By Josh Brown
PLEASANT HILL — Bethel’s Korry Hamlin scored an early goal.
Keeper Alex van Haaren and the Bee defense made sure it was the only one in the game.
Bethel (6-4-1) picked up a critical Cross County Conference victory Saturday morning, defeating rival Newton (6-3-1) 1-0 on the road in a makeup game from a rainout earlier this season.
“We scored very early in the match, allowing us to relax,” Bethel boys soccer coach Bob Hamlin said. “We played a very smart, tactical soccer game today. We were composed, and the defense stepped up big today in this CCC battle. Our defenders allowed Alex van Haaren to get the shutout. I was proud of our young team today.”
The win also sets up a showdown for the CCC lead — Bethel will host Franklin Monroe at 5 p.m. Thursday. Newton, meanwhile, travels to Troy Christian Monday for a non-league rivalry game.
Kenton Ridge 0
TIPP CITY — Nearing the end of its first season in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, Tippecanoe faced an old rival Saturday in visiting Kenton Ridge.
The result was very familiar, though, as the Red Devils improved to 11-0 on the season with an easy 7-0 victory over the Cougars — Tippecanoe’s fifth consecutive shutout.
Andrew DeBrosse had a hat trick for the Devils, Adam Grieshop scored two goals and Zach Bonifas and Hunter McGraw each had one. Jacob Franke and Jake Weimer shared credit for the shutout in goal.
Tippecanoe travels to Greenville Tuesday for a GWOC American North Division matchup before hosting Alter in a non-league showdown Thursday.
Other scores: Miami East 3, Urbana 0. Lehman (4-5-1) 2, Greenville 2.
* Girls Soccer
PLEASANT HILL — Newton’s Aliya Stine returned from an injury to score the only goal in Saturday’s Cross County Conference rivalry matchup against Bethel, leading the Indians (6-4, 4-0 CCC) to a 1-0 victory in a game that was continued after being postponed by rain earlier this season.
Paiton Miller had the assist on Stine’s goal, which came with 3:12 remaining in the first half. The game had been suspended with 16:01 left in the first half previously.
Newton travels to Troy Christian Monday, while Bethel hosts Dayton Christian Monday.
PIQUA — The Tippecanoe girls soccer team took a half-game lead in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division standings Saturday afternoon, defeating Piqua 8-1 to improve to 9-0-1 overall and 7-0 in the division.
Troy, which entered the day 6-0 in division play, traveled to Sidney in a game that was not complete at time of press.
Tippecanoe hosts Greenville Wednesday.
Troy Christian 3,
Miss. Valley 1
TROY — The Troy Christian volleyball team improved to 8-7 on the season Saturday morning, defeating visiting Mississinawa Valley in four, 25-11, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16 and winning for the fifth time in its last six games.
Kathryn Lee had 13 kills and five aces to lead the way, while Jenna Grady added nine kills and Brittany Swartz had 35 assists.
Troy Christian hosts Emmanuel Christian Tuesday.
MINSTER — The Covington Buccaneers finished fourth at the Minster Invitational Saturday morning, finishing a tough run of six matches in six days by going 1-2 on the day.
Covington began the day with a narrow 26-24, 26-24 victory over West Liberty-Salem, but the Buccs were defeated by host Minster 25-17, 25-11 in the semifinal round. And in the finals, Ada defeated Covington 25-20, 25-19 to give fourth place to the Buccs.
Covington (7-9) travels to Twin Valley South Tuesday.
* Cross Country
SIDNEY — Covington’s Paige Beohringer won the Sidney Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning, leading the Buccaneer girls to a first-place finish as a team with 19 points.
Boehringer won in 19:52.5, Ashlyn Plessinger was third (21:01.2), Kelsey Dysinger was fourth (21:28.6), Danielle Alexander was fifth (21:39.6) and Chelsea Ford was 13th (23:57.1).
On the boys side, Covington was third with 84 points. Zane Barhorst was 10th (18:15.1), Hunter Brumbaugh was 14th (18:34.5), Dylan Kelly was 16th (18:44.6), Nathan Lyle was 19th (18:54.9) and Josh Sowers was 29th (19:39.2).
SPRINGFIELD — Miami East’s girls were second and the boys were third Saturday at the George Rogers Invitational in Springfield.
The Viking girls were second with 106 points. Lorenza Savini led the way with a third-place finish (20:58.1), Marie Ewing was eighth (21:34.3), Lindsey Yingst was 10th (21:46.9), Josie DeSautels was 35th (24:38) and Paige Blauvelt was 63rd (26:29.4).
Miami East’s boys were third with 128 points, led by Gavin Horne in eighth (18:01.8). Noah Shook was 22nd (18:42.7), Luke Mengos was 27th (19:02.1), Taton Bertch was 30th (19:08.3) and Justin DeWeese was 48th (19:35.2).
VERSAILLES — Bradford’s Karmen Knepp picked up an individual victory at the Versailles Invitational Saturday morning, winning in 19:15.8.
Teammate Maia Stump was 48th (23:53.9) and Elisa Martinez was 74th (26:29.7).
Bradford’s boys finished ninth as a team with 237 points, led by Jackson Moore in 28th (18:58.6) and Jay Roberts in 37th (19:22.2). Jared Shellebarger was 89th (22:08.8), Joe Roth was 96th (22:59.3) and Jordan Shellebarger was 100th (23:19.3).
Bethel’s top two boys both ran personal bests on Saturday, as Connor Whelan was 30th in 19:00.1 and Max Schell was 64th in 20:34.5. Brandon Gilbert was 108th in 25:04.6 and Jacob vanTilburg was 113th in 25:47.9.
And on the girls side, Bethel’s Kaitlyn Balkcom missed a PR by one second, finishing 42nd in 23:18.7. Gemma Miller was 62nd in 25:18.3 and Emma Daugherty was 79th in 27:37.5.
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