By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
and Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
TROY — Troy’s boys cross country team turned in a solid performance against district-level competition.
The Trojan girls, meanwhile, were without their two big guns and still ran well, with the boys finishing fifth and the girls finishing sixth at the Troy Invitational Saturday at Troy High School.
Troy’s boys finished fifth with 150 points.
Braden Coate led the way in 13th (16:54), Josh Lovitt was 16th (17:03.4), Austin Zonner was 22nd (17:13.6), Will Schaefer was 46th (17:58.3) and Matthew Spayde was 53rd (18:13.3).
“Times are always a little slower on this course, but the guys went out and ran where they needed to in the race,” Troy boys coach Phil Matthews said. “They went out fast and were able to hang on. We did really well today, all 10 of the guys that ran in the varsity race.
“Last week (at Hilliard) was like a mini-regional. Even the freshmen have got a couple races under their belts now, are getting used to this kind of atmosphere and feeling comfortable when they go out.”
Newton was 14th with 405 points. Ben Hoover finished 25th (17:22.9), Owen Via was 60th (18:18.8), Curtis Shellenberger was 88th (18:52.8), Jacob Moore was 127th (19:38.9) and Clint Shellenbarger was 131st (19:41.6).
Miami East was 15th with 458 points. Dylan Barnes finished 39th (17:51.7), Michael Bair was 80th (18:43), Alex Hayes was 110th (19:22.2), Elijah Willmeth was 129th (19:39.6) and Joshua Amheiser was 135th (19:47).
On the girls side, Troy was sixth with 185 points.
Renee Kovacs finished 19th (20:42.5) to lead the way, Emma Marlow was 30th (21:16.6), Millie Peltier was 34th (21:28.8), Josie Marlow was 38th (21:34.3) and Hannah Markeson was 77th (22:56.7).
“Renee had an outstanding race this morning. Earning a top-20 finish racing against numerous elite individuals was a pleasant surprise,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “Well, not a surprise really, as Renee has been putting in consistent quality work this season, and that hard work is paying dividends.
“The freshman triumverate of Mille, Josie and Emma all finishing within 20 seconds of one another really helped secure the team’s sixth-place finish going against elite programs like Lakota East and Lebanon. Hannah is looking better and better each week, and underclassmen Allison Kyle, Grace Cole and Hannah Brooks are showing remarkable progress this early in the season.”
Miami East was 15th with 398 points. Kylie Davie was 52nd (22:20.3), Kendal Staley was 57th (22:25.7), Kinley Lavender was 94th (23:24.6), Elizabeth Bennett was 167th (25:33.5) and Cyrena McAdams was 186th (26:23.5).
Newton was 18th with 516 points. Baily Chaney was 101st (23:34), Kara Chaney was 140th (24:44.1), Kendra Kern was 142nd (24:45.2), Mackenzie Knupp was 208th (27:03.1) and Brin Fairband was 234th (27:57.6).
TIFFIN — Tippecanoe’s Bryce Conley finished fifth at the massive Tiffin Carnival Saturday, leading the Red Devil boys to a ninth-place finish as a team.
In the boys, Division I-A race, Tippecanoe placed ninth with 273 points. Conley led the way in fifth place (15:39.2), Allan Murray was 49th (16:43.1), Landen Fraylick was 52nd (16:44.3), Brady Shilt was 78th (17:06.8) and Brennan Larned was 89th (17:17.1).
In the boys D-II race, Bethel was 25th with 686 points. Cole Brannan was 57th (17:20.2), Kaleb Roberts was 107th (17:58), Trent Schwiekhardt was 132nd (18:14.4), Nathan Patton was 165th (18:36.1) and Keaton Smith was 230th (19:25.3).
In the D-II-A race, Tippecanoe’s girls were seventh with 182 points. Alex Foster was 28th (20:01.3), Shelby Hept was 29th (20:06.7), Annie Sinning was 38th (20:21.5), Tori Prenger was 43rd (20:31.9) and Mackenzie Dix was 44th (20:32.4).
