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Section B, sports on the Web: )ctimesnews.com O,io Ohi_._____oo. ;ill 3rd Regmn Boys: @ Muhlenb North Girls: @ Apollo snews.com TIMES-NEWS, HARTFORD AND BEAVER DAM, KENTUCKY, MARCH 3, 2005 ./ GRANT writer ~ws.com the Ohio County girls' and boys' teams earned weeks' Third Tournaments bv Monday night at Coach Brad Lady Eagles im- 22-5 on the year with their 75-59 win over the Lady Cougars while Coach Kyle Estes' boys improved to 22-7 by downing the McLean County Cougars 83-63. Both squads had to wait until Wednesday to see if they would have to play Grayson County in Friday night finals. Due to the 12th District's three-team makeup, McLean County's boys and girls were to play Grayson County's squads on Wednesday. Should McLean County win either of those games, their division would be over with Ohio County advancing to the regional as district winners and McLean County moving on as district runners-up. A Grayson County win would make a title game necessary on Fri- day. If both the girls and boys have to play, the girls' contest would start at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow at 8 p.m. If only one champion- ship game is needed, it will start at 7 p.m. In Monday's first game, Ohio County all-state candi- date Julie Leach poured in 32 points to lead the Lady Eagles to the win. Leach and sophomore guard Lauren Goff bucketed five points apiece in the first quarter as Ohio County jumped out to a 23-12 lead. Leach then added six more in the second period as the Lady Eagle lead grew to 38-21. But McLean County ral- lied in the third period, cut- ting a one-time 19-point defi- cit down to single digits at 52-43 and again at 55-46. Leach scored the last three points of that quarter from the free throw line, giving Ohio County a 58-46 advan- tage entering the last quar- ter. The Lady Cougars con- tinued to battle but got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way, slipping to 12-13 on the season. Sophomore forward Erin Adams backed Leach's often- sive output with 13 points while senior reserve Samantha Schroader came off the Ohio County bench to grab a game-high 11 re- bounds. Courtney Ayer led McLean County in scoring with 16 points while Whitney Chandler added 15 and Amanda Coffman 12 in a los- ing effort. OC 23 15 20 17-26 20/30 20 MC 12 9 25 13-21 13/2023 See DISTRICT, Page 3B OCHS le seniors st wee i ? Dustin Bratcher/graphic "s Josh Clemons and Julia Leach.dominated the opening rounds of the boys' and girls' 12th District has- Monday night with Clemons scoring 30 points with 15 rebounds and Leach scoring 32 points with g team 36th out of g teams GRANT writer County High team made a at last weekend's State Wrestling at Frankfort Wesley Kiper Burdin bringing ' 36th over- to corn- state finals, with placing in in the Region One week before at Princeton's Caldwell County High School. Sophomore Wesley Kiper finished with an overall record of three wins and three losses after winning his first two matches of the tournament in the 130-pound division placing him e' ht Fellow sophomore Adam Burdin finished with a record of four wins and three losses, also placing him eighth, after winning his first round match. Kiper pinned 130-pound opponent Steven Horak of Lou- isville Pleasure Bddge Park in two minutes and 40 seconds of their first-round match on Thursday. Zipor returned on Friday to decision Oldham County's Trey Morlatt by a 9-2 score in a match that went the distance. But the OCHS sophomore finally met his match later that day in the quarterfinal round ofe'q ht, los- ing by decision to Wayne County's Joey Sanders by a score of 15-1. Kiper then went on to compete in consolation bracket matches to compile his overall record. Burdin--wrestling in the 275-pound heavyweight class---pinned Bullitt Central's John Schulz in 3:32 on Thurs- day. Burdin was pinned by Louisville Trinity's Mike Clark in 1:32 in their Friday match. Burdin went on to win three and lose two consolation matches. The other four Ohio County wrestlers were all defeated in "Thursday's first round, includ- ing: 135-pounds, Robert Smith of Louisville Eastern decisioned Ohio County sopho- more Jonathan Miller 20-5; 152-pounds, Matt Stebbins of Louimdlle St. Xavier decisioned Ohio County sophomore Josh Ringkor 14-4; 171-pounds, Louisville Manual's Nikita Krivoshey pinned Ohio County sophomore JarrodAull in 4:13; and 215-pounds, Conner's Dale Stone pinned Ohio County sophomore Jacob Mason in Dustin Bratcher/photo Sophomore Wesley Kiper attempts to position PRP's Steven Horak for the pin during Kiper's first round win in the 130-pound divi- sion at the KHSAA state wrestling championships. 