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Birds Sweep BBC Team, Individual Titles

PHS Girls Win Fifth Straight


Pettisville swept the BBC cross country championships last weekend, and the girls team won its fifth straight title. Front row, from left: Sarah Herring, Katie Hauter, Elizabeth Sauder, Nichole Foor, Jacob Myers, Evan Warner, Jaret Rychener. Back row: Ellie Wixom, Madeline Shumaker, Sarah Foor, Anna Hudspeath, Kate Stuber, Kelly Miller, Caleb Nolander, Max Leppelmeier, Logan Rufenacht, Calvin Nofziger, Morgan Leppelmeier, Ava Hoylman, Mayzie Clark.– photo by Beth Foor

Pettisville swept the BBC cross country championships last weekend, and the girls team won its fifth straight title. Front row, from left: Sarah Herring, Katie Hauter, Elizabeth Sauder, Nichole Foor, Jacob Myers, Evan Warner, Jaret Rychener. Back row: Ellie Wixom, Madeline Shumaker, Sarah Foor, Anna Hudspeath, Kate Stuber, Kelly Miller, Caleb Nolander, Max Leppelmeier, Logan Rufenacht, Calvin Nofziger, Morgan Leppelmeier, Ava Hoylman, Mayzie Clark.– photo by Beth Foor

The Pettisville girls cross country team won its fifth straight Buckeye Border Conference championship, Saturday, Oct. 14, at Edon.

It was the team’s 12th BBC title in school history.

The Birds won with 26 points as their first five runners all finished in the top 10.

Montpelier was second with 67, and Hilltop was third with 80.

Elizabeth Sauder, a senior, won the race in 20 minutes, 11 seconds.

The Birds also won the boys title, finishing with 32 points. It’s the first boys title for Pettisville since 2013.

Stryker was second with 42, and Fayette took third with 80.

Max Leppelmeier, a freshman, won in 17:29.

“This performance by both the girls and boys is a nice springboard for next week at districts,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.

“The girls will face a tough Archbold team, who won their league today, as well, which is no surprise to anyone who knows them.

“Our boys will face very tough Fairview and Carey teams.”

Girls

“It was another incredible team performance,” said Wagner.

“We took places 1-2-6-7- 10 to our win. We had four girls named First Team All- BBC. Elizabeth Sauder was named BBC MVP. Elizabeth and Nichole Foor finished 1 and 2 to lead the way.”

N. Foor was six seconds behind Sauder, running the race in 20:17. Kate Stuber placed sixth in 21:37, while Kelly Miller placed seventh in 22:01.

All were named First Team All-BBC.

Sarah Foor placed 10th in 22:16 to complete the team scoring.

Other PHS runners, their places and times:

16. Ava Hoylman 24:29; 22. Ellie Wixom 26:05; 28. Sarah Herring 28:26; 31. Madeline Shumaker 29:47; 32. Mayzie Clark 31:00; 33. Katie Hauter 34:03; 34. Anna Hudspeath 40:42.

Boys

“The boys had a great team victory, as well,” said Wagner. “We took places 1- 2-4-9-17 on our way to victory.

“We placed three boys on the First Team All-BBC. Freshman Max Leppelmeier was the BBC MVP. Max and Logan Rufenacht went 1 and 2 to lead the Birds to victory.”

Rufenacht finished in 17:41 to finish second. Jaret Rychener placed fourth in 18:28, to also be named First Team All-BBC.

Calvin Nofziger finished ninth in 18:55, and Jacob Myers was 17th in 19:16.

Other PHS runners, their places and times: 22. Caleb Nolander 19:29; 37. Evan Warner 20:45.

District

The Pettisville girls team is top-seeded in the Division III district tournament, Saturday, Oct. 21, at Owens Community College-Findlay Campus.

The Birds run in the District 1 race at 11 am, while the boys run in the District 2 race at 1 pm. The top four teams and any individuals in the top 16 not on qualifying teams in both races advance to the regional meet in Tiffin.


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