Josh Proper of the Delaware Christian School wrestling team appeared primed to return to the Division III state tournament, but injuries ended his season prematurely.
The sophomore finished second at 113 pounds in a 12-team sectional Feb. 23 at Madison Plains, but was injured during the championship match against Richwood North Union's Tarren Riffle and withdrew from the district tournament held March 1 and 2 at Rayland Buckeye Local.
Proper struggled through the match against Riffle, losing 11-0 to finish 26-7.
"He gutted it out, but he hurt his collarbone and sprained some muscles in his shoulder and cannot compete at district," coach Jamie Marquis. "It's a shame, but it happens a lot in this sport. We're already looking forward the offseason and some coming tournaments because he wants to continue to improve and get back to state next season."
Last season, Proper went 0-2 at 106 at state to finish 30-11.
Also competing at sectional for the Eagles were senior Isaac Spelman (182) and freshman Trent Gregory. Both went 0-2, with Spelman finishing 7-30 and Gregory finishing 2-36.
The top four finishers in each weight class at sectional advanced to district. The state tournament runs Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, at Ohio State.
Also on the team was freshman Nate Boodoo (170).
"They all had rough seasons, except for Josh, but every time that Isaac wrestled was a blessing after being in a coma less than a year ago," Marquis said. "Trent was a first-year sophomore and Nate was a freshman. We're hoping they come back next year and that we can pick up a few more guys."
Season ends for girls basketball team
The girls basketball team lost at third-seeded Berne Union 43-28 in the second round of the Division IV district tournament Feb. 23 to finish 18-6 overall.
The fourth-seeded Eagles were outscored 17-4 in the third quarter and were unable to contain Bella Kline, who scored 23 of her 29 points in the second half.
Junior forward Lyssi Snouffer had 19 points, 22 rebounds and four steals to lead the Eagles, who defeated 14th-seeded Wellington 62-34 in a first-round home game Feb. 21.
Snouffer had 32 points and 26 rebounds against Wellington and holds the program's career records in points (1,335) and rebounds (1,060). Haley Kirby, a 2012 graduate, held the previous record for points (1,240) and 2007 graduate Sarah Hartman held the previous mark for rebounds (1,036).
Also against Wellington, freshman forward Katie Neuhart had 12 points and 12 rebounds, sophomore guard Nikki Snedden had nine points and junior guard Abbi Maurer had five points and seven assists.
The Eagles went 9-1 in the MOCAL to share the league title with Shekinah Christian. It was their first league championship since 2003.
"Our season was a bit of a surprise," coach Jackie Boggs said. "We had 10 girls and half of them played just so we could field a team. The girls worked hard and loved each other and it was a drama-free season."
Delaware Christian, which finished 12-10 last season, is losing only one senior in guard Hannah Maurer.
Other expected returnees include junior Rachel Fisher (guard), sophomores Erin Bauslaugh (guard) and Elizabeth Ringley (guard) and freshmen Abby McKee (guard) and Emma Rindfuss (guard).
"I'm excited about the future of the program," Boggs said. "We will miss Hannah and her leadership, but we're thankful for the hard workers we have returning."
Snouffer averaged 25.3 points and was named district co-Player of the Year with Fisher Catholic's Celeste Mershimer. Neuhart and Abbi Maurer both made honorable mention all-district.
"Lyssi is such a character-filled young lady and she's a very hard worker," Boggs said. "She put up the best stats in Division IV and she did that with two or three defenders on her every game."
Boys basketball team ousted by Flames
The boys basketball team was unable to overcome a 19-6 first-quarter deficit and lost at sixth-seeded and MOCAL-rival Shekinah Christian 44-38 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament to finish 9-14 overall.
Senior guard Jon Walter had 12 points and sophomore guard Nathan Stewart scored seven for the 10th-seeded Eagles, who had lost to Shekinah Christian 85-82 on Dec. 17 at home before beating the host Flames 58-55 on Jan. 5 in MOCAL contests.
Delaware Christian and Shekinah Christian both finished 7-3 in the MOCAL to tie for second behind Tree of Life (9-1).
The Eagles are losing three seniors in Walter, forward Curtis Bean and guard Ike Hedges. Bean and Walter were named honorable-mention all-district.
Other expected returnees include junior Pryce Johnson (forward), sophomore James Vasek (guard) and freshmen Conner Bean (guard) and Dayne Johnson (guard).
Stewart and Pryce Johnson also were honorable mention all-district.