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Sabo helps Ohio State reach golf nationals; Ashland-area grads shine in spring sports

A large contingent of Ashland-area high school graduates recently wrapped up their college spring sports seasons, many making huge impacts.

One significant highlight came earlier this week from Ashland High School graduate Tyler Sabo, a redshirt freshman on the Ohio State men’s golf team who helped the Buckeyes to their best finish since 1979 while also sinking a hole-in-one at nationals.

Below, Ashland Source has gathered a breakdown of those who recently wrapped up their college seasons.

Ashland

– In a spring with a monster finish for the Division I men’s golf team at Ohio State, former Arrow standout Tyler Sabo left a huge mark.

Led by Sabo and a quartet of seniors at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in California, the Buckeyes tied for third in the country this week at nationals – the best finish for OSU at the NCAA Championship in 45 years.

For his part, Sabo sank a hole-in-one Tuesday while in the match-play quarterfinals against Vanderbilt’s William Moll, the No. 15-ranked amateur in the world. Vanderbilt was No. 2 in the country as a team and the Buckeyes topped them 3-1-1, with Sabo tying in his match once his teammates secured the team victory.

Ohio State then took on No. 1-ranked Auburn in the match-play semifinals, losing by a 3-2 score that was decided on the 21st hold of the final match. Sabo represented one of those OSU wins, topping Auburn’s Josiah Gilbert 1-up.

In order to get into match-play action, the Buckeyes had to place in the top eight of the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championship. They took seventh as a squad after four rounds, with Sabo finishing 23-over-par (76-74-83-78).

It was the third straight year Ohio State qualified to nationals, and Sabo’s 71 in the final round of the Baton Rouge Regional helped catapult the Buckeyes back into the tournament.

– Golfing on the national stage wasn’t reserved to locals in Division I, either, as AHS graduate Klaira Paramore helped boost the Division II Ashland University women’s golf team to its first NCAA Golf Championships appearance since 2015.

A sophomore, Paramore placed 19th overall in AU’s East Regional, firing four birdies in her three-round 233 (76-77-80). That effort helped the 10th-seeded Eagles finish fourth and advance to the 18-team nationals.

After its three rounds of the NCAA Championships at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla., Ashland finished its season 17th as a team on May 23. It was the fourth time at nationals for the AU women’s program.

Paramore totaled five birdies over her three rounds at the event, tying for 90th at 239 (79-80-80).

– The Division II Ohio Dominican University baseball team finished its season May 9 after being eliminated from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, marking the end of an impressive season for brothers Brennen Hunt and Chase Hunt.

A senior shortstop for the Panthers (27-23, 18-14 GMAC), Brennen closed his spring with a career-best .324 batting average, hitting two home runs in his final game. He totaled career-high numbers in runs (49), hits (61), homers (8) and slugging percentage (.532), also notching 11 doubles and 30 RBIs while finishing his career starting all 203 games in which he played.

Chase, meanwhile, was a pitcher for ODU. The lefty finished the spring 2-2 on the mound, tossing 48.2 innings and striking out 35 over 11 appearances.

– Brandilyn Reymer put a close to her sophomore softball season at Division II Eckerd College earlier this month. A key pitcher in the circle for the Tritons (13-32, 7-23 Sunshine State Conference), Reymer compiled a 3.54 ERA for the spring behind 19 appearances, 10 starts and three complete games.

The right-hander totaled 59.1 innings and struck out 40 for the season.

– Former Arrow standout Anna Watson and the Division I Eastern Michigan University women’s golf team wrapped up its season in late April following play in the three-round Mid-American Conference Championships.

The Eagles placed 10th as a squad while Watson closed out her senior season with a 242 (82-78-82), good enough for a tie for 30th in the event.

– Max Watson’s senior golf campaign at Division II Florida Southern saw him compete in the Sunshine State Conference Championship for the first time.

The Moccasins ended the event in seventh place as a squad, as Watson rounded out the team’s scorers in 47th place with a 230 (80-74-76).

The former Arrow entered the 54-hole event in late April averaging 72.24 per round.

– A redshirt junior for the Division I University of Akron track team, Danielle Honaker competed in the MAC Track and Field Championships in May, where the Zips placed fourth. Honaker went for 22nd place in the 5,000-meter run in 18:28.19.

That performance followed her 1,500 effort at the Len Paddock Invitational a few weeks earlier, where she was sixth in 4:50.72, and Honaker also turned in a career-best 5,000 time of 17:17.83 in mid-April at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Classic, good enough for fourth place.

– The Division II Ashland University men’s track and field team placed third at the GMAC Championships in early May. AHS grad Landon McFrederick factored into that team score by placing third in the high jump with a clearance of 6-6.

