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Wheeling Park Girls Capitalize Against John Marshall

Photo by Cody Nespor Wheeling Park’s Lily Hanna looks for a teammate to pass to against John Marshall Wednesday.

MOUNDSVILLE — A lot has to go right for a soccer team to score in the double-digits. That happened for the Wheeling Park girls Wednesday afternoon as the Patriots defeated John Marshall 11-1 at Monarch stadium.

Park was led by Merritt Delk, who notched three goals and three assists in the victory to continue her standout sophomore season.

“I just think we came out and moved the ball really well,” Park coach Carrie Hanna said after the game. “We’ve been working on our positioning and changing the direction of attack and not forcing things. I think we played really well as a team today, looked for each other, found each other and had the opportunity to finish a lot of our chances.”

Senior captain Maya Taggart was Park’s only other player to score multiple goals. She also had an assist.

Scoring once for the Patriots were Mia Zecca, Lily Hanna, Adlie Abraham, Abby Barki, Casey Ticich and Anna Brannare.

Abraham, Zecca, Barki (two), Taylor Broadwater and Danielle Daigherty all picked up assists.

Hanna said she was encouraged to see so many players get involved with the offense.

“We have a lot of offensive weapons and on any given day, anybody has the opportunity to score,” Hanna said. “When we move the ball and the person on the other end finishes, we’re really, really successful. I was happy to see that tonight.”

The win moves Wheeling Park to 8-1-1 this season. Their next game will be senior recognition day against Buckhannon-Upshur at home Saturday at 1 p.m.

Senior captain Tessa Tordella scored for John Marshall. The Monarchs fall to 2-7 this season. They will host Steubenville Thursday.


Barnesville outlasts Bellaire

BELLAIRE — The Shamrocks needed five sets, but in the end they picked up their seventh win in 10 tries Wednesday.

The Shamrocks knocked off the improving Big Reds by scores of 19-25, 25-22, 25-14, 16-25 and 15-11.

Barnesville received 22 points, 35 assists, seven kills and seven digs from Ava McFarland. Halley Markovich had 21 kills and four digs. Marly Keiser had six kills, 18 points and three aces. Kynlie Cline had 31 digs, while Blayne Carpenter had 11 digs. Ellie Thompson had 10 kills.

Bellaire was led on the stat sheet by Gianna Schmidt’s 12 kills and 21 digs. Allie Ault had 14 kills, 16 digs and four aces. Zara Harveth and Sidney Rowson each had 10 digs. Gracelyn Maupin had 26 assists and three aces.

Steubenville downs Harrison Central

STEUBENVILLE — Homestanding Big Red pocketed a win over the Huskies in four sets on Wednesday. Steubenville prevailed by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 23-25 and 27-25.

Leading the way for the Huskies was senior McKayla Dunkle, who had 24 kills and four blocks. Logan Johnson handed out 37 assists and scored 13 points, while Maddy Butler had 26 digs.


Buckeye Local downs Harrison Central

YORKVILLE — Buckeye Local got its final OVAC tuneup Wednesday evening and posted a 167 to defeat Harrison Central by seven strokes.

Harrison Central’s Nash Roberts was the match medalist with a round of 1-under, 35. Buckeye Local’s top finisher was Josh Kerkuta, who signed for a round of 40.


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