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Colts shut down Cougars in key victory, Hornets fall in tight contest
Hillsdale Academy 3   
Lenawee Christian 0
For the first time in school history the Hillsdale Academy Colts boys soccer program finished a contest against Lenawee Christian with the lead.
Junior goal keeper Peter Sullivan came up with 18 huge saves and Eric Lisznyai, Nekoda Cartwright and Sawyer Moss scored goals in a 3-0 home win.
“Some of our players just had their best game of the season tonight,” Colts’ assistant coach Tim Sullivan said. “There’s no doubt this is a big win for us.”
Lisznyai scored off an assist from Chris Potts and Cartwrigth scored on a pass from Lisznyai to give the Colts a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Moss added his tally on a second-half penalty kick.
Sullivan said freshmen Bruce Cartwright, Brent Cartwright and Chip Blood all had strong outings on defense as well.
Kyler Jacobs made 10 saves for Lenawee.

Columbia Central   1
Hillsdale                 0
The Hillsdale Hornets hit the crossbar on a penalty kick and missed several other scoring chances in a tough conference loss.
Matt Messier scored the game-winner for Columbia.
Hillsdale is 3-4 overall.



Freedom Farm takes home Sue Carlisle volleyball title
The Freedom Farm Flames volleyball team served notice that it is among the county’s elite if Saturday was any indication.
They won three-set battles in the semifinals and finals, against Hillsdale and then Jonesville to take home the Sue Carlisle Volleyball Invitational championship.
They beat the Hornets 22-25, 25-17, 15-5 and the Comets 25-21, 21-25, 15-8 in a tournament that featured Camden-Frontier, Hudson, Homer and Litchfield as well.
Jessica Stoll and Abi Turbeville made tha All Tournament Team for the Flames.
Still had 23 kills and 17 aces on the afternoon, while Turbeville tallied 65 digs and four aces.
Rebekah Turbeville added 56 assists and eight aces, Jessica Stoll had 23 kills and 17 aces, and Kaity Allen contributed 12 kills and four aces.    

Leutheuser named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week
Sophomore middle hitter Clara Leutheuser became the second Charger volleyball player to be named the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week this season on Monday afternoon. The award was announced by the conference office.
Leutheuser, a middle hitter, was a driving force of the Hillsdale offense as it went 2-0 on a road trip through the state of Ohio last weekend. She finished the two matches with a total of 17 kills and one error, with an eye-popping hitting percentage of .552.
She had nine kills and no errors in a 3-0 sweep of Ashland University Saturday afternoon. That performance came on the heels of an eight-kill performance in just two sets played in a 3-1 win over Tiffin last Friday night.
Leutheuser currently leads the GLIAC in hitting percentage for the season at .360, and is sixth in kills per set and tied for eighth in the league in blocks per set. Her sterling play in the middle has been a big part of Hillsdale’s 9-1 start to the 2009 season.
Sophomore Ashlee Crowder won the first GLIAC South Player of the Week award, handed out two weeks ago.
Leutheuser is from Hillsdale and played her high school ball at Hillsdale Academy. She and her Charger teammates will play their first home match of the season  tonight, when the host the University of Findlay starting at 7 p.m.

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About rjwalters

I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.

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