HUBER HEIGHTS — Over the course of Thursday and Friday, the Troy, Tippecanoe and Covington track teams have faced off against some of the best competition the area has to offer at the Wayne Invitational, preparing for their upcoming conference and postseason meets by sizing themselves up against the kind of competition they’ll see there.
And in the end, the standout was Covington’s Jackie Siefring, who won the 300 hurdles Friday night in a time of 43.54 seconds.
For Troy’s boys on Friday, the 4x100 relay team of Miles Hibbler, Matt Barr, Gabe Allen and Roshaun Wesson was second (43.47 seconds), and Nathan Fleischer was third in the pole vault (14-0). Hibbler was also seventh in the 100 (11.44 seconds), Branden Nosker was seventh in the 1,600 (4:24.65) and Troy Schultz was seventh in the 800 (1:57.67).
And on Thursday, Troy’s Alex Dalton finished third in the discus (148-0) and Seth Overla was fifth (141-11), and Blake Guillozet was fourth in the 3,200 rising stars (10:05.93).
For Troy’s girls on Friday, the 4x100 team of Shanelle Byrd, Ashley Barr, Kelsey Walters and Gracie Huffman was third (50.86 seconds), the same four girls were fifth in the 4x200 relay (1:47.75) and Huffman was sixth in the 200 (26.51 seconds). And on Thursday, Walters finished third in the shot put (35-7.25).
For Tippecanoe’s boys on Friday, Max McDonald was seventh in the pole vault (13-8). And on Thursday, Andy Droesch finished fourth in the high jump (6-2).
Editor’s note: Friday’s 3,200 and 4x400 relay races and the girls discus were not complete at time of press.
• Arcanum Invite
ARCANUM — The Bethel track teams had a big night at the Arcanum Invitational, with the boys winning and the girls finishing second.
Devin Hazely won the long jump (18-11.75) and 100 (11.8 seconds) and was third in the high jump (5-8), while Jacob Tumey was second in the long jump (18-6.5) and high jump (5-10) and Chris Morris won the discus (122-7). In the 110 hurdles, Josh Burrowes was second (17.3 seconds) and Jason Clendening was third (17.4 seconds), and Burrowes was also second in the 300 hurdles (43.84 seconds). Coleman Clark was second in the 1,600 (5:01.98), Eric Landes was third in the 800, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams were both second.
“I was very happy with the way the guys ran,” Bethel boys coach Brad Clendening said. “A lot of guys stepped up and ran personal bests.”
For the girls, Maddie Ellerbrock won the 400 (1:02), long jump (15-8) and 100 (13.3 seconds), the 4x200 relay team was first (1:55), Jill Callaham won the 100 hurdles (17.46 seconds) and was second in the 300 hurdles (54.4 seconds), while Brianna Baker was second in the 100 hurdles (17.84 seconds) and the 4x800 relay team was third (11:23).
“We had a great night tonight,” Bethel girls coach Steve Pytel said. “We had some good performances on a cold night.”
Tipp 3, Bellefontaine 1
BELLEFONTAINE — Tippecanoe was able to cash in on a collision by two Bellefontaine outfielders, scoring three runs in the fourth inning and leaning on a quartet of quality pitchers from there in a huge 3-1 victory that gave the Red Devils a three-game lead over the Chieftains atop the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division standings.
With the tying run in already and runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the fourth, Tippecanoe hit a fly ball that appeared to be the third out. But the Chieftains collided in the outfield and dropped the ball, moving the runners up a base, and Justyn Eichbaum ripped a two-out, two-run single to make it a 3-1 game.
Austin Clack got the win, going the first 3 1-3 innings, Zack Blair got a double play to get Tippecanoe (17-3, 11-0 CBC Kenton Trail) out of the fourth inning and Cameron Johnson came in and pitched until the seventh. With a man on and one out, though, Ben Hughes came in and struck out the final two batters to earn a save.
“This was a good win for us, gives us breathing room with a three-game lead in the division,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “That was a big two-out hit by Justyn in the fourth, and then we depended on our pitching from there.”
Tippecanoe travels to Troy for a doubleheader today.
ME 16, Bradford 1
BRADFORD — Braxton Donaldson struck out eight and threw a three-hitter, as well as driving in three runs to lead Mimai East to a 16-1 victory over Bradford Friday.
