By Josh Brown
TROY — The Troy hockey team’s first weekend at home was also its most successful one of the season so far.
The Trojans (7-5-1, 2-0-1 Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League), still dinged up and minus three players after Saturday’s home-opening win against Whitmer, took on SWOHSHL rival Alter at Hobart Arena on Sunday, taking control in the second period and putting it away in the third in a 6-3 victory.
A.J. Noll tied the school record for assists in a career with his 90th, setting up a third-period goal by Prestyn Hoeffler.
Tyler Hess added a hat trick in the game, tying the score at 1-1 in the first period on assists from Michael Hess and Enrique Alejandre, then he scored a goal two minutes into the second period to give the Trojans the lead. He and Alejandre then set up a Nate Uhlenbrock goal, and Troy led 3-1 after two.
After the Knights opened the third with a power play goal to cut the lead to one, Noll scored an unassisted goal to give Troy some insurance, then he fed Hoeffler for a score that made it 5-2. Tyler Hess then finished off his hat trick, scoring on an assist from Charlie Ryan.
“The night belonged to Tyler with his relentless hustle and determination,” Troy coach Phill Noll said. “Tyler played like he was on a mission. He was the determining factor with his physical play, his hard skating and his never-give-up attitude.”
Caleb Mangas — who had never played in goal until Saturday’s victory — stopped 15 of the 17 shots he faced, while Shaemus Nevin stopped 1 of 2 in the third period.
Troy will play in the Mayor’s Cup this weekend in Dayton.
* Girls Basketball
Troy Christian 51,
Yellow Springs 31
TROY — The Troy Christian girls basketball team used a balanced offense throughout and tough defense in the second half Monday night, rallying from a four-point halftime deficit to put away Yellow Springs 51-31 in Metro Buckeye Conference play at home.
The Eagles (5-3, 1-3 MBC) led 10-1 after the first quarter, but the Bulldogs (0-11, 0-4 MBC) went on a second-quarter tear, outscoring Troy Christian 17-4 to grab an 18-14 lead at the half. Troy Christian then outscored Yellow Springs 23-6 in the third to take control for good, only allowing 13 total second-half points.
“We played our best basketball of the year in the second half,” Troy Christian coach Dick Steineman said. “We really came together and played well.”
The Eagles had two players post double-doubles on the night. Lauryn Lavy led the Eagles with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Hailey Peters added 12 points and 13 rebounds, with Kathryn Lee adding eight points and 12 rebounds and Kenley Blake chipping in eight points and four steals off the bench. Meredith Haddad also had six points, five rebounds and five steals — and did a number on the Bulldogs’ leading scorer defensively.
“Meredith is a game-changer,” Steineman said. “She played a great game defensively for us, holding Liz Smith — who came in averaging 25 points per game — to only 13.”
Troy Christian returns to action Jan. 4 at home against Xenia Christian.
TIPP CITY — Last season, Tippecanoe defeated Carroll at a pivotal time in the regular season en route to an undefeated run that finally came to an end in the regional title game.
Monday night, the Red Devils once again held off the Patriots, winning their third straight and seventh of their last eight games with a 54-41 victory Monday night at home.
Aubrey Cox scored a game-high 21 points, one of three Devils in double figures. Taylor Prall hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points, Allison Mader added 14 points and Rachel Rusk scored four.
Tippecanoe jumped out to a 17-8 edge after the first quarter and led 31-17 at halftime. Carroll (4-4) cut the lead to nine heading into the fourth, but the Devils held on from there.
Tippecanoe (8-2) travels to West Liberty-Salem Dec. 28.
Newton 70, Dixie 35
NEW LEBANON — Tatum McBride and Maddie Mollette both had big nights Monday at Dixie, leading the Newton Indians to their fourth win in their last five games with a 70-35 victory in non-league play.
McBride led the way with 22 points and Mollette added 20, while Elizabeth Carroll added 10 points and Mallory Dunlevy chipped in eight.
Newton (7-2) faces Northwestern on Dec. 28.
TV South 35
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Bradford got a big performance from Kenzie Weldie Monday night at Twin Valley South — and it needed every last bit of it to hold off the Panthers in a 38-35 Cross County Conference victory.
Weldie led all scorers with 19 points for the Railroaders, Mandi Bates added six points and Liv Hart scored five.
Bradford hosts Southeastern on Dec. 28.
TROY — The Tippecanoe bowling teams both suffered narrow defeats at the hands of Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Stebbins Monday, with the boys falling 2,431-2,319 and the girls falling 1,858-1,624.
The boys fall to 3-6, 2-5 in the CBC Kenton Trail on the season, while the girls fall to 1-7 and 1-5. The Red Devils faced Northwestern Tuesday in a match that was not complete at time of press. They will next compete in the Holiday Baker Tournament on Jan. 2 in Bellefontaine.
VERSAILLES — The Covington wrestling team was the runner-up at the Versailles Invitational dual tournament on Saturday. The Buccs went 4-1 overall, defeating Versailles B 57-10, Tri-County North 81-0, St. Mary’s 58-20 and Arcanum 68-9 before falling to host Versailles in the finals, 37-24.
Going 5-0 for Covington were Connor Ryan (113, two pins), Coleman Ryan (120, pin), Jared Ford (126, two pins), Keringten Martin (132, pin), Ryan Ford (145, three pins) and Gage DeHart (152, two pins).
Finishing with 4-1 records were Lance Miller (160/170, two pins) and Brandon Magee (182/195, three pins), while Deron White (160, 3-1, two pins), Joey Schmelzer (170/182, 3-2, two pins) and Seth Thomas (220, 3-2, three pins) finished with winning records on the day. Also winning matches for the Buccs were Alexis Roth (106), Parker Dysinger (138) and Carl Lankford (285).
Covington travels to Miami East on Wednesday for a tri with the Vikings and Mechanicsburg at 6 p.m.
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