As the fall sports season winds to a close there are several TRAC teams and individuals are that are competing in various state tournaments.  The following is an update on those individuals and teams that are still going strong in the post-season:

Boys Cross Country State Championships


St. Francis de Sales runners will be competing as a team in the boys state cross country championships for the third year in a row on Saturday, November 3, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. The Knights finished in second place in the regional meet behind Cleveland St. Ignatius at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin, on Saturday, October 27.

Sophomore David St. John and senior Kyle Lach paced the Knights. St. John crossed the finish line in 17th place overall with a time of 16:32.12. TRAC champion Lach posted a time of 16:43.02 to finish in 22nd place. Dan Siebenaller placed 24th (16:44.89), Jason White 39th (17:00.60), and Dan Lenart 51st (17:10.52), respectively.

Individual qualifiers for the state meet include Findlay senior Matt Waaland, who placed 10th with a time of 16:21.33 and Fremont Ross junior Louis Guardiola’s who finished in 11th place with a time of 16:25.69. Central Catholic runners sophomore George McCartney (16:25.73) and senior Charlie Gibbons (16.29.23) placed 13th and 16th respectively.

The top four teams and individuals among the top 16 at regionals qualify for the state championships.

Girls Cross Country State Championships


Clay High School is sending three individual runners to the girls state cross country championships. TRAC champion Erin Gyurke, a junior, placed second in the regional meet with a time of 18:42.38. Her freshman teammates Haley Hess and Hannah Hess crossed the finish line in 11th place and 14th place with times of 19:16.06 and 19:21.88 respectively.

Running in her first high school regional meet, Notre Dame freshman Stephanie Sherman qualified for the state championships by finishing eighth with a time of 19:12.20.

The top four teams and individuals among the top 16 at regionals qualify for the state championships.

Girls Volleyball Regionals


The showdown between TRAC foes St. Ursula and Findlay for the Division I regional volleyball semifinals is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, at 6:00 p.m. at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.

This will be the second matchup between the two teams this season. St. Ursula defeated the Lady Trojans in straight sets in mid-September.

Ranked as the No. 2 team in the state, the Lady Arrows (24-1) captured their second straight TRAC conference championship by defeating archrival Notre Dame in the TRAC tournament and then knocked off the Lady Eagles to win their 12th district title in the past 13 years. St. Ursula was crowned the 2010 Division I state championship and finished as the runner-up in last year’s state tournament.

Findlay (23-2), finished the regular season ranked No. 7. The Lady Trojans made it to the state Division I semi-finals in last year’s tournament.

The winner of the match will move onto the regional final which will be played at Norwalk High School on Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer Regionals


St. Ursula Academy captured their second consecutive district championship at the Division II level by defeating Bowling Green 2-0 on Saturday, October 27 at Lake High School.

The Lady Arrows will take on Akron Archbishop Hoban in a regional semifinal bout on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Sandusky High School in Sandusky, Ohio.

St. Ursula lost to Columbus St. Francis DeSales in the state championship game last year.

Football Playoffs


Central Catholic, the No. 2 seed in Region 6, begins their quest for a state Division II state title by hosting seventh-seeded Grafton Midview in the opening round game of the state playoffs on Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Gallagher Stadium.

The Fighting Irish (9-1), winners of the 2005 DII state title, will be making their ninth consecutive playoff appearance.

The Middies (9-1), who compete in the West Shore Conference, will be making their first playoff appearance since 2007 and their sixth overall. Midview’s all-time tournament record is 1-5.

Whitmer (No. 2 seed – Region 2) hosts Avon Lake in a Division I a first round contest on Saturday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

The Panthers remain undefeated at 10-0 after thumping Central Catholic 42-0 to win their second consecutive TRAC championship in the final game of the regular season. In the previous two years the Whitmer squad advanced to the state semifinal games before falling to eventual state champions Lakewood St. Edward 23-12 in 2010 and Cleveland St. Ignatius 17-6 last year.

The Shoremen (8-2), the smallest school in Division I by one student, enters the game as the champions of the Southwestern Conference.