Bellaire Girls, Ferry Boys Secure Titles
MORRISTOWN — One week ago, the Martins Ferry boys and Bellaire girls were celebrating their respective Buckeye 8 championship.
The same teams can now claim the distinction of county champions, too.
The Purple Riders and Big Reds fought off stiff challenges to win the Belmont County Cross Country Championship Wednesday afternoon at overcast Union Local.
The Riders finished with 39 points, which was eight points fewer than Bellaire. Barnesville was a solid third with 58 points.
The Big Reds’ girls, meanwhile, closed with 60, which was six better than runner-up Shadyside. Union Local was third with 73 points.
On the boys side, Martins Ferry placed all five of its runners inside the top 20 overall en route to the title.
Leading the way once again was senior standout Marcus Clark. Enjoying a brilliant season thus far, Clark finished second in a solid time of 17:44.
Junior Justin Geery was fourth in 18:25, while Ozy Gil was seventh in 18:44. The fourth Purple Rider to cross the line was freshman Elijah Smith, who was 14th in 19:33 and rounding out the Riders’ scoring was freshman Michael Lyle, who placed 17th in 19:41.
The Big Reds actually had all five of their scoring runners in before the Purple Riders, but Bellaire’s first finisher didn’t cross until eighth overall in freshman Jacob Defibaugh, who posted a 19 minute race.
Seniors Zach Lowe and Clay Moore went ninth and 10th, respectively. They ran times of 19:08 and 19:10.
Ethan Shaver and Hunter Huston finished 12th and 13th for the Big Reds.
Barnesville was fueled to its third-place finish by senior Sam Wehr, who placed third in 18:02 and senior Cole Meyers, who was fifth in 18:33.
St. Clairsville’s Zach Banks was the top Red Devil finisher in sixth place. He posted an 18:39.
Shadyside, which didn’t figure in the team scoring, produced the meet champion. Junior Chase Stewart turned in a solid 17:19 on the challenging course that includes a short, but steep hill.
Stewart was complimentary of his competition, specifically mentioning the races that he, Clark and St. Clairsville’s Zachary Orzolek, who didn’t compete on Wednesday, have had already this season.
For the girls, Bellaire and Shadyside have had some tight battles already this season and the county meet was no different.
The Big Reds won the strength of their thrid through fifth runners. Leading the way once again, however, for the Big Reds was sophomore Katrina Davis. She crossed the line in fourth.
Junior Sydney Purtiman was eighth.
Sophomore Kierra Bumgardner, Tiffany Hoffman and Tayah Frazier rounded out the scoring for the Big Reds. They finished in 12th, 14th and 21st, respectively.
Shadyside, meanwhile, was once again led by sophomore Katie James. A winner earlier this season, she finished fourth. Sophomore Cali Weber was ninth overall and second for the Tigers.
Union Local junior Hannah Kemp led the Jets’ third-place showing. Back on the course after missing the Buckeye 8, Kemp was second overall. Freshman Maddie Sell was 10th.
Martins Ferry was fourth in the team standings. Fueling the Purple Riders was junior Olivia Walton. She was third.
St. Clairsville had two runners crack the top seven. They were Tiffany Burghy and Shania Thornton, who finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
River sophomore Livi Beard continued her strong early season and pocketed her first career win in the process.
Bryan Fritz Invitational
University 21, Harrison Central 63, Oak Glen 96, Brooke 112, Weir 123, Wheeling Central 129, Linsly 154, Cameron n/a, Indian Creek n/a, Madonna n/a, Magnolia n/a, Steubenville n/a
WELLSBURG — Five University runners placed in the top 10 as it finished first at the Bryan Fritz Invitational. Wheeling Central’s Quintin Thomas ran to a third place finish clocking in at 17:29 while Keishi Arnold of Harrison Central placed fifth in 17:35. Matthew Harvey of Brooke ran to a seventh place finish (17:48) while Oak Glen’s Hunter Gorby got ninth (18:17) and Harrison Central’s Eric Leech was 10th (18:24).
