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Published: Thursday, 10/6/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Anthony Wayne celebrates first NLL girls tennis title

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
McKenzie Krieg sophomore tennis player at Anthony Wayne High School. McKenzie Krieg sophomore tennis player at Anthony Wayne High School.
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The members of the Anthony Wayne girls tennis team had to keep their emotions of winning a Northern Lakes League tennis title in check while their teammates continued to play last Wednesday.

The Generals had secured the first title in school history when the doubles team of sophomores McKenzie Krieg and Madie Smith won the title at No. 2 doubles.

Joie Hoeflinger, a junior tennis player at Anthony Wayne High School. Joie Hoeflinger, a junior tennis player at Anthony Wayne High School.
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But AW's other doubles team of Paige Kuck and Meghan Draheim were still battling for third place at No. 1 doubles at Bowling Green State University's Keefe Courts.

"It was a funny kind of reaction," first-year coach Steve Robinson said. "The last match had just started. So all that we could have was this minicelebration."

Madie Smith  sophomore tennis player at Anthony Wayne High School. Madie Smith sophomore tennis player at Anthony Wayne High School.
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Junior Joie Hoeflinger captured the individual title at No. 3 singles as Anthony Wayne ended Perrysburg's string of eight-straight titles.

Kuck and Draheim finished fourth, while senior Courtney Kreig finished fifth in first singles.

Megan Miller.    Megan Miller.
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AW entered the tournament tied for second (based on dual matches) and edged out Perrysburg by one point. Napoleon, competing for its first NLL title, finished third.

"It was all so intimidating," Robinson said. "It was one of those things as a coach it's tough to look at. It all happened in a quick manner."

Northview sophomore Megan Miller successfully defended her No. 1 singles title, winning 6-4, 6-1 in the final over Southview's Jenna Haidar.

More tennis

Sectionals begin

Sectional tournament for girls tennis begins today and wraps up on Saturday.

The D-I tournaments will take place at four sites: Ohio Northern University, Sandusky High School, Jermaine Park, and Ottawa Park. Twenty-five schools will compete in the D-I sectionals.

The top four singles players and top four doubles teams from each site will advance to next week's district.

The Division II sectionals will take place at Archbold High School, the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Clyde High School and Shelby High School. The top four singles players and top four doubles players from each will advance to the district.

Ottawa Hills ranked No. 10 in the Division II state coaches poll, will compete at the Archbold site.

Football

Bryan aims for 7-0

Bryan's football team is flirting with a 7-0 start this season for the first time since 1938.

The Golden Bears are 6-0 for the first time since 1995.

Bryan (4-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League) has a big showdown tomorrow at Patrick Henry (4-2, 4-1).

The Golden Bears are led by junior quarterback Colin Bacon, who accounted for five touchdowns in a win last week over Wauseon.

Perrysburg helps cancer research

The Perrysburg football team will participate Oct. 14 in the Spielman Gridiron Classic IV when it hosts Napoleon at Steinecker Stadium.

The primary goal of the event, which was established by former Ohio State and Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Spielman, is to raise money and awareness for the Stefanie Spielman Fund.

The goal is to reach $100,000 for breast cancer research in Ohio during the football season. In addition, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be sending 500 students to FCA camps during the summer of 2012.

Several activities are planned, including the raffling off a football autographed by Spielman. Fans are asked to wear pink and T-shirts will be on sale in the athletic office and at the game for $10. Donations will be accepted at the gate.

Spielman will visit the school that raises the most money to award a scholarship in honor of his late wife, Stefanie.

Cancer survivors will be admitted to the game free of charge and will be honored at halftime.

Golf

Districts ahead

The Division II and III sectional tournaments were held last week.

At the Division II sectional at Detwiler Golf Course, Liberty Center won the team title with 332 points. Also advancing to the district tournament as teams were runner-up Wauseon (328) and third-place Eastwood (336).

Liberty Center's Tyler Davis was the medalist, carding a 76. Other area individuals advancing were Genoa's Trever McLear (79) and Archbold's Ollie Short (82).

At the Division II sectional at Country Acres Golf Course, Napoleon took the title with 312 points. Bryan was second (320) and Liberty-Benton finished third (329). All three teams advanced to the district at Sycamore Springs Golf Course.

Napoleon's Brandon Lambert shot a 73 to earn medal honors.

In Division III at Green Hills Golf Course, Ottawa Hills won the title (313) followed by Woodmore (316) and Fremont St. Joseph (316). All three teams advance to district.

At Sycamore Springs Golf Course, Van Buren won the team title led by medalist Zeke Wiechart (74).

Elmwood's Kyle Smithley carded a 77 to advance to district. Fostoria St. Wendelin's Kieran Campbell also advanced with an 82.

At Ironwood Golf Course, Maumee Valley's Rick Deichert shared medalist honors with a 73 to advance.

Patrick Henry had two golfers make it to district as Tim Gerken (77) and Jim Jacobs (82) advanced. North Baltimore took third as a team to qualify.

The D-I sectionals began this week. The top five teams and top five individual scorers that are not on a qualifying team will compete in the D-I district on Oct. 13 at Red Hawk Golf Course.

Cross country

Bedford boys, Northview girls win

Bedford edged out Findlay for the Division I boys team title at the Eagle Invitational at Pearson Park.

Adam Horace was the Kickin' Mules' highest finisher, placing sixth with a time of 16:53.4. The Trojans had two runners finish second and third. Shadd Rissler was runner up (19:39.6), while Matt Waaland was third (16:41.9).

Bowsher's D'Angelo Sharpley captured the individual title in the D-I race with a time of 16:34.8.

In the combined Divisions II-III boys race, Liberty-Benton squeezed by Lake for the title.

The Eagles were led by Eric Duvall, who placed fourth (17:07.1). The Flyers' Scott Brittenham was sixth (17:25.6).

Nick Raymond of Erie Mason was the individual champ at 16:25.3.

On the girls side, Northview won both the D-I race as the Wildcats' Alison Work came in first with a time of 19:03.0, while teammate Abby Masters was second (19:08.1).

Notre Dame was second, followed by Anthony Wayne.

In the Division II-III race, Liberty-Benton and Wauseon tied for the title.

Delainey Phelps of Toledo Christian won in 19:57.8, while Wauseon's Taylor Vernot was second in 20:16.0.

Audra Schroeder paced L-B with a seventh-place finish (20:46.4).

Hall of fame

Archbold inducts 10

Ten athletes recently joined the Archbold athletic hall of fame.

The 2011 inductees include: Mervin Farber (1929-1949) Larry Christy (1971-2010), Johnny Miller (class of 1924), John Young (1952), Neil Spengler (1956), Roger Springer (1967), Dave Rychener (1968), Dave Walker (1981), Kelly Short Tesar (1984), and Jodi Miller Walker (1988).

Farber coached four sports and won 278 basketball games.

Christy was a sportscaster for WMTR radio for 40 years and won eight varsity letters.

Miller led the 1924 basketball team to a state runner-up finish.

Young won 10 letters in three sports and led the basketball team to a 22-2 record his senior year.

Spengler earned 13 letters in four sports and worked as color commentator with Christy for 37 years.

Springer has held the NWOAL single-game scoring record in basketball with 48 points in a game for 44 years.

Rychener won 10 letters in three sports and held the school record for the 800-meter run for 43 years.

Walker earned 12 letters in five sports, including five his senior season.

Short Tesar played on state championship teams in volleyball (1982) and softball (1982 and 1984).

Miller Walker was All-Ohio first team in both volleyball and softball.

Contact Mark Monroe at: mmonroe@theblade.com, 419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.



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