By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Everyone at Gem City Gymnastics Monday knew they were watching something special.
Even Troy’s competition — some of the best teams in the district — could only look on in admiration.
Against the Trojans, it was all they could do.
Troy gymnastics’ “red” team swept the top three all-around places and put five athletes in the top 10, easily outperforming the competition to win the Troy Invitational with 138.950 points — with Turpin a distant second with 127.225 points.
“It was a very electric atmosphere,” Troy coach Larry McCoppin said. “The crowd and even the other teams that were competing against us, everyone there was watching our floor routines. It was exciting.
“It was an outstanding day. I don’t think Troy has ever won this meet. I think this was the first time. And in gymnastics, to win by 11 points, that’s like winning a football game by four or five touchdowns. The girls were awesome.”
Leading the way for the Trojans was the trio of Minori Nakada, Claire Buerger and Lizzie Deal.
Nakada, a senior and former state qualifier as a sophomore, won the vault (8.9) and bars (9.1), was third on the floor (8.9) and 11th on the beam (8.4) to win the all-around competition with a score of 35.300. And Buerger, another senior who qualified for state last season, was second on the vault (8.8), second on the beam (8.9), fourth on the bars (8.45) and sixth on the floor (8.775) to finish second with an all-around score of 34.963.
Deal, a freshman, rounded out the top three sweep by posting an all-around score of 34.6, placing second on the bars (8.65), fourth on the floor (8.85), fifth on the beam (8.6) and seventh on the vault (8.55).
Grace Dwyer finished seventh, posting 8.75 on the vault, 8.75 on the floor, 8.475 on the beam and 7.1 on the bars to finish with an all-round score of 32.963. Abby Baker was ninth, posting an 8.675 on the bars, 8.15 on the floor, 8.0 on the vault and 7.8 on the bars for an all-around score of 32.625. And Sayaka Nakada finished 19th, posting an 8.5 on the beam, 7.9 on the vault, 7.6 on the bars and 7.575 on the floor for an all-around score of 31.575.
“The depth on this team is pretty exciting,” McCoppin said. “Grace performed great, had a couple of tumbles and still finished seventh. We very possibly could have gone one-two-three-four today.”
And with state being the team’s goal this season, any doubts of that being possible were put to rest.
“Oh, absolutely. Almost every strong team in the district was here today, except maybe two,” McCoppin said. “We went up against most of the strongest teams in the district today.”
Troy’s “grey” team showed just how far that depth goes, even, finishing sixth overall with 120.600. Kayla Coate was 28th in the all-around with 30.575 (8.25 beam, 7.9 vault, 7.825 floor, 6.6 bars), Lanie Hagen was 30th with 29.325 (8.125 floor, 7.6 vault, 7.25 beam, 6.35 bars), Carly Smith was 34th with 28.075 (8.275 floor, 7.5 vault, 7.0 beam, 5.3 bars) and Karlie Lehman was 40th with 26.350 (7.1 vault, 6.6 beam, 6.4 floor, 6.25 bars).
Tippecanoe was 13th as a team with 58.850. Ally Davis was 27th with a 30.625 (8.275 beam, 7.9 floor, 7.75 vault, 6.7 bars) and Brooke Musick was 32nd with 28.225 (8.225 floor, 7.7 vault, 6.3 beam, 6.0 bars).
Miami East’s Emma Younce was 37th with 27.525 (7.375 floor, 7.2 vault, 6.85 beam, 6.1 bars) to give the Viings a 17th-place finish as a team.
Troy Girls Win
LIMA — The Troy girls bowling team added some more hardware to its collection.
The Trojan girls won their third tournament of the season on Monday, going to the Pioneer Classic in Lima, qualifying first out of 16 teams after pool play and then rolling past Bellefontaine, Versailles and Coldwater head to head to win the tournament. The Troy boys, meanwhile, qualified sixth out of 20 teams and were defeated by St. Marys to open the bracket portion of competition.
Jenna Stone was the top individual bowler on the girls’ side, rolling 248-201-186 for a 635 series. Rachel Darrow rolled 191-196-125—512, Kirsten McMullen rolled 171-156-203—530, A’leigha Smith rolled 156-161-100—417, Alyssa Shilt added a 148, Jennica Funderburg a 137 and Cassidy McMullen a 128 as the Trojans totalled 3,392.
The girls then defeated Bellefontaine 3-1 (172-164, 141-170, 190-141, 203-144), Versailles 3-0 (177-136, 184-143, 175-153) and held off Coldwater 3-2 (221-153, 189-210, 193-159, 171-209, 193-178) to win the tournament.
Aaron Stone led the Trojan boys with 187-237-167—591, Hayden Jackson rolled 568, Landon Flory rolled 178-172-137—487, Jason Shiltz rolled 151-184-155—490, A.J. Kendall added a 144 and 203 and Logan Jones added a 157. The boys totalled 3,629 then fell to St. Marys 3-2 (188-176, 147-214, 181=155, 170-193, 180-219).