In the D-II-B race, Bethel’s girls were 28th with 649 points. Kylie Balkcom was 68th (23:05.5), Makenzie Nida was 115th (24:08), Lisa Sebastian was 118th (24:13.2), Brielle Gatrell was 167th (25:30.4) and Madison Spaeth was 186th (26:34.8).
BROOKVILLE — The Troy Christian boys were the runners-up at the Brookville Invitational Saturday as a team, while the Eagle girls finished eighth.
The Eagle boys were second with 107 points to host Brookville’s 45. Robert Ventura was the individual runner-up, finishing second in 17:07.5. Noah Shook was sixth (17:41.3), Nate Hunnicutt was 25th (18:54.1), Aiden Tkach was 28th (19:01.1) and Torin Schulte was 52nd (20:01.8).
Troy Christian’s girls were eighth with 200 points. Gracie Glaser was also the individual runner-up, finishing second in 20:27. Jewel Myers was 18th (23:12.6), ZaNya Green was 75th (27:09), Cheyanna Cullen was 109th (34:23.2) and Katie Townsend was 110th (34:43.1).
MASON — Milton-Union’s boys were 12th and girls were 15th at Saturday’s Mason Invitational.
The Bulldog boys were 12th with 342 points. Tristan Persinger was 19th (17:41.5), Eric Trittschuh was 21st (17:45.9), Chris Miller was 29th (18:01.1), Connor Gibson was 154th (20:44.5) and Cayden Galentine was 171st (21:01.7).
Milton-Union girls were 15th with 379 points. Sophie Meredith was 38th (22:09.8), Ally Lyons was 42nd (22:31.2), Micah Tracy was 76th (23:37.4), Maddie Stasiak was 104th (24:23.5) and Laura Billing was 150th (25:32.7).
SPENCERVILLE — Covington boys were second, Bradford was 12th and Lehman Catholic was 15th.
Botkins won with 38 points and Covington had 74.
Bennett Welborn led Covington, finishing third in 17:18.6.
Other Covington scorers were Mic Barhorst, 11, 18:10.8; Zane Barhorst, 26, 18:57.0; Owen Rawson, 27, 18:58.8; and Fletcher Metz, 19:02.9.
Bradford scorers were Jay Roberts, 49, 20:03.5; Aidan Beachler, 95, 21:56.2; Jayden Dues, 96, 21:57.6; Dalton Reck, 108, 22:47.7; and Hunter Biddlestone, 144, 26:10.1.
Lehman scorers included Alex Vanderhorst, 94, 21:55.2; Hezekiah Bezy, 101, 22:19.9; Scott Petersen, 103, 22:24.6; Wyatt Jackson ,135, 24:32.8; and Andrew Wiseman, 148, 26:46.2.
Covington girls finished eighth.
Lady Buccs scorers included Allie Garman, 26, 23:35.0; Haley Hargrave, 45, 25:00.5; Alexis Meyer, 55, 26:09.5; Kailey Young, 79, 28:01.1; and Summer Anderson, 98, 31:21.3.
Bradford girls included Skipp Miller, 15, 22:39.0; Olivia Daugherty, 29, 23:57.9; Molly Clark, 38, 24:46.5; and Alexis Barhorst, 52, 25:46.5.
Lehman Catholic girls included Sophia Flood, 31, 24:12.2; Maggi Bezy, 34, 24:31.2;
• Boys Soccer
Troy Christian 2,
Miami East 0
TROY — The state-ranked Troy Christian boys soccer team remained undefeated after a tough matchup Saturday, holding off county rival Miami East 2-0 at home to improve to 7-0.
Preston Lair and A.J. Warden each had a goal for the Eagles, while Tripp Schulte and Garrison Spatz each had an assist. Tanner Conklin made six saves in goal to preserve the shutout.
