Girls Cross Country
• The Comets opened the season with a 57-point tie for first at the Southwestern Conference Preview. Avon won the tie-breaker.
Leading the way for Amherst were Victoria Bailey (5th, 21:24), Kalyn Potyrala (7th, 21:31), Cassidy Hill (9th, 21:41), Kaylee Haff (11th, 21:47), Antonia Monteleone (25th, 22:30), Kayla Snowden (26th, 22:39), Marisa Del Valle (36th, 23:17), Leah Gerke (52th, 23:58), Emily Hughes (76th, 24:59), Angelina Williams (90th, 25:59), Kathleeen Kirsch (94th, 26:18), Liah Miller (96th, 26:22), Courtney Cogdell (97th, 26:26), Veronica Janosik (102th, 26:36), Marissa Anaya (105th, 26:53), Montana Griffiths (106th, 26:54), Emma Sekerak (109th, 27:02), Alicyn Harris (118th, 27:29), Estella Woodworth (132th, 27:56), Mariana Gilles (170th, 29:49), Erin McGuire (175th, 30:12), Rain Wales (185th, 31:56), and Cassidy Cser (189th, 32:40).
The girls compete again Saturday at the Kenston Invitational. The varsity race is at 8:30 a.m. and the junior varsity race is at 10 a.m.
Boys Cross Country
• Amherst placed second in the Southwestern Conference Preview, a single point behind Avon.
Matthew Kirsch led the Comets with a time of 17:50 for sixth place. Gabe DelValle placed 10th with a time of 18:20. Following were Jacob Raesler (18:25, 11th), Cael Walker (18:27, 13th), Ethan Barnes (18:51, 23rd), Mario Benjamin (18:53, 25th), and Sebastian Pecora 19:24, 40th).
• The Comets defeated Lakewood 3-0 in their home opener. Lauren Pisegna had five aces and four blocks, Laken Voss had 13 assists, Taylor Small had nine kills, and Audrey McConihe had 11 digs.
• Two changes have been made to the schedule to accommodate construction of the new Olmsted Falls High School.
Amherst will now host the Bulldogs at home on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Freshmen start at 4:30 p.m., junior varsity plays at 5:30 p.m. and varsity takes the court at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Comets will travel to Olmsted Falls. Freshmen will play at 10 a.m., junior varsity will begin at 11 a.m., and varsity will start at noon.
Girls Varsity Soccer
• In the Southwestern Conference opener, Amherst decimated Lakewood 6-0 on goals from Lexy Alston, Sydney Clark, Elley Vorhees (the first of her high school career), and Cameron Dumais.
Providing assists were Juliet Seng and Jordyn Bena, who recorded her first at the high school level. Ainsley Steele and Liv Fain each had two saves in the shutout.
• In their third straight shutout, the Amherst girls defeated North Ridgeville 4-0.
Play picked up in the last eight minutes of the first half as Elley Vorhees scored on an assist from Juliet Seng. Two minutes later, Lexy Alston fed the ball to Seng, who scored her first varsity Comets goal. Seng upped the tally with a second goal just three minutes later with help from Anna Dudziak. Alston topped off the scoring in the second half.
Goalkeeper Ainsley Steele recorded her third straight shutout on two saves.
Girls Varsity Tennis
• Amherst defeated Berea-Midpark 5-0.
Alexis Hamrlik (Amherst) defeated Ashley Elkins (Berea-Midpark) in first singles 6-1,6-2.
Gabby Krugman (Amherst) defeated Amari Shaw (Berea-Midpark) at second singles 6-4, 7-5.
Kim Torres (Amherst) defeated Gia Chapman (Berea-Midpark) at third singles 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Pihlblad/Tellier (Amherst) defeated Treher/Lash (Berea-Midpark) at first doubles 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
Sanoba/Schreiber (Amherst) defeated Barrett/Cornelius (Berea-Midpark) at second doubles 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.
Girls Varsity Golf
• North Ridgeville defeated Amherst 237-205.
For Amherst: Rosalyn Friend 48, CeCe Iliff 51, Ayalis Vicens 53, Melissa Wright 53.
For North Ridgeville: Heather Gerome 54, Sam Simko 55, Zoe Monyak 60, Cara Caldwell 68.
Junior Cross Country
• The Amherst Junior High School cross country teams competed Saturday in the Southwestern Conference Preview.
Jeff Keiffer led the boys, finishing ninth of 176 runners. Joseph Miller finished next with the biggest improvement for the boys, dropping more than a minute from his previous time. Liam Taliano, Owen Davis, and Manny Trevino also scored for the Comets.
In the girls race, Catherine Turner and Aurora Wilson led the way, finishing fifth and seventh respectively out of 192 runners. Hailey Salvagni, Ella Baker, and Natalie Raesler also scored. Ava Murphy had the biggest improvement for the Comets, dropping almost two minutes from her previous time.
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