Hillclimbers savor MRD title

Urbana hosted Indian Lake in Central Buckeye Conference/Mad River Division boys soccer on Wednesday.

The Hillclimbers clinched the MRD title last week with a win over Greenon. It was the first such championship in the school’s history.

“It’s something that we’ve been working toward for four years and we knew we could definitely do it if we put it all together,” UHS Coach Dylan Walker said.

Going into the game against the Lakers, Urbana had four of the division’s top 10 scorers, including the league’s top scorer in Cooper Johnson (17 goals, 39 points) and the league’s second-leading scorer, Mklaine Eggleston (13 goals, 35 points). Trevor Adams and Makay Lemieux are also in the top 10.

“It’s really good to have four guys to rely upon. We’ve had some really good fortune and a lot of guys playing at the top of their game,” Walker said.

In addition to the terrific offense, the Hillclimbers’ defense has been surprisingly sturdy, anchored at the back end by keeper Tristin Williams, who was second in the MRD in saves (96) and first in save percentage (.810) among players with more than one game played. He also recorded three shutouts, the most of any player.

“Not only do we have a good scoring team, but we also have a good defensive team,” Walker said. “We’re playing some really good soccer right now.”

Urbana will take that confidence and carry it into the sectional tournament against Graham on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Hillclimbers will host that game beginning at 7 p.m.

WL-S soccer ties SCC

The West Liberty-Salem boys soccer team tied perennial state power Springfield Catholic Central, 1-1, to close out the regular season. Ralph Levan scored from a Cole McDaniel assist for the Tigers’ goal. Elias Kirker-Napiorkowski recorded 7 saves.

“The defensive unit played focused the entire evening,” said WL-S Coach Tim Wolfe.

It was the first time in program history that WL-S didn’t lose to SCC since OHC play began in 2001.

WL-S finished the regular season at 8-6-2 overall and hosts Xenia Christian in the first round of the tournament on Oct 24.

M’burg girls win

Mechanicsburg beat Northeastern, 2-1, in OHC girls soccer on Wednesday.

For the Indians, senior captain Sydney Hux had 5 shots on goal and one assist, sophomore Tori Jacobs had one goal scored, two additional shots on goal and one assist, sophomore Meagan Hux had one shot on goal and freshman Kameron Loveless had one goal scored and three additional shots on goal. Senior keeper Chayna Sanford had 13 saves.

Junior high football

In 8th grade action, Graham defeated Ben Logan, 28-8.

Junior high volleyball

The WL-S 7th graders ended their season with a loss to Catholic Central, 25-23, 25-23. Emily Bolton and Olivia Muirhead each had 4 aces and 4 good serve receives, Selena Weaver had 3 kills and Maddie Hutton added 3 assists for the Tigers.

Coaches needed at WL-S

West Liberty-Salem is in need of the following coaching positions for the 2015-16 sports seasons: winter middle school cheerleading advisor, high school wrestling assistant and middle school track assistant.

For more information, contact Jake Vitt at (937) 465-1149 or jvitt@wlstigers.org.

Urbana’s Trevor Adams makes a move past his Indian Lake defender Wednesday night at Urbana.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/10/web1_TrevorAdams101415.jpgUrbana’s Trevor Adams makes a move past his Indian Lake defender Wednesday night at Urbana.

Citizen staff report