Troy boys bowlers advance to district

By Joshua Brown

February 19, 2014

Staff Reports

CENTERVILLE — The Troy boys bowling team had a successful showing at the Division I sectional tournament at Poelking South Wednesday, finishing fifth in the 22-team field to advance to next week’s district tournament. The top 10 schools advanced to district.

A pair of Tippecanoe Red Devils, meanwhile, advanced to next week’s district tournament as individuals. Ryan Rittenhouse won the sectional championship by rolling 279-235-227 for a 741 series, the best on the day, while Josh Bellas rolled 167-238-241—646 to advance, as well.

“Ryan was completely in a groove today. He was on fire,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said. “In his first game he had a split in the first frame and got his pin count, then he rattled off the next 11 strikes — plus the first two in the next game. And Josh started slow then came on in his last two games to advance, as well.”

The Trojans bounced between second and fifth place all day, beginning in fifth with a first-game 1,043. Troy then cemented their spot among the leaders in the second team game, exploding for a 1,128 to jump to 2nd place. Michael Barkett shot a 266 game and Andrew Spencer rolled a 256 to lead the way to the big game.

The third game proved to be Troy’s lowest on the day, a 924 that dropped the Trojans back to 5th place. From there, Troy maintained their position in the standings, averaging 203 for the six baker games.

Barkett rode his big game to a 651 series to lead Troy. Andrew Spencer added a 237 to finish with a 647 series. Two other Trojans topped the 600-series mark as well. Corey Shiltz fired a 224 and 211 en route to a 622 series while Austin Eidemiller contributed a 216 game and 606 series. Alex Prouty was steady all day, finishing with a 569.

Charles Jaynes rolled a 246 game and 582 series for the Red Devils, Jordan Vollmer rolled a 182 game and 510 series and Wyatt Wilson rolled a 181 game and a 483 series.

“Wyatt had a good day, Charlie had a good day and Jordan did, too. The guys have nothing to hang their heads about,” Lavercombe said. “It’s not like we beat ourselves. We did the best we could do, and I’m so proud of their performance today. Hopefully the girls can do just as well tomorrow.”

The Troy and Tippecanoe girls compete at the Poelking South sectional today. The boys will take the lanes next Thursday at Beaver-Vu Bowl with a trip to state on the line.

* Girls Basketball

Division IV Sectional

Bradford 64,

TV South 26

BROOKVILLE — The third-seeded Bradford Railroaders (19-5) earned a shot at a sectional title Wednesday night, knocking off Twin Valley South 64-26 in the Division IV sectional tournament at Brookville High School.

Bradford will play either No. 2 Miami Valley or No. 4 Southeastern, who faced off in Wednesday’s late game, on Saturday for the sectional championship.

* Boys Basketball

Milton-Union 57,

TV South 52

WEST MILTON — Milton-Union putting an end to its six-game losing streak was big.

In more ways than one.

Most importantly, the Bulldogs (10-11) showed themselves that they can defeat Twin Valley South in a makeup game Tuesday night that also served as a sectional tournament preview as Milton-Union knocked off the Panthers 57-52.

Caleb Poland scored a game-high 24 points, Ben Stelzer added 13 and Matt Brumbaugh scored 10 as the Bulldogs were 14 for 15 from the free throw line in the game and outscored Twin Valley South (13-9) 16-10 in the fourth quarter to put away the game.

“It was nice to get a win,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “It was nice to see the kids come out and play with the same energy we’re accustomed to seeing from this group.”

After one more makeup game at Preble Shawnee tonight, Milton-Union will face the same Twin Valley South team Monday at Tecumseh in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament.

Miami East 46,

Graham 29

ST. PARIS — Miami East will head into the tournament on a season-high four-game winning streak.

But it’s the Vikings’ other streak that is more impressive. Miami East (12-10) held its opponent under 30 points for the third straight game in Tuesday night’s makeup victory at Graham, a 46-29 win.

Damien Mackesy scored 13 to lead the Vikings, A.J. Hickman added 10 and Conner Hellyer and Braxton Donaldson each scored six as Miami East took a 13-5 first-quarter lead — and the defense did the rest.

The Vikings will face Waynesville Saturday in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament at Tecumseh.