Local Roundup

Upper Sandusky’s Taylor Graboski and Buckeye Central’s Brooke Karl were named to the all-North Central Conference first team Friday in basketball.

Graboski put up 388 points over 22 games for the Rams this season averaging 17.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.

Karl led the Bucks with 257 points and averaged 11.7 points per game. She also led the league in assists with 94.

Upper Sandusky’s Kalene Johnson and Buckeye Central’s Kylee Kimmel gained second-team honors.

Johnson averaged 8.2 points per game and had 144 rebounds for the Rams. Kimmel averaged 10.8 points per game for the Bucks and had 72 assists.

Junior Hailey Hildebrand for Buckeye Central and Upper Sandusky sophomore Emma Smith made honorable mention.

‘Berg batters batter Lumberjacks

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Starter Chris Thomas dominated the first six innings and three other pitchers offered solid relief Friday as Heidelberg dropped Northland.

Oh, and the offense was pretty good, too.

Heidelberg nearly set NCAA and Ohio Athletic Conference records, 18 Student Princes got at least one hit and scored at least one run, and another 14 knocked in at least one run in a 37-2 romp.

“I thought our guys did a good job of staying focused,” Heidelberg coach Matt Palm said after his team improved to 4-2. “Even with the game in hand, our reserves came in and continued to give us good plate appearances.”

Austin Fleming exemplified that.

He ended 2 for 4 with three runs. His first at-bat of the season resulted in an RBI triple in the fifth, and he doubled in a run in the seventh.

His triple was the team’s 12th this year, two more than Heidelberg had all last season, and one of three in the game.

Heidelberg plated four runs in the bottom of the first to take control, then erupted for nine in the third. Another nine runs came in the fifth, by which time Heidelberg’s starting position players had all been replaced.

The Student Princes pounded out 38 hits, one shy of Marietta’s OAC record, and finished with 63 at-bats, three shy of Marietta’s OAC mark of and five short of the NCAA record set by Rose-Hulman.

Joe Staab went 4 for 4 with a double and two runs, Trevor Oldman had a 3-for-4 day with two doubles, two runs and four runs, and reserves T.J. Harkness and Doug Miller each went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs. Harkness added two RBIs and Miller chased in three.

Arneal Squibb tripled in three runs, scored and singled, Eric Monroe scored three times and tripled, Derek Hug went 3 for 3 with three runs, two RBIs and a double, and Christian Verde had a 3 for 4 day with two runs, three RBIs and a double.

Travis Gray added two runs, a double and a single, Alex Grove scored twice and doubled, Evan Long scored three times and chased in three runs with two singles, Cory Jacobs singled twice and scored twice, Derek Hendrixson had two RBIs and two singles, Adam Hershberger singled twice, Ryan Jurgess added two runs, two RBIs and a single, Steven Morse had a single and two RBIs, and Andrew Zenczak singled.

Meanwhile, Thomas fanned six and scattered three hits over six scoreless innings to claim his first decision since the team’s trip to Florida last year.

Jake Smith doubled in a run in the seventh for the Lumberjacks (0-8) and Peter Aerts scored on a fielder’s choice in the eighth.

Relievers Karl Boedecker, Ben Sniezek and Nick Reiter each pitched an inning. Boedecker and Reiter both struck out two.

“I thought Chris and Nick threw well,” Palm said. “Their performances were nice bookends to the game.”

No. 5 Lock Haven drops TU in opener

Fifth-ranked Lock Haven roared out to a 10-2 halftime lead Friday en route to beating Tiffin 18-5 in the season-opening women’s lacrosse game for both teams.

Tori Nelson tied the game at 1 for TU four minutes into play, but the Eagles ripped off the next eight goals to take control.

Jessica Pandolf scored three of her five goals in the first half for Lock Haven.

Hope Thomas, Kelly Hamilton, Jenna Dingler, Rachel Ward and Taylor Klunk each added two goals, and Chelsea Borrino scored once.

Emily Roussel scored three times for the Dragons, and Katelyn Hill had the other goal for TU.

Kallie Weinheimer and Alexis MacMillan both had an assist.

Jessica Bombard took the loss for TU, but set a school record with 24 saves.