HAGERSTOWN — In a tune-up before the conference meet, the Jay County High School girls track team was the runner-up Saturday in the Tiger Booster Invitational.

Host Hagerstown scored 131 points for the championship. Jay County totaled 126 points for second, and Centerville was a distant third with 85.5 points.

Hagerstown’s boys also took first with their total of 145 points. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) scored 97.4 points for second and Oldenburg Academy was third with 72.4 points. Jay Count was ninth with 45 points.

Kinsey Shannon was the lone winner for the JCHS girls, beating the field in the 400-meter dash with her time of 1 minute, 2.2 seconds.

Abby Benter (100 hurdles), Natalie Wehrly (200 dash), Cash Hollowell (long jump) and Kylie Klopfenstein (shot put) were each the runner-up in their respective events.

For the boys, Aaron Funkhouser ran a career-best 51.71 seconds to win the 400 dash. Jean Pieterse was second in high jump for the Patriots.

Jay County travels to Bluffton tonight for the Allen County Athletic Conference championships, and the postseason begins next week.



Baseball drops two

HAGERSTOWN — Jay County’s baseball team dropped a pair of games to the Hagerstown Tigers on Saturday, 5-0 and 7-3.

The sweep drops the Patriots, who travel to Southern Wells tonight, to 6-6 on the year.

Jay County managed just three hits in the game-one loss. It got a double from Quinn Faulkner and singles from Austin Curts and Dusty Pearson.

Pearson suffered the loss, his first of the season, by allowing four unearned runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked a pair.

Sam Myers doubled and hit a pair of singles in game two, with Pearson hitting a double and driving in a run as well. Crosby Heniser, Blake Caldwell and Faulkner each singled. Heniser and Caldwell both had an RBI.

Heniser took the loss, giving up seven runs — five earned, on five hits. He struck out eight and walked five in 4 2/3 innings.



Golfers first

BLUFFTON — The Jay County boys golf team fought through soggy conditions to beat both Bluffton and Southern Wells on Monday at Timber Ridge Golf Course.

The Patriots shot 188 for the double win, with Bluffton (195) seconds and Southern Wells (204) third.

Caleb DeRome paced the Patriots with his score of 45, one stroke ahead of Griffin Mann. Simon Pryor shot 48, and Brock DeHoff completed the team score with 49.

Kyle Sanders also competed, but his 50 did not factor into the team total.