Crestview track and field news
SPENCERVILLE — The Crestview High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams competed in the Northwest Conference Meet, with the boys finishing seventh and the girls 10th. The official meet results can be found at www.baumspage.com. Both teams resume competition on Thursday, May 23, and Saturday, May 25, at the Division III District Track and Field Meet held at Spencerville High School.
Top finishers for the Lady Knights are as follows:
Discus – Bekka Tracy, fourth, 105 feet, 1 inch
800-meter run – Claire Zaleski, fourth, 2:31.23
Pole vault – Jamie Moore, sixth, 8 feet even
Shotput – Tracy, seventh, 29 feet, 9 inches
Top finishers for the Knight boys are as follows:
1600-meter run – Mycah Grandstaff, third, 4:35.84
4×100-meter relay – Crestview (Kline, Zaleski, Jellison, Oliver), third, 45.29 seconds
400-meter dash – Isaiah Kline, third, 51.86 seconds
800-meter run – Branden Clayton, third, 2:03.41
3200-meter run – Grandstaff, third, 10:10.10
Long jump – Malcolm Oliver, fourth, 18 feet, 6.25 inches
4×800-meter relay – Crestview (Ripley, Gibson, Grandstaff, Clayton), fourth, 8:43.24
4×200-meter relay – Crestview (Kline, Zaleski, Oliver, Jellison), fifth, 1:33.69
2000-meter dash – Zack Jellison, seventh, 24.04 seconds
4×400-meter relay – Crestview (Clayton, Ripley, Hansard, Kline), seventh, 3:40.77
Pole vault – Copsey Bogle, eighth, 10 feet, 6 inches
400-meter dash – Michael Hansard, eighth, 54.96 seconds
200-meter dash – Preston Zaleski, eighth, 24.54 seconds
VWHS girls’ basketball news
The Van Wert High School girls’ basketball program will be holding its annual Lady Cougar Youth Camp June 24-27 at Van Wert High School. Sessions will run from 1-4 p.m. each day. Van Wert coaches will provide instruction, with Lady Cougar players also assisting.
The Lady Cougar Youth Camp is for girls from all area schools who are entering grades 4-8 during the 2013-2014 school year. The camp emphasizes instruction on basketball fundamentals, while there will also be daily skills competitions and team play.
Cost of the four-day camp is $45, with any additional family members just $25. The camp cost includes a t-shirt and additional camp gift for each girl. Team and individual awards will also be presented, based on the results of the daily competitions.
Lincolnview track and field news
SPENCERVILLE — The Lincolnview varsity track teams competed in the NWC meet this past Thursday and Saturday held at Spencerville.
The Lancers came away from the meet with four NWC champions: the boys’ 4×800-meter relay (Kade Carey, Jeff Jacomet, Ben Bilimek, Bayley Tow) placed first in a time of 8:23; the girls’ 4×100-meter relay (Taylor Miller, Sarah Harris, Kaylee Thatcher, Haley McAbee) placed first in a time of 52.7. McAbee won the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 4¾ inches; and Tow placed first in the 3200-meter run with a near track record and school record time of 10:02.
“Both teams had a great day; they really competed with a lot of fight and because of how they approached the meet, we saw a lot of career bests,” said Lincolnview Coach Matt Langdon. “This group has been great all season and they really are passionate about doing well.
“It is fun to coach a group of kids with that kind of attitude and I was happy to see all the smiles as good things kept happening,” Langdon added. “We hope that this will give us momentum as we head into tournament and try to qualify kids to the regional and state meets.”
Other finishers for the Lancers:
NWC runners-up included Tow in the 1600-meter run and Thatcher in the 100-meter hurdles. Anna Gorman placed third in the 1600 and Hunter Blankemeyer was third in the high jump. McAbee was fourth in the 100-meter dash, Hannah McCleery placed fourth in the high jump, and Carey was fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Evan Williams placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, Jacomet was fifth in the mile. Blankemeyer placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, Ashton Bowersock was sixth in the 800, Jacomet placed sixth in the 3200-meter run. Also, Doug Hicks was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, Damon Norton placed seventh in the long jump, Ben Bilimek was in the 800-meter run, Thatcher was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, Carey placed seventh in the high jump, Brittany O’Daffer was eighth in the discus and Blankemeyer eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Lincolnview softball news
MINSTER — The Lincolnview softball team came out on the wrong side of a 3-1 score, while the Lady Lancer junior varsity team lost 18-7 in non-conference games against the Minster Lady Wildcats on Saturday.
