July 24, 2016

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College notes: Nikki Boltja leads Louisville upset of OSU

Nikki Boltja has made a habit of scoring goals in her lacrosse career, but her final three scores Saturday in an upset of nationally ranked Ohio State will be ones the Louisville junior won’t soon forget.

Boltja scored two goals to tie the score late in regulation before netting the eventual game-winner in helping the Cardinals stun the No. 13 Buckeyes 12-11.

The midfielder finished the game with four goals, an assist, a ground ball and caused a turnover in Louisville’s fourth win over a ranked opponent in program history.

For her efforts, the former Medina standout was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week and Player of the Week by WomensLax.com.

Men’s basketball

Junior Tyler Peters (Medina) scored a game-high 24 points as No. 21 Wheaton (Ill.) downed Carthage 64-58. The guard was 13-of-16 at the free throw line to go with five rebounds and four assists.

 Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) had four points and four rebounds as Akron beat Bowling Green 67-50. The win helped the Zips extend their nation-long win streak to 17 games.

 Guard Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name) scorched the nets for 25 points as Baldwin Wallace crushed Muskingum 89-58 in its season finale. Despite having just four points, Kyle Payne (Brunswick) ended the season tied for 19th place in Yellow Jackets history with 1,152 career points. Payne had 23 points and seven rebounds earlier in the week in a win over Heidelberg, while Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) chipped in 10.

 Hiram senior Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting and added assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Terriers lost to Wittenberg on senior day. Chris Zurowski (Medina) had a team-high five rebounds and eight points.

Women’s basketball

After suffering its first loss of the season, Ashland bounced back with an 83-57 win over Hillsdale. Guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) netted a career-high 23 points, including 16 in the first half. The top-ranked Eagles fell to rival Findlay earlier in the week, snapping their 24-game win streak.

 The double-doubles keep coming for Dev King (Medina). The sophomore had 19 points and 10 boards as No. 19 Georgetown College downed Bluefield College 84-72.

 Senior Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead Old Dominion to a 70-67 win over Northeastern. It was her 18th double-digit scoring game of the season.

 Brooke Forsythe (Brunswick) scored 10 points in Cumberland’s win over Shawnee State.


Buckeye graduate and Mercyhurst North East coach Aaron Cooper led the Saints to a runner-up finish in the Eastern District 1 Tournament, qualifying wrestlers in nine out of 10 weight classes for the NJCAA Nationals this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. In his seven years at the helm, Cooper has coached six All-Americans and 62 NJCAA national qualifiers.

 Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) notched a decision at 141 pounds as Ohio crushed Campbell 36-5 to record its fifth straight win. Squire blanked Michael Dahlstrom

 Matt Meadows (Medina resident/CVCA) dropped a 2-0 decision at 197 pounds to nationally ranked Jacob Henderson of Old Dominion as George Mason fell to the Monarchs.


Lindsay Koch (Brunswick) scored 9.575 on the uneven parallel bars as Bowling Green State placed sixth at the Sweetheart Invitational at North Carolina State.

Indoor track and field

Villanova’s Alex Wasik (Medina) matched a personal best in the pole vault to finish second at the Big East Championships.

Ashland’s Jennifer Foster (Cloverleaf) cleared 5 feet, 6½ inches to win the high jump at the Kent State Tune-up. Senior Eric Klucar (Highland) was second in the pole vault (15-11).

 Becca Herte (Black River) took fourth in the pole vault for Kent State (11-9¾) at the Kent State Tune-up. Taylor Wickey (Medina) placed eighth in the 800 in 2:18.16.

Allegheny’s Bobby Over (Wadsworth) was fifth in the 3,000 in 8:28.43 at the Kent State Tune-up, followed by former Grizzly teammate Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) of Ashland in sixth.

 Mitch Supan (Medina resident/Walsh Jesuit) placed fifth in the weight throw (63-3) to lead BW at the Kent State Open Meet. Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) took 11th in the shot (51-3¾) and 23rd in the weight throw (48-10). Earlier in the week, Supan and Marinucci won the weight throw and shot, respectively, at the Cleveland College Championships, while Ryan Weir (Cloverleaf) ran on a winning 4×4 relay.

 Coleen Bednar (Brunswick) was second in the long jump and Sammie Smith took runner-up honors in the 500 as Lake Erie competed at the Greater Cleveland Championships. Bednar, who also was second in the 55 dash (7.47), jumped 17-7½ and Smith clocked 1:11.33.

 Miami of Ohio’s Sam Chester (Medina) made his collegiate debut in the 4×4, helping the unit to an 11th-place showing at the Ohio State Tune-Up. Chester also was seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 60 hurdles.

 Malik Tuck (Medina) was fourth in the 200 in 22.46 and helped Ohio Dominican’s 4×4 relay to a sixth-place finish at the Ohio State Tune-Up.

 Ohio State freshman Brianna Neitzel (Brunswick) was ninth in the 400 (59.79) and 12th in the 200 (26.78) at the Ohio State Tune-Up.

 A trio of county products placed in the 400 for Akron at the Zippy Invitational. Nick Owens (Brunswick) was runner-up in 48.44, followed up by Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) in fourth and Mitch Gordon (Wadsworth) in sixth. Hiltner also ran on a winning 4×4 relay and Nate Chronister (Highland) placed fifth in the long jump.

 Junior Clay Febus (Medina) was third in the 60 hurdles in 8.41 and helped Youngstown State’s 4×4 relay to a second-place showing at the Zippy Invitational.


Sophomore Sydney Thomas (Medina) scored a goal as No. 6 Loyola (Md.) opened the season with a 10-9 loss to No. 8 Virginia.

 Attacker Connor McBride (Medina) had a goal, but it wasn’t enough as St. Leo (Fla.) fell to Limestone 7-5.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.