GHS Sports Roundup
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
The Tigers scored an easy 162–184 win against North Central Conference opponent Buckeye Central on Thursday, improving to 5–1 in the NCC in the process.
Galion’s Clayton Kendall and Seth Van Dine tied for match medalist honors with 39s. Connor Campbell and Evan Huggins rounded out the scoring with 42.
Junior varsity action had Buckeye Central claiming a 209–218 victory. Scoring for Galion were: Dylan Fraley, 44; Joh Poffenbaugh, 52; Jeremy Mason, 55; and Karissa Rinehart, 67.
On Tuesday against conference foe Ontario, the locals picked up a 168–172 victory.
Seth Van Dine secured match medalist honors with a 38 for the victors. Clayton Kendall was one shot of with a 39. Eric Powell, 45; and Connor Campbell, 46; rounded out the scoring for the Orange-and-Blue.
Blake Balogh was low man for the Warriors with a 39.
There was no junior varsity match.
BUCYRUS — Galion routed NCC host Bucyrus 3–0 on Thursday, claiming games by scores of 25–6, 26–24 and 25–8.
Carline Delgreco was the top scorer for the victors, tallying 16 points. Jennifer Harsh and Addison Zeisler added 11 apiece.
Other statistical leaders for the Orange-and-Blue were: Reanne Neal and Taylor Valentine, 6 kills apiece; Delgreco, 9 assists; Harsh, 11 receptions; Neal, 2 blocked shots; and Ellie Frye, 14 digs.
In the junior varsity match, Galion won 2–0, taking the games by 25–13 and 25–11 counts.
Lyndsay McMullen garnered 11 points, Maddy Garverick had 7 kills, and Bradley Saterfield dealt out 17 assists.
The Lady Tigers began their season with a 3–0 whitewashing of non-conference foe Mount Gilead.
The Orange-and-Blue made quick work of the Lady Indians, winning the first game 25–3, game two 25–10, and the third game 25–7.
Ellie Frye was the top scorer for the winners with 29 points. Caroline Delgreco added 15, and Jennifer Harsh, 10. Harsh also tallied 18 digs in 22 tries.
Delgreco was also successful on 16 ball handling attempts, Addison Zeisler, 14; and Harsh, 13. Reanne Neal was 9-for-15 on kill attempts, Kristen Benedict registered 4 kills, to go along with a trio of blocks by Kaitlyn Sutton.
SHELBY — At Shelby on Tuesday, the hosts won both sides of a meet.
The Whippets topped the Galion boys, 23–34. The Lady Whippets dropp-ed the Lady Tigers, 24–37. Galion’s Chris McElligott crossed the finish line first in the boys’ race at 17:21. Also for the Tigers, Dominic Erlsten was fourth, 17:59; Connor Kempf, eighth, 18:57; Zane Ekin, ninth, 19:00; and Adam Rinehart, 12th, 19:29.
M. Gonzales led the Whippets with a second-place finish at 17:22.
“We ran well,” stated Galion head coach George Guins. “Again, we need to work on our depth. We showed great improvement over the first meet by both teams.”
Galion’s Justine Yunker was the top female runner, clocking in at 22:21.
Also for the Orange-and-Blue, Sammie Gates was third, 22:33; Macy Johnson, 10th (actual 11th), 24:22; Sadie Willacker, 11th (14th), 25:33; and Taylor Burkhart, 12th (17th), 26:11.
Miranda Shaffer ran to a second-place spot to lead the winners.
“We ran very well up front, but need work on our depth,” noted Guins. Shelby is a very good team.”
The Lady Whippets grabbed nine of the top 11 places. Only their top five runners figured into the scoring.
The harriers opened the season with a win against visiting Marion Harding on August 23.
In the boys’ race — won by Galion 16–44 — the locals claimed four of the top five spots. Chris McElligott was first at 18:12, Dominic Erlsten, second, 18:39; Connor Kempf, third, 19:42; and Adam Rinehart, fourth, 19:43. Zach James was the fifth Tiger who scored, finishing sixth at 20:21.
Chris McComas was the Presidents’ top runner, taking fifth at 19:46.
The Lady Tigers also won. Marion Harding only had two runners.
For Galion, Justine Yunker was tops at 22:05, Michaela Slone, fourth, 24:55; Sammy Gates, fifth, 24:49; Sadie Willacker, sixth, 26:41; and Taylor Burkhart, seventh, 26:48.
Paige Montgomery grabbed second place for the visitors with a 23:50.