Troy boys win Firebird Invitational

By Joshua Brown

May 10, 2014

Staff Reports

KETTERING — Troy’s Nathan Fleischer tied a meet record Friday night and Miles Hibbler, Alex Dalton and Branden Nosker also picked up victories, leading the Trojan boys track team to a dominant win at the Fairmont Firebird Invitational with 110.5 points.

Fleischer cleared 14-6 in the pole vault to win, tying the meet record set in 2009. Dalton won the discus (151-10) and was second in the shot put (51-4.5), while teammate Seth Overla was third in both the discus (138-7) and shot (44-2). Nosker won in the 3,200 (9:29.41), with tammate Blake Guillozet finishing fourth (9:58.19), and Hibbler won the 100 (11.24 seconds) and was second in the long jump (21-1.5).

The 4x100 team of Hibbler, Gabe Allen, Matt Barr and Roshaun Wesson was second (43.89 seconds), the 4x200 team of Wesson, Allen, Barr and Josh Williams was second (1:34.47) and the 4x800 team of Connor Huth, Nosker, Guillozet and Stephen Jones was second (8:24.16). Jones was also second in the 1,600 (4:25.9).

Tippecanoe’s boys were seventh (45 points). Andy Droesch was second in the high jump (6-2), Max McDonald was second in the pole vault (14-0), Cameron Gibbs was fourth in the 200 (23.26 seconds) and Noah Lingg was fourth in the 800 (2:03.7).

On the girls side, Troy’s girls were fourth with 70.5 points, led by a first-place finish by the 4x200 team of Shanelle Byrd, Kelsey Walters, Ashley Barr and Courtney Mazzulla (1:47.95). The 4x400 team of Barr, Leah Soutar, Gracie Huffman and Mazzulla was second (4:12.85), the 4x100 team of Byrd, Barr, Walters and Abby Brinkman was third (52.19 seconds), Huffman was second in the 400 (59.35 seconds), Brinkman was second in the long jump (15-7.75) and fourth in the pole vault (8-6), Walters was second in the shot put (34-11.5) and Ashlin Colclasure was fourth in the high jump (4-10).

Tippecanoe’s girls were 11th (27.5 points). Anna Klepinger was third in the pole vault (9-0), the 4x800 team of Claudia Barhorst, Emily Wolfe, Haily Brumfield and Allison Sinning was fourth (10:24.27), Sinning was fourth in the 1,600 (5:14.13) and Brumfield was fourth in the 3,200 (11:35.69).

* Bulldog Invite

YELLOW SPRINGS — Maddie Ellerbrock set a pair of Bethel High School girls records Friday night and the Bees scored points here and there up and down the lineup, leading to a team victory at the Bulldog Invitational in Yellow Springs — even if it ended up being a little non-traditional.

Ellerbrock won the 400 (59.86 seconds) and the triple jump (33-7), setting school records in both, and was third in the long jump (15-0) to lead the way. But it was Bailey McCabe’s second place finish in the high jump (4-8) that proved to be the difference.

“They weren’t keeping a running score, so with a couple of events left we added stuff up and I thought ‘we’ve got a shot at this,’” Bethel girls coach Steve Pytel said. “When they announced it, they had us tied with Shawnee — but Bailey hadn’t missed in the high jump until she got to 4-10, and the Shawnee girl they had her tied with had. So Bailey should have been alone in second and we should have gotten four more points than them.”

The 4x800 relay team of Lytia Hart, Erica Turner, Kayla Grable and Courtney Golden was second (11:06), Grable was second in the triple jump (27-7), Hart was third in the 800 (2:44) and Sarah Swisher was third in the 800 racewalk, and the rest of the team picked up enough points to close out the victory.

“It was awesome,” Pytel said. “Maddie had a great night, that was a personal record for Bailey in the high jump, the 4x800 team ran its best time of the year by far and three of those girls took 10 seconds or more off their 800 times. We chipped away at it, and a lot of girls stepped up. It was nice to win, and it was really nice to see a lot of those times come down.”

The Bethel boys finished third behind Fairborn and Thurgood Marshall. Devin Hazely won the high jump (6-2) and Jacob Tumey was second (6-0), then Hazely won the long jump (20-0) and Tumey was second (18-5). Coleman Clark was second in the 3,200 (10:43), Jason Clendening was third in the triple jump (34-10), Chris Morris was third in the discus (120-4) and Josh Burrowes was third in the 300 hurdles (43.4 seconds).

“We did really well,” Bethel boys coach Brad Clendening said. “We always do well in the field events, and I thought we held our own in the running events against some big schools.”

Troy Christian’s Zac Garver won the boys 800 (2:00.42) and was second in the 1,600 (4:34). And on the girls side, the Eagles’ Meredith Haddad won the long jump (16-5) and was third in the 200, while Anastasia Muzart ran a personal best in the 100 to take third.

* Covington


COVINGTON — Covington’s boys (92.5 points) finished second to Anna (148) at Friday night’s Covington Invitational, with the host Buccaneer girls taking fourth (80).

