ANNA – The West Liberty-Salem boys cross country team placed 7th out of 21 teams at the Anna Invitational on Saturday.
Leading the Tigers were Joey Adams (1st, 15:52), Nick Williams (30th, 17:24), Ross Kelley (38th, 17:38), Michael Conley (52nd, 17:58) and Charlie Williams (65th, 18:20).
Isaac Smith (68th), Andrew Landis (69th), Bryan Woods (75th), Jordan Lewis (87th), James Loffing (124th), Konner Smith (130th) and Zavier Esch (173rd) also ran.
Adams, Nick Williams, Isaac Smith, Landis, Lewis, Loffing and Konner Smith each set new personal bests, while Charlie Williams and Woods ran their best times of the season.
“Normally we wouldn’t be excited with 7th place,” WL-S Coach Mike Louden said. “But considering the depth of the field … we were pleased with the results.”
The WL-S girls cross country team placed 9th out of 18 teams at the Anna Invitational. Graham was 16th.
Leading the Tigers were Reghan Bieleski (26th, 20:34), Caylee Karg (33rd, 21:10), Jenna Magnuson (51st, 21:47), Leah Cole (58th, 22:02) and Lauren Fowler (84th, 22:58).
Taylor Henault (86th), Anna Louden (96th), Madison Woodruff (113th) and Katie Hartsel (128th) also ran.
Karg, Cole and Louden set new personal bests, while Magnuson ran her fastest time of the season.
“We had some standout individual performances, but we just didn’t put it together as a team,” WL-S Coach Ann Vogel said. “I’m hopeful we can regroup this week and prepare and focus on the postseason.”
Triad runs at Kenton
Triad competed in the Kenton Invitational. The girls were 4th out of 6 teams. Competing for the girls were Holly Cole (3rd), Alyssa Ferguson (15th), Alea Ferguson (17th), Sandi Alspaugh (19th), Lyndsey Alspaugh (34th) and Karen Alspaugh (40th).
The boys were 8th out of 8 teams. Competing for the boys were Zack Moore (51st, 23:00), Garrett Nott (65th, 25:55), Austin Deere (66th, 25:55), Jared Anderson (67th, 25:55) and Easton Deady (71st, 35:59).
WL-S soccer falls
West Liberty-Salem lost to Newton, 3-1, in boys soccer.
Neil Markin scored the Tigers’ lone goal on an assist from Cole McDaniel. Elias Kirker-Napiorkowski had 11 saves in goal.
WL-S girls win
West Liberty-Salem (14-1-0) beat Newton, 4-1, in girls soccer.
Gabby Hollar, Lily Yoder, Ally Smith and Madison Oelker scored for the Tigers. Annika Wolfe assisted on three goals and Paige Shafer had 7 saves.
WL-S volleyball splits
West Liberty-Salem volleyball lost to Jackson Center 25-19, 25-12 in non-league action on Saturday. Jamie Peterson had 4 kills, 4 blocks and 8 digd, Olivia Ames had 13 digs and 12 serve receptions and Kylie Gilroy had 10 assists for WL-S.
The Tigers beat Urbana in the second match of the day, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23. Peterson had 19 kills, 4 blocks, 14 digs and 5 aces, Tory Cordell had 9 kills, Ames had 12 digs and 21 serve receptions, Gilroy had 29 assists, Emily Schultz had 10 digs and 7 serve receptions and Allie Yoder had 7 serve receptions and 5 digs.
The WL-S jayvees lost to Jackson Center, 25-6, 25-10. Abby Dillon had 9 digs and Hallie Strapp had 5 for WL-S.
The jayvees beat Urbana, 25-19, 18-25, 25-15. Dillon had 7 digs, Tyanna Seibert had 4 kills and 5 assists and Strapp had 6 kills with 4 assists.
Urbana stats were not reported by press time.
Falcons roll up Greenon
In Graham’s 53-0 football win over Greenon last Friday night, quarterback Gage Braun threw for 197 yards and 4 touchdowns on 6-of-10 passing. He also added a touchdown on the ground. Austin Brayton caught three of those passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns, Tyler Powell caught two passes for 76 yards and a score and Cody Reed had a 36-yard touchdown reception. Trace Smail had 164 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns.
Junior high cross country
West Liberty-Salem’s middle school girls won the Anna Invitational. Katelyn Stapleton (1st, 11:49), Grace Adams (2nd, 12:15) and Madison Bahan (3rd, 12:31) powered the Tigers to victory.
Payton Umphries, Lydie Moell, Savannah Weaver, Aaliyah Speert, Tory Pawelko, Sailor Levan, Mikaela Holdridge, Lili Davis and Jessie Boy all competed.
The boys were 5th. Noah Smith (3rd, 11:21), Gavin Harrison (11th, 12:10) and Cade Clerico (21st, 12:35) paced the Tigers.
Hayden Kennedy, Ian Maurice and Cody Matthews-Moore also competed.