Having already lost to previously unbeaten Perkins on the road, the Norwalk boys golf team had to win Monday’s SBC Lake Division match at Eagle Creek Golf Course to have any shot at first place.
The Truckers did just that with a win by the slimmest of margins, 163-164. The win moved Norwalk to 7-1 in the league, the same record as the Pirates.
“Pretty much a do-or-die match for the league title,” Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said. “Both teams played really well under pressure and we were one shot better.”
Zach Crane led Norwalk with a 38, while Justin Sommers shot a 41. Both Carter Kluding and Kyle Smith added 42s, while Gavin Koelsch (46) and Ian Minor (47) rounded out the scoring.
If both teams win their remaining league matches, the championship will come down to the league tournament on Sept. 19 at the Fremont Country Club.
“A huge win for our team today,” Douglas said. “Just really proud of all of them.”
In the junior varsity match, Norwalk posted a 179-200 win. Isaac School shot a 42, and was followed by Eli Obringer (43), Caleb Sommers (46), Andrew Epperley (48), Brayson Malson (51) and Thomas Gfell (53).
Norwalk hosts it’s 17-team Jim Denos Memorial Invitational on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.
The New London golf team hosted Mapleton and St Paul today at Millstone Hills. New London picked up two wins improving their Firelands Conference record to 8-0 and their overall record to 11-0. Individual scores were:
New London 189, Mapleton 206, St. Paul 218
NEW LONDON — The Wildcats continued their winning ways with Monday’s Firelands Conference win over the Flyers and Mounties at Millstone Hills.
For New London, Sean Armold shot a 44 and Carter Eibel had a 45. They were followed by Marcus Mayhorn (49), Sean Andolsek (51), Dax Amburgy (51) and Kotiana Barber (55).
For St. Paul (2-5, 2-5), Jackson Cook shot a 46. He was followed by David Swope (56), Nathan Juby (58), Logan Amato (58), Luke Meyer (61) and Dylan Cook (71).
The Wildcats host Western Reserve on Wednesday.
Norwalk 3, Sandusky 2
NORWALK — The Truckers swept doubles action and won at third singles to remain unbeaten in the SBC Lake Division with Monday’s win over Sandusky at the Middle School courts.
Norwalk’s Lauren Metcalf won at third singles over Abbie Wade (6-1, 6-0). Both doubles teams of Gabby Horowitz and Alexa Moore, along with Mara Berry and Erin Bleile, both won via sweeps (6-0, 6-0).
At first singles, Megan Berry was defeated by Marissa Esposito (6-2, 6-2). At second singles, Emma Trost fell in three sets to Alana Armstrong (6-0, 2-6, 6-1).
With the win, Norwalk improved to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the Lake.
The Truckers visit Bellevue today, then head to Lexington on Wednesday for an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association match.
Edison 5, SJCC 0
FREMONT — The Chargers did their part to set up today’s showdown vs. Willard with Monday’s SBC Bay Division sweep over the Crimson Streaks.
Edison (9-2, 6-1) hosts the Flashes (9-3, 6-0) for first place in the Bay. Willard edged Edison by a 3-2 score in the first meeting.
On Monday, Jayla Medina won at first singles (6-0, 6-1), while both Emily Vogus and Alli Vogus won in sweeps (6-0, 6-0) at second and third singles.
At first and second doubles, it was Edison’s Kaylee Ries and Torri Keyser and Lindsey Kowalski and Emily Moore winning in sweep fashion as well (6-0, 6-0).
Willard 5, Oak Harbor 0
Willard 4, Oak Harbor 1
WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes concluded a rain-shortened match at Oak Harbor as part of a doubleheader on Monday at home.
With the two wins, the Crimson Flashes (9-3, 6-0) extended their SBC Bay Division win streak to 33 matches ahead of today’s huge showdown at Edison (9-2, 6-1). Willard won the first meeting, 3-2, on Aug. 22.
