By Josh Brown
ARCANUM — After Thursday’s Greater Western Ohio Conference boys golf tournament, Troy coach Mark Evilsizor could only tip his cap.
GWOC American North Division champion Butler left everyone else no choice. The Aviators shot four sub-80 scores and finished tied with Centerville for the overall GWOC title by shooting a 296, while the Trojans shot a solid round of 323 and finished fifth overall, second in the division Thursday at Beechwood Golf Course.
“It was just a score, we can’t shoot that low. They (Butler) played about as well as they could,” Evilsizor said. “We were happy with what we did. I was very proud of what the kids were able to accomplish today.”
Holden Scribner led Troy with a 74, Nate Uhlenbrock shot 81, Keaton Pfeiffer and Ryan McClurg both shot 84, Austin Rank shot 85 and Jack Johnston shot 95.
Tippecanoe’s boys were third in division and 12th overall with a 368. Bradley Calhoun led the Red Devils with an 88, Sam Weatherly shot 90, Sam Fairbanks and Casey Abney both shot 95, Noah Blake shot 102 and Casey Tateman shot 114.
The Trojans and Devils will compete in the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday at Reid North.
“All four teams that beat us today are in the other sectional, so that gives us a lot of confidence going into next week,” Evilsizor said. “We’re going in knowing we should be one of the top teams at our sectional.”
CENTERVILLE — The Troy tennis team placed fifth with 19 points at the Greater Western Ohio Conference Gold Flight tournament Thursday at Centerville High School, while the Tippecanoe Red Devils placed eighth with 9.5 points.
At first singles, Troy’s Hannah Essick placed fifth, falling 8-4 to Centerville’s Ashley Amiri in the first round then defeating Tippecanoe’s Kennedy Reeder 8-3 and Butler’s Madison Peyton 8-4. At second doubles, Maggie Hennessy was also fifth, falling to Beavercreek’s Esther Hu 8-4 in the first round then defeating Centerville’s Kiki Bashir 8-4 and Fairmont’s Sam Turner 8-5. And at third singles, Ashley Bruns was fifth, losing to Centerville’s Nadja Marin 8-5 then defeating Tippecanoe’s Jordan Jones 8-1 and Beavercreek’s Rayne Rogers 8-5.
At second doubles, Troy’s Jackie Fulker and Emma Kazmaier were fifth, losing to Centerville 8-2 in the first round then defeating Butler 9-7 and Tippecanoe 8-2. And at first doubles, Katie Sherrick and Hailey Taylor were sixth, falling to Beavercreek 8-2, defeating Butler 9-7 and falling to Miamisburg 8-3.
Tippecanoe’s second doubles team of Claire Wint and Anna Kueterman had the best finish, placing sixth. At first doubles, Ladia Coning and Alyssa Stewart placed seventh. At first singles, Kennedy Reeder was seventh. At third singles, Jordan Jones tied for seventh, as the match was not played. At second singles, Sophia McDowell was eighth.
* Boys Soccer
Bethel 1, FM 0
BRANDT — The Bethel boys soccer team handed defending Cross County Conference champion Franklin Monroe its first league loss Thursday night, holding off the Jets 1-0 at home to claim the driver’s seat in the conference.
Korry Hamlin scored the game’s only goal, knocking in a 25-yard free kick with less than five minutes remaining.
Bethel improved to 7-4-1 with the win and 4-0 in the CCC, while Franklin Monroe fell to 7-3, 4-1.
“The weather made for sloppy conditions, but we weathered the storm,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “The defense of Luke Moorefield, Ben Lawson, David Landes, Evan Hart, Drew Kubiak and Keller Powell helped goalkeeper Alex van Haaren record his second straight shutout. Second straight game we came and played with a purpose and came out with a good result. A great match tonight.”
CARLISLE — Keltonn Dilhoff and Andrew Bessecker each had two goals and an assist, leading Milton-Union to a 6-0 win at Carlisle in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Thursday.
Josh Daum added a goal and an assist and Tyler Ezerski had a goal for the Bulldogs (3-2-2).
ST. PARIS — Nick Honeycutt scored a whopping four goals Thursday night, dominating Graham in a Newton victory.
Seth Courtney added the fifth goal for the Indians (7-4-1), and Rhett Gipe had a pair of assists.
