Dragons win 14 total event titles at Alumni Open
The Tiffin men and women’s indoor track and field squads opened their seasons Saturday with the Tiffin Alumni Open, while both Heidelberg teams also started their seasons.
The men’s side had eight event winners while five athletes hit NCAA provisional marks along with an NCAA national best throw, while the women added six event champions.
Eric Jackson tossed the nation’s best shot put to hit an automatic qualifying mark. His toss went 18.04 meters to beat teammate Kyle Stump. Stump’s shot put (16.40 meters) was good enough for second.
Kevin Roberts hit a pair of provisional marks. He won the long jump with a leap of 23-4 1/2 feet and the triple jump of 48-5 1/4. Cameron Burrows hit a provisional mark in the high jump clearing 6-10 1/4 feet. Erikk Snell crossed the line in 8.11 seconds to win the 60 meter hurdles and earn a provisional mark.
Other winners included Stephen Korir in the mile (4:32.79), Chance Abbitt in the 500 (1:06.89), Ethan Brakefield in the 600 (1:29.71) and Dylan Cornwell in the pole vault. Cornwell cleared 15-11 3/4 to tie with his team’s assistant coach and Tiffin alum Keith Reiter, who competed as an unattached entrant.
Emma Gielink won the women’s 60 meter hurdles in 9.07 followed by teammate Alexis Cloud (9.30). Madison Doss added a win in the 600 crossing in 1:53.47, while teammate Tierra Cotten trailed in second place by almost 10 seconds (2:02.92).
Brittany Holbrook took the crown in the 200 crossing in 26.61. Winny Chirchir added a 3,000 meter title after finishing in 11:28.57, while Dalaney Rogala won the high jump clearing 5-3 3/4. Miaisha Blair leaped 36-10 1/2 to win the triple jump, while Gielink claimed second and Shadaylah Nelson was third in the event.
For the Heidelberg men, Dan Stoll was the highest placer with a second place finish in the 300. Stoll crossed the line in 35.94 seconds. Thirds were added by James Ervin III in the 60 (7.16), Jerrod Lyon in the 500 (1:07.98) and Wes Fritz in the high jump (6-4 1/4).
Sarah Hunter was Heidelberg’s women’s highest finisher. Hunter was runner up in the 500 crossing in 1:19.69. Her finish was .2 seconds off of Division II runner Cassidy Newburg.
Kelsey Grove took third in the 400 (1:03.51), while teammate Erica Campbell took fourth (1:04.22). Other thirds included Mckenzie Biniker in the 300 (43.04) and the 4×400 relay team. Biniker, Campbell and Hunter were on the team with Allison Schwarbek and finished in 4:11.67.
Cardinals top ‘Berg
WESTERVILLE — Heidelberg’s Brittanie Ulmer scored a game-high 23 points, but the Student Princes fell to Otterbein Saturday, 95-85.
Madelyn Crawford put up 13 points for the ‘Berg — shooting 7 of 7 from the free throw line — while grabbing 12 boards. Alyssa Riley followed with 11 points while going 6 of 6 from the line.
Seneca East graduate Megan Siesel scored 10 points for Heidelberg. Leah Bouillon of New Riegel finished with seven points.
Kiersten Taylor led Otterbein with 21 points, followed by Ali Cartnal with 20, Dani Kissel’s 18 and Abbie Scholz (13). Scholz also snatched 11 rebounds.
Schirmer-led Dragons upend Lakers
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Tiffin was powered by the play of Ali Schirmer as it beat Lake Superior State Saturday, 76-66.
Schirmer shot 7 of 15 from the field and was a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line on her way to a game-high 24 points while grabbing six rebounds. Cynthia Concepcion backed Schirmer’s performance with 12 points, going 8 of 8 from the line.
Aida Santana Martin added nine points, followed by Madison Jackson and Kiley May each with seven. Jensen Hiegel had a team-high eight rebounds.
Claire Radtke led the Lakers with 20 points.
Errors plague Dragons in loss
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Lake Superior State took a 14-point lead going into the half and stayed out of foul trouble in its 80-67 win over Tiffin Saturday.
The Lakers made four more threes and a pair of free throws more than the Dragons in the first half. “They did a nice job moving the ball,” said Tiffin coach Jerry Buccilla. “We lost the location of the 3-point shooters a few times. They knocked down the shots.
