Patriots beat Eagles
By Joshua Brown
TROY — The Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament didn’t hold the only high profile games this weekend.
There was a big one in our own backyard.
In a battle of two state-ranked Division IV teams, Tri-Village defeated Troy Christian 61-47 Saturday night.
The game was a rematch from last years’ D-IV regional semifinal, a game which the Eagles won on their way to their first state berth in school history. This game, however, was all Patriots.
Tri-Village went into half with a double-digit lead, and pushed its lead to as large as 20 in the fourth. Troy Christian was hurt all night by cold shooting and turnovers.
Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner was pleased with getting a 53-44 win over Oakwood Saturday night.
Berner said his team played great ‘D’ all game and he was happy with his teams’ effort on the glass, considering how much length Oakwood had. The Bulldogs went 8 for 17 from the three point line. Caleb Poland led the charge with 22 points, Ben Stelzer chipped in 18 and Matt Brumbaugh scored 10.
“Stelzer and Poland were really a handful all night, and I thought Brumbaugh really came to life in the fourth quarter,” Berner said.
The Bulldogs (7-4, 4-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) have a big week ahead, as they will host Dixie Tuesday and Waynesville Friday — their only two league losses on the season.
“We’re calling this our redemption week,” Berner said.
• Girls Basketball
Troy Christian 45
TROY — Troy Christian held an early lead against Arcanum and built a seven-point edge heading into the fourth quarter. But the Trojans (12-4) were able to force overtime and outlasted the Eagles 50-45 Saturday.
“We lost a hard-fought game in overtime to a good Arcanum team. The kids came ready to play today, and they played hard,” Troy Christian coach Dick Steineman said. “I saw a lot of good things today on the court. We continue to improve with each passing game.”
Lydia Demmitt scored 14 points to lead Troy Christian (13-2), Morgan Haddad added 12 and Jordane Varvel hit a pair of 3s and finished with six points.
Troy Christian travels to Middletown Christian Thursday for a Metro Buckeye Conference game.
DeGRAFF — The Bethel Bees came close to picking up their first win of the season Saturday at Riverside, but missed free throws proved costly in a narrow 49-45 loss.
Emily Mongaraz scored 13 points and Jill Callaham added 12 to lead the Bees (0-14), who host Northeastern Monday. Erin Floyd added eight points and Paige Chaney chipped in seven.
TRIAD — The Troy wrestling team took third at the Triad Invitational Saturday.
Andrew Kostecka continued his streak of dominance, going 4-0 on the day and winning his second consecutive invitational. Kostecka is currently on a 9-0 winning streak.
Other high placers for the Trojans included Shane Love (106), who went 4-1 and finished third. Coby Scott went 3-2 at 113 and placed third, and Eric Canaday also finished third.
The Trojans will next turn their focus to the state duels.
TROY — Troy continued its tour through the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division on Friday, sweeping Greenville at Troy Bowl. The Trojan boys (7-4, 4-1 GWOC North) built an early lead and posted a 2,359-2,149 victory while the Troy girls (9-2, 5-0 GWOC North) pinned a 2,000-1,745 loss on the Wave.
The top scorer on the night for Troy was Austin Eidemiller. The senior shot games of 227-210 for a 437 series. Andrew Spencer was right behind at 432 after rolling a 244 in the second game. Michael Barkett contributed a 222 game.
Rachel Darrow led the girls scoring with a 189 game and 360 series. Courtney Metzger topped out at 186 and Natalia Sainz shot a 174 game.
And on Saturday, The Troy boys bowling team cruised past Trotwood in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play, downing the Rams by a 2,282-1,723 count. The girls team won by forfeit as Trotwood was unable to field a team.
Andrew Spencer led Troy (8-4, 5-1 GWOC North) with games of 237-235 for a 472 series. Michael Barkett rolled a 413 series with steady games of 212 and 201. Austin Eidemiller chipped in a 200 game.
Troy plays host to Sidney on Tuesday at Troy Bowl in a GWOC North contest.
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