Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
High school football returns on Friday night and intriguing match-ups abound within the Grand Lake St. Marys region. Sports Editor Brian Smith puts down what's been filling up his notebook about each area match-up leading up to Week 1.
St. Marys at Sidney
Thursday, Aug. 25
New Knoxville at St. Marys, 5 p.m. (varsity begins at 5 p.m.)
Elida at St. Marys, 5 p.m.
New Knoxville at Coldwater, 4:30 p.m.
Delphos St. John's at Minster, 4:30 p.m.
Minster at Delphos St. John's, 4:30 p.m.
St. Marys at Elida, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday's Local Scores:
The St. Marys boys cross country team captured a season-opening victory in a quad meet at K.C. Geiger Park on Tuesday, paced by meet winner Alex Mielke. The Wapakoneta girls capture the Auglaize County event, while New Knoxville’s girls team turned in the top two times of the race.
The Roughrider boys finished first with 30 points, edging out second-place New Bremen (34 points). Wapakoneta took third (86) and New Knoxville was fourth (92).
Mielke won the race with a 17:50 time for the Roughriders.
Just a few minutes into Tuesday’s season opener between the St. Marys and Delphos St. John’s girls soccer teams, it was clear this was a new season and the two familiar teams were on the opposite ends of the experience continuum.
The Roughriders blanked the Blue Jays 10-0 in a rematch of last fall’s dramatic district final.
The obvious storyline entering the game was a rematch between teams that met in the Division II district title at Elida game last fall that saw Delphos St. John’s stun St. Marys in overtime penalty kicks.
Boys Golf: Minster 2nd, St. Marys 8th at Celina Invitational
CELINA — Area high school golfers took aim on a sunsplashed day good for scoring at the 25-team Celina Invitational at the Fox’s Den on Friday.
The Minster boys golf team finished second (315), St. Marys took eighth (330), Celina finished 14th (342) and Wapakoneta took 16th (344).
Everyone was chasing Napoleon, which distanced itself from second-place Minster with a 304 team score. Napoleon was keyed by medalist Brandon Lambert, who fired a five-under 67.
Urbana outscored St. Marys 28-10 in three quarters of football in the Chicken Bowl scrimmage at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
St. Marys scored the game’s first 10 points.
St. Marys struck first in the scrimmage with a long D.J. Manning run. Manning scampered 69 yards down to the Urbana two yard line, punching it in on the next play for the two-yard score with 10:18 left in the first quarter.
St. Marys added a Jarret Taylor field goal from about 25 yards out to make it 10-0.
New St. Marys head football coach Greg Phillips wanted a fresh start for the players on a Roughrider team that ended last season at 1-9, in disarray and eventually with a new coach.
“I told the players when I first met them we need to learn a few things from last year, but at the same time we need to forget about last year,” said Phillips, who left Oak Hill to head the Roughrider program.
Phillips wanted few preconceived notions and no arbitrary limits on where and how his new players fit into his system when practices began the first week of August.
Attached is a downloadable Audio/Video Interview with St. Marys girls soccer coach Paul Dingledine about the upcoming 2011 season. (Quicktime Video, 6.87 MB)
St. Marys Girls Soccer
Head Coach: Paul Dingledine, 10th season, 96-32-11 record
Returning Letterwinners: 12
Lost to graduation from 2010: 5
PIQUA — The Minster boys golf team enters this season with a roster without much varsity experience, but the Wildcats showed on Monday that they still have plenty of talent.
Minster emerged from the season’s first tune-up invitational with a victory. The Wildcats fired a team score of 318 to win the Scott Homan Invitational at th Piqua Country Club on Monday.