By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
MIDDLETOWN — Newton senior Brock Jamison could only laugh after making an eight on the first hole of a playoff for medalist honors with Southeastern’s Avery Green at the Division III district golf tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course.
After all, the senior had already punched his ticket to next week’s state golf tournament on Friday and Saturday at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.
Jamison and Green had both carded 1-over-par 73s on the Meadows and Valley View nines, and Green had advanced with his team to next week’s state tournament. They were simply playing to see who took home a gold medal and who received a silver one.
“It doesn’t really matter to me what color medal they give me,” Jamison said. “I already knew I was going to state, so it is (a little tough to focus on the playoff hole).”
It was the only slip up for Jamison all day as he earned a well-deserved trip to Columbus to finish his career at the state tournament.
“I don’t know if I would say it was a dream,” Jamison said. “It was always a goal. I always hoped it would happen.”
And the third time to district proved to be the charm.
Jamison had shot 84 at district as a sophomore and 86 as a junior.
“I just felt more confident this year,” Jamison said. “I played well this year. I didn’t play well down here the last two years. I felt like I could do this.”
Just as excited as Jamison was his coach/father Randall Jamison.
“Sometimes, it is hard to balance being a coach and being a father,” Randall Jamison said afterwards. “Brock (Jamison) has worked really hard and his hard work paid off. I am probably more nervous than him. I would rather be out there playing, than watching.”
Jamison’s hard work began in the summer.
“He played in a lot of Southern Ohio (Junior PGA Tour) events,” Randall Jamison said. “That is really good for improving your game. He came down on Sunday on his own (for a practice round) and the team came down Tuesday. And it was good weather all three days. I think that was good for him — playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday.”
Starting on the Valley View nine, Jamison caught fire midway through his opening nine.
After birdieing the 541-yard par-5 fourth hole, he followed with another birdie at the 366-yard par-4 fifth hole.
“The birdie on four was a tap in,” Jamison said. “I was chipping for eagle. The putt on five was about 10-feet.”
Then came the pivotal point in the round for Newton’s first state qualifier since Kyler Booher.
After bogeying the 134-yard, par-3 sixth hole, he answered with another birdie on the 396-yard par-4 seventh hole.
“That one felt great,” Jamison said. “Because, I was about 160 yards out and stuffed it (a 9-iron) to two feet.”
He finished with two parts for a two-under par 34.
“It was a little bit of both,” Jamison said about taking the pressure off and adding pressure. “I started thinking about state a little bit. I knew I still needed to play another good nine.”
At the same time, Randall Jamison was doing what he always does with Brock.
“I didn’t say anything,” he said. “I never have to say anything to Brock (Jamison) when he is out there playing.”
Things started to get interesting on the Meadows nine when he doubled bogeyed his 13th hole, a 550-yard par 5 and followed it with a bogey on a 188-yard par-3.
“I was (thinking about not making a big number),” Jamison said. “Then I had a seven and a bogey. I kind of got it back together after that.”
In the end, he knew his 39 on the back would probably be good enough.
“I was thinking as long as he kept it under 40, he would be in good shape,” Randall Jamison said.
And the playoff did nothing to change that.
It was a good day for the Newton team as well.
The Indians had the same score as third-place Seven Hills, taking fourth on the fifth-man tiebreaker.
Freshman Chet Jamison — Brock’s brother — had an 84, followed by Milan Bess 91, Wade Ferrell 93 and Drew Thiesing 106.
“For us to come down here and tie for third, that is incredible,” Randall Jamison said. “Hopefully, we can get some more kids interested in the sport at Newton.”
Bethel’s Tyler Weinert shot a 79 and narrowly missed qualifying as an individual, as did Lehman’s Tyler Lachat with an 81. Covington’s Levi Winn shot 89 and Bradford’s Alex Swabb had a 102.
In Division II action, Miami East’s Kley Karadak had his season end after carding an 85.
For the Jamison family, a dream that started long ago will be realized next week.
“I have always played golf,” Randall Jamison said. “He (Brock) would be out in the yard when he was little with plastic clubs and balls. I think golf is an amazing game. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t love the game.”
And next week, it will give the Jamison family a memory of a lifetime.
MASON — Troy’s tennis season came to an end in the first round of the Division I district tournament Wednesday at the ATP Tennis Center in Mason, while the Tippecanoe Red Devils scored first-round wins at doubles in the D-II district tournament but were eliminated in the quarterfinal round.
For the Trojans, Hannah Essick played a tough two-hour, 15-minute match against Oak Hills’ Abby Rembold, falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“Hannah played very well,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “I was very happy for her. It was a match that could’ve gone either way, and it’s something to build on for next year.”
