ONTARIO - Bill Bonham has had the privilege of coaching a number of good teams during his time at Buckeye Central. Tuesday night's sectional semifinal win over Mansfield St. Peter's was more than just the start to what looks like another lengthy postseason run. It was the 100th career win for Bonham as the Buckettes beat St. Peter's, 25-4, 25-5, 25-4.
Fourteen girls suited up for Buckeye Central and all 14 saw action in the sectional semifinal. Bonham said that made the milestone even more special.
"We got everyone involved, so it was nice that everyone could get a piece of that moment," he said.
Jenna Delarber led a balanced BC attack with nine kills and four blocks. Maddie Williams and Sammi Marcum chipped in all-around good nights. Williams had eight kills, five digs and six aces. Marcum chipped in six kills, eight digs and five aces.
Also for the Buckettes (21-2), Emily Weithman dished out 14 assists to go with seven digs and three kills. Kilee Kimmel added 13 assists, five digs and three kills. Brooke Karl had 10 digs and four aces. Kendra Schultz slammed seven kills.
"Basically overall, it was a well-rounded team effort," Bonham said. "Our goal was to not miss any serves and limit our mistakes in general."
BC served 74 times, came up with 21 aces and had only one missed serve. The Buckettes also only had four hitting errors in 59 attacks.
Next up for the Buckettes is Crestline in a sectional final 6 p.m. Saturday at Ontario.
Chieftains bounced out of tourney
MOUNT BLANCHARD - Arlington turned away Hopewell-Loudon, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 Tuesday in Division IV sectional semifinal play at Riverdale.
Courtney Burns led the H-L (9-14) charge with 10 kills, six assists, five digs and four aces.
Kassie Welly (2 aces) came up with 12 digs, Logan Frank (2 assists) added 10 digs and five kills, Shelby Sauber (2 aces, 2 block assists) tallied six assists and five digs and Kassie Shaver turned in five kills and five digs.
Lakota edged out by Bluffton
FINDLAY - Lakota played three close games with Bluffton, but fell on the wrong side of the score each time, dropping its sectional semifinal 25-21, 25-23, 25-19.
Alaina Bickford had 12 digs on the night, closing out the season with 326, three shy of the school record. Katie Park slammed seven kills for the Raiders, giving her 167 for the season.
Destiny Long-Meyer had four kills and a pair of blocks while Stephanie Miller posted a double-double with 14 assists and 10 digs.
Also, Khilee Baltz added 13 digs and Aly Hovis chipped in two aces, two blocks and two kills.
Trojans tame Tigers
NORWALK - Seneca East saw its season end in its Division IV sectional semifinal against South Central 25-14, 25-23, 25-18. Ashton Daniel led the Tigers, slamming nine kills to go along with five digs. Kristen Boweman added seven kills and two blocks.
Also for Seneca East (6-16), Sam Miller handed out 11 assists. Rachel Bauman delivered eight assists and three aces. Holly Bordner picked up 12 digs.