By Colin Foster
January 12, 2014
• Boys Basketball
Troy Christian 64,
Franklin Monroe 58
PITSBURG — Last season, the Troy Christian Eagles went against a state-ranked Cross County Conference team (Tri-Village) early on and got beat.
This time around, though, facing another state-ranked team from the CCC in Franklin-Monroe — the Eagles were ready.
Holden Varvel scored a career-high 18 points and Grant Zawadzki poured in 28 as the Eagles handed the unbeaten Jets a 64-58 loss on the road Saturday.
The Eagles (10-1) finished the game 10 for 13 from the arc.
“It was a great team win on the road,” Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki said. “It was a nice challenge for the kids, and they all stepped up to the challenge. Obviously it’s exciting when you beat a state-ranked team.”
Milton-Union shot 37 percent from the floor and 52 percent from the foul line Saturday night …
Not a typical winning formula — but with good defense and a 30-point effort from Caleb Poland, the Bulldogs found a way to get the job done against Northridge.
Milton (6-3, 4-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) defeated Northridge 57-52. The Bulldogs trailedby 13 midway through the third, but came up with 10 steals in the second half to take control of the game.
“I’m proud of the kids effort and how they battled back and how they took control of the game midway through the third with pressure defense,” M-U coach Rusty Berner said.
Ben Stelzer and Matt Brumbaugh each added nine points for the ‘Dogs. Poland also added 10 rebounds and four steals.
Milton hosts Bethel Tuesday.
Tippecanoe used a 22-6 second quarter run to storm past Bellbrook Saturday night, winning 70-47.
Ben Stucke and Sean Ford led the charge for the Devils with 14 points each. Nate Shirley netted 13 and Zack Blair added 11.
Troy 4th at Lima
LIMA — Alex Dalton (5-0, five pins), Andrew Kostecka (5-0, five pins), Mason Perkins (5-0, four pins) all won titles at Saturday’s Lima Senior Invitational as the Trojans finished fourth as a team, despite only having 10 wrestlers present at the meet.
Those 10 Troy wrestlers won 28 matches total, with 26 of them coming by either pin, major decisions or technical falls.