Culver tops LaVille
Culver Community’s boys track team opened its season Wednesday with a 72-52 win over visiting LaVille.
The Cavaliers went one-two in both hurdles events and won all three relays en route to the team win.
Matt Hurford claimed top finishes in both hurdles races and in the shot put for Culver.
LaVille’s best finishes were in distance events and short dashes — where the Lancers went one-two in the 1600 and won the 100 and 200 as well as the 800 — and in the discus, where the visitors swept the top three spots.
• CULVER COMMUNITY 72, LaVILLE 52
4x100: Culver 48.1; 1600: Mike Minanic (L) 5:29.5, 2. Frankie Olivarias (L) 5:36.6; 110 hurdles: 1. Matt Hurford © 15.97, 2. Micah Budzinski © 16.31; 400: 1. Budzinski © 55.31, 2. Dylan Manwarren (L) 56.59; 100: 1. Daegan Bollinger (L) 12.53, 2. Tyre Simpson © 12.54; 800: 1. Olivarias (L) 2:28.72, 2. Steve Lehman © 2:32.4; 300 hurdles: 1. Hurford © 45.16, 2. Aaron Becker © 49.65; 4x800 relay: 1. Culver 9:58; 200: Bollinger (L) 25.94, 2. Simpson © 27.07; 3200: 1. Dathan Schodman (L) 12:24.8, 2. Tim Wireman © 12:43; 4x400: 1. Culver 3:47; Pole vault: 1. John Ahlenius © 8-0; High jump: 1. Brad Beaver © 6-3; Shot put: 1. Hurford © 43-11, 2. Ector Murcado (L) 39-6; Discus: 1. J.T. Saylor (L) 133-5, 2. Josh Dudeck (L) 112-5; Long jump: 1. Craig Romano (L) 17-8, 2. Brad Beaver 17-3.
Ancilla softball wins 2 on the road
In their first road doubleheader of the MCCAA Western Conference season, the Ancilla softball team picked up two big wins, beating Lake Michigan College 5-3 and 14-9 in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Plymouth alum Marissa Sullivan threw a complete game without allowing an earned run in game one to earn the victory. The win was her second of the season.
LMC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Chargers answered with one in the second when Kayla Dell scored on a Rohni Beck double. Ancilla added three more in the third on a three-run home run by Sullivan.
The host Red Hawks added one in the bottom of the third to make it a 4-3 game, but it would be the last run they would score in the game. Ancilla added an insurance run in the fifth when Dell singled, moved to second on a throwing error, scooted to third on a Beck single, and scored on a Courtney Henning single.
Both teams combined for 25 runs on 35 hits in the nine-inning affair that was game two, including a combined nine runs on 11 hits in extra innings.
Stephanie Lamm picked up her second win of the year in relief for Ancilla.
Top producers for the Chargers included Henning, who went 4-for-6 with four RBI), Dell at 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI and Courtney Ferrell at 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI.
Emily Wilbur, Kayleigh Schroeder, Beck, and Shelby McConnell all rapped two hits, while Sullivan and Hanna Moore garnered two RBI each.
Men’s college tennis
Stout, Hadden win for Bethel
LaVille grad Trent Stout and Plymouth alum Caleb Hadden both recorded singles wins but fell in 2 doubles play as the Bethel College men’s tennis team fell in a 6-3 decision in a hard-fought match at Defiance of Ohio Friday.
Stout battled back from a 6-2 loss in the opening set at 3 singles to hand Defiance’s Cord Speelman a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss, and Hadden won in straight 6-2 sets at 5 singles. The area duo combined at 2 doubles but ultimately fell in a competitive 8-5 match with Craig Bills and Mike Ross.
The team loss drops Bethel’s spring mark to 0-2 and their overall season record to 3-13.
Women’s college tennis
Elliott and Saint Mary’s sweep
Plymouth grad Shannon Elliott notched a pair of wins as the Saint Mary’s tennis team picked up its second 9-0 win in as many days versus Judson University at home on Friday evening.
Elliott dropped just three games on her way to a 6-1, 6-2 win at number three singles, and she combined with Margaret Faller at 2 doubles for another lopsided win, 8-1.
Saint Mary’s moves to 6-4 and will