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Sidelines: Perrysburg boys, Northview girls take NLL soccer titles

The Perrysburg boys and the Northview girls maintained their dominance in Northern Lakes League soccer.

The Perrysburg boys took their seventh straight NLL title with a 6-0-1 record, tying Anthony Wayne in the third game of the year.

Northview, Anthony Wayne and Maumee tied for second.

Perrysburg started the season 0-2-2 overall, but has since gone 10-1-1 for a 10-3-3 mark.

But Perrysburg is not ranked in the latest state poll. St. John's Jesuit is ranked sixth, while St. Francis de Sales is 10th. The Titans defeated the Knights 3-1 last week.

Perrysburg, which is playing in the Findlay sectional, tied St. John's 0-0 and tied St. Francis 2-2.

Among the girls, Northview went 7-0-0 and clinched its sixth straight NLL title by defeating Perrysburg 5-2 on Oct. 13. Perrysburg (7-4-5, 4-1-2 NLL) finished second, Southview (9-3-3, 3-1-2) was third, followed by Anthony Wayne (6-6-2, 4-2-1).

The Wildcats are 14-1-1 overall, with their only loss coming to Worthington Kilbourne; the tie was against Copley. Northview has won 13 of its last 14 games.

Northview, Perrysburg and Southview join St. Ursula in the same sectional bracket. The Arrows are the top seed. Northview is seeded second.

Sectional games for boys and girls soccer began this week and will continue through next week.

Waggoner, Titus repeat in NLL

Maumee sophomore Bo Waggoner repeated as cross country champion in the Northern Lakes League when he won the title in a time of 17:04 last Saturday at Fort Meigs.

Northview, whose top runners finished second, third and seventh, won the team title for the third consecutive year.

Wildcat senior Steve Waites took second in 17:17 and junior Alex Walch was third in 17:23.

Rounding out the All-NLL first team was Bowling Green junior Devin Butcher (17:27), Maumee junior Alex Washburn (17:36), Southview freshman Kyle Fitzpatrick (17:42) and Northview junior Paul Dean (17:51).

Northview coach Ross Deye said the times were slow because of the course's hilly terrain and chilly wind with driving rain.

"It's the toughest course around," Deye said.

Bowling Green girls coach Brian Tucker agreed, although his Bobcats captured their third straight title there as well.

"It's all up and down and uneven," said Tucker, whose top runners took first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. "On a good day it's very challenging. Then you throw in the wind, rain and the slop. It's almost treacherous."

Sophomore Christy Titus repeated as NLL champion in

19:12, which is 1:24 off her personal best.

Anthony Wayne sophomore Ashley Evens came in second (19:44) and her teammate senior Rachel Beakas was third (19:50).

BG's Shannon Titus (19:52), Barbara Powers (19:59.7), Alyssa Glenn (19:59.8), and Kyle Korsnack (20:01.9) all made the All-NLL first team.

The districts will be held Saturday.

Central Catholic is the defending Division I, District 2 boys champion.

In the girls' race at Pearson Park will be defending state champion Bowling Green, which easily won the District 1 title last year. Notre Dame Academy captured the District 2 title last year.

The Eastwood boys and Huron girls hope to win back-to-back titles in Division II at Terra Community College.

Eastwood senior Jimmy O'Brien also is trying to defend his individual title.

Otsego senior Julia Weisenborn is the defending girls champion.

The 2003 champions in Division III at Terra were the Elmwood and Old Fort boys and the Liberty-Benton and Hopewell-Loudon girls.

OH, MV in tournament

Ottawa Hills opens tournament play by hosting Columbus Bishop Hartley today at 4 p.m.

The Green Bears lost 3-1 in the state final last year to Gahanna Columbus Academy, the winner of four of the past five state titles.

Ottawa Hills could face Columbus Academy again this year. If the two both win their first two postseason games, they would meet Oct. 30 at Dublin Scioto, with a state semifinal berth at stake.

Maumee Valley walloped Lancaster 12-0 in its first-round match and will host Upper Arlington at 4 p.m. today.

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