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05-08-06 Darland-Ball bring home WBL title


Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry


  Celina brought home one championship from the Western Buckeye League tennis tournament on Saturday at the Collett Street Courts in Lima.

  The second doubles team of Cory Darland and Alex Ball won both their matches on Saturday to bring home the title.

  Darland and Ball beat St. Marys' Greg Hemstetter and Mike Schmitmeyer 6-3 and 6-1 in the semifinals and faced top-seeded Shawnee pair Andrew Weller and Stephen Tucker in the final. Weller and Tucker took the opener 6-2 before Dar-land and Ball rallied back to win the next two sets 6-4 and 6-2 for the title.  The first doubles team of Matt Stetler and Kyle Everman settled for third after losing their semifinal match to Elida's Chris Duval and Phil Kirkendall 4-6, 4-6. The NetDog pair rebounded to win the consolation over Bath's Kam Knight and Jon Benedict 6-7 (4-7), 6-1 and 6-3 to pick up third place.

  Celina first singles player Brad Krick finished fourth, losing to Landon Nueman of Elida in matching 0-6 sets in the semifinals, then falling to Ottawa-Glandorf's Troy Schroeder 2-6, 6-4 and 2-6 in the consolations.

  For St. Marys, Jon Brenneman beat Shaw-nee's Jeremy Kearns in the other first singles semifinal to face Neu-man in the championship, losing 1-6 and 2-6 in the finals. Helmstetter and Schmitmeyer lost the second doubles consolation to Lance Blass and Jeff Maye of Elida 1-6 and 2-6.

  In third singles, Travis Neal lost to Sunny Poturri 1-6, 6-2, and 5-7 in the semifinals and was beaten by Van Wert's Trey Taylor 3-6, 6-7 in the consolation match.

  Celina placed third in the tournament with 14 points. St. Marys was fourth with 10. State-ranked Elida won the tournament title with 34 points, edging out rival Shawnee's 30.

  Celina will take part in sectional play at Ohio Northern on Thursday starting at 9 a.m.


MAC teams get final tuneup for league meet

  With the MAC Track Meet set for Tuesday, teams got one final tuneup on Saturday at the Ada Invitational.

  Versailles captured the girls team title with 125 points. Minster was third with 93 points with Carey's 116 taking second. New Knoxville was fifth with 61 points.

  The Minster boys took first with a team score of 112 1/2 with Versailles second with 101 and New Knoxville seventh with 36.

  Local girls winning on Saturday included Bernadette Burke of Minster in the 3,200, teammate Ashley Meiring in the high jump, Versailles' Mary Prakel taking the 1,600 with teammate Amanda Barlage hitting 11-1 in the pole vault. The Minster 3,200 relay also won with New Knoxville taking the 800 and 1,600 relays to go with Katie Wirwille winning the 400.

  In the boys meet, Versailles (Continued from page 2B)

took the 3,200 and 1,600 relays with Clint Hufford winning the 800, teammate Jordan Rindler taking the 200, and Zach Borchers winning the 300 hurdles. Minster's Michael McVety won the 100 dash. New Knoxville had Dustan Kruse take the high jump.

Celina holds final tuneup

  With the WBL also this week, Celina held a tune-up meet featuring Bellfontaine, Lehman, Lima Senior and Chaminade-Jullienne. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

  Among the highlights for Celina was a new record in the 400-meter girls relay. The group of Jenna Schmitmeyer, Cayla Hellwarth, Eryn Langenkamp and Julie Snyder broke the seven-year old record with a time of 51.22 seconds, bettering the old mark by 0.20 seconds.

  Langenkamp also won the pole vault with a top effort of 9-6. Kelsey Waterman won the 400.

  Erik Chapin missed breaking his personal best of 6-6 1/4 in the high jump while winning the event with a 6-4. Chapin also won the the long jump with a personal best of 20-10. Shawn Caruso also posted a personal best in winning the 800.

  The WBL meet is at Elida this year, starting Wednesday and concluding Friday.


Redskins sweep Cougars

  St. Henry has gone from 0-7 to 10-10, evening its record at .500 with a doubleheader sweep at Van Wert on Saturday.

  In game one, the Redskins won 2-1 with a run scored in the top of the seventh. Karla Buschur scattered four hits over seven innings to get the win, striking out six along the way. Brenda Hemmelgarn doubled and drove in a run for St. Henry. Janel Bruns also brought in a run.

  In the second game, The Redskins won 3-1 to garner the sweep. Amy Uhlenhake and Rachel Schmackers combined for the four-hitter.

  Kylie Elking went 2-for-3 with a double. Sarah Osterholt also doubled.

  The Redskins are at Versailles today before playing Minster in the sectional final at New Bremen on Tuesday.


Game one

St. Henry   100  000  1  --  2  5  0

Van Wert  000  001  0  --  1  4  2

  WP -- Buschur

  LP -- Bolenbaugh

  2B -- SH: Hemmelgarn. VW -- McClellan

Game two

St. Henry  110  000  1  --  3  6  1

Van Wert  001  000  0  --  1  4  0

  WP -- Uhlenhake

  LP -- Scheidt

  Sv -- Schmackers

  2B -- SH: Elking, Osterholt

  Records: St. Henry 10-10.

Cardinals sweep Yellow Jackets

  New Bremen presented coach Craig Griesdorn a milestone win in a sweep of Sidney on Saturday at New Bremen.

  In the opener, the Cardinals scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Jackets 10-9. Maria Staton, who threw three innings of relief, got the game-winning hit and the win. Staton had three hits and three RBI. Sara Rutschilling, who started the game, had three hits and three runs scored.

  In the wrapup, the Cardinals won 6-1 to give Griesdorn his 100th career win as coach.

  Staton scattered four hits to get the win. Joanna Zwiep had three hits for the Cardinals.

  New Bremen is at Coldwater today in a key MAC matchup.


Game one

Sidney  202  400  01  --  9  12  1

New Bremen  013  400  02  --  10  15  4

  WP -- Staton

  LP -- Roby

  2B -- S: Green. NB: Rohr

  3B -- S: Burns, Rickert

Game two

Sidney  000  100  0  --  1  4  1

New Bremen  110  220  X  --  6  13  1

  WP -- Staton

  LP -- Trabue

  2B -- NB: Staton

  3B -- S: Burns

  Records: New Bremen 15-5.

Roughriders sweep Tigers

  St. Marys took a doubleheader from Versailles at K.C. Geiger Park in St. Marys on Saturday.

  In the opener, Rachel Ginter scattered eight hits in getting an 8-3 win over the Tigers. The Roughriders trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth before plating four runs in the inning and adding two more in the fifth for good measure. Liz Barton, Erica Nagel and Ginter each had two hits.

  In the wrapup, Kayla Thornsberry fired a three-hitter as St. Marys shutout Versailles 3-0. Thornsberry stuck out seven and walked none in the win.

  Danielle Stucke took the loss for Versailles despite scattering three hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Game one

Versailles  111  000  0  --  3  8  5

St. Marys  110  420  X  --  8  10  1

  WP -- Ginter

  LP -- C. Mayer

  2B -- V: Bohman. SM: Smith, Barton

Game two

Versailles  000  000  0  --  0  3  1

St. Marys  010  011  X  --  3  3  0

  WP -- Thornsberry

  LP -- Stucke

  2B -- V: Worch. SM: Platt Ginter

  Records: Versailles 11-9, St. Marys 11-7.    



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