, 14 digs and six solo blocks to go along with five aces.
Liz Schnelle had eight kills for New Bremen and Sarah Schmiesing had six blocks and Kelly Steineman had 11 digs.