University 15, Indian Creek 62, Wheeling Central 63, Brooke n/a, Cameron n/a, Magnolia n/a, Oak Glen n/a, Steubenville n/a, Harrison Central n/a
WELLSBURG — On the girls side, seven University runners placed in the top 10 en route to a Silver Hawks victory. Jasmine Arnold of Harrison Central placed fourth in a time of 21:00 while Karina Patel of Magnolia was ninth (22:17). Oak Glen’s Kennedy Quinian got 10th in a time of 22:22.
Wheeling Central 6, Tyler Consolidated 0
WHEELING — Claire Dieffenbaugher and Kenadee Wayt each scored two goals and dished out an assist as Wheeling Central defeated Tyler Consolidated. Addyson Thomas added a goal and assist for the Maroon Knights while Nicole Billie found the back of the net and Maria Dzmura had an assist.
For the Silver Knights, Autumn Wells compiled 20 saves.
Edison 6, Steubenville Catholic 2
RICHMOND — Lauren Ferrelli scored three goals as Edison defeated Steubenville Catholic. Alexa Irvine also had a goal and assist for the Wildcats while Emma Scott compiled nine saves.
Wheeling Park 157, Brooke 172
WHEELING — Jacob Nickell shot a 35 to earn medalist as Wheeling Park defeated Brooke. Ryan Payne was also solid for the Patriots as he turned in a 38 while both Noah Seivertson and Dorothy Romanek had 42.
For the Bruins, Ryan Bilby led the way with 39 while Justin Pennybacker and Michael Spitak each had 43. Justin Shelton rounded out the scoring with 47.
Cambridge 182, Meadowbrook 188, Fort Frye 195, Tusky Central 210
CAMBRIDGE — Ian Smith and Christopher Dilts both shot 44 and led Cambridge to a victory in a field of four teams. Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton was named medalist for the match as he turned in a 38 while Ben Wagner led the way for Fort Frye with a 45.
Bridgeport d. Bellaire 25-11, 25-4, 22-25, 25-14
BRIDGEPORT — The Bulldogs improved to 7-3 on the season by virtue of a four-set win against Bellaire.
The Bulldogs were led on the stat sheet by Lauren Neer’s 33 assists, eight digs and 13 points. Kadem Dulesky had nine points, 20 kills and two blocks. Shelby Matheny added 13 points, three aces, 13 digs and 11 kills.
Shadyside d. Caldwell 25-15, 19-25, 27-25, 25-20
CALDWELL — Jess Cicogna tallied 20 assists three blocks and two aces as Shadyside defeated Caldwell. Riley Brown was also solid for the Tigers with 15 kills, seven blocks and 2 aces.
Clay-Battelle d. Cameron 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23
CAMERON — Kelsie Meintel tallied seven kills, seven aces and five digs in Cameron’s loss to Clay-Battelle. Jordyn Hughes was solid for the Dragons with eight kills, six digs and three aces while Erica Berardi had four assists and eight digs.
Monroe Central d. Fort Frye 25-17, 25-22, 25-16
WOODSFIELD — Elaina Swallow tallied seven points and 18 assists as Monroe Central defeated Fort Frye.
For the Cadets, Stephanie Camden had nine kills and 22 assists.
Wheeling Central d. Paden City 25-22, 25-27, 26-24
Beallsville d. Paden City 10-25, 29-27, 25-22
PADEN CITY — Aubrey Neff tallied eight points, 13 digs, 36 sets and 11 assists in Paden City’s loss to Wheeling Central. Also scoring for the Wildcats was Mallory Yeter with 22 points, 51 sets and 15 assists.
In the loss against Beallsville, Neff Compiled 15 points, 24 sets an eight assists while Malayna Price had 11 points and 13 digs.