In the varsity game, the Lancers’ lone run came following a triple to center off the bat of freshman Autumn Proctor. Lincolnview senior Kaitlyn Brant then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Proctor and give the Lancers a 1-0 lead that held up for three innings, thanks to the efforts of pitcher Ashley McClure and the Lincolnview defense.
That ended in the bottom of the third when the Wildcats tied it up on a wild pitch and Minster scored two more runs in the fourth on two uncharacteristic Lincolnview fielding errors. All three runs were unearned.
When McClure had to be taken out of the game following the fourth for tightness in her back, senior Courtney Gorman took over and pitched two innings in relief, shutting down the potent Wildcat offense the rest of the way.
Minster hurler Kayla Richards limited the Lancer offense to just one earned run on three hits. Richards is now 18-4 on the year, while McClure, who took the loss for Lincolnview, drops to 16-4, while the Lancers as a team are 17-4 in varsity contests on the season.
Lincolnview will next play Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m. against the Continental Lady Pirates in a Division IV district tournament contest at Elida.
Jim and Teresa Robideau (above left), in memory of Jim and Gladie Robideau, present Rose Ann Cox with a check for $10,000 in support of the Van Wert County Foundation Tennis Complex. Below, Griffin and Eric McCracken (right), representing Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service, present Rose Ann Cox with a check for $3,000 in support of the Van Wert County Foundation Tennis Complex. (photos submitted)
YMCA of Van Wert County news
Registration for the upcoming summer swim session at the YMCA of Van Wert County will begin May 20 through June 1. This will be a three-week program, with Tuesday sessions on June 11, 18 and 25. Registration fees for this session are $10 for family members, $15 for youth members and $25 for potential members.
“The Y provides the most up-to-date American Red Cross approved swimming and water safety program,” stated YMCA Aquatic Director Martha Martin. “It keeps a fun atmosphere, while combining the best in swim instruction with an even stronger emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety — ideal for anyone wanting to enjoy the water safely, regardless of age or skill level.”
All YMCA classes are taught by Red Cross-certified Instructors with over 120 years of combined aquatic instruction experience.
Throughout each week, the Y also has open, lap and family swim times available. More information about this can also be found on the website or by calling the Y at the above number. The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way of Van Wert County.
Van Wert High School football standout Caleb Lloyd signs his letter of intent to play football at Trine University in Angola, Ind. Looking on are his parents, Eric and Amber Lloyd (seated), younger brother, Elliott (standing right), and VWHS Head Football Coach Keith Recker. Caleb said he plans to major in pre-medecine at Trine and play running back for Trine’s successful Thunder grid team. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)
Division IV sectional softball tourney news
Crestview ace Terra Crowle pitched a five-hitter and gave up only one run in Tuesday’s Division IV sectional softball championship at Lincolnview, but the Lancers’ Ashley McClure (14-3) went one better, allowing no runs on a three-hit masterpiece that provided the Lancers (16-3) with a 1-0 win over the defending state champion Lady Knights (13-9).
Lincolnview got the only run it needed in the top of the fifth when Julie Doner smacked a Crowle changeup into center field for a single and pinch runner Courtney Gorman scored from second base.
The Lady Lancers will now play the winner of a sectional championship game between Columbus Grove and Continental in a Division IV district semifinals game at Elida on Wednesday, May 22, starting at 5 p.m.
VWHS football news
The Van Wert Cougar football team will be hosting a youth football camp for all boys entering grades 1-8 next fall on July 29-31. The camp will run from 9-11:30 a.m. at the high school football practice fields.
The camp will consist of offensive, defensive, and special teams instruction, as well as tug-of-war, punt, pass and kick competitions, “combine testing”, and Air Force football.
Forms have been sent home with students and can also be picked up at the high school office. For more information, contact Head Coach Keith Recker at 419.302.3661.
Middle Point Ballpark held its opening day this past Saturday. In addition to ballgames, pictures, and player announcements, every player was awarded a participation raffle prize. The grand prize awarded was an Aroldis Chapman autographed baseball, which was donated by WERT/WKSD Radio. Shown are (from the left) Middle Point Ballpark President Jeremy Ebel with prize winner Creed Jesse and his father, Dave. Other prizes included a Jay Bruce ball donated by Middle Point Ballpark and won by Jonathan Overholt, a 31 softball bag donated by Amber Davis and won by Kendall Bollenbacher, and Cincinnati Reds tickets donated by the Reds and won by Aaron Cavinder. (photo submitted)