“We also had some unforced errors if you will. A couple turnovers on fast breaks, which could have kept us in the game in the first half as well as we missed some free throws, including two front ends of one-and-ones.”
The Dragons shot 3 of 7 in the first half from the free throw line. Two of those were front ends.
Buccilla said his team stayed between nine and 13 points behind the Lakers.
“We just couldn’t get the stop,” he said. “We couldn’t get anything going to break into their lead or cut down their lead. We beat them in the second half by one (36-35), but we couldn’t get anything on a roll to break into the lead.
“They did a hell of a job in a game plan against Austin Adams. They made it extremely difficult on him. They doubled him anytime he touched the ball,” Buccilla said.
Adams only managed to score eight points and grabbed three rebounds.
“They just had a body on him all the time. Made it tough on him,” he said.
Alex Brown led the Dragons with a double-double scoring 19 points and snatching 11 boards. Luke Rightnowar provided a spark from the bench with all 12 of his points coming from beyond the arc. Rightnowar shot 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Justin Miller added 11 points, while Shane Waldon tossed in 10.
Moxley ignites ‘Berg’s offense
Chris Moxley led Heidelberg offensively in its conference opener against Otterbein Saturday.
The senior led the Student Princes with 25 points and dished out four assists to spark the Heidelberg offense to beat the Cardinals 99-85 in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener.
Moxley was backed by fellow senior Kiere Bennie, who tossed up 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Myron Prewitt had a double-double for the Princes scoring 13 points, while getting 11 boards.
Alex Arellano came off the bench to score 11 points.
The Student Princes shot over 60 percent from the field as a team, while the Cards managed to shoot just under 48 percent.
Dragons take the crown, ‘Berg claims sixth at ONU invite
ADA — Tiffin’s wrestling squad had 10 placers over seven weight classes to win the Ohio Northern Invitational, while Heidelberg was highlighted by a pair of placers to claim sixth.
Richard Screptock was the lone champion for the Dragons winning the 165 class. The sophomore posted an 18-0 tech fall win on his Alma opponent before taking a 7-3 decision over his ONU counterpart. Teammate Zachary Bierfeldt had to take a medical forfeit which gave Screptock the title.
Bierfeldt placed second in the event. He squeezed out a 9-8 win against Olivet and took a 16-6 decision over Trine. His third bout ended in 21 seconds after Bierfeldt pinned his Alma opponent.
Collin Adkins added a second at 141 pounds. He posted a 12-3 win against Adrian and pinned his ONU counterpart in 5:46. Adkins added another big win (12-2) before being pinned in the final match in 2:45 by Alma.
TU’s 184-pounder Hayden Bronne finished his day as a runner-up. He posted three-straight pins against Mount St. Joseph (42 seconds), ONU (2:47) and Heidelberg’s Patrick Brown (1:32). Bronne fell in the final match 9-4.
Tiffin’s heavyweight (285) Chase Cater added a second. Carter managed to sneak in a 2-1 win over Alma before pinning Heidelberg’s Christian Climer in 1:03. The 285-pounder took two more close wins over ONU (3-2) and Washington & Lee (6-4) before being pinned by another ONU opponent in the title match (4:33).
Tiffin had three third place-finishers in Rico Puente (133), Beau Minnick (157) and Chase Boyd (174). Giuseppe Penzone finished fourth at 133, while Caleb Fry (285) finished fifth.
Heidelberg’s Hayden Bates claimed second in the 149 pound weight class, while Tyler Hammack (197) finished third.
Bates pinned his first Olivet opponent in 1:28 before taking a 16-2 major decision over Adrian and a 13-2 major over his second Olivet counterpart. The 149-pounder fell 5-3 in the final match to Jaedin Sklapsky of Campbellsville University.
Heidelberg’s 197-pounder pinned his Campbellsville opponent in 6:18 before taking a 17-0 tech fall win Otterbein. Hammack was pinned (1:58) in his third match by Taylor McPhail from Alma.
Mason Brainard (125) added a fourth place finish after going 3-2 on the day. Slade Todd (141) also went 3-2 to take fifth, while Chase Morrison (197) also took fifth going 4-2 on the day.