Alder boys top London

Jonathan Alder and London will soon become quite familiar with one another when the Red Raiders move from the Mid-State League to the Central Buckeye Conference. That move could come as early as next season, but the two squads didn’t wait until they were conference foes to meet in a boys soccer match.

The Red Raiders (1-1) hosted the Pioneers (1-1-1) Monday, Aug. 28, in a non-league contest played at London’s Bowlus Field. Jonathan Alder scored once in the first half and tacked on a pair in the second half to walk away with a 3-0 shutout victory.

The win was the first of the season for the Pioneers which opened with a 6-2 loss to Bishop Watterson and a 3-3 draw with Bloom-Carroll. It was London’s second loss (1-2) of the season.

Despite his team not scoring, London coach Dan Karl was encouraged by the way his team competed against a good Alder bunch.

“This game did not start off well, when Jonathan Alder scored on a corner kick in the opening minutes of the game,” the coach said. “We recovered quickly though, and defended hard to keep us only down one goal heading into halftime.

“In the second half we created some good scoring chances, however in the closing 10 minutes Alder scored two more goals to go up by three. Though we were very proud of the hard-fought effort, we knew that tonight we were not good enough to win the game, and we look forward to getting better every day.”

London 2,

Liberty Union 1

The Red Raiders picked up their first win of the season Saturday, Aug. 26 at Liberty Union.

London High School got off to a strong start when junior junior forward Eric Noble scored the first goal of the game. That was the score when the teams went to the half.

In the second half Liberty Union scored a goal on a free kick, a score Karl and his team didn’t agree with.

“I say disputed because the referee ruled the ball crossed the goal line, but we do not believe it did.

The call of a good goal stayed, leaving the game tied until London junior midfielder Josh Colvin then hit a 35-yard shot in the upper corner to put his team up again, 2-1.

In the closing minute Liberty Union was awarded a penalty kick, but the Red Raiders junior goalkeeper Jacob Broerman, turned away the shot and helped preserve a 2-1 victory.

“Jacob also had many other great saves to keep us in that game,” Karl said.

Girls soccer

Jonathan Alder 5,

St. Paris Graham 0

The Lady Pioneers improved their record to 4-0 with a shutout of visiting St. Paris Graham (1-3) Monday, Aug. 28.

St. Paris Graham (1-3) at Jonathan Alder (4-0)

Alder was led offensively by senior Sophia Thomas who scored four times in the game and Hannah Headlee scored a goal of her own. The Lady Pioneers defense was strong keeping opposing attack away from Nora Squires in goal. The standout keeper didn’t face a shot.

Boys golf

Jonathan Alder 156,

Kenton Ridge 184

The Pioneers cruised to a victory over visiting Kenton Ridge in a match played at Buck Creek Golf Course Monday, Aug. 28.

Joey Petrella was event medalist with his round of 37. Other Alder scores included Hayden Mitchell’s 39, as well as Mychal McKelvey, Tyler Hilbert and Liam Thompson collection of rounds of 40.


Jonathan Alder 5,

Urbana 0

The Pioneers had little trouble in knocking off Central Buckeye Conference foe Urbana Monday.

Alder’s three singles players won in straight sets. Mikayla Holland topped Kim Asper 6-2, 6-1 o the first singles court. Sydney Winslow cruised past Bri Usher 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Maddy Grove knocked off Amy Asper 6-1, 6-2 at third singles.

The first doubles team of Mary Kate Hipp and Paula Berge won 6-2, 6-3. While the second doubles pair of Abigale Watkins and Eliza Watkins easily won 6-0, 6-0.

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London’s Josh Colvin, left, battles Alder’s Nathan Perkey for possession of the ball during the Madison County clash at London’s Bowlus Field Monday. Alder won the contest 3-0.’s Josh Colvin, left, battles Alder’s Nathan Perkey for possession of the ball during the Madison County clash at London’s Bowlus Field Monday. Alder won the contest 3-0. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

By Chris Miles

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