Fall sports season underway


Tennis streak ends, golfers win again, changes in MOAC

By Chad Clinger - cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com



Chad Clinger | Galion Inquirer New head coach of the Galion Lady Tigers tennis program Terry Gribble speaks to members of his squad ahead of their season-opening match with Willard on Monday. Galion lost for the first time in dual action since 2016, 4-1.

Chad Clinger | Galion Inquirer New head coach of the Galion Lady Tigers tennis program Terry Gribble speaks to members of his squad ahead of their season-opening match with Willard on Monday. Galion lost for the first time in dual action since 2016, 4-1.


Willard snaps Galion’s tennis win streak

GALION — The Galion Lady Tigers tennis squad took to their home courts in Heise Park on Monday, dropping a 4-1 decision to Willard. With the non-conference loss, Galion saw its two-season long winning streak snapped, suffering just their fifth dual loss since 2016. Willard was 18-2 a season ago with both of those losses to the Tiger ladies.

Katie Baughn earned the lone point for the home team, cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 victory at third singles. Elli Chandler dropped her match in second singles; 6-4, 2-6, 1-6 and Kat Talbott lost at first singles; 5-7, 2-6.

In doubles play, the first doubles pairing of Anna Court and Orchid Parsons were defeated; 3-6, 1-6 and Taylor Henry and Lydia McCabe fell in straight-sets; 0-6, 0-6 in second doubles action.

Galion returned to Heise Park for their Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday against the visiting River Valley Lady Vikings. On Thursday, the Tigers will take to the road against conference foes, the Harding Prexies.

Tigers golfers earn more tourney hardware

BUCYRUS — Galion’s boys golf team headed to the Golf Club of Bucyrus on Monday and came home with the top trophy in the annua Bucyrus Elks Invite.

It was Galion’s second tournament title this season. The Tigers edged out the runner-ups from Seneca East 334-336. Upper Sandusky was not far behind, finishing third place with a score of 337.

Matthew McMullen was the top golfer for Bryce Lehman and the Tigers, shooting an 18-hole score of 75, good for runner-up medalist honors. Upper’s Brett Montgomery edged McMullen. He shot a 74.

Spencer Keller finished the day with an 83, followed by an 87 from Max Longwell. Nick McMullen rounded-out the kept scores for Galion, turning in an 89.

The Colonel Crawford Eagles were also present on Monday and finished 11th in the strong field.

Gavin Feichtner led the way with a 103, followed by a 105 from Seth Lohr. Caleb Christman and Brennan Hamilton rounded-out the Eagles’ scoring, shooting a 117 and 125, respectively.

The Tigers headed to Sunbury and the NorthStar Golf Club for the Warrior-Jaguar on Tuesday and will return to their home course at Sycamore Creek for a dual with Upper on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Changes to the MOAC in 2019

MARION — While the 2019-2020 school year is yet to start for most area student athletes, the fall sports season is underway. With the new year comes some changes in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference.

Last season, the Shelby Whippets joined the conference for every sport except football, in which they remained in the Sandusky Bay Conference. While that was taking place, the North Union Wildcats remained apart of the MOAC on the gridiron but departed for the remainder of the sports. In 2019, Shelby is officially a full member of the conference while North Union has gone completely and joined the Central Buckeye Conference.

The other major change within the MOAC is the departure of the Buckeye Valley Barons.

Buckeye Valley was in action in all sports in the MOAC in 2018 but have since left and joined the Mid-State League, Cardinal Division. The Barons’ move turned the MOAC into a rare, seven-team conference for at least the 2019-2020 athletic calender.

No changes occurred in the other conferences; the Northern-10 Athletic Conference, the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference or the Mid-Buckeye Conference, covered by the Galion Inquirer.

Chad Clinger | Galion Inquirer New head coach of the Galion Lady Tigers tennis program Terry Gribble speaks to members of his squad ahead of their season-opening match with Willard on Monday. Galion lost for the first time in dual action since 2016, 4-1.
https://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2019/08/web1_Terry-and-Crew.jpgChad Clinger | Galion Inquirer New head coach of the Galion Lady Tigers tennis program Terry Gribble speaks to members of his squad ahead of their season-opening match with Willard on Monday. Galion lost for the first time in dual action since 2016, 4-1.
Tennis streak ends, golfers win again, changes in MOAC

By Chad Clinger

cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com

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Follow Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

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