ST. MARYS 4, BOTKINS 0
BOTKINS — The St. Marys boys soccer team peppered the net with shots on goal that just missed their mark before the floodgates finally opened in the latter part of the second half against the Botkins Trojans.
St. Marys scored two goals in each half and beat Botkins 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in the shadow of the rushing traffic of I-75 in Botkins.
The first half featured a St. Marys Zach/Zac attack. Zach Lemmerman opened the scoring for St. Marys with nine minutes lef in the first half off an assist by Zack Wilker. St. Marys’ Wilker booted in the Roughriders’ second goal with two mintues left in the half off an assist by Zac Nelson.
Joe Poeppelman put in the Riders’ third goal with 25:30 left in the second half on a cross from Nicolaj Olsen. Patrizio Martinez finished off the scoring with a goal with 14:30 left with an assists from Poeppelman.
St. Marys improved to 5-1. They host Elida on Tuesday as they put their 2-0 Western Buckeye League record on the line against the Bulldogs.
NEW KNOXVILLE 3, KENTON 0
The New Knoxville boys soccer team beat Kenton 3-0 behind Ben Kuck’s three goals.
Dean Frankenberg made four saves at goalkeeper. New Knoxville had nine shots on goal to Kenton’s eight.
NEW KNOXVILLE 3, BOTKINS 0
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Rangers made quick work of the Botkins Trojans 25-11, 25-7, 25-17 in a non-conference match-up at The Barn on Saturday. New Knoxville scored 12 straight points at one point in the middle of the first set to ballon a lead from 6-4 to 18-4. New Knoxville’s Meg Reineke had a pair of kills and an ace to help put the Rangers up 22-9, and Madison Lammers earned the final kill to give the Rangers a 25-11 first-set victory.
New Knoxville scored the first five points of the second set, with kills from Reineke and Lammers. Haley Horstman, Rachel Leffel and Reineke kills pumped up the lead to 9-3. Reineke added four kills and an ace in an eight-point span as the Rangers went up 16-4.
Reineke finished the game with a game-high 14 kills to go with 13 digs and 10 assists. Lammers added six kills for the Rangers to go with 16 digs. Leffel had five kills.
A Horstman kill, a Kenzie Schroer kill and a Serena Hostetter ace put New Knoxville up 19-6. New Knoxville scored the final five points to take the second set 25-7. Horstman had five kills, 15 digs and 23 assists. Schroer had four kills, 10 digs and six assists.
Botkins pushed the Rangers in the third set before New Knoxville pulled out the 25-17 win.Kalyn Schroer had 24 digs, Abby Rohrbach added six digs and Jenna Schwieterman had three kills for the Rangers. The New Knoxville JV team won in two sets, 25-14, 25-19.
New Knoxville hosts Houston on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
CELINA 3, MINSTER 0
MINSTER – It wasn’t quite the dominating match Celina head coach Amy Sutter wanted to see from her Bulldogs coming off a tough loss in a Western Buckeye League showdown to Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday, but the Celina volleyball team swept the Minster Wildcats in three sets 25-15, 25-21, 26-24 by coming back from early set deficits to the Wildcats.
“I don’t know if that match was in their head or what, because that wasn’t my team out there today,” Sutter said. “They weren’t mentally out of it and I don’t want to say they weren’t taking Minster seriously. It was just a Saturday afternoon and we were half asleep.”
“Pride and the fact that we want to win ball games got us through today,” Sutter said. “When they feel a little pressure, then they perform. I want to reach a level of a consistency where we’re hammering all the time and we don’t let up.”Minster held a lead for much of the first set before Celina tied things up at 14-14 before the Bulldogs rattled off 11 of the next 12 points to take the first set 25-15.
The lead changed hands with Minster leading 15-14 in the second set before Celina took a 16-15 lead and never gave it up. They built a 23-19 lead and held off a late Minster charge for the 25-21 second-set victory.
Minster again jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third set before Celina built a 15-7 lead. Minster clawed its way back to even at 15-15 with eight straight points, only to watch Celina win six of the next eight points. Minster came back from a 23-20 deficit to tie things at 24-24 with back-to-back aces from Megan Kaiser, a kill from Bridget McGowan and back-to-back kills from Hannah Schmitmeyer. But Celina won two straight points and earned the 26-24 third-set win.
Kaiser led Minster with eight kills on the day. Lauren Roetgerman and Sara Hosey each added six kills. Schmitmeyer had five kills. Kaiser and Regan Hahn each had three aces.
Minster hosts St. Marys on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Spencerville Bearcat Invite
Area teams had a lot of success in the Bearcat Invitational on Saturday morning in Spencerville, with the St. Marys girls and New Bremen boys teams winning invite titles.
Girls Black Division
The St. Marys girls cross country team won the Black Division race. The Roughriders were led by Kristen Dammeyer, who finished third with a 20:31.8 time. Amanda Dues was sixth (21:01.1). Megan Hertenstein finished 13th (21:42.6), Kelly Wilker was 15th (21:46.8), Rochelle Sudman was 22nd (22:03.4), Hannah Tobin took 31st (22:31) and Lexi Grothause was 32nd.
Boys Red Division
New Bremen’s boys won and New Knoxville’s Isaac Kuntz finished second in the Red Division race. The Cardinals’s Cort Speckman led the way with a fifth-place finish with a 17:25.9 time. Brad Rammel was 10th (18:00), Drew McClurg was 11th (18:02.6), Nathan Herriott took 12th(18:03.5), Jason Zircher was 20th (18:21.4) and Kaelen Reed was 29th (18:42.5). Kuntz turned in a second-place finish and 16:52.0 time. Jacob Shaw was 18th (18:15.6) and Marcus Nitschke was 32nd (18:47.9).
Boys Black Division
The St. Marys boys finished ninth in the Black Division standings with 240 points.
Matt Jutte led the Roughriders with a 28th-place finish and an 18:32.6. Matt Schroyer finished 45th (19:08.3), Zack Goodwin was 48th (19:13.4), Forest Baldwin was 57th (19:37.6) and Kyle Oswalt was 62nd (19:42.0).
South Adams won the Black Division with 39 points.
Girls Red Division
The New Bremen girls finished fourth and New Knoxville’s Hannah Privette finished third overall in the Red Division girls race. New Bremen scored 143 points to finish fourth behind winner Covington, St. Henry and Fort Recovery. New Bremen’s Amy Elking finished 22nd (21:51.5), Bailey Bronkema was 32nd (22:27.4), Kendra Paul took 36th (22:41.6), Veronica Hirschfeld was 40th (23:01.3), Ashley Berning was 44th (23:25.9) and Erica Niekamp was 53rd (23:50.9).
Privette took third overall with a 20:10.6 time.
ST. MARYS 4, LIMA SR. 1
The St. Marys girls tennis team earned a 4-1 win over Lima Senior on Saturday morning, sweeping the singles matches in straight sets.
St. Marys’ Anna Ernst won first singles 6-0, 6-0. Abby Wilker won in straight sets at second singles, 6-0, 6-0. Hannah Felver also won a 6-0, 6-0 match at third singles. St. Marys Jennifer Lauth and Kaitlyn Ross won second doubles 6-1, 6-0. The Riders’ Jenna Perry and Bailey Rust fell at first doubles, 2-6, 4-6 to the Spartans.
St. Marys improves to 2-6. The Riders travel to Defiance today for a 5 p.m. WBL match.