Fort Loramie boys, girls cross country win SCAL titles


Staff report



Jake Rethman, Joe Ballas, Noah Siegel, left to right, all of Fort Loramie, set the pace for the Shelby County Athletic League championship on Saturday at Anna while Ethan Knouff and Tristin Freisthler of Houston keep close. Jake Rethman won the individual title with a time of 16:21.

Jake Rethman, Joe Ballas, Noah Siegel, left to right, all of Fort Loramie, set the pace for the Shelby County Athletic League championship on Saturday at Anna while Ethan Knouff and Tristin Freisthler of Houston keep close. Jake Rethman won the individual title with a time of 16:21.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Angel Rodriguez, front to back, of Fort Loramie, stays ahead of Russia’s Anna Fiessinger and Botkins’ Brooklyn Flora and Makenna Maurer.


Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

ANNA — Fort Loramie’s boys and girls cross country teams won Shelby County Athletic League titles on Saturday at Anna in the league’s championship race. The boys won with 30 points and a team time of 1:25:51, and the girls won with 27 points and a team time of 1:44:12.

Fort Loramie’s Jake Rethman won the individual boys title with a time of 16:21, nearly 30 seconds faster than teammate Joe Ballas, who was second with 16:49. It completes a remarkable run for Rethman, who has not lost a race to another SCAL runner since seventh grade.

Fort Loramie sophomore Danielle Berning won the girls race with a time of 19:59. She was 10 seconds faster than Russia senior Megan Frazier, who was second.

The rest of Fort Loramie’s top seven boys runners included Noah Siegel, 5, 17:06.2; Collin Luthman 8, 17:37.2; Jordan Drees, 14, 17:56.4; Mitchell Berning, 16, 17:57.7; and Gavin Schulze, 21, 18:29.8.

The Houston boys cross country team finished second with 54 points and a team time of 1:28:01. Tristin Freistuhler was the Wildcats’ fastest runner at No. 4 with a time of 17:02.

The rest of the Houston’s top seven included Ethan Knouff, 6, 17:08.6; Blake Jacobs, 11, 17:50.2; Dakota Francis, 15, 17:57.3; Jacob Slater, 18, 18:02.4; Parker Cox, 20, 18:23.6; and Patrick Meiring, 23, 18:43.9.

Botkins finished third and was led by Austin Fullenkamp, who finished third individually with a time of 16:57.

The rest of the Trojans’ top seven included Alan Fullenkamp, 12, 17:52.5; Elliot Goubeaux, 22, 18:40.2; Donovan Brown, 25, 18:49.4; DJ Poeppelman, 32, 19:18, Ethan Aufderhaar, 41, 19:41.7; and Brock Rogers, 50, 20:05.7.

Anna finished fourth.

The Rockets’ top seven included Jacob Robinson, 7, 17:36.2; Patrick Toller, 13, 17:52.9; Jacob Osborne, 30, 19:12.8; Derek Arling, 34, 19:22.6; Caleb Gaier, 35, 19:24.5; Cameron Bowsersock, 37, 19:32.5; and Preston Shannon, 38, 19:34.9.

Jackson Center finished fifth.

The Tigers’ top seven included Parker Morris, 9, 17:38.9; Christopher Elchert, 19, 18:18.7; Aidan Reichert, 28, 18:55.3; T.J. Esser, 31, 19:14.1; Jeremy Burch, 33, 19:19.5; Elisha Burch, 47, 19:53.7; and Grant Lowry, 49, 20:02.

Russia finished sixth.

The Raiders’ top seven included Zachary Bell, 10, 17:43.5; Gavin George, 17, 18:00.1; Nicholas Caldwell, 27, 18:51.3; Jonathon Bell, 44, 19:48.0; Ajay Seger, 48, 20:01.0; Henry Tumbusch, 60, 20:44.2; and Will Magoto, 63, 20:57.3.

Fairlawn finished seventh.

The Jets’ runners were Alan Asher, 40, 19:38.7; Stephen Blanford, 42, 19:44.7, Isaac Ambos, 54, 20:29.3; Jordan Henman, 55, 20:30.4, and Austin Lavins, 68, 22:23.4.

