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Monday, March 11, 2013Roundup: Leppelmeier 10th in weight throw at New Balance meet
NEW YORK -- McComb's Becca Leppelmeier placed tenth in one event and 16th in another at the New Balance National Indoor high school track and field competition held in New York over the weekend.
Leppelmeier, a senior at McComb, was tenth in the weight throw (49-111/4) on Sunday and 16th in the shot put (41-31/4) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in the Dave Wottle High School meet held at Bowling Green State University, Van Buren's Sarah Benson won the long jump (17-1) and Liberty-Benton's Alex Devincentis was first in the girls shot (39-6).
UF softball wins twice
CLERMONT, Fla. -- The University of Findlay softball team picked up two more wins in Florida on Saturday as the Oilers improved their record to 8-2.
The Oilers defeated Cedarville 7-2 before stopping St. Thomas Aquinas 3-1.
Brittany Dauterman picked up the victory on the mound in the first game. Emily Reynolds sparked the Oilers' offense with a home run and four RBI. Both Dauterman and Courtney Dwyer recorded two hits.
Tawna Whited pitched a gem in UD's win over St. Thomas Aquinas, allowing only two hits while striking out 12 batters. Whited also hit a double as Dauterman added a single and RBI.
The Oilers will travel to Notre Dame College for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Friday.
Shaker Heights hockey champs
COLUMBUS -- Shaker Heights held off Sylvania Northview's offensive pressure to defeat the defending champions 3-1 in the 2013 OHSAA ice hockey state championship game Saturday night at Nationwide Arena.
The state championship victory gave the Red Raiders (28-7) their fourth title in 11 state tournament appearances. Shaker Heights' last championship came in 2001.
Two first-period goals put Shaker Heights in control from the onset, despite continued pressure from Northview. The Red Raiders scored first, just three minutes into the game, on a goal from senior Jonathan Greenberg. Northview answered with a power-play goal from senior Nick LaPlante a minute later.
Shaker Heights senior John Longman gave the Red Raiders back the lead for good later in the first period with a goal on a good crossing pass from teammate Connor Siwik. Siwik would score Shaker Heights' third goal, assisted by senior Jacob Shick and junior Max Yauch, on a 5-on-3 man power-play advantage with 9:13 remaining in the game.
Red Raiders senior goaltender Eric Sterin stopped 25 of 26 shots. Shaker Heights totaled 23 shots on goal offensively.
Northview (27-8), playing in its third championship game in four years, finished as state runner-up for the fifth time in program history.
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