GHS Weekend Roundup
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
LEXINGTON — Trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter, the Lexington Minutemen outscored the Galion Tigers decisively in each of the final three periods to pick up a 68–53 non-conference win in boys’ varsity basketball action here last Saturday night.
Down 17–14 at the first break, the hosts took the second third and fourth stanzas by 24–18, 15–8 and 15–10 counts, respectively, to notch the triumph.
The loss drops Galion to 2–2 on the season.
Three Tigers reached twin figures in scoring for the Orange-and-Blue. Austin Prosser had 15 points, Ridge Durbin, 13; and Austin Chaplin, 11. Those three also each hit for double figures a night earlier in a win at Bucyrus.
Mason Willeke was the big gun for the Minutemen. He tickled the twine for a game-high 31 points.
Galion made 10 2-pointers, 9 3-pointers and was just 5-for-11 on foul shots.
The winners canned 21 twos, 5 treys and was 8-for-13 on charity tosses.
In reserve play, Lexington cruised to a 61–35 victory. Bryce Lybarger was Galion’s leading scorer with 10 points.
The Tigers entertain Wynford on Friday in a North Central Conference contest.
Visiting Colonel Crawford limited Galion to just 14 points in the second half to register a 46–39 come-from-behind win in North Central Conference play last Saturday at the high school.
The Lady Tigers led 25–22 at halftime. But, the Lady Eagles outscored them 13–4 in the third period and wrapped things up with a 16–10 advantage in the last eight minutes.
The victors improved their record to 5–3 overall and 2–1 in the NCC. Galion fell to 2–4 overall and 0–3 in the conference.
Nickyla Garverick popped in a game-high 25 points for the winners. The Black-and-Gold connected on 16-of-33 2-pointers (48 percent), 1-of-5 3-pointers (20 percent) and just 11-for-24 free throws (46 percent). They grabbed 30 rebounds.
Again poor shooting sealed the fate of the Lady Tigers. They were just 11-for-41 on 2-pointers (27 percent) and 3-for-14 on treys (21 percent). They also sank 8-of-11 charity tosses (73 percent), and hauled in 27 missed shots.
For the locals, Kelly Mann scored 12 points, Peyton Beachy, 9; Bailey Ruhe, 7; Ramonda Dorsey, 6; Jordan Kuns and Shelbie Schramek, 2 apiece; and Calli Bauer made a free throw. Ruhe snatched 8 rebounds — 6 on the offensive end.
“By far the best game we’ve played all year,” stated Galion head coach Jen Meyer. “We started strong and never gave up. I am extremely proud of their effort and truly believe we were learning something new every day that will help us get into the win column. All around I am so proud of our team effort and am excited for what is to come.”
Galion’s junior varsity squad won 27–21. The Lady Tigers’ Raven Crawford and Colonel Crawford’s Gabby Hetzel tied for game-high scoring honors with 9 tallies each.
NORTH ROBINSON — Galion High School’s boys’ and girls’ swim teams competed in the Colonel Crawford Relay Invitational held here last Saturday.
Colonel Crawford’s boys made quick work of the opposition, outscoring runner-up Ontario 86–54. Galion had 42 points, Olentangy Orange, 38; and Willard, 10.
In the girls’ meet, Colonel Crawford and Olentangy Orange tied at 74 points apiece. Galion was third with 52, Ontario, fourth at 40; and Willard, last with 6.
The top performer for the Tigers was the victorious 200 medley foursome of Connor Kempf, Zane Ekin, Sam DeNero and Logan Amos at 1:54.79. Those four were second in the 850 crescendo with a time of 9:09.78, 4.7 seconds behind Colonel Crawford’s winning quartet of Bryan Jones, Trey Crase, Ian Kochheiser and Grant Pfeifer.
Also placing second for the Orange-and-Blue were Ekin, DeNero and Kempf in the 300 IM relay with a clocking of 3:07.34. Colonel Crawford’s Clay Fogle, Nic Roe and Logan Pfeifer were tops at 2:57.74.
For the Lady Tigers, Kristen Benedict, Sam Altstadt, Molly Barker and Sadie Willacker won the 400 free relay with a time of 4:30.1.
Finishing second for the Orange-and-Blue were Michaela Slone, Donnetta Lester, Elaine Finch and Barker in the 200 free relay at 2:12.42. Colonel Crawford’s Cheyenne Johnson, Nicole Jones, Cali Fogle and Trissa Schimpf won with a mark of 2:02.96.