By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — The ice put all of Miami County into a deep freeze Saturday.
But the Troy Christian and Tippecanoe wrestling teams still found a way to put on a show.
The Eagles had five individual champions and the Red Devils had two Saturday at the Red Devil Invitational tournament, with Troy Christian finishing second with 249.5 points behind Mason’s 266 and Tippecanoe finishing fifth with 135 points.
Troy Christian freshman Ethan Turner (106) got things going, winning a 16-3 major decision over Mason’s Andrew Carter to claim a championship. Senior Michael Sergent (126) won another, scoring an 8-7 decision over Mason’s Sam Glassco, and senior Seth Douglas (285) won a title by pinning Valley View’s Trent Wilson. Juniors Jacob Edwards (113) and Damon Berry (182) both won titles in pool competition.
Drew Whaley (120), Caleb Hoskins (152) and Nick Baker (195) all finished second and Lear Current (132) finished sixth.
For Tippecanoe, senior Grant Carlson (220) won a championship in pool competition, and junior Caleb Blake (145) scored a 9-4 decision over Chaminade Julienne’s Micah Marshall to claim a title, as well. Brandon Singleton (170) placed third, and Blake Ballard (113), Conner Jackson (132) and Lucas Moore all placed fourth.
* Boys Basketball
Bethel 73, FM 59
BRANDT — Despite it being so early in the season still, the Bethel boys basketball team knew that all its hopes hinged on Friday night’s matchup.
“We talked before the game that our goal, the one goal we talk about all the time, is to win the league,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “Franklin Monroe is one of the top three or four teams in our league. We knew we needed this one.”
And the Bees (4-1, 3-0 Cross County Conference) got exactly what they needed — a strong defensive effort as a team and 40 points from point guard Caleb South — in a 73-59 victory over the previously-unbeaten Jets Friday night at home.
South added four assists and seven rebounds to his 40-point effort, going 13 for 17 from the free throw line and hitting the key ones late in the fourth that sealed the win. Ryan Rose added 11 points, Tyler Terry had seven points and six rebounds, Ian Anderson had five points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Christian White had five points.
Bethel was strong early, taking a 22-15 lead after the first quarter. That gap held at the half, 37-30, and Franklin Monroe closed to within five at 52-47 heading into the fourth. But the Bees outscored the Jets 21-12 in the fourth as Franklin Monroe was forced to foul in an effort to catch up.
“Caleb shot the ball 23 times tonight and scored 40 points — he was really efficient,” Kopp said. “He can score it. And then he finished the game from the free throw line, which is what we want. We got the lead and got the ball into his hands.
“We defended really well tonight. They (Franklin Monroe) have 6-foot-9, 6-2. We’re undersized, but I am so proud of our bigs Ian Anderson, Jacob Evans, Christian White and Nate Rimkus. Ian is 6-4 and guarded their 6-9 guy all night and did a great job. I didn’t think we played a great defensively (against Fairmont), but they defended those guys as well as you can.”
Bethel travels to Bradford Tuesday.
Miami East 42,
CASSTOWN — Miami East needed no overtime to stay undefeated Friday night.
A stellar defensive effort and an efficient offensive one made sure of that.
The Vikings (5-0, 2-0 Cross County Conference), who entered the night having won three of their four games in overtime, shot better than 50 percent from the field while holding Arcanum to less that 25 percent, pulling away from the Trojans for a 42-27 victory Friday night.
Logan West led Miami East with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals, Cam Coomes added 10 points and Austin Kearns scored seven as the Vikings turned a 20-12 halftime lead into a rout by outscoring Arcanum 17-8 in the third quarter. The Vikings were 16 for 28 (57 percent) from the field, with West alone going 9 for 12. Arcanum, meanwhile, was held to a 10 for 45 night (22 percent).
“We had a very solid defensive effort throughout, we limited our turnovers and executed well on the offensive end,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “This was a good win for us.”
Miami East hosts Twin Valley South Tuesday.
Troy Christian 44,
Legacy Christian 36
TROY — Troy Christian trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter and by as many as 12 in the game, but the Eagles outscored Legacy Christian 22-7 in the final quarter to claim a stunning 44-36 victory Friday night in Metro Buckeye Conference play.
James Anderson led the Eagles (2-2, 1-1 MBC) with 18 points and 18 rebounds, tying the school record for defensive rebounds in a single game with 15 — a mark that belonged to Christian Salazar, set in the Eagles’ state semifinal season of 2013. Ben Schenk added nine points and Seth Wynne scored eight.