3:02. "Coach Nicodemus and I are very proud of the boys," coach Miller said. "They pushed through some tough times to end on a positive note. We im- proved our performance over last year at both the region and state tournaments. "I look around our wrestling room, and I see potential region and state champions. Wesley and Adam showed them how very possible it is to succeed. We have several other wres- tiers that we are confident can do the same, and they are young enough to have the op- portunity." In only their second year of varsity competition, the Ohio County High wrestling pro- gram has sent a total of eight wrestlers to the state finals. KWC wins BY NEIL GRANT Times-News sports writer sportsdesk@octimesnew s .corn Former Ohio County High standout pitcher Meredith McConnell struck out six Brescia hitters while walking five as Ken- tucky Wesleyan College. beat the Lady Bearcats in softball 11-7 last Wednes- day. McConnell's win came in the second game of a doubleheader at the KWC park, that saw a split by the two teams on the open- BY NElL GRANT Times-News sports writer sportsdesk@octimesnews.com Ohio County High School paid tribute to the senior mem- bers of the basketball program, along with cheerleaders, and dance team members last week during the final home appear- ances. Senior Night for the OCHS boys' program was last Tuesday night with the Lady Eagle Senior Night activities on Thursday. Prior to the start of last Tuesday night's boys' contest versus Muhlenberg North, three Eagle players, an assis- tant coach, and three cheer- leaders were recognized along with their parents. The Eagle senior players included: Mathew Kar the son of2Ym Patti Karn ant Ridge; Clinton Warren Reisz, the son of Ralph and Roni Reisz of Whitesville; and Jonathan Shrewsbury, the mm of Dr. Jonathan and Cheryl Shrewsbury of Beaver. Also recognized was senior Jonathan Embry, son of Rick and Kim Embry of Beaver Dam, who has served as a stu- dent assistant coach for the Eagle squad. Senior cheerlead- ers recognized included: Lauren Ashley Danks, daugh- ter of Jeff and Kim Danks of Beaver Dam; Bailey Westertield, daughter of Dale and Liz Westerfield of Beaver Dam; and Britney Kay Westerfield, daughter of Mike and Jackie Westerfield of Hart- ford. On Thursday nigh the tip-off of the Ohio County girls' varsity game hosting Owensboro Catholic--four Lady Eagle seniors, three cheerleaders, and two dance team members were rec - along vath parents. The Lady Eagle players hon- ored included: Amanda Gaff Critchelow, the daughter of Jerry and Gall Cri of daughter of Joe and Debcn& Leach of l mver l:ktm; Ashley daughter and Pa on of Horm Branch; and Samantha Lynn of m or che leaders ude& Aaron Brown, son of Paul Brown and Sapp Chad Har son of kvnn and Hart of Hartford; and Cedy SchwarU, son of Joseph and Ellia Schwartz of Utica The senior members of the Lady Eaglette dance team imlud Amanda Baize, daughter of Roger and Geraldine Baize; and Amy. Lynn Daugherty, daughter of J my and Sherry of Beaver es ran in state ,1st in re " BY NElL GRANT Times-News sports writer sportsdesk@octimesnews.com The Ohio County High School Lady Eagles basket- ball team was ranked 13th in the state in last week's Litkenhous Ratings by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Coach Brad Johnson's team finished regular-season play last Friday, beating Breckinridge County 70-41 to improve to 21-5 on the year. Ohio County's girls opened 12th District Tourna- ment play this Monday night, raking on the County Lady Cougars at Calhoun. The Lady Eagles are six-time defending dis- trict champions. According to the C-J's Litkenhous Rating, pub- lished last Friday, Kentucky's top 20 gifts' basketball teams included: 1. Lexington Catholic, 2. Scott County, 3. Louisville Sacred Heart, 4. Rockcastle County, 5. Elizabethtown, 6. Henderson County, 7. Louisville Chris- tian Academy, 8. Louisville Mercy, 9. Woodford County, 10. Clinton County, 11. I a- isville Ballard, 12. Mercer County, 13. Ohio County, 14. Louisville Assumption, 15. (tie) Boone County and Shelby County, 17. Christian County, 18. Apollo, 19. Lex- ington Tates Creek, and 20. Paducah Tilghma The Lady Eagles were also rat the top girls' team in the Third Regior withApollo seo ond, Muhlenberg North third, Grayson County fourth, Owensboro fit and Daviess County sixth. ing day of their 2005 sea- sons. In Wednesday's first game--in which McConnell played first base for Ken- tucky Wesleyan--Brescia University's Lindsay Hanor limited KWC to just three hits in the Lady Bearcats' 9-2 win. First game BRE 000 3420---0 11 0 KWC010 010 0--2 4 1 WP-Hanor. LP-Montes. 2B-Nix, Barnes(BU). 3B- Nix(BU). HR-Burd( w(BU). Second game BRE 0 0 3 1 3 0 0--7 11 7 KWC23 2 2 2 0X--11 10 0 WP-McConnell. LP- Church. 2B- , Ma , Hess, Harris(KWC). Meredith McConnell---a sophomore scholarship player at KWC--is the daughter of Phillip and Connie McConnell of Hart- ford.