BUNKER HILL — Tricia Ison never wrestled prior to this year.

Now she’s done something only two other female Patriots have done before.

Ison, a Jay County High School junior, claimed the regional championship in her weight class as she was one of four Patriots to reach the state finals during the Indiana High School Girls Wrestling regional tournament on Friday at Maconaquah.

Jay County totaled 79 points for second place. Penn won the team title with 140 points, and host Maconaquah totaled 61 for third.

Ison, who is participating in the sport for the first time, went 3-0 to win the 170-pound championship. She received a bye in the quarterfinal, and needed two minutes to pin Wayne’s Miya Walda during their semifinal match. The junior then pinned Madison Hazeltine of Penn in 5:41 to become just the third JCHS girl wrestler to win a regional crown.

Lizzie Dollar (98 pounds) and Lita Chowning (126) both finished second, and Mollie Hines (182) was third to earn a berth in the state finals.

The top four in each weight class advance to the state finals, which is slated for Friday at Hamilton Heights.

Willow Hardy (106), Maddy Rinker (113) and Lilly Lothridge (138) also competed for the Patriots.



Jay still in 1st

BLUFFTON — Jay County’s girls basketball team kept a hold on first place in the conference with a 49-32 victory over the Bluffton Tigers on Friday.

The win pushed the Patriots, who finished 14th in the most recent Class 3A poll, to 12-3 on the year and a perfect 4-0 in Allen County Athletic Conference play. The Tigers, who have now lost three in a row and four of their last five, fell to 8-6 (1-2 ACAC).

Jay County led by eight points after each of the first two quarters, 15-7 and 22-14, respectively. Bluffton cut the margin by one point after the third period, 35-28, but the Patriots limited the Tigers to just four points in the final eight minutes.

Renna Schwieterman of Jay County and Emme Boots of Bluffton shared the game high of 16 points. The Patriots’ Madison Dirksen was second on the team with 15 points, and Sophie Saxman put in six points.



Second lifts Fort

NEW KNOXVILLE, Ohio — The Fort Recovery boys basketball team used a 21-point second quarter to race by the New Knoxville Rangers in Midwest Athletic Conference play Friday, 53-40.

The Indians moved to 6-4 (3-0 MAC), while the Rangers dipped to 3-7 (0-3 MAC).

Fort Recovery and New Knoxville were tied at 10 each at the end of the first quarter. Cale Rammel scored eight of his 15 points during the second quarter, helping the Tribe outscore the Rangers 21-10 before halftime. After playing even during the third quarter, the Indians had a 12-8 edge in the fourth.

Owen Jutte had a team-high 17 points, including eight in the first quarter. Rammel finished with 15 points and Regan Martin had seven points.

Fort Recovery’s junior varsity team also won, 41-11. Caleb Evers led the Indians with 10 points.