NR’s Williams wins MAL honor

New Riegel just won a piece of the Midland Athletic League after a 73-61 win at state-ranked Old Fort Friday.

The Blue Jackets were in a celebratory mood Friday night.

Now, one of its players has something else to celebrate.

After a 21-point effort Friday, Korey Williams was named the MAL Boys Basketball Player of the Week.

Williams, a 5-foot-11 senior, finished the regular season averaging 12.3 points and 2.5 assists and two steals a game. He’s also hit 41 3-pointers on the season, shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.

New Riegel finished the regular season 19-3.

2 TU wrestlers qualify for nationals

ASHLAND Sophomores Jake Cramer and Kevin Christman placed fourth as the Tiffin University wrestling team closed out the NCAA Super Regional No. 2 Sunday. The finishes qualify the two for the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Dragons, who are ranked 26th in Division II, placed seventh with 41.5 points.

At 285-lbs, Christman grinded out a 5-2 win over Lake Erie’s Almonte Patrick to secure a spot in the third-fourth-place match and his first trip to nationals. At 197-lbs. Cramer beat Bryson Hall of Ashland, 9-4 to return to nationals for the second time.

Longino-Thomas named track freshman of meet at GLIAC meet

ALLENDALE, Mich. Kayla Ellks, Ishan Garrett and Candace Longino-Thomas all won events as the Tiffin University men’s and women’s track and field team competed at the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday. Tiffin had 23 top-10 finishes, 18 additions to the school record books and nine NCAA provisional qualifiers.

For the women, Grand Valley State scored 229 1/2 points to claim the title. Ashland edged Tiffin 89 1/2 to 80 for second place.

Longino-Thomas was named the track freshman of the meet. She won the 400 with a time of 55.49 and was second in the 200 at 24.84. Both times hit the NCAA provisional standard and broke the school record.

Ellks went 38 feet-11 3/4 inches to win the triple jump. It was a provisional mark and was second longest in TU history.

For the men, Grand Valley State scored 191 1/2 to beat Ashland by 76 points. Tiffin edged Findlay and Hillsdale to finish third. Garrett ran 21.78 to win the 200. He hit the NCAA provisional standard and had the second-fastest time in school history. Garrett also hit the standard running 47.79 to place second in the 400. That ranks among the top 10 in the country and broke the TU record of 47.96 set in 2010 by Justin Ware. The 1,600 relay team of Reginald Mortel, James Schager, Macerio Clark and Garrett were fourth at 3:16.41. That is provisional time and third-fastest in school history.