Other scores: Troy Christian 2, Yellow Springs 1. Alter 4, Tippecanoe 0. Lehman 4, Lima Central Catholic 2.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union senior Lauren Craig accomplished something her coach had never witnessed before.
A perfect service game.
Craig served 25 straight points in the second set of the Bulldogs’ (10-3, 7-1 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) sweep of Carlisle Thursday at home, a 25-20, 25-0, 25-11 win.
“It was just unbelievable. I’ve been around this game for more than 30 years, and never, ever seen anything like it,” Ginn said of Craig’s second set. When she got to 12, 13, 14, I’m thinking surely something will break this. And then we got to 17, 18, 19, and I saw my team playing with an urgency like never before. No one wanted to be the one to screw it up.”
No one did.
Not only that, Craig served 11 points to start the third set before finally giving the ball up, finishing the match with 16 aces to go with 15 assists and three kills. Abbie Goudy had six kills, Olivia Brown had five kills and Katie Lehman had 12 digs.
“It was like watching a perfect game in baseball — no one on the bench wanted to mention what they were seeing,” Ginn said. “And I could not watch the 25th points. What a great experience for a great girl and a great player. And to top it off, it was Parents’ Night, so all of her relatives were present.”
TROY — After a disappointing effort in a loss to Beavercreek Wednesday night, the Troy Trojans took their frustrations out on Greenville Thursday, sweeping the Green Wave 25-12, 25-13, 25-9 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play.
Troy, now 14-2 and 11-0 in the GWOC American north, hosts Sidney Tuesday and travels to Butler Thursday for two more division matches next week.
ME 3, NT 0
NEW PARIS — Miami East shredded National Trail to remain undefeated in the Cross County Conference Thursday, sweeping the Blazers 25-6, 25-11, 25-8.
Jonni Parker led the Vikings with 12 kills, 10 assists, five aces, three digs and four blocks. Kyndall Hellyer added five kills, six assists, four aces and five digs, Jillian Wesco had four kills and a dig and Sophie Jacomet had five digs.
TC North 0
COVINGTON — Covington swept Tri-County North Thursday night, defeating the Panthers 25-6, 25-17, 25-10 to improve to 9-9, 8-2 in the Cross County Conference.
Legen Patty had another big night with 16 kills, 10 digs, two aces and a block, Lilly Hamilton had four kills and three blocks, Rachel York had three kills, a block, five digs and two assists, Bre Dieperink had 20 assists, a kill, two aces and four digs and Ashley Cecil had 19 digs, two aces and an assist.
FM 3, Newton 1
PITSBURG — Newton fell to Franklin Monroe in Cross County Conference play Thursday, losing in four, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19.
Maddie Hildebrand had 17 kills, Katie Kauffman added 10 kills and Kacie Tackett had 36 assists.
* Girls Soccer
WEST MILTON — Kirsten Dickison had two goals and an assist Thursday night, leading Milton-Union’s girls soccer team to a 5-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory.
Danielle McFarland and Karissa Baird each had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs (9-2-1), Morgan Nemeth added a goal and Heather Ressler and Mia Morphew each had an assist.
ME 3, TCN 1
CASSTOWN — Miami East remained unbeaten in Cross County Conference play Thursday, holding off Tri-County North 3-1 to improve to 4-2-4, 3-0-1 in the league.
Danielle Mannier scored on an assist from Haley Demmitt, hitting her shot off the post and in the put the Vikings up. The Panthers tied the score early in the second half, but Demmitt set up another Mannier goal to make it 2-1 — and Grace McCalister sealed it, scoring on her own rebound to make it 3-1. Katie Bodenmiller had seven saves to preserve the win.
* Girls Golf
VERSAILLES — Miami East and Covington’s girls golf teams finished seventh and 11th, respectively, at the Division II sectional tournament Wednesday at Stillwater Valley, with the Vikings shooting 445 and the Buccaneers shooting 485.
Maggie Bergman led Miami East with a 101, Emily Rowley shot 107, Paige Lawson shot 114, Marissa Kearns shot 123 and Maci Krites shot 128.
Addison Metz and Kelsey McReynolds both shot 103 to lead the Buccs, Noelle Gast shot 138 and Megan Alexander shot 141.
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