By Josh Brown
CENTERVILLE — The Troy tennis team saw both of its qualifiers get a favorable draw — as favorable as possible, at least — for the first round of the Division I district tournament, avoiding anyone out of the Cincinnati sectionals early on.
And while sophomore Shane Essick was able to win his first-round match before falling in the quarterfinals, the doubles team of Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus drew a rematch against a team they’d lost to earlier this week, falling in the opening round as the Trojans’ tennis season officially drew to a close Thursday at Centerville High School.
Essick — who was a district qualifier as a freshman last season, falling then in the first round — drew Centerville’s Brandon Valley to open the day, a No. 4 seed from the Dayton sectional. The Troy sectional singles champion coasted to a 6-0, 6-3 victory and advanced to the quarterfinals, needing one more win to advance to the state tournament.
Essick faced Mason’s Vishnu Srinath, though, a No. 2 seed from the Mason sectional. The fellow sophomore ended Essick’s run, defeating him 6-2, 6-3.
Magoteaux and Prus, meanwhile, were making their first trip to district as the incoming Troy sectional champions, and they drew the No. 4 seed from Dayton — Springboro’s Jared Puckett and Ishan Rola, who had defeated them 6-1, 6-1 in a regular season match on Monday. And while Magoteaux and Prus improved their performance greatly from that first meeting and were competitive, they still fell 6-4, 6-3, ending their season.
It marked the end of arguably Troy’s most successful season in more than a decade. The team finished with a 17-2 record — with those losses coming to Centerville and Springboro, the two top teams in the Dayton area — and they won their first Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division championship ever, as well as their first league title since 2003. And with all three of their district qualifiers returning next year — Essick and Magoteaux are sophomores and Prus is a junior — the Trojans should return a strong team next season, as well.
* Track and Field
ST. PARIS — Tippecanoe’s girls 4×800 team and Milton-Union’s Beyonce Bobbitt punched their tickets to next week’s regional meet a little early, qualifying on the first day of competition at the Division II district track and field meet at Graham High School.
Tippecanoe’s 4×800 relay team of Makenzie Dietz, Katie Taylor, Jillian Brown and Kaili Titley dusted the competition, winning in a time of 9:43.77 — more than 10 seconds faster than the runners-up.
And Milton-Union’s Bobbitt — a sophomore who qualified for the state meet as a freshman last season — finished second in the shot put, throwing 38-5, only four inches behind winner Sabella Martin from Bellefontaine.
Only three girls events and four boys events were finalized during Thursday’s preliminaries. The finals will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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