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Norwalk boys win Smithville Invitational

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 3, 2019 at 10:22 PM

ORRVILLE — The Norwalk boys cross country team make the 90-minute trip to The University of Akron-Wayne College in Orrville on Tuesday to compete in the Smithville Invitational for the first time ever.

The trip was worth it, as the Truckers came back with the team championship as five runners finished in the top 11 and eight were among the top 21. Norwalk dominated in scoring just 35 points in the nine-team field.

“The guys were excited to see new competition and run on a new course they’ve never ran on before,” Norwalk coach Drew Karnehm said. “It was a little bit of a shock for them, but they settled right in and took care of business.”

Kyler Kromer led Norwalk (17:19) with his second place overall finish. Not far behind was his brother, Cobey Kromer (17:45), who finished fifth. Rounding out the Truckers were Wyatt Hale (seventh, 18:14), Gabe Hainline (10th, 18:35), Mitchell Sommers (11th, 18:43), Xavier Sweet (18th, 19:44), Luke Brown (19th, 19:49), and Sam Neuberger (21st, 20:01).

“The team is coming along as we are reaching the halfway point in the season,” Karnehm said. “Our biggest challenges at this point are staying healthy and getting plenty of rest and nutrition. The rest will take care of itself.”

For the girls, Kylie Moser (23:32) finished eighth overall earning herself a medal. Also running for Norwalk were Ana Henderson (28th, 26:14), Alena Arndt (51st, 31:29), Sydney Fox (54th, 32:26), Emma Laughlin (55th, 32:40), Kelley Faylor (57th, 33:17) and Kallie Arndt (61st, 35:27).

“We were extremely proud of Kylie,” Karnehm said. “She is building confidence week after week, and her hard work paid off today. Finishing in the top 10 on a new course and facing new competition is a great achievement.”

Norwalk will be competing in the Division I races at the Tiffin Carnival at Hedges-Boyer Park this Saturday.



Norwalk 3, Perkins 1

PERKINS TWP. — Norwalk picked up a key SBC Lake Division road sweep to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Norwalk won by scores of 25-18, 25-23, 25-15.

For Norwalk, Claire Kelley was 28-of-30 hitting with 12 kills, and Mya Neuberger was 32-of-36 with 11 kills. Carly Bilton added eight kills at the net.

Olivia Ward served 11 points with five aces, and was 97-of-101 setting with 30 assists along with 13 digs.

Also for Norwalk, Haleigh Skinner had 26 digs, Kelley added 10 and Elyse Balduff had eight.

“I am proud of the focus and teamwork I saw on the floor tonight,” Norwalk coach Sarah Kipp said. “I had some girls step up tonight in some big ways. Claire Kelley had a great offensive and defensive game, and Haleigh Skinner did a nice job controlling the ball in the back row.

“Overall, I am very happy with the play that I saw from my girls,” she added.

Norwalk will travel to the Gilmour Academy Invitational in Gates Mills on Saturday.


Bellevue 3, Edison 1

BELLEVUE — The Lady Red improved to 6-1 overall with Tuesday’s lengthy four-game win over the visiting Chargers.

Bellevue won by scores of 25-13, 28-30, 25-18 and 25-20.

Molly Bullion was 105-of-106 setting with 41 assists and was 22 for 22 serving with five aces to go with 20 digs to pace the Lady Red.

Taylor Baxter had 24 kills and four blocks, while Kami Hay had 25 digs as well for Bellevue.


Monroeville 3, Plymouth 0

MONROEVILLE — The Eagles improved to 7-0 overall (4-0 Firelands Conference) with Tuesday’s sweep over the Big Red.

Monroeville won by scores of 25-5, 25-1 and 25-12.

For the Eagles, Kelsie Palmer had eight kills and a block, with Kyle Brookes adding seven kills and Reece Kluding had six. Camryn Hedrick had 24 assists and Adrian Barman had 14 digs.

Also for Monroeville, Lydia Landoll served seven aces, followed by Kortney Scheid with six, and Mirena Miller and Hannah Stieber both had three.

The Eagles JV team also improved to 7-0 (4-0 FC) with wins of 25-19, 25-8.



Norwalk 5, Vermilion 0

VERMILION — The Truckers improved to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the SBC Lake Division with Tuesday’s sweep over the host Sailors.

At first singles, it was Megan Berry beating Karysn Brewer (6-1, 6-1), while Emma Trost swept Olivia Stacklin at second singles (6-0, 6-0). Lauren Metcalf defeated Maddy Wersch at third singles (6-0, 6-1).

Gabby Horowitz and Alexa Moore beat Emilley Smith and Kara Shockley at first doubles (6-1, 6-0), while Mara Berry and Erin Bleile swept Hailee Mayer and Sydney Stacklin (6-0, 6-0) at second doubles.

Norwalk is at Fremont Ross today for a non-league match, then will compete in the doubles tournament at Willard on Saturday.


Edison 5, Huron 0

MILAN — The Chargers improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the SBC Bay Division with Tuesday’s sweep of the visiting Tigers.

Jayla Medina got things going at first singles for Edison with a win over Riley Fry (6-2, 6-1). Emily Vogus topped Katelyn Rogers (6-2, 6-0) at second singles, and Alli Vogus beat Madison Stockard at third singles (6-0, 6-3).

At first doubles, it was Kaylee Ries and Tori Keyser over Libby Faflik and Riley Roldan (6-2, 6-0). The No. 2 doubles team of Lindsey Kowalski and Emily Moore won over Lauren Walls and Ella Lamb (6-1, 6-2).


Willard 5, Fre. SJCC 0

WILLARD — The Crimson Flashes improved to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Bay with Tuesday’s sweep of the Crimson Streaks.

Ella Schag got things started at first singles with a win over Olivia Eshelman (6-1, 6-4), while Natalie Van Zoest dropped just one game (6-0, 6-1) in a win over Madison Wilson at second singles. Kalli Sowers beat Mara Wehring at third singles (6-0, 6-0) in a sweep.

At first doubles, Whitney Robinson and Kennedy Daub also swept (6-0, 6-0), while both Becca Slone and Kayleigh Bowers also cruised to a win (6-1, 6-1) at second doubles.



Huron 180, Edison 184

HURON — The Chargers fell by four strokes to the visiting Tigers on Tuesday in an SBC Bay Division match at Thunderbird Hills South.

For Edison, Aden Hall led the way with a 38. Also scoring for the Chargers was Noah Pulaski (46), Matthew Pounds (47) and Cullen Wilbur (53).


Port Clinton 182, Willard 201

CATAWBA ISLAND — The Crimson Flashes lost Tueday’s SBC Bay Division match to the host Redskins at the Catawba Island Club.

Micah Dawson led Willard with a 48, while Ian Brown was right behind with a 49. Also for the Flashes, Trey Mock had a 51, followed by Jake Cok (53), Dylan Thompson (53) and Bryce Dials (63).

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