WHHS girls 3rd at OCC cross country; Lady Hawks soccer wins

WHHS girls 3rd at OCC cross country; Lady Hawks soccer wins

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A look at the past week in area sports:

West Holmes

The West Holmes girls’ cross country team finished third in the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 16. Lexy Starner and Zora Starner finished seventh and eighth to earn first-team All-OCC honors. They ran 20:17 and 20:18, respectively. Noelle Smith finished 11th in 20:44 to earn second team All-OCC. Brenna Myers finished 23rd and Carolyn Miller finished 24th to round out the scoring. Autumn Conner and Olivia Sampsel also competed for the varsity.

The Knights boys’ cross country team finished fifth in the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 16. Zeke Galbraith was the runner up in the race in 16:35 to earn first team All-OCC honors. Hunter Uptain finished 30th in 18:42. Jacob Miller finished 33rd, Braydyn Lemon 34th, and Nathan Young 36th. Mac Miller and Blazedyn Mullins rounded out the varsity.

After qualifying for the Div. II district tennis meet by placing second in individual play, Lady Knights senior Madison Baker fell in her opening round of district play 6-1, 6-0.

The Knights’ freshman football team won a thriller over Ashland, coming back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to post a 30-28 win. The Knights tied the game with a Zach Shepler touchdown run and an Elijah Williams-Dixon 2-point conversion run gave the Knights the lead with under two minutes to play. The defense had to make a goal-line stand as time expired on the one-yard-line to preserve the victory. The win improves the Knights' record to 6-1 and 4-1 in the OCC, where they were co-champs.

Five-game matches are becoming a part of West Holmes’ identity, and on Thursday, Oct. 14 they were at it again, this time going the distance with Clear Fork. With a terrific final game effort, the Lady Knights carved out a 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-7 victory.

Brynlee Reed led the lady Knights in service points, rifling off 16 winners including three aces. She added 32 assists, 2.5 blocks and four digs. Ella McMillen served nine points and hammered three kills to go with 11 digs, Harmony Mast racked up 12 service points and 113 kills along with 17 digs in a tremendous game, Jerzey Morris served for seven points and added eight digs, Zaylie Shultz had eight kills and four points, Peyton Carrathers served eight points and three aces, adding 13 digs, Avery Yoder had seven kills, two blocks and four digs and Daphne Alexander had four kills and four blocks.

The Lady Knights soccer team trounced Triway 8-1 in a game that saw West Holmes bolt to an insurmountable 6-0 halftime edge. Allie McMillen soared past the 30-goal mark on the season with four goals, and WHS got one goal apiece from Natalie Rohr, Sienna Snow, Averee Troyer and Kali Woods. Assists went to Rohr, Avery Arnold, Troyer, Woods, Kenzie Fair, while Mia Halverson added three stops in net and Bri Parks tacked on one.

The Knights boys’ soccer team hammered its way to victory in a 6-1 win over Sandy Valley. WHHS took 17 shots on goal, leading to the lopsided win. Camron Arnold rocked home three goals for the hat trick, while Ethan Feikert, Brody Schaad and Hunter Eberhard added single tallies. Arnold also had three assists in an ultra-productive game, while Jonathan Neubert played well between the posts.

The West Holmes golf team wrapped up a very successful campaign at districts at Eagle Sticks Golf Course, where the Knights placed fourth. Senior Brody Allen shot a 79 to lead the Knights. Sophomores Grady Toye carded an 82, Trey Baker shot an 84 and senior Brice Hunter had an outstanding back nine to finish the scoring with an 85.


In a double feature for the varsity teams, Hiland worked past rival Kidron Central Christian an Oct. 14 soccer date for both the boys and girls.

The Lady Hawks posted an 8-0 shutout win over the Comets, scoring quickly in the game’s third minute when Kate Kaufman scored an unassisted goal. Paige Gertz and Emily Gingerich each scored first half winners off assists from Kylee Kaufman and Alex Weaver and Hiland took a 3-0 lead into intermission.

The floodgates opened in the second half for Hiland, starting with a Gertz score off an assist from Lydia weaver just two minutes into the half. Gertz struck again five minutes later to make it 5-0. Kylie Lapp fed Kailyn Miller for a score, Bryn Yoder assisted n Miah Miller’s goal and Hiland wrapped up its scoring when Kate Bodiker fed Bryn Yoder for the eighth goal. Hiland’s defense did not allow a shot on goal in the contest.

The boys then rang up a 4-2 win over a Comets team that always brings with it a great rivalry atmosphere. Caelen Howell continued his recent hot streak by knocking home the game’s first score off an assist from Zeke Bodiker. Central found the neutralizer in the 31st minute with Amos Bixler slamming home a score off an assist from Dallas Hostetler. It stood tied through the half, but Hiland opened the second have with a vengeance, getting two scores in less than three minutes. The first goal came on a Reese Mullet score with help from Zach Mullet and Howell took care of the second one on his own to spot the Hawks to a 3-1 lead.

In the 48th minute, the Hawks got some insurance when Reese Mullet scored his second on a header off a Zach Mullet corner, Central would find success late, scoring in the 67th minute on Silas Coleman’s unassisted score, but this night belonged to Hiland.

With the result, both teams went home with identical 10-5-1 records.

The Hiland girls then ripped apart Edison in its tournament opener, winning 12-0. In that win that saw the Lady Hawks improve to 14-2-1, Hiland scored in under one minute, when Kylee Kaufman sent a Mallory Stutzman feed through the posts. Kate Kaufman also took advantage of Stutzman’s generous play, Kristen Miller scored off a Gertz assist, and Kate Kaufman scored on Stutzman’s third assist, giving Hiland a 4-0 lead, all before 10 minutes had expired off the clock.

Hiland then spread the scoring around, getting two goals from Gertz and Lapp and individual tallied from Brynne Coil, Kristen Miller, Bodiker and Gingerich. Lapp and Lydia Mast each had a pair of assists in a win that saw Hiland outshoot its opponent 25-3.