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Norwalk boys win title at Vermilion Invite

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 2, 2017 at 1:58 AM

VERMILION — Saturday’s Gold race went to the Norwalk cross country team, which placed six total runners in the top 15 spots to finish with 39 points at the Vermilion Invitational. Akron Copley was a distant second with 62.

For the Truckers, Julian Go (17:04.17) was third overall, followed by Robert Vasquez (17:05.71) in fourth, Christopher Mohr sixth (17:13.79), Mitchell Sommers 12th (17:37.92) , Owen Lottman 14th (17:48.01) and Cobey Kromer 15th (17:52.46).

"I cannot say enough about this team,” Norwalk coach Drew Karnum said. “We have never competed at this invite, and they came in with no fear. These boys are competitors, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the weeks to come as the season comes to an end."

In the girls Gold race, Norwalk placed sixth with 126 points. Elyse Coe ran 20:50.13 to finish seventh for the Truckers. Bethany Cring was 15th (21:31.59) and Jada Thomas (22:32.8) was 23rd.

Willard girls third, boys fourth at Buckeye Central

NEW WASHINGTON — Willard’s Emily Rothhaar was runner-up with a time of 20:17.79, helping the Crimson Flashes to a third-place team finish at Saturday’s Buckeye Central Invite.

Morgan Adams was 16th (21:36.19) for Willard, which also got a 17th-place run from Amy Del Angel (21:48.25) and an 18th-place run from Alyssa Strayer of 21:51.14. Olivia Fidler (22:34.53) was 38th overall as the top Plymouth runner.

On the boys side, Willard was paced by Blake Smith (17:00.27) in sixth overall, and Justin Gillmore (17:40.21) was 17th and Nathan Cofer (17:48.05) was 21st.

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Levi Robinson was just behind Smith in seventh place in 17:02.29. Ethan Elliot (17:59.79) finished in 26th.

VOLLEYBALL

Norwalk goes 1-2 at Block and Gold tourney

At Perrysburg, Norwalk dropped a pair of matches to ranked-Division I programs, before finishing their day with a win over the Cardinal Stritch at the Block and Gold Tournament.

In a 25-13, 25-16 win over Stritch, Norwalk got 11 kills from Aimee Smith, who also added seven service points, including three aces. Alaina Kelley was 61-of-62 setting with 22 assists. She added 11 service points. Anne Davidson had 19 digs.

In a 25-21, 25-20 loss to No. 13 Olentangy, Smith had seven kills and two blocks. Davidson had 10 digs and Kelley record 15 assists.

In their opening 25-20, 25-23 loss to the No. 17 Toledo St. Ursula, Smith had five kills, two blocks and two aces. Kelley had 11 service points and 12 assists. Davidson finished with 11 digs.

“Even though we lost those two matches, we competed at a high level,” Norwalk coach Angie Kalizewski said. “It is good for us to learn how to play against teams with that much height and power. We will see teams like this in tournaments. We get better by playing them, we just have to learn how get started faster.”

St. Paul runners-up at Crestview Invite

CONVOY — The No. 2-ranked (Div. IV) Flyers earned a pair of wins before falling to the Div. III No. 7 Titans in the finals of the Crestview Lady Knight Invite.

It was the first loss of the season for St. Paul (15-1) — and the first time it dropped a set all season after 36 straight.

The Lady Flyers opened with a 25-10, 25-13 throttling of Div. II Celina, then decisively swept a longtime nemesis in the semifinals when they beat Marion Local (25-16, 25-16). St. Paul and Marion Local faced each other in three state championship matches (2002, 2007, 2009) in an eight-year span.

Against Ottawa-Glandorf, St. Paul claimed a thrilling 25-23 win in the opening set, before falling 28-26 and 25-17. In the critical Game 2, the Lady Flyers led 25-24 and again 26-25, but the Titans scored three straight points to tie the match.

The third game was tied at 13 until O-G again took over, scoring 12 of the final 16 points. 

Meghan Hedrick finished the three matches with 27 kills, 34 digs and nine blocks. Tess Lepley had 31 kills and eight blocks, while Kamyrn Maxwell finished with 17 kills and 20 service points with four aces.

Also for St. Paul, Rachel Bleile had 92 assists and 24 digs, and Lauren Chandler had 20 points with five aces, and 63 digs. Kennedy Stang added 22 points with five aces and 32 digs.

Hedrick, Lepley and Bleile each made the all-tournament team.

BOYS SOCCER

Edison 5, Port Clinton 0

MILAN — The Chargers topped the Redskins in Saturday’s Bay division match.

Nick Lombardi tallied a hat trick to pace Edison, which also got two goals from Kyle Summerland. James Hill had two assists, while Summerland and Dylan O’Dell had one assist apiece.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lexington 9, Norwalk 4

LEXINGTON — Visiting Norwalk saw its 10-game win streak come to an end Saturday at the hands of the Lady Lex (9-3-1).

Norwalk (10-3) trailed just 3-2 at halftime, before being outscored 6-2 in the final half.

Kaelyn Harkness, Kendall Bigler, Mara Jaworski and Coley Branum all scored goals for the Truckers. Hannah Crawford had 14 saves in goal.

Edison 6, Port Clinton 3

MILAN — The Chargers downed the Redskins in Saturday’s SBC Bay division match.

Savanna Smith netted a hat trick with three goals for Edison, while Emma Houser, Katie Nealey and Hanna Ceja each scored once. Holly Racioppi, Natalie Coiffard, Houser and Smith each had assists for the Chargers.

GIRLS GOLF

St. Paul 192, Willard 201

The St. Paul girls golfers wrapped up the season with a non-league win on Thursday over visiting Willard.

Gabrielle Scavuzzo was medalist with a 41 for St. Paul, followed by Caitlyn Corrigan (46), Tori Pocos (51) and Miller Hosack (54).

FOOTBALL

Norwalk freshman top Bellevue

The Norwalk freshmen football team beat Bellevue on Saturday, 28-6.

Scoring for the Truckers were Ethan Phillips, Andrew Mozina and Clay Ritzman. Nathan Adleman also added a 19-yard field goal, and Garret Chapin had an interception on defense. The Truckers will have a rematch with Sandusky next Saturday on the road.

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