The Patriot girls once again finished second.

Jay County High School’s girls swim team was the runner-up at the Jay County Invitational on Saturday.

A year after being second by one point, the Patriots’ team score of 486 was 57 behind champion Oak Hill. Coldwater (406) was third and Fort Recovery (334) was fourth.

Bluffton won the boys’ competition with 578 points, Oak Hill scored 530 for second and the JCHS boys matched their female counterparts with 486 points.

Ashlyn Dow was the lone dual winner for the Patriot girls, as she was first in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.99 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.41. She also joined Rieley Brewster, Eliza Bader and Mara Bader to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:54.82, then teamed with Lilli Clemmons and the Baders for a 200 freestyle relay win in 1:45.78.

Eliza Bader was first in the 50 freestyle with her time of 25.52 seconds.

Kyle Sanders had two wins for the JCHS boys, beating the field in the 200 freestyle (1:56.9) and 100 freestyle (50.69) races.

Fort Recovery’s Ava Bubp had the best individual performance for the Tribe girls. She was the runner-up in both the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Teigen Fortkamp took second in the 200 freestyle.

Six are perfect

CENTERVILLE — A half dozen wrestlers went undefeated Friday as the Jay County B wrestling team went 2-2 in the Wayne County Classic at Centerville.

Jay County opened the day with a 49-24 win over Richmond, then lost back-to-back duals against Beech Grove (42-36) and Franklin County (43-27) before rebounding to beat Cambridge City Lincoln (42-36).

Daniel Moore, Taye Curtis and Blake Pruett were all 4-0 on the day with three pins. Logan Kelley and Ryan Herring were both 2-0, and Kelley got both of his victory by pin. Kaeghan Khalig won his only match.

Isaiah Riggins was 3-1, while Caleb Meadows and Aidan Stephens were both 2-2.



Deep shot buries Tribe


BOTKINS, Ohio — In a game that featured 24 made 3-pointers, it was a 22-footer at the buzzer that handed the Fort Recovery boys basketball team 58-55 road loss at Botkins on Saturday night.

Fort Recovery (6-5) trailed Botkins (10-0) at the end of each quarter, but rallied to tie the score at 55 in the fourth. That is, until Jamison Meyer hit his fourth and final 3-pointer of the night to lift the Trojans to the win.

Owen Jutte was lights out from distance, turning in seven 3-pointers on his way to a game- and career-high 27 points. He had 21 points at halftime. Cale Rammel was second for the Indians with 15 points, and Brian Bihn scored seven. The Indians made 13 of the game’s two dozen shots from behind the arc.

Fort Recovery’s junior varsity team moved to 6-5 with a 44-43 victory. Troy Homan and Wyatt Grover each scored 16 points for the Indians.



Three pace Indians

FORT RECOVERY — Three Indians combined for 46 points in helping the Fort Recovery girls basketball team to a 61-46 victory over Mechanicsburg on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians (9-3), who led 20-18 after the first quarter, allowed just two second-quarter points in opening a 32-20 advantage at halftime. They pushed the advantage to 49-30 with one quarter to play.

Alli Vaughn had a game-high 20 points, including a dozen before halftime. Paige Fortkamp made three 3-pointers on her way to 16 points, and Whitley Rammel contributed 10 points in the win.

Fort Recovery’s junior varsity team got a 56-51 win for the Tribe sweep. Kensey Gaerke had a team-high 15 points, and Mara Pearson was one behind with 14 points.



Patriots 2-0

OSSIAN — Jay County’s junior high wrestling team opened its season Saturday by going 2-0 at the Norwell Super Duals.

The Patriots (2-0) picked off the host Knights 49-37 before topping Carroll, 57-34.

Sylas Wenk Landon Garringer, Griffin Byrum, AJ Myers, Layne Reidt, Alan Ortiz and Jaylen McClain were all 2-0 on the day.

AJ Heskett, Xander Torre, Leighton Brown, Carter Barton and Chris Compton all went 1-1.