Aside from Berning, the rest of Fort Loramie’s top seven girls runners included Paige Rethman, 3, 20:27.4; Corynn Heitkamp, 6, 20:56.7; Caitlyn Gasson, 8, 21:14.8; Danielle Eilerman, 9, 21:33.7; Angel Rodriguez, 12, 21:57.2; and Jenna Thomas, 16, 22:11.

Russia’s girls team was second.

Aside from Frazier, the Raiders’ top seven runners included Becca Seger, 5, 20:51.3; Claire Meyer, 7, 21:00.9; Anna Fiessinger, 13, 22:04.0; Becky Pinchot, 23, 22:46.3; Clare Caldwell, 25, 22:48.1; and Emma Delaet, 27, 22:58.0.

Botkins finished third. Emma Koenig was the Trojans’ fastest runner at No. 10 with a time of 21:40.2.

The rest of the Trojans’ top seven included Brroklyn Flora, 14, 22:06; Makenna Maurer, 15, 22:08.1; Liza Aselage, 17, 22:14.5; Kelsie Burmeister, 18, 22:23.2; Jill Greve, 22, 22:41.6; and Arica Jutte, 28, 23:09.2.

Houston’ finished fourth.

The Wildcats’ top seven included Hollie Voisard, 4, 20:43.7; Morgan Ely, 11, 21:46.9; Danielle Stephenson, 26, 22:52.1; Addie White, 34, 24:02.4; Andrea Mantor, 44, 26:18.7; Kierstyn Oberdorff, 47, 26:39.5; and April Stammen, 48, 27:19.1.

Anna finished fifth.

Addison Brewer was the Rockets’ fastest runner at No. 30 with a time of 23:26.9. The rest of Anna’s top seven runners included Gracen Rogers, 32, 23:45.4; Ashleigh Jurosic, 35, 24:17.6; Jada Rowland, 49, 27:43.6; Lilly Toller, 50, 27:58.4; Molly Batchelder, 52, 28:22.8.

Jackson Center had four girls compete individually. Deanna Lowry was the Tigers’ fastest runner at No. 29 with a time of 23:15.2. Ariana Gross was No. 42 with 26:05.4, Jesci Baum was No. 51 with 28:11 and Jasci Baum was No. 53 with 29:17.

Madison Huelskamp was Fairlawn’s lone girls runner. She finished No. 41 with a time of 25:22.1.

Sidney boys 13th, girls 15th at GWOC meet

Sidney’s boys team finished 13th in the 19-team GWOC boys race on Saturday in Centerville.

Ian Bonifas was Sidney’s fastest runner at No. 39 with 17:40.6. The rest of Sidney’s top seven runners included Gavin Bockrath, 56, 18:27.8; Aidan Tangeman, 76, 18:57.7; Spencer Karn, 100, 20:30; Ben Spangler, 101, 20:32.2; Patrick McClain, 103, 20:35.7; and Noah Townsend, 111, 21:28.8.

The Yellow Jackets’ girls squad finished 15th out of 17 teams. Mariana Kellner was Sidney’s fastest runner at No. 64 with 22:34.

The rest of Sidney’s runners included Naida Stephens, 85, 24:59.3; Camryn Smith, 90, 25:36.4; Mikayla Smedley, 93, 25:44.8; and Savannah Garber, 95, 25:49.3.

Jake Rethman, Joe Ballas, Noah Siegel, left to right, all of Fort Loramie, set the pace for the Shelby County Athletic League championship on Saturday at Anna while Ethan Knouff and Tristin Freisthler of Houston keep close. Jake Rethman won the individual title with a time of 16:21.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/10/web1_SDN101617Cross1-1.jpgJake Rethman, Joe Ballas, Noah Siegel, left to right, all of Fort Loramie, set the pace for the Shelby County Athletic League championship on Saturday at Anna while Ethan Knouff and Tristin Freisthler of Houston keep close. Jake Rethman won the individual title with a time of 16:21. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Angel Rodriguez, front to back, of Fort Loramie, stays ahead of Russia’s Anna Fiessinger and Botkins’ Brooklyn Flora and Makenna Maurer.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/10/web1_SDN101617Cross2-1.jpgAngel Rodriguez, front to back, of Fort Loramie, stays ahead of Russia’s Anna Fiessinger and Botkins’ Brooklyn Flora and Makenna Maurer. Jason Alig | Sidney Daily News

Staff report