Troy Christian hosts Dayton Christian Thursday night in a matchup of last year’s Metro Buckeye Conference co-champions.
SIDNEY — The Lehman Catholic boys got past Newton Saturday morning.
The game’s only goal was scored by Joshua George, who was assisted from a long throw in by Tommy Hamlin. The Cavaliers were able to hold on in the second half to win 1-0.
Goalkeeper Will Voisard recorded 11 saves in the game to keep the first clean sheet of the season. The Cavalier’s record is now 2-2-1.
Newton had nine shots on goal.
Newton hosts Jackson Center Tuesday, while Lehman plays at Spencerville Tuesday.
• Girls Soccer
Troy Christian 3,
Miami East 0
TROY — Troy Christian’s girls soccer team shut out county rival Miami East Saturday at home, completing a sweep of a home girls-boys doubleheader with a 3-0 victory over the Vikings.
Lexi Salazar had a goal and an assist, Lauren Rutkowski had a goal and Ryann Spoltman had two assists. Sidney Taylor made 12 saves in goal to post a shutout.
Troy Christian (3-2-1) travels to Yellow Springs Tuesday.
PIQUA — The Piqua girls soccer team tied Urbana in non-conference play.
Colleen Cox and Karley Lacy had goal for Piqua, while Raylynn Ward and Ava Rowley picked up assists.
Karley Johns had 16 saves in goal.
SIDNEY — The Lehman Catholic girls improved to 5-0-1 with the victory.
Lindsey Magoteaux led Lehman with three goals and one assist.
Rylie McIver had two goals and one assist.
Tori Lachey had one goal, Ava Behr had two assists and Noelle Dexter added one.
Haley Abrams scored the Newton goal off a rebound of a direct kick by Crystal Houk.
BROOKVILLE — Milton-Union bounced back from its loss to Waynesville earlier in the week, blanking Brookville 4-0 Saturday on the road.
Aulbrey Hergenrather, Caitlin Jones and Megan Jacobs each had a goal for the Bulldogs, with Morgan Grudich and Kenzie Everett each adding an assist.
Milton-Union (4-2-1) travels to Lehman Tuesday.
CENTERVILLE — Troy’s girls lost for the first time this season, falling 6-0 at area powerhouse Centerville.
Troy (4-1-1) hosts Fairborn Wednesday.
Other scores: Bethel 2, Kenton Ridge 1.
West Clermont 0
BATAVIA — There was no letdown for the Tippecanoe volleyball team after Wednesday’s win over division rival Troy as the Red Devils (10-0), ranked No. 8 in Division II in the first state poll, won their 10th straight Saturday, sweeping West Clermont on the road 25-18, 25-17, 25-7.
“After such an emotional and high-energy match against Troy, many times teams get into a let-down feeling,” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “But this was not the case today. (We had) lots of pursuit and energy against a very dangerous team. And got to give kudos to Kaitlyn Husic, who stopped their early rally with consistent serving, breaking down their offense.”
Ashley Aselage had 11 kills and two blocks, Corinn Siefrieng had 10 kills and 12 digs, Rachel Wildermuth had eight kills, three blocks and 23 assists, Olivia Newbourn had six kills, Emily Graham had 13 assists, Abby Hughes had 18 digs and three aces, Alaina Titley had 11 digs and Husic had three aces.
Tippecanoe travels to Sidney Tuesday.
Other scores: National Trail 3, Milton-Union (7-2) 1; 25-14, 25-14, 23-25, 25-11. Houston 3, Bradford 0; 25-12, 25-10, 25-19.
• Boys Golf
at FM Invite
ARCANUM — The Newton boys golf team shot 356 at the Franklin Monroe Invitational Saturday at Beechwood Golf Course to finish second.
Ross Ferrell led Newton with an 80.
Other Newton scores were Chandler Peters 89, Kleyson Wehrley 90, Hudsom Montgomery 97, Andrew Whittaker 100 and Mitchel Montgomery 101.
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