Saturday's area sports action:
ST. MARYS 5, BOTKINS 0: The St. Marys boys soccer team stayed unbeaten with a 5-0 win over Botkins on Saturday evening to hand the Trojans their first loss. Zac Nelson, Zack Wilker, Brennan Brown, Patrizio Martinez Rodriguez and Nathan Wilker each scored a goal apiece for the Roughriders, who improved to 3-0-1 on the season. St. Marys keeper Luke Leffel, who has 10 saves this season, helped St. Marys to its second shutout of the season.
NEW KNOXVILLE 2, KENTON 0: Andrew Mackie and Goncalo Branco scored goals as the New Knoxville boys soccer team won 2-0 over Kenton.
Riders, Minster, New Bremen run at Spencerville: The St. Marys girls cross country team took sixth and the Rider boys were 10th in the black division at the Spencerville Bearcat Invitational on Saturday morning.
The St. Marys girls finished with 148 points. Lexi Grothause was the top St. Marys runner in 19th place with a personal best time of 22:30. Matt Jutte led the Roughrider boys with a 43rd place finish in a 19:12 time.
The Minster girls won the Division III race. Julia Slonkosky finished seventh for Minster.
The New Bremen boys finished fourth and the Cardinal girls were eighth in the red divsions at Spencerville. Cort Speckman led the Cardinal boys with a 13th place finish and 17:58 time. Ashley Berning was the top finisher for the New Bremen girls with a 32nd place finish and 22:56 time.
Minster 2nd, 3rd at Tiffin: The Minster boys and girls cross country teams turned in top-three finishes at the large Tiffin Carnival cross country invitational on Saturday. The Minster boys finished third out of 39 teams. Eric Dahlinghaus paced the Wildcats in 12th place with a 16:45 time. The Minster girls took second with 120 points, trailing only first-place Akron St. Vincent St. Mary’s, which had 62 points. Leah Niekamp finished 10th with a 21:14.75 time.
NEW KNOXVILLE 3, BOTKINS 0: The New Knoxville volleyball team breezed to a 25-14, 25-8, 25-6 win over Botkins on Saturday morning to improve to 6-2 on the season. Taylor Niemeyer led New Knoxville with 11 kills and two assists. Haley Horstman had 10 kills, two aces, nine digs and 13 assists. Meg Reineke added seven kills, two aces, and 12 assists.
CELINA 3, MINSTER 1: The Celina Bulldogs grabbed the momentum at the end of the third game, propelling them to a 25-22, 14-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Minster on Saturday afternoon. Celina’s Mickey Wenning had 13 kills and Madison Weininger had 10 kills. Beth Goerremoeller had two aces and Beth Homan had 4 blocks. Claire McGowan led Minster with 23 kills.