– Emma Packard rounded out her freshman season on the links for the Division III University of Mount Union women’s golf squad by competing in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship in early May.

The Purple Raiders took third in the event and Packard was the No. 4 scorer for the team, notching a 346 over her four rounds (82-85-90-89).

– Kamden Mowry put the finishing touches on his freshman golf season at Division III John Carroll in late April. The former AHS standout competed for the Blue Streaks at the Dan Caschera Classic, where his two-round 155 (79-76) was 12th overall in the 13-team tournament.

– Competing in his junior season at the Division II University of Findlay, distance runner Dylan Hickey put together a fifth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:14.70) during the Mike Becraft Invitational at Ohio Northern in late April.

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– Autumn Bailey was a key contributor all spring for the Akron softball team (23-29, 11-14 MAC). The outfielder closed her junior season with a .260 batting average while making appearances in 35 total games.

Bailey finished with 25 hits, 18 runs and 12 RBIs for the Zips.

– The NAIA Indiana Tech men’s track and field team captured its 11th straight title in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference on May 3, doing so with a little help from former Cougar Shawn Bailey.

The freshman placed seventh in the pole vault (3.85 meters) to nab some points for the Warriors.

– The Division II Hillsdale College men’s track and field team put together a fourth-place finish in early May at the GMAC Outdoor Championships.

A junior distance runner for the Chargers, CHS graduate Ross Kuhn clocked a PR of 3:51.42 in the 1,500 to help in that conference push, placing seventh.

A week later, Kuhn was even better at the Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet at Baldwin Wallace, posting a 3:49.25 for third place.

Genesis Christian Academy

– Ruth Abel has been making waves for a few years while a member of the Grace College competitive shooting sports team. Her career has led to her final performance for the school in this summer’s collegiate US Open event at Northbrook Sports Club in Illinois.

Previously, Abel has thrived while shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays for Grace. In 2023, she was a B-Class champion at the Indiana State Skeet Tournament, took first place in the women’s B-Class Doubles Trap shoot and was third in the women’s A-Class American Skeet shoot.

Hillsdale

– Jordan Taylor’s senior season as a member of the Division II University of Findlay women’s track and field team ended in big fashion this week, as she was named a first-team All-American as part of the Oilers’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

To earn those laurels, Taylor was on a 4×100 relay that placed sixth at the Division II Outdoor National Championships (45.41), and was on a 4×400 relay that took seventh in the nation (3:45.68).

Those two relays both stood out with Taylor at the GMAC Championships in early May as well, with the 4×100 winning the league title and the 4×400 placing second.

The Findlay women won the league crown and also were keyed individually by Taylor, as the senior took gold in both the 100 (11.77) and 200 (24.05) at the GMAC Championships.

– The Division I Wright State University baseball team closed a solid season (32-24, 20-10 Horizon League) last Friday after being eliminated from the HL Championships by Youngstown State.

A critical piece to the Raiders’ puzzle once again this spring was former Falcon Jay Luikart. The senior was named to the All-HL team for the third time, earning second-team honors as one of the league’s best power hitters.

Luikart played in 223 games for his career, starting in 192, and his 2024 campaign ended with him posting career-high numbers in batting average (.325), hits (75), home runs (18), RBIs (66), slugging percentage (.619) and on-base percentage (.415). The senior utility man also scored 47 runs and had 12 doubles.

In his career, Luikart had 228 hits, 171 runs, 155 RBIs and 41 homers for the Raiders.

– Also in college baseball as a Hillsdale graduate, Mark Abel has played in every game for the last two seasons for the NJCAA Hocking College squad.

The second baseman for the Hawks (9-32), Abel finished this spring with 30 hits, 26 runs and 17 RBIs while batting .280. On the mound, meanwhile, the sophomore made eight appearances and totaled 23.1 innings, striking out six.

– On the softball field at Ashland University, Bryn Grabowski capped a big junior campaign with some nice numbers in the pitching circle, leading AU in both wins and strikeouts.

She helped guide the Eagles (19-26, 12-14 GMAC) by posting a 7-7 record and a 2.52 ERA in 20 total appearances. Grabowski had 83.1 innings pitched, striking out 44 and tossing three complete games.

– A senior softballer at Walsh University, Olivia Betson closed her career with the Cavaliers (19-29, 11-13 GMAC) nicely. The pitcher went 3-4 in the circle, logging 55 innings and 32 strikeouts in 15 appearances.

Betson had a 4.45 ERA and ended her college career with 10 wins, 154.1 innings and 104 strikeouts in 79 appearances.

Mapleton

– For the third straight season, Kaleb Stafford logged time on the mound for the Division III Capital University baseball team (10-28, 3-15 OAC).

For his career, the junior has 13.1 innings and 10 strikeouts over 17 appearances.

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