The state lacrosse tournaments will be contested this week, and on the girls side there are two area teams still in the fray ó Jackson and Walsh Jesuit.
Walsh (14-8) will meet Cincinnati Indian Hill (20-1) in a Division II state semifinal at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Westerville Central High School. Columbus St. Francis DeSales (17-1) and Chagrin Falls (15-4) are scheduled to play in the other Division II semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wooster High School.
The Division II state final is set for 10 a.m. at Ohio Wesleyan Universityís Selby Stadium.
Walsh earned its state semifinal appearance after defeating Rocky River 12-11 in overtime on Saturday in a regional final at Wooster. Walsh junior Megan Hissong scored eight goals, including the game-winner in overtime.
Madeline Malyan scored twice for Walsh, and Anna Grace and Molly Fankhouser each added one goal. The Warriors are coached by Julie Hudec.
Jackson (20-0) is scheduled to play New Albany (18-3) in a Division I state semifinal at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wooster High School. The other Division I state semifinal pits Upper Arlington (17-2) against Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (20-0) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dayton Oakwood High School.
The Division I state final is set for 4 p.m. at Ohio Wesleyan.
Undefeated Jackson topped Hudson 12-4 in a regional final on Saturday at Wooster. Elizabeth Davide led Jackson with four goals, Julia Hartnett contributed three goals and Miranda Billett added two goals.
Kaylyn Dillon, Olivia Kroah and Anna Woodhams each scored one goal for the Polar Bears, who are led by coach John Kroah. Grace Merrill is Jacksonís goalie.
The boys state tournament does not have a local team.
A Tuslaw first
Tuslaw (25-6) reached its first regional final in softball on Saturday, and lost 4-0 to Champion (30-2) in the Massillon Division III regional title game.
Prior to that, Tuslaw secured a dramatic 4-2 victory over Elyria Catholic in 13 innings in a regional semifinal on Wednesday. Hannah Miller broke a 1-1 in the top of the 13th inning with an RBI single, and Breanna Cooper added a two-run single to lead the Mustangs over the Panthers (13-9).
Tuslaw sophomore Sierra Neff pitched a complete-game against Elyria Catholic with 11 strikeouts and allowed just four hits for coach Dan Greenwell.
A Medina first
The Medina baseball team (16-16) had its season end on Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Strongsville (24-8) in a Division I regional final at Cuyahoga Community College.
Medina got to its first regional final in baseball with an 8-7 regional semifinal win in 14 innings on Friday over Avon (23-6) at Tri-C. The Bees won the game, which lasted over five hours, with a run in the top of the 14th when Cade Pipoly dove into home plate to beat a tag from the Avon catcher.
Pipoly tagged up from third base after Aaron Masek lifted a pop up in foul territory that was caught by the third baseman near the third-base dugout. Avonís shortstop, pitcher and catcher also pursued the ball and left home plate uncovered.
Medina built a 5-0 lead in the win over Avon, but squandered it in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bees also led 6-5 in the ninth and 7-6 in the 13th, but lost those edges too. John Curtis pitched 1? innings in relief for the win under coach Nick Kaplack.
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