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Young_Ian 9.11.17

Meridian goalkeeper Ian Young gets to the ball before Warrensburg-Latham’s Konstantinos Goros can take a shot as Meridian’s Jake Ripple looks on. Online gallery at


MACON — There were plenty of shots during Monday's soccer match between Meridian and Warrensburg-Latham, but none of them found the back of the net.

For Warrensburg, Gammachu Amae took 10 shots, with Noah Wattleworth and Taggert Martin adding four. Meridian's Gabe Taylor has seven shots and Nick Johnson had six. 

But the stars were Warrensburg-Latham goalkeeper Shawn Troike, who had 16 saves, and Meridian's Ian Young, who had eight.


Arthur def. Sullivan 25-11, 25-9

ARTHUR — Agressive serving led to a quick win for Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond.

Madison Brown, Taylor Powell, Hannah Wallen, Liz Shipman and Abi Duzan all had two aces, with Powell adding five kills, as the Knights (7-0) remained unbeaten.

"Everybody did their job," Knights coach Emily Crossman said. "We had aggressive serving, which was crucial to getting Sullivan off of their game. Madison Brown and Taylor Powell, in particular, served well tonight.

"I think our team did a good job celebrating the little things and keeping the momentum going."

The schedule gets tougher for Arthur going forward, with games against Tri-County, Argenta-Oreana and Tri-City/Sangamon Valley coming up.

Pana def. Gillespie 25-13, 25-12

PANA — The Panthers continued their strong start to the season with a dominant performance against Gillespie.

Shayna Stremming had an impressive all-round performance with five kills, two blocks and seven digs, as did Brenna Dameris, who  added five kills, three aces and seven digs.

"We had a stronger showing serving than we have recently, and that allowed us to go on some scoring runs," Pana coach Greg Cothern said. "Blocking at the net was also strong for us."

With the win, Pana improved to 11-4, 3-0 in the South Central Conference.

"I don't think we have shown our true potential yet," Cothern said. "We are off to a good start, but there is more in these girls and we have to bring that out of them as a coaching staff."

Tuscola def. Paxton-Buckey-Loda 25-17, 25-23

TUSCOLA — The Warriors fell behind 9-2 in the second game, but Karli Dean's 10 kills were enough to lift Tuscola to the win.

"In the first set we came out very strong," Tuscola coach Lydia Miller said. "We were moving together as a team very well and everything was really clicking.

"In the second set, we dug a hole, but we didn't give up and fought back. They were resilient."

Also for Tuscola (4-3), Natalie Bates had four aces and nine digs.

Cumberland def. Flora 25-22, 19-25, 26-24

TOLEDO — Danae Sowers had nine kills to lead the Pirates to a non-conference win against Flora.

Also for Cumberland (3-6), Claire Guyon scooped up 27 digs and Tayler McMechan had 13 assists.


Shelbyville def. MacArthur 6-3

DECATUR — Shelbyville’s Kat Martin and Hannah Hicks each won a singles match and paired up for a doubles win in the Rams' win against MacArthur.

Maddie Smothers also won her singles match and teamed with Rachel Bly for a doubles win.


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