On Monday, Addy Paxton picked up a win at first singles (6-0, 6-1), while Ella Schag and Natalie Van Zoest had sweeps (6-0, 6-0) at second and third singles. The first doubles team of Whitney Robinson and Kayleigh Bowers had a walkover win, while Kalli Sowers and Becca Slone won by scores of 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles.
In the regularly-scheduled match on Monday, Paxton won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles while Schag dropped two sets (7-5, 7-5) at second singles. Van Zoest won at third singles (6-0, 6-0).
Kennedy Daub and Robinson dropped one game each set at first doubles (6-1, 6-1), while Slone and Sowers also cruised (6-2, 6-0).
Monroeville, St. Paul ranked
The first Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association poll was released on Monday, and two area powers are again ranked in Division IV.
The Eagles (8-0) check in at No. 4 in the poll, while St. Paul (6-1) is three spots down at No. 7. Buckeye Central, a regular challenge for both the Eagles and the Lady Flyers in the district, is ranked No. 11. Monroeville travels to Buckeye Central on Saturday.
Also of note locally, Huron — coached by Norwalk graduate Don Wood — is No. 5 in the Div. III poll.
The No. 1-ranked teams in each poll include Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (Div. I), Dover (Div. II), Ottawa-Glandorf (Div. III) and St. Henry (Div. IV).
Seneca East 3, New London 0
ATTICA — The Wildcats fell to 1-7 overall with Monday’s non-league loss to the host Tigers.
Seneca East won by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-18.
For New London, Catherine Blaser had seven kills and six blocks, and Marisa Molnar added five kills. Kaitlyn Ballinger was 69-of-71 setting with 13 assists, while Natalie Ferguson had 14 digs and Erykah Sword had 13 digs.
Norwalk seventh-grade wins
NORWALK — The Norwalk seventh-grade volleyball team beat Sandusky by scores of 25-7, 25-14 to improve to 8-0 on the season.
Peyton Perry, C.C. Close and Mac Wineman were 100 percent servers for Norwalk, while Sarina Galyean served nine points.
Lucy Schlotterer and Clouse each had four kills, while Eva Ott and Schlotterer both had four assists each.
Norwalk is at Vermilion at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Norwalk 1, Vermilion 1
NORWALK — The Truckers and Sailors tied Monday’s SBC Lake Division match at the Norwalk Soccer Complex.
The lone goal came from Brian Morales in the first half for Norwalk, while Tyler Clark recorded numerous saves in net.
With the tie, Norwalk’s record is now 5-1-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the league. The Truckers visit Perkins on Wednesday.
Huron 4, Willard 2
HURON — The Crimson Flashes scored two early goals, but it was Huron coming back with four answered goals to claim a 4-2 win on Monday.
No further information was available.
St. Paul 214, Port Clinton 227, Vermilion 237
VERMILION — The Lady Flyers improved to 8-3 with a pair of dual wins over host Vermilion and visiting Port Clinton on Monday at Willow Creek.
Sarah Scavuzzo was match medalist with a 46. She was followed by Brooke Bleile (53), Tori Pocos (56), Anna Kaple (59), Sammy Lippert (59) and Ava Caizzo (65).
“Sara turned in another steady round,” St. Paul coach Tacy Bond said. “Brooke has been playing some great golf with the exception of one hole. I’m confident she’s going to breakthrough with a great score soon. Anna is continuing to improve daily.”
St. Paul is back in action on Wednesday at Eagle Creek with Norwalk and Port Clinton.
Clyde 197, Norwalk 208
CLYDE — The Truckers dropped Monday’s SBC Lake Division match to the host Fliers at Green Hills Golf Course.
For Norwalk, Hannah Dumbeck and Noelle Jackson each led the way with 49s. Mya Binkley shot a 51, and Chloe Thomas had a 59. Mylea Barber added a 60 and Analiese King had a 72.