Wilmington’s Huffman second at Cross the Creek Invite

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE – A second-place finish by Wilmington freshman Sophie Huffman paced the locals Saturday at the Cross the Creek Invitational cross county meet at the Walters’ Family Farm.

Huffman finished just 11 seconds off the race winner with a time of 20:51.77. The Hurricane had three finishers in the top 33, helping WHS to a fourth-place finish. Marysville was the girls’ race winner with five finishers in the top 11.

The other scoring finishers for Wilmington were Sylena Baltazar (27th), Emma Simpson (33rd), Shannon O’Boyle (60th) and Kalli Abbitt (68th).

East Clinton had two runners in the girls race. Carah Antek finished 49th in 26:12.54, and Kara Pratt was 91st.

In the boys race, East Clinton’s Aidan Henson was the top local finisher. He crossed the line in ninth place in 17:24.40.

Wilmington had five boys in the top 42, helping the Hurricane to a fifth-place finish. Tyler Parks was 16th in 18:07.04. Tyler Preston was 24th, Garrett Stoffer 26th, Sam Eastes 33rd and Pedro Escobedo 42nd.

Other scoring Astros included Justin Arnold (66th), Lasse Hoffmann (70th), Zach Vest (85th) and Richard Wood (106). The Astros finished ninth out of the 15 teams in the race.

Fast start propels Goshen girls past BHS

GOSHEN — A six-goal first half Saturday propelled Goshen’s girls soccer team to a 7-0 victory over Blanchester.

The Lady Warriors got the scoring started early, taking advantage of an injury to BHS keeper Lacie Tedrick to score two quick goals in her absence.

Goshen continued the offensive assault later in the first half, adding four more goals to take a 6-0 lead into the intermission.

Blanchester had a chance to score before the half, as Becca Kratzer drew a penalty on a foul in the box. However, the penalty attempt hit the post and rebounded away from the goal.

BHS head coach Kurt Ballinger highlighted the play of Rylan Coyle. Normally a forward, she was forced into defensive duties due to injuries. Ballinger said Coyle, “was a bright spot for Blan with her aggressiveness.”

Tedrick and Alyssa Griffith each had five saves in goal for the Lady Wildcats (2-10).