“This was a good gut check for our kids,” Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki said. “We faced some adversity, struggled from the free throw line (17 for 35) and from 3-point range (1 for 15), we were down by double digits in the fourth quarter — and we fought back. This was a good win for us.”
Troy Christian travels to Houston Tuesday.
COVINGTON — Covington’s Jayce Pond hit a pair of 3s late in Friday night’s matchup against Bradford, turning a slim lead into a double-digit one as the Buccaneers held on for a 70-59 victory over the Railroaders.
Nathan Blei led the Buccs (2-2, 1-1 Cross County Conference) with 29 points and Pond added 21. With the score 55-51 late, Pond canned back-to-back 3s to push the lead to 10, and Bradford could not recover.
Andy Branson led three Railroaders in double figures with 18 points, Parker Smith scored 12 and Walker Branson added 10.
Both teams are back in action Tuesday, with Covington facing Arcanum and Bradford taking on Bethel.
GREENVILLE — Tippecanoe continues to be right on the verge but unable to get over the hump.
The Red Devils (0-4, 0-3 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) dropped their third straight division game and fourth straight overall to begin the season, falling 70-63 at Greenville Friday night.
Greenville (2-1, 2-0 GWOC American North) took a 15-7 lead after the first quarter, and the Devils — though playing even the rest of the way — simply couldn’t make up the ground. All three of the Devils’ division losses have been by seven or fewer points.
Caiden Smith led three Tippecanoe players in double figures with 19 points, Zach Bonifas added 14 and Adam Grieshop chipped in 11.
Isaiah Gable led all scorers with 25 points for Greenville, while Aaron Rich and and Devin Hendrix scored 14.
Tippecanoe hosts Troy Tuesday night.
SIDNEY — Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division leader Sidney put Piqua away early Friday night, jumping out to a 19-3 lead after one quarter and coasting to a 68-31 victory.
Andre Gordon had 18 points and Ratez Roberts scored 15 to lead Sidney, which improved to 4-1 and 3-0 in the American North. Gage Smith had eight points and J.J. Rohrbach scored six for the Indians, which fell to 1-3 and 1-2 in division play.
Piqua hosts Greenville Tuesday.
Other scores: Newton 51, Tri-Village 32. Hardin Northern 54, Lehman 49.
TIPP CITY — The Troy Christian swimming team hosted a small eight-team invitational Friday night at the Robinson Branch YMCA, with the Eagle boys winning with 158 points and the girls finishing third with 20.
On the boys side, Ezekiel Fulton won the 200 IM (2:11.45). Fulton also won the 100 breast (1:07.57), with Jacob Voisinet second (1:09.29). Sam LaVielle won the 50 free (23.23 seconds) and Matt Moebius was second (23.27 seconds). Moebius won the 500 free (5:26.5) and Grant Doucette was second (5:27.63). Matt Newcomer won the 100 fly (58.09 seconds). Voisinet was also second in the 100 free (53.49 seconds). And in the 100 back, Alexander Klint won (1:00.57), LaVielle was second (1:04.33) and Benjamin Schaffnit was third (1:08.44).
The boys also swept first and second in both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay, and the team of Schaffnit, Newcomer, Voisinet and LaVielle won the 200 free relay (1:40.19).
For Troy Christian’s girls, Gracie Glaser won the 100 free (59.35 seconds) and was second in the 200 IM (2:26.49).
The Miami East Barnball Classic was one of many casualties Saturday afternoon thanks to the icestorm that struck overnight, as nearly all of the local sports slate was wiped clean with postponements and cancellations.
The Barnball Classic, which was to take place over the course of Saturday and Sunday, will now begin today with the championship round on Friday.
Covington will play its first round game at 3:30 p.m. today against Woodward, with the championship and consolation games in that pool at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Host Miami East and Troy will face off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with the championship and consolation games for their pool at 9 p.m. Friday.
The Troy boys basketball team will have to wait to attempt to begin a winning streak, as well — its game at Springfield Shawnee Saturday night was postponed. In addition, Miami East’s game at Milton-Union, Troy Christian’s home game against Mississinawa Valley and Lehman’s home game against Catholic Central were all postponed, with no makeup dates immediately set.
In girls basketball, three games — Milton-Union at Dixie, Bethel at Mississinawa Valley and Ansonia at Newton — were all postponed without makeup dates immediately set.
The Versailles Invitational wrestling tournament, which Troy and Covington were set to compete in, was cancelled, as was the Madison Mohawk Invitational, where Milton-Union was to travel.
The Wright State Raider Challenge bowling tournament, which Troy was to compete in, was cancelled Saturday, as was a quad meet that the Tippecanoe swimming team was to host.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.
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