CEDARVILLE – The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team finished fourth at the Division III district cross country meet, qualifying for the regional meet for the 13th consecutive season. The team finish gave the Tigers a district runner-up title in the combined district races.
Reghan Bieleski (3rd, 19:30) and Grace Adams (4th, 19:33) propelled the Tigers to the finish.
Also placing for WL-S were Payton Umphries in 34th (21:33), Kiana Reames in 55th (22:27), Lydia Moell (22:30), Jenna Magnuson in 59th (22:37) and Lauren Fowler in 89th (24:00).
The boys’ team finished 8th to squeak into its 7th consecutive regional.
Nick Williams (10th, 17:03), Noah Smith (29th, 17:42), Cade Clerico (58th, 18:20), Michael Conley (67th, 18:31), Charlie Williams (74th, 18:39), Isaac Smith (86th, 18:59) and Bryan Woods (111th, 19:46) raced for the Tigers.
“The number one goal coming into the district meet was to prolong the season one more week, and to accomplish that feels really good,” WL-S Coach Mike Louden said, adding that Conley is fighting injury.
The Tigers are now 121-42, while the Lady Tigers are 121-18. Both compete at the Troy Regional on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
WL-S girls soccer wins
West Liberty-Salem defeated Newton, 2-0, in the Division III girls soccer sectional on Saturday.
Taylor Lauck and Kenedie Cox each scored for the Tigers, with Gabby Hollar notching an assist. Paige Shafer had 2 saves between the posts for WL-S.
The Tigers (14-2-0) will play Milton-Union on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Franklin High School for the sectional title.
Tiger volleyball loses
Versailles beat West Liberty-Salem, 25-8, 25-7, 25-10, in the Division III sectional volleyball final at Brookville on Saturday.
WL-S boys soccer falls
Botkins defeated West Liberty-Salem, 3-2, in the Division III boys soccer sectional on Saturday. The match went to penalty kicks.
The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. After 2 overtime periods of 15 minutes each neither team could win. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Botkins made its first 4 penalty kicks while WL-S made only 2.
Neil Markin scored the first goal for the Tigers (10-6-2) and Ian Wolfe scored the second goal from a Markin assist. Markin’s goal gave him 20 on the season. Gavin Harrison tallied 4 saves in goal for WL-S.
Graham girls clipped
Shawnee defeated Graham, 4-0, in the Division II girls soccer sectional on Saturday.