Brandon Kirk was also 4 for 4 with three RBIs, Franco Villella and Damien Mackesy were both 2 for 3 with a double, Michael Fellers and Evan Bowling were both 3 for 4 and Colton McKinney had two RBIs.
Miami East travels to Milton-Union Monday.
Lebanon 10, Troy 0
LEBANON — The Troy Trojans may have suffered some emotional lag after splitting a pivotal division series with Butler over the course of the past four days, and Lebanon (13-6) took advantage in a 10-0 victory.
Trenton Wood took the loss for the Trojans (10-8), who only managed three hits in support of him. Lebanon, meanwhile, scored its nine runs on six hits, a Troy error and seven walks.
“It was a weird night,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We made some mental mistakes and errors on the field, we had a couple of plays that didn’t go our way, and their pitcher just threw well all night. We ran into a buzzsaw.”
Troy hosts Tippecanoe in a doubleheader today.
Russia 9, TC 1
RUSSIA — Despite outhitting Russia 8-6 Friday, Troy Christian (4-11) dropped its seventh straight game in a 9-1 loss on the road.
Jordan Sloan was 3 for 4 with a double to lead the Eagles, who fell behind 8-1 after three innings and couldn’t find ways to get runners in.
Troy Christian starts a jam-packed seven days today with a Metro Buckeye Conference doubleheader at home against Xenia Christian — the beginning of eight games over the course of the next week.
Tipp 4, Brunswick 2
COLUMBUS — Tippecanoe kicked off the Gahanna Classic Friday night in thrilling fashion as Stephanie Kraska drilled a three-run walkoff home run to give the Red Devils a come-from-behind 4-2 victory in Columbus.
Bri Eichbaum — who struck out five and got the win on the mound — doubled and Kaitlyn Stocker drove her in with an RBI single to put Tipp up 1-0 in after one, but Brunswick scored a pair in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Tippecanoe then left runners on second and third in the fourth and fifth innings then left the bases loaded in the sixth, still trailing by one going into its final at-bat.
And after Cassie Gingerich and Eichbaum both reached to start the seventh, Kraska took one out the other way to finish the game with one swing.
“It was an exciting game, and that was Kraska’s second homer in as many nights,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said. “The girls all played well as a team, and they all got up when they needed to. I was proud of them.”
Tippecanoe faces Logan Elm and DeSales today.
Covington 3 (9)
COVINGTON — Covington (13-4) scored three runs in the final two innings — two runs in the bottom of the seventh — to force extra innings Friday against Northmont, but the T-Bolts scored four in the top of the ninth to grab a 7-3 victory.
Ashley Cecil was 2 for 4 with a double for the Buccaneers, Jessica Dammeyer and Morgan Arbogast were both 2 for 4 and Haley Adams was 2 for 5.
Covington travels to Celina for a doubleheader today.
Troy 4, Greenville 1
GREENVILLE — The Troy tennis team got quality efforts up and down the lineup Friday, knocking off Greenville 4-1 in a makeup Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division match from earlier this season.
At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Vaja Paparevic 6-2, 6-3. At third singles, Chris Schmitt defeated Javi Bixler 6-1, 6-1. At first doubles, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz defeated Dylan Blinn and Nathan Haviva 2-6, 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Aaron Coon and Carter Hench defeated Mason Rich and Adam Mull 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
At second singles, Greenville’s Evan Kiser defeated Connor Oaks 6-2, 0-6, 6-2.
Overall, we played okay,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Luke got a good win over a quality player, Matt played a solid match. Connor’s still a bit inconsistent, as his scores indicate. Matt and Ian were still in their funk from yesterday, but they woke up and played pretty well. And Aaron and Carter finally got over the hump and won a close one. That’s what they’ve been needing.”
Troy (14-2, 3-1 GWOC North) travels to Piqua Tuesday before matches against Springboro and Centerville later in the week.
Springboro 4, Tipp 1
SPRINGBORO — The Tippecanoe Red Devils took on arguably the best team in the area in Division I Friday, falling 4-1 to Springboro.
Joe Keller picked up the Devils’ lone win at third singles, winning 6-1, 6-3.
At first singles, Michael Keller lost to Zach Berry 6-0, 6-1, and at second singles, Jacob Belcher lost a tough three-set match to Michael Beatty, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. At first doubles, Eric Staley and Phillip Bullard lost 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Joey Flora and Calvin Kramer lost 6-1, 6-0.
Tippecanoe (10-3) travels to Springfield Catholic Central Monday.