Troy traveled to Piqua Tuesday in a match that was not complete at time of press (look for results in Thursday’s Troy Daily News). The Trojans host Greenville Thursday.
* Boys Basketball
Miami East 55,
COVINGTON — Covington began the third quarter on an 11-0 run to take a brief one-point lead over Cross County Conference co-leader Miami East Monday night, but the Viking boys basketball team responded down the stretch and was able to hang on for a 55-46 victory in a makeup game at Covington.
Damien Mackesy scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Vikings (12-1, 6-0 CCC), 11 of them coming in the decisive fourth quarter. Braxton Donaldson and Logan West each added eight and Ryan Haney scored seven.
Jordan Maschino led the Buccs (7-6, 4-2 CCC) with 18 points, Trevor Miller added 17 and Tristan Sowers chipped in nine.
Both teams are on the road Friday, with the Vikings heading to Ansonia and the Buccs traveling to Bethel.
Other scores: Cincinnati Walnut Hills 96, Piqua (8-6) 48.
* Girls Basketball
Miami East 56,
Franklin Monroe 34
PITSBURG — The Miami East girls basketball team used team basketball to cruise to an easy Cross County Conference win Monday night, assisting on 17 of 24 field goals in a 56-34 victory at Franklin Monroe.
Bailey Miller, Morgan Haney and Haley Howard each scored 13 points to lead a balanced Viking attack, with Haney adding seven assists and five steals. Kyndall Hellyer did a bit of everything with six points, nine rebounds, seven steals and four assists and Megan Thompson chipped in five points.
Miami East (10-7, 7-2 CCC) hosts CCC rival Covington Thursday.
TROTWOOD — The Tippecanoe swimming team made a big statement at the Southwest Coaches Classic swimming meet Saturday and Sunday, with the boys finishing eighth as a team with 134 points — and Jay Bell setting a new individual meet record in the 50 free — during Sunday’s finals at St. Xavier’s Keating Natatorium.
Bell won the 50 free in 21.19 seconds, a new Classic record as well as a Tippecanoe school record. Even more school records fell, though, as the 200 medley relay team of Bell, Evan Stapp, Ryan Wall and A. Buynak was 10th (1:40.83), the 400 free relay of Stapp, Bell, Wall and Ben Jans was 11th (3:19.81) and Stapp broke school records in the 200 back (13th, 1:58.22) and 100 fly (sixth, 52.53 seconds). All four of the Devils’ relay teams qualified for Sunday’s finals.
The Red Devil girls finished 37th as a team with 14 points, with a pair of school records falling. Arielle Arnett set a new school mark in the 200 IM, finishing fifth at the finals (2:12.1), while Sam Williams set a new school mark in the 200 back by swimming 2:16.27 during the preliminaries at Trotwood High School on Saturday.
The Troy Trojans didn’t send any athletes to the finals but still had a number of solid performances, including one new school record. Sophomore Joe Dutton swam a 2:15.2 in the 200 fly during the prelims, a new Troy record, and he was one second off the school mark in the 500 free, winning his heat with 5:06.66. Senior Courtney Carmack had the best finish for the Trojan girls, finishing second in her heat of the 200 fly (2:33.76).
Troy Christian also saw a number of school records fall on a weekend that the Eagles sent their first-ever representatives to the Classic’s finals. All four boys relay teams set new school records, with the 200 medley relay team of Sam LaVielle, Ezekiel Fulton, Matt Newcomer and Matt Moebius finishing third in 1:45.95 to take the first alternate spot. Individual records that fell were: Fulton in the 200 breast (2:26.79), Newcomer in the 100 fly (56.84 seconds) and 200 fly (2:08.51), Alec Klint in the 200 back (2:17.63) and Grant Doucette in the 1,650 free (18:55.56) and 400 IM (4:45.47).
Troy 10, LaSalle 2
TROY — The Troy hockey team finished off a busy weekend Sunday with a 10-2 victory over LaSalle at Hobart Arena.
A.J. Noll led the Trojans (11-11-2) with three goals and four assists in the game, Prestyn Hoeffler had two goals and an assist, Troy Moore had two goals and Graham Harvey and Tyler Hess each had a goal and an assist. John Wehrkamp had a goal, Enrique Alejandre had two assists and Nate Uhlenbrock had one assist.
Shaemus Nevin only faced 10 shots in the game, saving eight of them.
Troy began the weekend with a 5-4 loss to Northern Kentucky, then the Trojans routed Toledo Springfield 9-0 and lost to Jackson 4-3 on Saturday before defeating Toledo Centerville 7-5 early Sunday, finishing the MLK Showcase with a 2-2 record at South Metro.
Troy returns to South Metro on Saturday to take on Alter.
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