The WL-S girls soccer team saw their record fall to 2-1 after being shut out on the road by a tough Sidney Lehman team. The Tigers were unable to find the net as the Cavaliers shut them out 2-0 on Tuesday night in Sidney. Sophomore Paige Shafer had 7 saves in the loss. The Tigers will again be on the road Thursday night with a tough OHC matchup with rival Springfield Catholic Central at 5:30.
The West Liberty-Salem boy's and girl's cross country teams ran to victories tonight at the Ohio Caverns while competing in the Kiwanis Logan County Cross Country meet. The Big Orange girls were led by freshman Grace Adams with a 1st place finish crossing the finish line with a time of 20:40.7, she was followed by 2nd place finisher and teammate, Regahn Bieleski with a time of 21:08.2. The WL-S girls placed six runners in the top 15.
Coach Ann Vogel commented after the race, " When everyone steps up and does her part, it add up to a lot and thats what we did tonight. It was a total team effort".
A total team effort for sure as the Tigers finished with 24 team points out distancing Bellefontaine, who finished 2nd with 46 points. Triad ran to 3rd with 66 points, followed by Ben Logan with 101.
The WL-S boys won their 6th county meet in 7 years. The Tigers were able to pull out a victory over Bellefontaine with a 6th man tie breaker after both teams finished with 33 points. The Big Orange boys were led by Noah Smith, and his 2nd place time of 18:56.1.
"We are thrilled to repeat as county champs, despite the fact that our game plan going in didn't materialize", Coach Mike Louden commented after the race. Coach Louden shouldered the blame for his team not being prepared after the boys struggled throughout the race.
Coach Louden also praised Coach Davis of the Bellefontaine team, for what he described as a solid battle during tonight's race.
The WL-S girls placers were as follows: The WL-S Boy's Placers:
Grace Adams 1st Noah Smith 2nd
Reghan Bieleski 2nd Michael Conley 3rd
Kiana Reames 6th Nick Williams 4th
Lydia Moell 7th Charlie Williams 10th
Payton Umphpries 8th Bryan Woods 14th
Lauren Fowler 11th Isaac Smith 20th
Sarah Painter 17th Matthew Loffing 22nd
Michaela Holdridge 40th Caleb Siegenthaler 23rd
The West Liberty boy's cross country team finished 7th out of 30 teams with 211 points in the division II/III race at the Bob Schul Invitational over the weekend. Fairfield High School won the small school division with 52 points. The Tigers were led by Senior Micheal Conley who finished 11th with a time of 17:32 out of a total of 333 runners.
The Tiger runners finished as follows:
Conley 11th 17:32.7
Nick Williams 12th 17.32.8
Noah Smith 18th 17:41.3
Charlie Williams 79th 19:12.2
Bryan Woods 106th 19:53.7
Isaac Smith 130th 20:31.3
Caleb Siegenthaler 133rd 20:36.2
Matthew Loffing 152nd 21:00.4
Zavier Esch 207th 22:36.1
Coach Mike Louden said that after the meet he was pleased with the results from the first meet.
"We knew going into it we had a lot of inexperienced guys, so expectations honestly, were just getting familiar with the 5K race itself, and establishing a starting point to build on going forward."
Coach Louden stated that he was pleased with the disciplined races that Conley, Junior Nick Williams, and Freshman Noah Smith ran despite the hot and humid weather conditions throughout the race. Coach Louden also pointed out that Senior Bryan Woods stepped up big for the team despite limited training due to him attending Army Basic Training this summer. Coach Louden commented on Woods' performance stating, " Truly remarkable despite the limited training coming into the meet"
The Tigers will compete again August 30 running in the Logan County Meet being held at the Ohio Caverns beginning at 5:00pm
The West Liberty Salem girls cross country team had a solid season opener, placing 3rd out of 20 teams in the DII/III race at the Bob Schul Invitational in West Milton Saturday.
Top 5 team scores: 1st Minster 27, 2nd Russia 75, 3rd WLS 133, 4th Covington 135, 5th Waynesville 185.
Junior Reghan Bieleski led the Big Orange to a 3rd place finish (20:26.2) in the field of 217 runners, and freshman Grace Adams cracked the top 25 placing 21st (21:51.4). Also placing for the Big Orange were Kiana Reames 38th (23:07), Payton Umphries 43rd (23:26.5), Lydia Moell 56th (24:02.1), Lauren Fowler 70th (24:27), Sarah Painter 96th (25:03.7), Anna Louden 116th (26:41), Savannah Weaver 130th (27:10.1), Tory Pawelko 144th (28:01).
Coach Ann Vogel after today's race, "Placing third and beating two of last year's D3 state qualifying teams (Covington and Xenia Christian) is a good way to start the season. There's plenty of room for improvement however, and we need continue to do the little things that will allow us to be physically and mentally more competitive as the season progresses"
On Saturday August 27, 2016 the West Liberty-Salem girls soccer team will once again play at Crew Stadium when they will take on the Miami East Vikings at 12:15 pm. Check back for game highlights and updates.
8/27/2016 1:07pm The WL-S girls soccer team holds a 2-0 lead over Miami East at halftime at a matchup being played at Columbus Crew Stadium. Gabby Hollar and Taylor Lauck have both found the back of the net for the Tigers.
8/27/2016 1:37pm West Liberty-Salem has jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 31 minutes remaining to play. Gabby Hollar has scored twice for the Tigers.
8/27/2016 1:56pm West Liberty-Salem closes out their non-conference tilt with a 3-0 victory over Miami East at Crew Stadium. Gabby Hollar put 2 goals on the board with Taylor Lauck also finding the back of the net for the Tigers.
The boys and girls Big Orange Cross Country teams open the 2016 season at the Bob Schul Invitational (Milton Union HS) Saturday August 27, 2016. You can follow the cross country teams on their website at www.tigersrun.com or on Facebook at West Liberty Salem Big Orange Cross Country. The full schedule can be found below:
8/27 Bob Schul Invitational
8/30 Logan County Meet @ Ohio Caverns
9/10 Tiffin Carnival
9/24 Ohio Caverns/Max Evans Memorial*
10/1 Buck Creek Invitational
10/8 Anna Rocket Invitational
10/15 OHC Championships @ Ceadarville U
10/22 Districts @ Ceadarville U
10/29 Regionals @ Troy Stadium
11/5 OHSAA State Championship @ Hebron
*Big Orange Alumni 5K & Senior Day see the website for more details
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