MINSTER, Ohio — Abbie Francis anchored the Indians on their way to one championship.

The she earned a title of her own.

Francis led the Fort Recovery High School girls track team, winning the 200-meter dash Midwest Athletic Conference Championship and running the final leg of the first-place 4x100 relay as the Indians placed fifth in the meet Friday at Minster.

The Tribe girls scored 87 points, finishing just two behind fourth-place Marion Local in the 10-team field. The host Wildcats won with 130.

The FRHS boys were eighth with 26 points. Marion Local fought off Minster for the title with 153 points.

Francis fought off Alexis Magoto of Versailles by 0.11 seconds to win the 200 dash title in 26.22 seconds. She teamed with Anna Roessner, Mara Pearson and Allysen Fullenkamp to take first place in the 4x100 relay by just 0.09 seconds over Coldwater in 51.05. She joined Natalie Brunswick, Megan Diller and Roessner for a third place finish in the 4x400 relay, and she was also fourth in the 100 dash.

Trevor Heitkamp scored the bulk of the points for the Tribe boys, finishing as the runner-up in both the 1,600 run (4 minutes, 31.44 seconds) and 3,200 run (9:57.48).

Sophomore Kiana Matsuda made a massive jump from the No. 7 seed in the 300 hurdles to finish third.

Fourth-place finishes for the Indians came from Ellie Will in the 3,200 run, Brunswick in the 1,600 run and Joelle Kaup, Diller, Will and Brunswick in the 4x800 relay.



Post leads FR

PITTSBURGH, Ohio — The Fort Recovery baseball team bounced back from a rough outing Thursday for an 8-2 victory Friday over the Franklin Monroe Jets.

The Indians (11-8), who managed just one hit in a 12-0 loss Thursday to Wapakoneta, took the lead for good with a three-run third inning. They added single runs in the fifth and seventh along with two in the sixth.

Landon Post’s 2-for-4 effort with a double, three RBIs and two runs led the Tribe. Troy Homan added two hits, including a double, and three runs, and Marcus Gaerge was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Brock Dues got the win, giving up two runs — one earned — on three hits in 3 1/3 innings.



JC softball falls

MONROEVILLE — Jay County’s softball team couldn’t keep up with the team that has led the Allen County Athletic Conference standings all season, falling 17-6 in five innings Friday to the host Heritage Patriots.

JCHS (9-7, 4-2 ACAC) was hoping to take the league title from Heritage (18-2, 6-0 ACAC), but lost any opportunity in the fourth inning. The home team put up 10 runs in the frame en route to ending the game early.

Mallory Winner took the loss, but only five of the 17 runs against her were earned.

Jozey Shimp hit two home runs, finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs. Riah Champ also went deep, and Jaelynn Lykins had three hits and a pair of runs.



JC JV loses

OSSIAN — The Jay County junior varsity softball team jumped ahead early but couldn’t hold the lead in an 11-3 loss Friday to the host Norwell Knights.

The Patriots tallied two runs in the top of the first inning. But Norwell responded with six in the bottom of the frame and never trailed again.

Ava Miller took the loss for JCHS, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings.

Angel Clairday led the Patriots at the play, going 2-for-2.