Thursday roundup: Fairlawn, Lehman Catholic win sectional openers at Covington


Sidney, Lehman, Anna girls soccer win tourney games

By Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



Fairlawn’s Macalla Huelskamp bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.

Fairlawn’s Macalla Huelskamp bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fairlawn's Taylor Lessing sets the ball during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fairlawn's Jessie Abke serves during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fairlawn’s Vaegus Gallimore goes for a block during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington. Gallimore had seven kills in the Jets’ 3-1 victory.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic's Oliva Lucia tries to block as Mississinawa Valley's Kya Lavy spikes during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Reese Geise spikes as Abby Schutt collides with her during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Geise had 11 kills in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic's Heidi Schutt bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic's Lauren McFarland bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Abby Schutt sends the ball over the net during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Schutt had three blocks and 11 digs in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney’s MaKayla Dillinger, left, battles Troy’s Laura Borchers for the ball during a Division I sectional final on Thursday at Troy Memorial Stadium. Dillinger scored two goals for the Yellow Jackets in a 3-2 victory.


Lee Woolery | AIM Media Midwest

Lehman Catholic’s Rylie McIver heads towards the goal after getting past an Indian Lake defender during a Division III sectional final on Thursday in Sidney. McIver scored two goals in the Cavaliers’ 8-0 victory.


Rob Kiser | AIM Media Midwest

Fairlawn's Lonna Heath dives for the ball during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

COVINGTON — Fairlawn started tournament play with a 25-8, 25-8, 22-25, 25-12 victory over Springfield Emmanuel Christian in a Division IV sectional semifinal on Thursday at Covington High School.

Jesse Abke had 15 kills and five aces for the No. 9 seed Jets while Kylee Ginter had 10 kills, Vaegus Gallimore had seven kills and Lonna Heath had nine. Gaillmore also had five aces and Taylor Lessing led the squad with 43 assists. Heath led the squad with 25 digs.

It was the first tournament win in at least four years for Fairlawn (11-12), which advances to face No. 12 Covington in a sectional final on Saturday in Covington.

Lehman Catholic 3, Mississinawa Valley 0

The Cavaliers started postseason play with a 25-7, 25-11, 25-16 victory in a Div. IV sectional semifinal on Thursday in Covington.

Reese Geise and Lauren McFarland each had 11 kills for No. 2 Lehman while Olivia Lucia had 10 kills and three blocks. Abbi Haller led the squad with four aces. Megan Carlisle had 21 assists and Lucy Behr had 11 assists. Abby Schutt had three blocks and 11 digs. Lucia led the team with 18 digs and McFarland added 12.

Lehman (18-4) advances to face No. 15 Springfield Catholic Central in a sectional final on Saturday in Covington.

Sidney 3, Xenia 0

Sidney started tournament play with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 victory in a Div. I sectional final on Thursday at Centerville High School.

Darien McBride led Sidney with nine kills. Faith Bockrath and Norah Houts followed with six while Allie Stockton added five. Bockrath had four aces and Cassidy Truesdale served 18-of-19. Bockrath tallied 21 assists.

Abby Nuss picked up 22 digs for the defense and Bockrath scooped up 20. Anna Brady and Stockton each recorded a solo block and Houts added a block assist.

It was the first tournament win since 2015 for the Yellow Jackets (13-10), which advance to face No. 1 Centerville in a district semifinal on Tuesday in Centerville.

Anna 3, Twin Valley South 0

The Rockets started tournament play with a 25-14, 25-8, 25-9 victory in a Div. III sectional semifinal on Thursday at Brookville High School.

Macy Wiktorowski led No. 6 Anna with 14 kills while Natasha York had seven and Madison Roe and Lauren Barhorst each had five. Mary Landis had 27 assists. Wiktorowski led the squad with 21 digs while Liz Michael had 12 and Emily Bertke had 10. Barhorst had three block assists.

Anna (13-10) advances to face No. 14 Greenon in a sectional final on Saturday in Brookville.

Versailles 3, Bethel 0

The Tigers started postseason play with a 25-8, 25-8, 25-13 victory in a Div. III sectional semifinal on Thursday in Brookville.

No statistics were reported.

No. 4 Versailles (10-10) advances to face No. 17 Middletown Madison in a sectional final on Saturday in Brookville.

Minster 3, Arlington 0

The Wildcats won a Div. IV sectional final 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 on Thursday in New Bremen to set up a district semifinal game against the Cardinals.

Ivy Wolf and Josie Winner each had 10 kills for No. 4 Minster while Averi Wolf had seven kills. Laney Hemmelgarn led the squad with three aces and Kaitlyn Wolf had a team-high 33 assists. Ella Mescher had two blocks, Emily Stubbs had 16 digs and Ivy Wolf had 13 digs.

