survive past Kalida
KALIDA — When one enters the second season in soccer, one almost expects overtime finishes, especially the farther the tournament moves on.
Host Kalida and unbeaten Archbold were the latest to need an extra session to decide their Division III boys district semifinal under the lights Tuesday night at Kalida Soccer Stadium.
The Blue Streaks got a goal from Brodie Nofziger with 10:13 left in overtime to outlast the Wildcats 1-0.
Nofziger beat Wildcat goalkeeper Brent Hovest (3 saves), while Blue Streaks (18-0-0) stopper Emerson Radabaugh grabbed five.
Kalida bows out of the 2012 season at 11-4-3.
McComb brooms Columbus Grove out of volleyball tournament
OTTAWA - McComb overcame Columbus Grove’s early momentum to record a 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 win in the Division IV district volleyball semifinals at Ottawa-Glandorf.
The win sends the Panthers to Thursday’s district finals against Leipsic. Columbus Grove closes the season at 18-7.
Julia Wynn had nine kills for the Bulldogs, while Kelli Vorst had two aces and 14 digs. Faith Huff had three blocks and Rachel Schumacher 16 assists.
In the other matchup, Leipsic rode some early momentum to 25-13, 25-16, 25-18 win over Crestview.
The win sends the Vikings (21-3) into the district finals 6 p.m. Thursday night against McComb.
Kelly Nadler had a big game for the Vikings with eight kills as she was 22-of-25 hitting with eight blocks and was 16-of-16 serving. Nikki Kreinbrink had three aces and 11 digs. Haley Gerten had two aces, 11 kills and 13 digs and Maddie Steffan two aces and five blocks. Amber Gerdeman had 15 kills and four blocks and Emily Ellerbrock had 26 assists as she was 62-of-64 setting.
holds off Bluffton
CONTINENTAL - Continental scored a pair of first-half goals Tuesday that helped them to a 3-2 win over Bluffton in the Division III district boys soccer semifinals at Continental.
The win sends the Pirates to the district finals 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Toledo Central Catholic against either Swanton or Ottawa Hills.
Dallas Geckle had a goal and assist for Continental and Caleb Baker scored two goals. Andrew Hoff and Nathan Bunch scored for Bluffton. David Nester had an assist.
Continental owned a 14-7 lead in shots on-goal. Austin Mansfield had six saves for the Pirates, while Kory Enneking had 11 for Bluffton.
Kalida grad Brinkman
captures national honor
TOLEDO — Freshman Erika Brinkman (Kalida) was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-I Goalkeeper of the Week for her stellar play in three matches last week, while the Express entered the NJCAA D-I poll at No. 16.
It is the first time the program has been nationally ranked since it started last year.
Brinkman helped lead the Express to wins over Indiana Tech JV, Kellogg Community College and Jackson Community College. She saved 12 out of 13 shots on-goal while helping her team outscore the opposition 11-1.
The win against Jackson also marked the 10th shutout that Brinkman and the Express have achieved this year.
Defiance College to host Pink Game on Saturday
DEFIANCE — The Defiance College athletics program and football team will host a Pink Game 2 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 21 Franklin inside the Justin F. Coressel Stadium.
The event is designed to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from the afternoon will go to Sports for the Cure, a Northwest Ohio affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans will be encouraged to purchase pink ribbons, bracelets and pom poms for one dollar each and donations will also be accepted.
For more information on Sports for the Cure, or to learn how to donate, please visit the website at http://www.komennwohio.org/get-involved/komen-activities/sports-for-the-cure.html.