CELINA — St. Marys’ Kelly Heitkamp bent a 35-yard rainbow from the right wing just over the reach of the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms with 35:42 left in the second half with what proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 Division II district semifinal win at Celina on Wednesday night.
Through all the highs of record-setting rushing nights and a redemptive win over Celina to the lows of disappointing second halves against Kenton, Defiance , Wapak and O-G — St. Marys has a chance to improve its record by four games over last season and get to the .500 mark to end the season it hosts Shawnee at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
“This is important for us, to close this out,” St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips said.
The St. Marys Memorial High School winter sports meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the high school auditorium at 8 p.m. The meeting is mandatory for any student-athlete and parent who desires to participate in winter sports and did not attend the fall sports meeting in August. Anyone with more questions can contact St. Marys athletic director Doug Spencer.
The Riders played it a little too close for comfort against an 0-8 team for three quarters, but St. Marys also found all the big plays it needed on the flanks of the Van Wert run defense to finally put away the Cougars.
After going to the half tied, St. Marys scored 20 unanswered points keyed by big plays in the second half to snap a three-game losing streak with a 34-14 win over a winless-but-scrappy Van Wert squad at Skip Baughman Stadium on Hall of Fame induction night on Friday.