Columbian’s Hill places 11th at district

BOWLING GREEN — Columbian diver Myrick Hill had one of the best days of his career Wednesday at the Division II district diving meet in Bowling Green.

Hill finished with a personal best score of 315.65, good enough for 11th.

Unfortunately for the senior, only the top nine finishers advanced to state next week. Hill qualified for state as junior.

“He had a personal record; he was proud of himself throughout the entire meet, and that’s all I could ever ask for as a coach,” Columbian diving coach Morgan Dunleavy said.

At districts, divers make 11 dives, and the total score from the dive, multiplied by the degree of difficulty, added with the other scores, creates the final number.

Hill’s teammate, Andrew Collins, finished 27th with an 89.6.

“Andrew’s (dives) were great,” Dunleavy said. “It was the last one that he just threw a little too hard, and he smacked (the water) a little bit, but he came out like a champ.”

Dunleavy said that after his last dive, Collins was talked to by officials and other divers alive, impressed with the way he handled it.

On the girls side, Columbian’s Savana Simcoe finished in 23rd place, with an overall score of 126.3. Her teammate, senior Sierra Steinmetz, finished in 38th place with a score of 104.8.

“(Sierra) pushed through, she had a positive attitude,” Dunleavy said. “I know she was sad at the end, because that was her last time diving. But she was also proud of herself. I have literally never seen her dive the way that she did.”

Dunleavy said Simcoe did well, but is already setting goals for next winter.

“She did everything I needed her to,” Dunleavy said. “She’s already getting ready for next season.”

Baker games push TC girls to win

FOSTORIA– The Columbian girls were in a close match with Clyde going into the Baker games Wednesday, but won those 668-615 to upend the Fliers, 1,974-1,899 at Seneca Lanes.

For the Tornadoes, Jenna Bonnell rolled a team-best 303 series, while Danielle Rosenbauer had a 291. Ainsley Sherman rolled a 285, while Emily Sikora (227) and Nora Smith (92) rounded out the scoring for TC.

For Clyde, Halle Elder had a 288 series, two pins better than teammate Yeeun Park. Sam Adams registered a 261, while Emma Beebe had a 237 series and Jadyn Harvey rolled a 212.

The Tornadoes improved to 2-10, 2-8 in the SBC. Sikora and Sherman were honored before the match for senior day.

TC boys take care of Clyde

FOSTORIA — Maybe the Tornado boys weren’t at their best Wednesday against Clyde, but they were good enough to knock off the Fliers, 2,377-1,999.

On a day when the Tornadoes honored seniors Cameron Koerper, Owen Thomsic and Tommy Peer, the team’s best score of the day went to Michael Ross, who had a 369 series. Zavier Sherman aided the Columbian cause with a 357, while Koerper (252), Thomsic (282) and Peer (313) helped secure the win, which moved TC to 6-6, 5-6 in the SBC.

“Tonight, the boys were not on their ‘A’ game, but they rolled with the punches and found a gritty way to win,”Columbian coach Kory Walton said.

The Tornadoes also dominated the Baker games, taking them 804-674.

For the Fliers, Ridley Sabo had a team-best 268 series.