LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Darke County’s first-ever high school gymnastics team is going to the state championships.
The Versailles High School gymnastics team took first place out of 12 teams at the Ohio High School Athletic Association district tournament held Saturday at Lakota East High School, finishing 4.95 points ahead of second place team, Miamisburg. Both Versailles and Miamisburg will represent the Southwest District in the OHSAA team championships on Friday at Hilliard-Bradley High School.
The win at districts caps off an undefeated season for the Tigers, and they are now one of only 12 teams in the entire state to qualify to state championships.
The Tigers also had success in the individual competition, which included 90 gymnasts from 28 area schools. The top six on each event and the all-around qualify to the OHSAA individual state championships.
Versailles is sending three gymnasts to the individual state competition, which will be held at Hillard-Bradley High School on Saturday.
The individual qualifiers for Versailles are sophomore Jadyn Barga who won the all-around with a score of 36.675, placed second on balance beam, third on uneven bars and vault and fifth on floor exercise; sophomore Madison Ahrens who placed fifth all-around with a 35.95, second on vault and floor and is the first alternate for bars; and senior Katelyn Kingrey who placed fifth on bars and is the first alternate for beam and all-around.
This year’s talented Tiger team is rounded out by freshman Ellie Barga who placed 15th all-around, junior Jorja Pothast who is coming back from an ankle injury and was limited to only competing bars and beam and freshman Jada Barlage who is a newcomer to the sport of gymnastics and has shown impressive improvement competing on both vault and floor this season.
Event information and schedules for this weekend’s OHSAA gymnastics championships can be found online at ohsaa.org.
win in OT
CLAYTON — Looks like the Vikings are at it again.
Miami East — which has a long history of tournament upsets under head coach Allen Mack — stunned Stivers in overtime Saturday in a Division III sectional opener at Northmont High School. Stivers was the No. 5 seed in the sectional, while Miami East came in as the No. 14 seed.
“This was our biggest win of the season,” Mack said. “All of our kids stepped up and contributed.”
Miami East took an early lead and almost the entire game until Stivers was able to catch up with just 2 minutes to play in regulation. Stivers would take a 49-47 lead near the end of regulation, but the Vikings’ Logan West hit a pair of free throws to send the game into overtime.
Stivers took the lead in overtime, but Austin Kearns hit a free throw to tie the game at 52. He missed his second free throw, but West was there to grab the rebound and hit the putback to give the Vikings the 54-52 lead. East then was able to hold off a pair of scoring attempts by Stivers in the final seconds for the victory.
West had a monster night, finishing with 29 points and 16 rebounds. He went an astonishing 10 of 11 from the field and nine of 14 from the free throw line, including 7 of 8 in the fourth quarter.
“That was his biggest game of the season,” Mack said.
Miami East moves on to the sectional semifinals, where it will play Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Northmont.
fall to Triad
Lehman saw its season come to an end Saturday night, the Cavs unable to duplicate their regular-season win over Triad in a 67-62 setback in Piqua D-IV sectional tournament play.
The Cavs finish the season with a 10-13 record.
Dylan Arnold had 22 for the Cavaliers, Kameron Lee added 18 and Jared Rourke finished with 11.
As expected, the top-seeded Russia Raiders had no trouble with a young Mechanicsburg team in first-round sectional action Saturday, rolling into the semifinals with an 85-23 victory.
to tourney win
The Russia boys basketball team coasted to an 85-23 win over Mechanicsburg in Piqua D-IV sectional action Saturday.
The Raiders go to 17-5 on the season and will play Houston at 6 p.m. tonight.
Russia sprinted to a 23-3 lead after a quarter and made it 45-10 at the half. All nine full-time varsity players were on the court in the first quarter.
Ten players scored for Russia. Hunter Cohee led the way with 15, Cole Tebbe had 12, and Ethan Monnier and Jack Dapore 11 apiece.