Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Crusader 8th-grade girls net split
The Norwell 8th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated Woodside 38-34 Tuesday night to gain a split. Woodside won the 7th-grade contest 37-23.
Laken Chaney scored 11 points and Kelsey Beer 10 to lead the 8th-grade Crusaders. Alicia Coleman added nine points, while Olivia Geiger finished with five, Kylee Byerly two and Kendal Beckstein one.
Hanna Smith had eight points for the Crusaders’ 7th-graders. Erika Thornton added five points, three rebounds and two steals. Liara Isnogle had four points and two steals. Caitlin Herndon grabbed four rebounds.

7th-grade Tiger girls post win
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams came away with a split Tuesday night at Woodburn.
The 7th-grade Tigers won 23-6 to improve to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the Allen County Athletic Conference. Emma Thompson had seven points and Erin McKinley six to pace the 7th-graders, while Kennedy Johnson had four. Catie Neuenschwander, Morgan Corle and Jenean Steffen rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
The 8th-grade Tigers (3-11, 1-5 ACAC) lost 60-19. Taeler Meadows led the 8th-graders with 13 points. Laura Stroud added four and Cassidy McKinney two.

Raider girls split against Leo
The Southern Wells 8th-grade girls’ basketball team recorded a narrow 20-18 victory over Leo Tuesday night to give the Raiders a split in their Allen County Athletic Conference games. Leo won the 7th-grade game 29-20.
Carissa Carter scored six points to lead the 8th-grade Raiders, while Ashton Prible and Hilary Paxson each netted five points. Olivia Mossburg had four.
Meghan Yencer tallied eight points to lead the 7th-grade Raiders. Kiara Leas added six. Megan Lefebvre, Timber Tucker and Alison Blevins each had two to complete the scoring.

Spring training for runners, walkers
The Ouabache River Runners, YMCA and Bluffton Regional Medical Center will be offering a training program for those looking to increase their fitness level with a goal of completing a spring race. This is a 12-week program, starting Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will include weekly informational meetings and group runs/walks.
The first meeting will be held in Room 401 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and payment may be made on the first night. However, registration is required before. For registration information, please contact Lisa at

Bluffton MS needs coaches
The Bluffton Athletic Department is seeking candidates and taking applications for middle school track coaching positions. Interested applicants, who are qualified, should contact Steve Thompson, athletic director, at or 824-3724 as soon as possible.

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