Track and field
Austintown Division II
Three familiar schools finished atop the boys Division II regional meet at Austintown Fitch High School on Saturday, and just 15 points separated Woodridge, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and St. Vincent-St. Mary in team rankings.
Jacob Mally paced the Bulldogs by advancing in three events. Mally, a senior, won the 110-meter hurdles, finished second in the 300 hurdles, and won the boys high jump.
Woodridge got a first-place finish from Max Starvaggi, who won the 800 meters to advance to next weekend’s state meet. Steven Neveadomi placed third in the pole vault, which was won by Andrew Hall of Fairless in a jump off.
CVCA, Woodridge and St. Vincent-St. Mary finished 1-2-3 in the 3,200 relay.
Streetsboro’s Dakari Carter won the 100 meters, falling a tenth of a second short of the regional record.
St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Malik Wooldridge, Leonard Younger, Russell Cooper and DeAmonte King were two seconds ahead of CVCA’s Tre Tucker, Austin Eck, Jonathan Soloman and Trey Carlisle in the 800 relay finals.
Tucker, Jay Patsch, Carlisle and Christian Smith-King were second in the 400 relay to advance. Tucker also won the long jump.
The Irish team of Younger, Wooldridge, Desmond Rock and King won the 1,600 relay, and CVCA was third.
King narrowly defeated Streetsboro’s KeShun Jones in the 400 meters, and both will run next weekend. Jones also advanced in the 200 meters.
In the girls events, Buchtel advanced in three individual events and three relays.
Dyamond Myers, London Green, Shayanna Bratcher and Rayannah Torrence won the 800 relay for Buchtel, and Myers, Camille Henderson, Dana Beasley and Torrence combined to win the 1,600 relay.
In the 400 relay, Buchtel was second with Drew Oliver, Bratcher, Green and Myers.
Nicole Seff will become the first girl pole vaulter in Woodridge school history to compete at the state level after her fourth-place regional finish.
Lexington Division II
Orrville was first and Cloverleaf fourth in the girls standings at the Lexington Division II regional meet. The Northwestern boys were fifth, 1˝ points ahead of Buckeye.
Alex Eby paced the Red Riders by winning the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault, in which she cleared 12-4 to set a new Region 6 record. Teammate Karlie Lax was second in the pole vault at 11-6.
Desiree Thomas of Springfield was second in the long jump, and Kylie Fletcher of Chippewa placed fourth.
Dalton 3, New Riegel 2
The Bulldogs, at 16-11, will return to the state tournament for the first time since 2005 by winning the Lorain Division IV regional at Pipe Yard Stadium.
Alex Alger went the distance for Dalton, giving up just two hits. He also had the game’s only extra-base hit with a double.
Dalton will play at 1 p.m. Friday in a semifinal game against Russia, a 3-2 winner over the defending Division IV state champion Newark Catholic.
Strongsville 3, Medina 2
The Mustangs (22-8) ended Medina’s postseason run in a Division I regional final at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma. It was Strongsville’s second consecutive win in as many days by the same 3-2 score.
Medina defeated No. 6 Avon 7-6 in 14 innings in a semifinal Friday.
Strongsville will play in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday in Huntington Park in Columbus.
Warren Champion 4,?Tuslaw 0
Champion (29-2) won the Massillon Division III regional by shutting out the Mustangs (25-6).
St. Ignatius 12,?North Canton Hoover 6
Cleveland St. Ignatius upset No. 1 North Canton Hoover in the inaugural Division I, Region 2 final at Wooster High School.