MUNCIE — After a week off, the Patriot girls came back strong.

The boys were unable to keep up with the host Bearcats.

Jay County High School’s girls swim team rebounded from a loss Jan. 10 to Yorktown with a 122-64 triumph Tuesday over host Muncie Central. The boys team fell 128-54.

The Patriot girls spread the wealth, with six athletes winning at least one individual event. Senior Mara Bader and freshman Lauren Fisher led the effort with the former taking the top spot in the 100-freestyle with teammate Morgan DeHoff second and the 200 freestyle while the latter won the 100 butterfly ahead of teammate Avery Wentz and the 100 breaststroke.

DeHoff picked up a win in the 200 individual medley. Other individual winners were Maddy Snow in diving, Zion Beiswanger in the 50 freestyle and Kenzie Huey in the 100 backstroke.

Jay County’s girls (9-3) also won the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Wyatt Kunkler was the only Patriot boy to pick up a victory Tuesday as he finished first in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley. JCHS dropped to 5-7.

FR girls split

The Fort Recovery girls swim team split a double dual Tuesday falling 90-56 to the Delta Eagles while beating the Burris Owls 95-18. The Tribe boys lost 111-20 to Delta and 97-29 to Burris.

The best results came from the girls as a group as they won two out of three relays. Teigen Fortkamp, Audra Bubp, Joelle Kaup and Paige Guggenbiller combined to take the top spot in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Fortkamp finished first in the 100 freestyle and Bubp won the 100 breaststroke.

Sage Wendel had another record-breaking night to lead the FRHS boys, improving on his school record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:02.47.

Jay JH teams roll

Jay County’s junior high girls basketball teams continued their strong seasons Tuesday, with the eighth graders battering the visiting Blackford Bruins 40-16. The seventh grade team won 27-10.

Hallie Schwieterman scored more points than both Blackford squads combined, leading the Patriot eighth graders with 28. Natalie May added five and Kady Allread had four as the team improved to 12-2.

Elizabeth Brunswick and Amelia Heath each had 10 points for the seventh grade team, which pushed its record to 12-3. Gabi Petro followed with five points.

OHSAA supporting

The OHSAA announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Esports Ohio to support its annual state tournament in May.

Esports — electronic game competitions — have been growing with about 250 schools in Ohio now fielding teams.

The state tournament is scheduled for May 20 and 21 at the University of Akron. Trophies will be awarded in the same style that the OHSAA uses for its 28 sanctioned sports.

“Participation in Esports is growing very rapidly and Esports Ohio has been a big part of making it an educational and competitive opportunity for students,” said OHSAA executive director Doug Ute in a press release. “The opportunity for these students to be a part of a team and represent their school is very exciting. We are excited to work with an Ohio-based organization that is made up of teachers and school people.”