PREP ROUNDUP | Chippewa gets big WCAL win over Dalton

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Saturday, Dec. 4

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Chippewa 56, Dalton 35

Chippewa, which came into the season as one of the Wayne County Athletic League title contenders, sent a huge message with a win over Dalton.

Opening up with a 20-7 start from the opening tip, the Chipps withstood the Bulldogs punch in the second quarter to finish off the win by outscoring their opponents 30-16 the rest of the way.

“Dalton and us have been in some pretty good games over the years,” said Chippewa coach Denny Schrock. “It was just simply two good teams playing each other and we just happened to get the upper hand. I have a lot of respect for Katie [Miller] and her program. It’s always a good game playing them.”

The Chipps were led by a big day from Abby Henegar, who had 16 points and five rebounds, and Annabel Rodriquez with 13 points and five boards. Kendal Shiarla poured in 10 and Sky Regan finished with five points for Chippewa.

“Last Friday, when we played Big Walnut, we learned a lot about ourselves,” said Schrock. “[Big Walnut] was a very physical Division I school. We are now at full capacity, with our soccer and volleyball girls getting acclimated together. They are all doing a great job.”

Pacing the Bulldogs were Kylee Johnson with 13 points and two assists and Addesa Miller with eight.

Triway 56, Orrville 25

Caitlin Titler exploded with 14 points in the second quarter to key a 25-4 run in Triway’s Principals Athletic Conference win over Orrville. Titler wrapped up her big day with 17 points, five steals and four rebounds.

Leading the Titans in scoring was Aaliyah Wirth with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Kelsie Himes finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Kalie Campbell ran the show for Triway with five assists and Mallory Fluharty added six points in the win.

Abby Gonzales paced the Red Riders with six points, three rebounds and two assists, and Annie Ayers snared a team-high seven rebounds to go with five points. Abby Ankenman added four points and snared five boards and Ella Gonzales finished with three points and two steals.

Norwayne 42, Akron Ellet 35

A combination of ferocious rebounding and aggressive offensive play in transition proved to be key as Norwayne fended off an athletic Ellet squad.

Annabel Stanley scored five and Lacy Hess had four to spark a 15-5 second quarter run before the ‘Cats extended it out to 32-16 in the third quarter. They hung on late as Ellet rallied to cut it to seven to finish the game.

“It was a hard-fought win against a really well-coached Ellet team,” said Bobcats coach Dan Brown. “[Ellet] is much-improved from last year and today was kind of a strange game for us. We were up 11 for most of the game and we just couldn’t extend the lead. A lot of that credit goes to Ellet. They played ridiculously hard.”

Attacking the glass were Shelby Vaughn and Andrea Maibach as they extended possessions and limited Ellet to one and done. Vaughn finished with a team-high 12 points on the day, Maibach scored eight and Stanley matched Maibach with eight points in the win. Hess finished with seven points and Savannah Vaughn had five in the win.

“I am proud of our girls for battling, it wasn't a picture perfect day for us,” said Brown. “It’s win. You take those and I am proud of our progress.”

“Shelby had a great game at both ends of the floor and it was good to see the balanced scoring throughout the lineup. We just got some things to clean before we go to Chippewa next week, that’s a good team and another league battle.

Smithville 48, New London 12

An 18-3 second quarter run broke open an 11-5 first period lead as Smithville blitzed its way past New London.

Naomi Keib paced the Smithies with 13 points and Kailynn Wickens chipped in eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Cammi Wicken added eight points and had five steals, Audrey Sidle added seven points and five boards, and Madi Singer totaled seven points.

Loudonville 64, Crestline 9

Loudonville left no doubt in this Mid-Buckeye Conference clash with Crestline as it rolled to a 20-2 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Corri Vermilya led the charge by sinking five triples and scoring 32 points as she clipped the 30-point mark for the third time this year. Shalen Guilliams was also terrific as she buried five trifectas and finished with 21 points.

Northwest 32, Tuslaw 28

An early 7-4 lead and a 17-16 advantage at the break all disappeared in the second half as Tuslaw fell to Northwest. The Indians rallied by finishing on a 16-11 run to secure the win.

The Mustangs were led on the night by Abby Hoiles, who hit a trio of trifectas and finished with 14 points and Kasi Tully added seven.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Chippewa 54, Rittman 36

Caleb Gasser scored 25 points and Chippewa held Rittman to 21% shooting to earn a big WCAL win over its rival.

Nick Tsimpiris added 12 for Chippewa and Logan Toler also scored nine points as the Chipps outscored Rittman 30-17 in the second half.

Bryce Holmes led Rittman with 13 points.

Open Door Christian 53, Central Christian 49

Going on the road, Central Christian was on pace to get the win as it led 41-35 entering the final quarter to Open Door. The final eight minutes proved to be tough as the Comets were outscored 18-8 the rest of the way.

Caden Granger led the charge for Central Christian by hitting a trio of trifectas and scoring 19 while Andrew Miller and Dakota Kerby both had nine points. Tyler Bonner chipped in eight for the Comets.

Mapleton 76, Loudonville 57

Loudonville fell in this battle of Ashland County schools as it fell to Mapleton.

Leading the way for the Redbirds was Zach Frankford, who drained four triples and had a team-high 23 points. Aaron Stephenson tossed in a dozen while Brady Gessner and Isaac Gessner both scored seven points.

WRESTLING

Austin Smiley Invitational

Plymouth rolled to the team title at the Austin Smiley Invitational in a field featuring several local teams.

Wooster placed fifth with 128 points, Dalton placed seventh, Hillsdale eighth and Smithville ninth.

Smithville's Devan Greathouse (132 pounds), Dalton's Kaden Russell (138), Wooster's Dylan Hudson (144), Dalton's Greyson Siders (157), Wooster's Grant Hoffman (165) and Hillsdale's Wyatt Carpenter (215) led the way locally with second-place finishes in their weight classes.

Several top wrestlers from area teams did not compete Saturday.

Cambridge Invitational

Competing in a tough Cambridge Invitational, West Holmes finished sixth on the day with a team score of 162.

Leading the way for the Knights was Brady Smith, who won a title at his weight class. Joining Smith inside the top four were Mason Taylor, Dylan Strouse, Conner Varnes and Blake Norman with third-place finishes, and Noah Tish, who took fourth. Grady Toye and Cole Porter both finished fifth as Gabe Averbukh added a seventh place finish.

Orrville Triangular

Orrville opened up its season by going 1-1 on the day against a pair of Principals Athletic Conference rivals. The Red Riders fell to Fairless 31-30 and defeated Manchester 43-12.

Going 2-0 on the days were Conner Chereson (126), Skiler Veemara, who was at both 132 and 138, Paul Hostetler (157), Jack Waldron (175) and Brenden Betts (285).

Tom Ellis Classic

Chippewa had a strong start to it’s season as it finished third out of 14 teams at the Tom Ellis Classic. The grapplers in Blue and White earned one champion and four placers inside the top four.

Cam Davis won his weight class at 138 while Albert Moreno (157) and Nate Morris (215) both finished third on the day. Brock Shy added a fourth-place finish as Gabi Gartin (120), Trent Zollinger (175) and Neil Miller (190) all finished in fifth.

SWIMMING

Boardman Invitational

Wooster standout diver Brooke Balas opened her senior campaign in style with a six consistent dives and scores. Her best dive came on her last attempt with a 47.25, she scored a 44.4 on her second and a 43.7 on her fifth attempt to pile up a total of 253.95 on the day.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Prep Roundup: Chippewa gets big WCAL win over Dalton

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