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Published: Wednesday, 9/25/2013

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ND’s Worthy commits to Radford

Springfield's tennis coach reaches milestone; Wauseon repeats in NWOAL golf tourney; Clay hosts massive cross-country invitational

BY DONALD EMMONS
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
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Notre Dame senior Jayda Worthy made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Radford (Va.) University.

The 5-foot-11 forward, who was named to the All-Blade team, has helped the Eagles make two trips to the Division I state tournament. Notre Dame has won back-to-back Three Rivers Athletic Conference titles.

Last season she had averaged a team-leading 13.5 points, while grabbing 7.1 rebounds.

Notre Dame coach Travis Galloway said Worthy decided to attend the Division I college that plays in the Big South Conference not long after returning from an official recruiting visit.

“I’m excited for her and her family to get that whole process behind her,” Galloway said. “It was her only official visit that she had taken, and she just liked it there. She felt very connected with the coaching staff right away and the players right away.

“They’re going to get somebody who is going to produce. She’s a three-year starter and is a kid who just puts up numbers. She’s a great defender who can guard multiple positions.”

 

Tennis

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Ciminillo reaches milestone

It’s been a memorable season for Springfield girls tennis coach Gina Ciminillo.

In her 13th year, Ciminillo reached 100 career victories when the Blue Devils defeated Maumee.

“It’s not just me, it’s the kids,” said Ciminillo.

Springfield, led by No. 1 singles player Macey Mauriello, closed out the regular-season schedule with a 3-2 victory against Southview. Ciminillo owns a 101-100 career record after the Blue Devils completed this season at 9-7.

Springfield has 23 players on the varsity and junior varsity teams, and it was the first victory over the Cougars in 10 years. The Devils also won the Jack Wallington Tennis Classic, an event they hosted.

Heading into the NLL tournament Mauriello owns a 11-8 record. No. 2 singles player Nikki Geiser is 10-8, while No. 1 doubles Haley Baxter and Sulli Sanders are 8-7. All are juniors, except Sanders, who is a freshman.

“I think it’s all coming together,” Ciminillo said. “I’ve got a lot of young kids coming through the lineup.”

 

Golf

Indians repeat in NWOAL

Wauseon’s Trevor Dominique paced the Indians to a second straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League golf tournament at the Auglaize Golf Club in Defiance.

Dominique, a junior, earned medal honors after shooting a 74. Clay Tefft placed second with a a 75. David Williams had a 77, Brady Rupp 84, Anna Marshall 94, and Tyler Clausen 98.

Wauseon (310) was followed by Bryan and Swanton, which each had 320.

Liberty Center’s Zach Sidel and Bryan’s Jaret Miller tied Williams at 77.

Lake boys, Elmwood girls win NBC titles

Lake claimed the Northern Buckeye Conference boys gold championship after placing second in the conference tournament.

The Flyers’ tournament play paired with their four league shootouts gave them thetitle. Lake had a combined 40 points to edge Eastwood and Woodmore, which finished with 39 apiece.

Ian Johnson shot a round of 77 at Green Hills Golf Course to lead the Flyers, who finished with a 332. Michael Kranz posted 82, Dylan Mauder 85, Owen Johnson 86, Jeff Wilson 87, and Lucas Zeh 90.

Woodmore’s Alex Gedert shot a 69 to take medal honors.

Elmwood captured the NBC girls championship.

Taylor Carr, named league player of the year, and teammate Sierra Semko each shot a 98 apiece, but Carr as the medalist after winning a one-playoff.

Alexis Miller had a 100 for the Royals, who finished a 398. Eastwood and Otsego tied at 449, but the Eagles took second-place based on having a lower fifth-player score.

 

Cross country

Eagles host invitational

Clay is hosting one of the area’s biggest cross country invitationals of the season Saturday at Pearson Park.

The Eagles Invitational involves two varsity boys races and girls races with about 16 schools represented in each.

The Perrysburg boys team and Northview girls team won the D-I team titles, respectively, at last year’s event. The Sandusky Perkins boys team and the Lexington girls team won the D-II and III titles.

Contact Donald Emmons at: demmons@theblade.com, 419-724-6302 or on Twitter @DemmonsBlade.



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