There were many achievements made by Fulton County athletes and sports teams in 2016. Here is a look at some of those milestones.
Archbold boys basketball avenged a 39-point non-league loss against Wauseon by beating the Indians 50-42 in the NWOAL game on Friday, Jan. 15. The two teams would end up tying for the league title as both finished with 7-1 records in NWOAL play.
Evergreen boys basketball coach Jerry Keifer reached 300 career wins after his team rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat Montpelier, 56-51, Friday, Jan. 22.
In a week that also saw their head coach John Langenderfer reach 200 career wins, the Evergreen girls basketball team claimed the NWOAL title outright with a 51-37 win over Wauseon on Thursday, Feb. 4. It was the program’s third league title.
Sunday, Feb. 14, Delta claimed their fourth straight OHSAA state dual wrestling title in Division III. Wauseon finished as runner-up to perennial power St. Paris Graham in the Division II competition.
Evergreen got a putback basket from senior Kaela Fauble in the closing seconds to give them a one point win over Otsego and a Division III district title in girls hoops Saturday, Feb. 27. That same day, the Fayette girls won a district championship in Division IV by defeating Ayersville 48-41.
Delta wrestling had four state champions while on their way to claiming the state individual team title in Division III which concluded March 5. Wauseon had a pair of state runners-up and a third place finisher in Division II.
In an NWOAL baseball match-up on April 15, Wauseon tallied four runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 8-7 victory on the road over rival Archbold.
Wauseon swept the NWOAL track meet, winning both the boys and girls meets which concluded Friday, May 13, at Bryan High School.
Saturday, May 21, both the Archbold baseball and softball teams captured district titles. The baseball team did it with a 2-0 shutout of Tinora, while the softball team defeated Eastwood 2-1. It was Archbold baseball’s first district title since winning state in 2005.
At the state track and field meet in the beginning of June, Bailey Storeholder of Delta won state in the boys 100 meter dash in Division III. The senior finished ninth in the Division II race the year before.
In June, longtime Archbold softball coach Joe Frank resigned from his position after 15 seasons at the helm. He compiled a 334-86 record in that span.
It was announced in June that Wauseon resident Madyson Yackee was selected to be a pitcher in the USA Elite Select Futures All-American softball games in Kissimmee, Florida Aug. 1-6. She was to compete on the 10U team in the Northeast Region or Region 8.
The Wauseon Tomahawk Wrestling Club placed first in their division at the AAU Scholastic Duals held at the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida June 14-17. Going undefeated for the Indians were Gavin Ritter, Sandro Ramirez, Tre Campbell, and Tony Banister.
The Archbold ACME baseball team closed out a successful summer by winning the ACME state title over Celina, 3-2, on Monday, July 18. It was the program’s second state ACME baseball title, and first since 1978.
Wauseon earned a five-set victory over Evergreen in NWOAL volleyball on Sept. 8 to give the Vikings their first league loss since the 2013 season.
Archbold golf sealed their second consecutive NWOAL title after finishing first at the league golf championships on Friday, Sept. 23, at Auglaize Golf Course in Defiance. Blue Streak freshman Kade Kern finished with the top score as he shot a 73.
The Evergreen girls soccer program made school history by recording their first ever win on Sept. 26, a 12-1 rout of Toledo Waite.
Wauseon claimed the NWOAL boys cross country title as six of their runners placed in the top 12 at the league meet on Oct. 15. Archbold was second in the girls meet.
Archbold scored a late goal to lift them over Ottawa Hills, 3-2, in the Division III boys soccer district final on Oct. 29. The victory sent the Blue Streaks back to the regional tournament.
Swanton football earned the program’s second career playoff win and first-ever road playoff win when they defeated West Salem Northwestern 40-29 on Nov. 5.