Jackie Siefrieng was again the standout, though, winning the 100 hurdles (14.83 seconds), the 100 (12.6 seconds), the 400 (47.34 seconds) and 200 (25.59 seconds). Also for Covington’s girls, the 4x800 team of Carly Shell, Heidi Cron, Anna Dunn and Hannah Retz won (10:15.67).

For the Bucc boys, Lane White set a pair of meet records, winning the 400 (48.69 seconds) and 200 (21.9 seconds). Ben Miller won the 110 hurdles (15.3 seconds) and 300 hurdles (41.08 seconds), Alex Schilling won the 1,600 (4:37.43).

Miami East’s girls were third (84.5) and the boys were seventh (40.5) without the benefit of any individual winners.

Milton-Union’s boys were fourth (69). Skyler Deeter won the 800 (2:01.26) and Wes Martin won the shot put (48-1). Milton-Union’s girls were 10th (28).

Newton’s boys were eighth (40). Freshman Jack Yoder won the 100 (11.64 seconds and Brady McBride won the 3,200 (10:13.94). Newton’s girls were 12th (17).

* Baseball

TC 15, Ponitz 4;

TC 14, Ponitz 3

TROY — Troy Christian finished off the regular season with a pair of victories, beating Ponitz 15-4 and 14-3 in a doubleheader Saturday.

Braden Moore got the win in the first game and Seth Douglas doubled and had four RBIs as the Eagles (12-11) tallied their 15 runs on only six hits.

Freshman Peyton Forrer got his first varsity win in the second game, Jacob Brown was 3 for 4 with two triples and three RBIs and Cameron Davee tripled and had three RBIs.

Troy Christian hosts Cedarville in a first-round sectional game Monday.

ME 8, Graham 3;

ME 9, Graham 5

CASSTOWN — Miami East closed out the regular season by cashing in on a pair of big innings in a doubleheader sweep of Graham Saturday, scoring six in the bottom of the sixth to win the first game 8-3 then scoring five in the fifth to put away a 9-5 win in the second.

In the first game, Michael Fellers got the win on the mound, Evan Bowling and Damien Mackesy were both 2 for 3 and Brandon Kirk and Brady Smallenbarger both doubled. Scot Kirby was the winning pitcher in the second game. Franco Villella was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Kirk was 2 for 2, Adam Everett was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Fellers doubled.

Miami East (16-4) hosts West Liberty-Salem Wednesday in a sectional game.

* Softball

Cov. 4, Troy 3;

Cov. 7, Troy 0

COVINGTON — Troy finished the regular season with a doubleheader at Covington and left feeling pretty good about how it played. Facing a team that’s been to the Division IV state tournament three straight seasons, the Trojans (9-15) hung with the Buccaneers (18-5) in the first game before falling 4-3, then in the second game the Buccs took over from start to finish in a 7-0 victory.

Troy travels to Beavercreek for a first-round sectional game Monday, while Covington kicks off its tournament run by hosting Troy Christian Tuesday.

ME 15, Graham 3

CASSTOWN — Ellie Gearhart homered and drove in five runs, Taylor Miller had three hits and Sam Denlinger got the win on the mound as Miami East’s three seniors led the Vikings to a 15-3 victory over Graham on Senior Day.

Denlinger struck out seven and gave up four hits in five innings to get the win. Gearhart was 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and five RBIs and Miller was 3 for 4 to lead the way. Meagan Pettit was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Olivia Edgell and Kris Bigelow both doubled.

Miami East (10-13) faces the winner of Monday’s Northeastern-Dixie game on Wednesday in the sectional’s second round.

Greenville 6, M-U 5;

Greenville 7, M-U 4

GREENVILLE — Despite being swept in a doubleheader Saturday to close out the regular season, the Milton-Union Bulldogs felt better about how they played as they faced off against perennial state tournament presence Greenville on the road. Milton-Union took the Wave (24-3) to extra innings in the first game before falling 6-5 in eight, then the Bulldogs kept things close again until the end in a 7-4 loss.

Ashley Smith had two RBIs in the first game and Claire Fetters was 2 for 4 with a double as Milton-Union held the lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Greenville was able to plate a run to force extras, though, and won it in the eighth.

In the second game, Brittany Courtright homered and had three RBIs, Katie Courtright was 2 for 3 with a double and Jessica Bowman tripled.

“I’m happy with the way we played,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “Not happy with the loss, but Greenville is a good team and this is the best we’ve played in two weeks. This should be a good fresh start for us going into the tournament.”

Milton-Union (13-11) hosts Dunbar Monday in the first round of the sectional tournament.

* Rainouts

The Greater Western Ohio Conference tennis tournament was rained out on Saturday at Centerville High School, and it will not be rescheduled.

Also rained out was Troy’s baseball game at Northmont. Newton and Bethel got started, with the Indians leading 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth before the game was called due to rain.