Sarka just misses district berth

Columbian golfer shoots 94 at sectionals, 1 stroke off qualifying

PHOTO BY JlLL GOSCHE Columbian's Ava Sarka hits the ball during the sectional golf tournament at Sycamore Springs Golf Course Wednesday.

ARLINGTON — Ava Sarka put up twin 47s at Sycamore Springs Wednesday at the Division I sectional golf tournament. It was almost enough to move on to districts.

In finishing with a team-best 94, the Columbian golfer placed 14th in the individual scores, helping the Tornadoes to a seventh-place finish.

The top three teams and top three finishers not on teams moved on to next week’s districts. The final individual qualifier was Norwalk’s Bethany Cring, who finished 13th with a 93 — one stroke better than Sarka.

Columbian — which got a 110 from Meredith Obringer and a 111 from Taylor Losey — scored a 429, five shots behind sixth-place Wapakoneta.

TC’s Olivia Olinger had a 114 and Kate Burkes shot a 125.

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Following through Columbian's Taylor Losey tees off during the sectional golf tournament at Sycamore Springs Golf Course Wednesday.

Ashland shot a 343 for the sectional title, while Findlay (355) and Lexington (357) also moved on.

Shawnee’s Raegan Wheeler (90) and Morgan Altenbach (92) also made it as individual qualifiers.

Senecas sweep St. Mary

SANDUSKY — Calvert only gave up six games in a 5-0 sweep against Sandusky St. Mary on Wednesday.

The Senecas’ Marie Brodman took a pair of 6-0 wins over Marina Dix in first singles action while Maria Goshe swept Sarah Bias 6-0, 6-0 in the third slot. Second singles player Devyn Warnement took a 6-0, 6-1 win over Faith Lamb.

Elayna Kapelka and Bria Coleman teamed up in the first doubles spot to beat the Panthers’ duo of Maranda Braden and Mary Kommer 6-0, 6-1. The closest match of the day came with the second Calvert duo of Maria Welter and Emma Prince beating Bailey Cole and Allison Batterton 6-3, 6-1.

The Senecas move on to sectionals in Clyde today starting at 9 a.m.

Chieftains big rally falls short at Leipsic

LEIPSIC — Leipsic took a pair of wins in the first two sets before Hopewell-Loudon took a pair of close wins in the third and fourth, but it was the Vikings that stopped the Chieftain rally with a win in the fifth set.

The Vikings took wins of 25-13 and 25-23 in the first two sets with the Chieftains taking wins of 25-20 and 31-29 in the next pair of sets.

The Vikings took the team win with a 15-6 win in the final set.

Jacque Burns led the Chieftain offense with 19 kills while Jessie Kreais added 11 kills followed by Kenadee Siebenaller (7) and Peyton Hoover (5). Hailey Coppus dished out 35 assists in the loss.

Hoover led defensively with 24 digs while Alec Falter added 12 and Chelsey Depinet chipped in 11. Seibenaller recorded eight blocks followed by Kreais (4) and Burns (3).

Dragons suffer first loss

The Tiffin women’s tennis team dropped its first match of the season with a 6-3 loss to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Wayne State on Wednesday.

The Dragons fall to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play while the Warriors improve to 4-0, 4-0.

Singles action saw a pair of close, three-set games that could have gone either way.

In the No. 2 slot, TU’s Abbie-Jade Riley took a 6-3 win in the first set. Wayne State’s Dasha Kuznetsova was able to outlast Riley in the final two sets coming away with a pair of 7-5 victories. Lauren Prince took a close first set 7-5 before falling to the Warriors’ No. 4 player, Liz Ghellere 6-0, 6-3 in the final two sets.

The Dragons picked up a pair of wins in the third and sixth singles spots. Anais Geslin made her sixth singles match look easy with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Stephanie Stamate. In the third slot, the Dragons’ Emily Sim picked up a pair of 6-3 wins to beat Khadija Da-Silva.

The other win came with the third doubles duo of Prince and Riley. After falling to a 7-3 deficit, the Dragon duo was able to battle back and pull out a 9-7 win over Linda Liong and Irena van Meer.

Wayne State took an Andreea Mitrache 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 1 Adel Musina while No. 5 Liong beat Milah Ryland 6-1, 6-2. The first team of Musina and Sim, along with the second team of Juliette Sirgant and Geslin each fell 8-3 to their Wayne State counterparts.

Late goals propel Dragons to win

Three goals in a span of eight minutes late in the second half gave the Tiffin men’s soccer team a 4-1 win over GLIAC foe Ashland on Wednesday.

Tiffin (5-3-2, 4-1-1) opened the scoring quickly with a Matthew Tait goal in the seventh minute. Travis Simat found Tait open on a cross as he headed it the ball to the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Both teams struggled to take the advantage in the second half before the Dragons opened to flood gates at the 75:17 mark.

Abdoul Magid Sy broke the tie with a goal off a cross from Limamu Mohammed for a 2-1 lead. At the 79:48 mark, Dylan O’Kane made a long pass to Alexander Wagener who fired the 3-1 insurance goal. Enoch Duval took a short pass from Marc Albert Feliu inside the box and shot the final goal with 82:55 on the clock.

Ashland (4-6, 0-6) knotted up the game with just under five minutes left in the first half with a Jordan Dees goal going into the half.

Cary Wilson earned the win in goal while collecting four saves.

Tiffin held an 18-8 advantage in shots taken while Ashland took a slim 5-3 lead in corner kicks.

JCU ends Berg’s win streak

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — After recording four straight shutouts, with three of those being HU wins, the Heidelberg women’s soccer team fell to John Carroll on Wednesday 2-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Both of John Carroll’s (5-3-2, 1-0-1) goals came midway through the first half off the foot of Bailey Fischer. The first came in the 25th minute on an unassisted goal. The second came with a Jaclyn Audino pass in the box about 11 minutes later.

JCU fired 22 shots in the game to Heidelberg’s (7-4-1, 1-1-0) four. The Blue Streaks also held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Alexandra Farmer made eight saves in the loss while Rhianna Guarnera made three in the shutout win.