The Wildcats (16-8) will face New Bremen in a D-IV district semifinal on Monday at Bluffton University. The Cardinals won a Midwest Athletic Conference matchup 3-1 on Sept. 19.

New Bremen 3, Kalida 0

The Cardinals started tournament play with a 25-13, 25-8, 25-25 victory in a Div. IV sectional final on Thursday in New Bremen to set up a district semifinal against Minster.

Macy Puthoff and Josie Reinhart each had 10 kills for No. 1 New Bremen while Taylor Paul had five. Claire Pape had 30 assists and six aces and Diana Heitkamp had five aces. Puthoff had four blocks and Heitkamp had nine digs.

The Cardinals will face Minster in a D-IV district semifinal on Monday at Bluffton. They won a Midwest Athletic Conference matchup 3-1 on Sept. 19.

Girls soccer

Sidney 3, Troy 2

MaKayla Dillinger had two goals and Khia McMillen had a goal and an assist as the 12th-seeded Yellow Jackets rallied from an early one-goal deficit with three unanswered goals then held off the No. 5 Trojans late for a 3-2 upset victory in a Div. I sectional final on Thursday at Troy Memorial Stadium.

It’s the fifth consecutive win for Sidney (10-6-2), which advances to face No. 2 Centerville in the district semifinal round Monday at Miamisburg High School. The squad’s last defeat came on Sept. 25 when the Trojans won an MVL matchup 3-1 in Troy.

The result mirrors 2017, when Troy won a regular-season matchup and eventually captured the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North title but was defeated by Sidney in a tournament game.

Troy dominated play most of the first half, and with 27:47 left until the break Chamber Browning took a pass from Julianna Williams and ripped a shot into the upper 90 from 20 yards out to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

Troy couldn’t add to that lead despite numerous chances, though, and Sidney began to battle back in the final 15 minutes of the half with four chances at corner kicks during that span. And with 2:34 left in the first half, Sidney cashed in on one of those tries as Dillinger got the ball in front of the goal and ripped in a shot to tie the score at 1-1.

Troy dominated play most of the first half, and with 27:47 left until the break Chamber Browning took a pass from Julianna Williams and ripped a shot into the upper 90 from 20 yards out to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

Troy couldn’t add to that lead despite numerous chances, though, and Sidney began to battle back in the final 15 minutes of the half with four chances at corner kicks during that span. And with 2:34 left in the first half, Sidney cashed in on one of those tries as Dillinger got the ball in front of the goal and ripped in a shot to tie the score at 1-1.

Troy began to battle back, though, and with 16:44 remaining Browning scored her second goal of the night, taking a pass from Leah Harnish after Maddie Brewer sent a direct kick into the box and cutting Sidney’s lead to 3-2.

Less than a minute later, though, a Sidney player rolled over top of Browning in Troy’s defensive end, stopping play with 15:53 to go as the trainers tended to the injured Trojan. Browning was not able to return in the game, and though Troy had a handful of chances the rest of the way, it simply could not recover.

Lexee Brewer and Jadah McMillen each added an assist for Sidney. Goalie MaKayla Hurey made 12 saves to preserve the win as Troy outshot Sidney 14-6. Troy senior keeper Paige Nadolny made three saves in the game.

Lehman Catholic 8, Indian Lake 0

The Cavaliers started postseason play with a lopsided win over No. 16 Indian Lake in a Div. III sectional final on Thursday in Sidney.

No. 1 seed Lehman is now 13-1-2 on the season and will play 10th seed Middletown Madison — an 8-0 winner over Franklin Monroe — at 7 p.m. on Monday at Wayne High School in a district semifinal. Madison is 10-6-1.

Rylie McIver scored two unassisted goals for Lehman in the early going and the Cavaliers took it from there. The first came from right side at the 36:22 mark, with the second coming on a corner kick with 30:05 remaining in the half.

Laker goalie Kristen Young caught the corner kick, but her momentum took her into the goal.

“Rylie has had a great senior year,” Lehman coach Jeremy Lorenzo said. “It was nice to see her have a game like that in her final game on our field.”

Lyndsey Jones and Lindsey Magoteaux each added two goals.

Jones scored from the top of the box off a Tori Lachey cross with 26:37 remaining in the half to make it 3-0 and scored the Cavaliers’ final goal with 11:57 remaining in the game on another Lachey assist from the top of the box.

“Lyndsey works really hard,” Lorenzo said. “She hadn’t scored all year, then she had a huge goal against Waynesville (in a 2-2 tie) and she scored twice tonight. To see her getting hot at this time of year is big.”

Magoteaux moved into third place for single-season goals with her 27th and 28th goals Thursday. Gretchen Walter is the record holder with 31 goals and Kalli Holland scored 29.