At doubles, Maggie Hennessy and Ashley Bruns lost 6-1, 6-0 to Mt. Notre Dame’s Caroline Gott and Grace Nunn, while Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten lost 6-0, 6-1 to St. Ursula’s Maggie Sullivan and Taylor Kuncl.
“It it (the toughest district tournament in the state),” Goldner said. “Nobody from the Dayton or Troy sectionals qualified for state in D-I. It was all from Cincinnati. But the girls got to play at the ATP Center, where state is going to be held, so that was pretty neat.”
In D-II, Tippecanoe’s Ali Merrick and Sophia McDowell won their opening match against CHCA’s Ella Hipsley and Candace Pfister 6-1, 6-1, and Jordan Jones and Victoria Nordquist upset a No. 1 seed to open the day, beating East Clinton’s Allison Tong and Marissa Williams 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, but both fell in the quarterfinal round. And at singles, Kennedy Reeder lost her first-round match 6-4, 7-6 (6) to Seven Hills’ Alana Saggar.
* Girls Soccer
Tipp 3, Bellefontaine 0
TIPP CITY — With Kenton Ridge and Tecumseh battling to a 2-2 draw Wednesday night, all Tippecanoe’s girls soccer team needed to do to take control of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division was pick up a win against visiting Bellefontaine.
And the Red Devils made good on that, shutting out the Chieftains 3-0 at Tipp City Park to improve to 12-0-3, 8-0-1 in division play, with Kenton Ridge sitting in second with a 7-0-2 record now.
Amanda Sauls scored first for Tippecanoe, then Alysha Harmer made it a 2-0 game. Lexi Blair added one more insurance goal with an assist from Allie Wasson, and the defense did the rest.
Tippecanoe travels to Tecumseh Oct. 14 for the final game of the regular season in control of its own destiny — the Devils will clinch the outright division title with a win.
* Boys Soccer
Tipp 2, Bellefontaine 0
BELLEFONTAINE — The Tippecanoe boys soccer team still has one Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division matchup left.
But the Red Devils are already the champions.
Tippecanoe improved to 10-0 in division play heading into the season’s final week, shutting out Bellefontaine on the road 2-0 Wednesday night to clinch the outright Kenton Trail Division championship.
With second-place Kenton Ridge holding a 7-1-2 record, there is no mathematical chance for anyone to even tie the Devils (14-1 overall). Both of Tippecanoe’s scores came in the first 20 minutes of the game, and the Devils cruised to the win from there.
Tippecanoe hosts Tecumseh Oct. 14 to finish the regular season.
* Cross Country
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s boys and girls cross country teams swept the Tippecanoe Invitational Wednesday, with the girls winning with 26 points and the boys with 30 points.
All five Red Devil girls finished in the top 10. Kaili Titley was third (11:56), Katie Taylor was fourth (12:03), Abbi Halsey was fifth (12:07), Laura Fink was sixth (12:08) and Stephanie Fink was eighth (12:18).
Troy’s girls were second with 76 points. Megan Myers was second (11:48), Kate Pence was seventh (12:10), Olivia Tyre was 14th (12:42), Rachel Davidson was 24th (13:03) and Anya North was 31st (13:15).
Milton-Union’s girls were ninth with 258 points. Megan Trittschuh was 27th (13:13), Lauren Meredith was 62nd (13:58), Kiley Jacobe was 81st (14:19), Haily Bohse was 85th (14:30) and Katie Litton was 99th (14:42).
Newton’s girls were 12th with 333 points, led by Macy Flanary (13th, 12:37) and Tatum McBride (84th, 14:26). Bethel’s Kaitlyn Balkcom led the Bees in 118th (15:11).
On the boys side, Tippecanoe’s Mitchell Poynter won the race (9:38). Jacob Stillwagon was fourth (10:14), Keenan Fraylick was sixth (10:16), Tim Andrews was ninth (10:21) and Thomas Chaney was 10th (10:21).
Milton-Union was third with 141 points. Will Brock was seventh (10:16), Shannon Milnickel was 28th (10:52), Liam Godin was 30th (10:54), River Spicer was 37th (11:02) and Colton Graumen was 40th (11:05).
Newton was sixth with 192 points. Brady McBride was third (9:57), Ryan Mollette was 20th (10:37), Atley King was 42nd (11:06), Tristen Benedict was 47th (11:12) and Charlie Walker was 109th (12:03).
Troy was eighth with 238 points. Parker Hench was 33rd (10:58), Andy Smith was 41st (11:06), Carter Hench was 55th (11:20), Adam Falknor was 66th (11:28) and Carsen Clouser was 68th (11:32).
Bethel’s boys were 21st with 568 points, led by Connor Whalen (126th, 12:15) and Chase Heck (140th, 12:24).
Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.