By Rob Kiser
Girls aren’t the only ones who just want to have some fun.
Piqua senior golfer Aaron Davis was looking to do just that Thursday at Echo Hills golf course.
And what could be more fun than putting a half-point on the board in the Piqua-Sidney All-Sports competition with a win over the Jackets — the same Sidney team that had beaten Piqua by 78 shots in an 18-hole competition at the GWOC Preseason Tournament.
“This is huge,” Davis said about Piqua’s 176-182 win over Sidney. “Really, I just wanted to go out there and have fun. I had a blast.”
Davis paved the way with a career low 37 on the front nine at Echo Hills. Starting on the sixth hole, he chipped in for birdie on the par-3 seventh and added a birdie on the par-4 second hole.
“Honestly, after coming off the driving range, I felt like it was going to be a good night,” Davis said. “My partner (Kyler Kommer) and I were having fun and playing well.”
Davis responded to coach Andy Johnson’s message.
“I told Aaron before the match, half your senior season is over,” Johnson said. “Just go out, relax and have fun. What a round by Aaron (Davis) tonight.”
Just as important was the final score of the night for Piqua.
Despite making a nine on the par-5 ninth hole, Matt Herron recorded a birdie and came in with a 44. Before he and Christian Starrett came in, Piqua’s team total was 184 and would not have been good enough to win.
“Matt (Herron) didn’t just shoot a 44 — he shot a 44 with a nine,” Johnson said. “We were coming off a tough round last night and come back with 176 tonight.”
Piqua’s other scores were Kyler Kommer 47, Nick Wright 48, Christian Starrett 51 and Jackson Huelskamp 52.
“Last year, we had a really good, experienced team,” Davis said. “This year, we don’t have a lot of experience. I see great potential for these guys after I graduate.”
It had been a tough week for Piqua.
On Monday, the Indians lost 199-213 to Greenville at Turtle Creek.
Piqua scores were Davis 46, Kommer 54, Wright 56, Huelskamp 57, Decker Jackson 69 and Herron 69.
Wednesday at Lakeland, Piqua lost to Miami East 182-210.
Indian scores were Davis 47, Starrett 50, Kommer 51, Huelskamp 62, Herron 63 and Jackson 73.
“We had a little sit down before tonight’s match,” Johnson said. “We talked about what I thought they could be and the potential they had.”
And what better time to deliver it — and have some fun.
Piqua and Sidney split points in cross country Wednesday at Sidney Middle School.
Sidney won the boys meet 19-39, while Piqua won the girls meet 24-35.
Piqua boys times and places in the one-mile run were Preston Schaeffer, 4, 5:13.2; Mitch Fletcher 5, 5:22.9 Gaven Barnes, 8, 5:36.6; Dakota Ward, 10, 5:44.0; Tyler McName, 12, 5:47.2; Josh Kimble, 13, 4:55.08 ; Roy Moreaux, 14, 6:06.7; and Caleb Fishback, 15, 6:21.4.
Piqua girls places and times were Maeve Vulcan, 2, 6:36.5; Olivia Ames, 4, 6:50.3; Alivia Knorr-Sullivan, 5, 6:55.0; Mia Whitesell, 6, 6:55.8; Danielle Detter, 7, 6:58.6; Elizabeth Cox, 8, 7:02.6; Gracie McGonagel, 11, 7:14.1 ; Alisah Richards, 12, 7:23.2; Julia Anderson, 14, 7:44.8; Brooke Smith, 15, 8:00.2; and Gabrielle Knouff, 16, 8:15.9.
The Piqua junior high boys and girls teams swept the meet.
Winning the boys race was David Stumpff in 5:27.6; while Cassie Schrubb won the girls race in 6:09.4.
Piqua now leads 2-1 in the competition.
The next Piqua-Sidney competition will be the girls tennis match Sept. 14 at Sidney.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.