GHS Sports Roundup
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
Galion (8–1) picked up a big North Central Conference win on Thursday defeating Bucyrus (7–2) 3–2.
It was the eight consecutive triumph for the locals.
Scoring for the Lady Tigers were: Raven Crawford with a 6–2, 6–2 win in second singles; Sierra Johnson, with a 6–2, 6–2 victory in third singles; and the first doubles pair of Kelsey and Sara Cassady via a 6–1, 6–2 triumph.
Others competing for Galion were: Kayla LaForest, who dropped a 6–1, 6–1 decision in first singles; and the second doubles team of Donnetta Lester and Katelyn Smith, who lost 7–5, 4–6, 6–7 (3–7 tiebreaker).
On Wednesday, the Lady Tigers defeated visiting Shelby for the first time in 10 years in what was a non-conference match. The locals outscored the Lady Whippets 3–2.
In first singles, Kayla LaForest scored a hard-fought 6–2, 4–6, 6–3 victory for the Orange-and-Blue.
Second singles showed another long match, and another point for the winners as Raven Crawford bounced back for a 2–6, 6–2, 6–2 triumph.
Galion’s other point was garnered as the first doubles team of Kelsey and Sara Cassady won a match that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours 2–5, 7–6 (10–8 tiebreaker), 6–4
Suffering losses for the hosts were Sierra Johnson by a 8–6 (14–12 tiebreaker), 6–2 count, and the second doubles pair of Donnetta Lester and Katelyn Smith was bested 6–2, 6–4.
Just two days after their best performance of the season, the Tigers turned in their worse, losing to North Central Conference foe Wynford 183–189 on Thursday at The Golf Course in Bucyrus. Galion is 6–2 in NCC competition.
Scoring for the Orange-and-Blue were: Eric Powell, 42; Seth Van Dine, 48; Clayton Kendall, 49; and Connor Campbell, with a 50.
Nathan Smith took match medalist honors with a 37 for the Royals.
Wynford also won the junior varsity match, 212–221. John Poffenbaugh (48), Evan Huggins (51), Jeremy Mason (54), and Karissa Rinehart (68) did the scoring for Galion.
Tuesday at the Galion Country Club, the Orange-and-Blue blasted NCC foe Bucyrus 150–190.
Galion’s Clayton Kendall was match medalist with a season-best, one-under-par 34.
Others scoring for the locals were: Connor Campbell, 37; Eric Powell, 39; and Seth Van Dine, 40.
Preston Ford was low man for the Redmen with a 41.
Galion took the junior varsity match, 224–242. Spencer Reynolds carded a 44 for the winners, Jeremy Mason had a 49, John Poffenbaugh shot a 52, and Karissa Rinehart turned in a 79.
Galion dropped to 5–2 overall and 0–2 in the North Central Conference after falling 3–1 to Colonel Crawford on Thursday at the high school.
The Lady Tigers’ lone point came with a 25–17 win in the first game.
The Lady Eagles took the final three games by 25–21, 25–23 and 25–18 scores, respectively.
Caroline Delgreco topped the hosts with 19 points, Reanne Neal hammered down 14 kills and blocked 4 shots; Addison Zeisler recorded 15 assists, while Jennifer Harsh was tops in receptions (13) and digs (32).
Galion took the junior varsity match 2–0, winning the first game 25–14, and the second one 25–16.
Liz Valentine was the top performer for the winners with 9 kills and 6 points. Also, Clair Erlsten had 8 points and 6 receptions; Bradley Saterfield, 25 assists; while Lyndsay McMullen recorded 4 blocked shots and 5 digs.
After winning their first five independent matches of the season, the Lady Tigers fell to Wynford 3–2 in their opening NCC match on Tuesday.
Galion won games one and three by 25–20, 25–16 scores respectively. The Lady Royals took the second game 25–23, claimed the fourth battle 25–21, and garnered a 16–14 triumph in the fifth and deciding contest.
Reanne Neal led the hosts in scoring with 11 points. She also knocked down a team-high 18 kills and served up a trio of aces. Ellie Frye and Jennifer Harsh added 9 points apiece.
Other leaders for the Lady Orange-and-Blue were: Caroline Delgreco, 21 assists; Kristen Benedict, 12 receptions; Kaitlyn Sutton, 3 blocked shots; and Harsh, with 38 digs.