“I think Lindsey was a little frustrated at first,” Lorenzo said. “Because they were dropping a lot of people back (in the box). But, she settled down and was able to get two goals.”

The first came with 10:24 remaining in the first half to make it 5-0 on an assist from Olivia Monnin. The second came with 16:32 remaining in the game on Lachey’s third assist.

Ava Behr scored a first-half goal on an assist from Noelle Dexter, while the second came from Lucy Ritze on a cross from McIver.

Lehman controlled the game throughout with more than 40 shots, compared to Indian Lake’s five. Heidi Toner and Samantha Clayton combined on the shutout in goal.

Late in the second half, things seemed to get a little chippy on the field. Lehman’s Kailey Higgins was injured on a play that drew a yellow card and an Indian Lake player received a red card in the final minute.

“There really was no reason for that to happen,” Lorenzo said. “In the last 10 minutes, we were playing with nine players. We were already without Ella Black, who was injured against Waynesville.”

Anna 8, Benjamin Logan 0

The Rockets started tournament play with an 8-0 victory over Benjamin Logan in a Div. II sectional final on Thursday in Anna.

Taylor Noll scored three goals for No. 2 seed Anna while Sarah Ham and Tanner Spangler each scored two and Taylor Kauffmann scored one.

Noll had three assists while Ham, Kauffmann, Spangler and Ella Doseck each had one. Goalkeeper Savanna Hostetler had three saves.

Anna (15-0-1) advances to face No. 4 Milton-Union in a district semifinal on Monday at Northmont’s Good Samaritan Stadium.

Fairlawn’s Macalla Huelskamp bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0407-2.jpgFairlawn’s Macalla Huelskamp bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fairlawn’s Taylor Lessing sets the ball during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0405-2.jpgFairlawn’s Taylor Lessing sets the ball during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fairlawn’s Jessie Abke serves during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0558-2.jpgFairlawn’s Jessie Abke serves during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fairlawn’s Vaegus Gallimore goes for a block during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington. Gallimore had seven kills in the Jets’ 3-1 victory.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0737-2.jpgFairlawn’s Vaegus Gallimore goes for a block during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington. Gallimore had seven kills in the Jets’ 3-1 victory. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Oliva Lucia tries to block as Mississinawa Valley’s Kya Lavy spikes during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0210-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Oliva Lucia tries to block as Mississinawa Valley’s Kya Lavy spikes during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Reese Geise spikes as Abby Schutt collides with her during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Geise had 11 kills in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0232-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Reese Geise spikes as Abby Schutt collides with her during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Geise had 11 kills in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Heidi Schutt bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0297-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Heidi Schutt bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Lauren McFarland bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0390-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Lauren McFarland bumps during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Lehman Catholic’s Abby Schutt sends the ball over the net during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Schutt had three blocks and 11 digs in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0127-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Abby Schutt sends the ball over the net during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Mississinawa Valley on Thursday in Covington. Schutt had three blocks and 11 digs in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney’s MaKayla Dillinger, left, battles Troy’s Laura Borchers for the ball during a Division I sectional final on Thursday at Troy Memorial Stadium. Dillinger scored two goals for the Yellow Jackets in a 3-2 victory.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_101719lw_troy_lauraborchers-2.jpgSidney’s MaKayla Dillinger, left, battles Troy’s Laura Borchers for the ball during a Division I sectional final on Thursday at Troy Memorial Stadium. Dillinger scored two goals for the Yellow Jackets in a 3-2 victory. Lee Woolery | AIM Media Midwest

Lehman Catholic’s Rylie McIver heads towards the goal after getting past an Indian Lake defender during a Division III sectional final on Thursday in Sidney. McIver scored two goals in the Cavaliers’ 8-0 victory.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_rylie2-1-1-2.jpgLehman Catholic’s Rylie McIver heads towards the goal after getting past an Indian Lake defender during a Division III sectional final on Thursday in Sidney. McIver scored two goals in the Cavaliers’ 8-0 victory. Rob Kiser | AIM Media Midwest

Fairlawn’s Lonna Heath dives for the ball during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/10/web1_DSC_0563-2.jpgFairlawn’s Lonna Heath dives for the ball during a Division IV sectional semifinal against Springfield Emmanuel Christian on Thursday in Covington.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Sidney, Lehman, Anna girls soccer win tourney games

By Bryant Billing

bbilling@sidneydailynews.com

Troy Daily News sports editor Josh Brown and Piqua Daily Call sports editor Rob Kiser contributed to this article. Brown can be reached at jbrown@aimmediamidwest.com and Kiser can be reached at rkiser@aimmediamidwest.com.

Troy Daily News sports editor Josh Brown and Piqua Daily Call sports editor Rob Kiser contributed to this article. Brown can be reached at jbrown@aimmediamidwest.com and Kiser can be reached at rkiser@aimmediamidwest.com.