By Josh Brown
MASON — Philip Brumbaugh is headed back to the state tennis tournament.
The Milton-Union senior — who placed fourth at state in doubles as a sophomore — will be making a return trip this season after winning a pair of matches and advancing to the semifinal round of the Division II district tournament Thursday at the ATP Tennis Center in Mason.
Brumbaugh, who entered as a champion and No. 1 seed out of the Troy sectional, began the day with an easy 6-0, 6-3 victory over Mariemont’s Cameron Stephens. He then rallied from a set down against Miami Valley’s Michael Perevozchikov, winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to claim a state berth.
As a sophomore, Brumbaugh teamed up with brother Matt, who was then a senior, and the duo won a pair of matches on the tournament’s first day and ended up losing a three-setter in the consolation match to take fourth place.
On Saturday, Brumbaugh will face Indian Hill’s Andrew Pregel — a No. 1 seed out of the Cincinnati sectional — in the semifinal round.
Milton-Union’s doubles team of sophomore Nathan and freshman Nick Brumbaugh missed qualifying for state by one match on Thursday. They won a first-round match 6-3, 6-4 over Seven Hills’ Curtis Sun and John Stewart, but they fell 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinal round to Miami Valley’s Joe Keller and Reece Quigley.
In the Division I district tournament, Troy junior Shane Essick — a champion and No. 1 seed out of the Troy sectional — was forced to injury default in the first round while trailing Sycamore’s Regis Liou 4-1 in the first set. And Troy junior Elijah Sadler dropped his first-round match 6-0, 6-0 to Fairmont’s Murad Nawaz.
And in doubles, Troy’s all-senior team of Nick Prus and Jack Johnston lost in the first round to Centerville’s Jaewoo Choi and Rishi Appaleneni, 6-4, 6-1. And the team of junior Andrew Magoteaux and freshman Nathan Kleptz lost in the first round 6-1, 6-0 to Mason’s Shashank Singuri and Pranav Viswanathan.
Milton-Union’s Philip Brumbaugh will continue play in the D-II district semifinal round at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Kenton Ridge 5,
NEW CARLISLE — After a wildly successful first year in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, the Tippecanoe baseball team’s season came to a shocking end at the hands of an old conference rival.
Second-seeded Kenton Ridge — which lost 9-0 to Tippecanoe during the regular season back on April 22 — built a three-run lead and, once the Red Devils cut that lead to one, put the game away with two sixth-inning insurance runs in a 5-2 victory in the Division II sectional championship game Thursday at Tecumseh High School.
With the Cougars (22-6) already leading 2-0, Luke Holt hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to make it a 3-0 game. After the Devils cut the deficit to one with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Schneider hit a two-run triple in the top of the sixth to seal the win.
Tippecanoe, which had won seven consecutive sectional title entering this season, finished with a 22-6 record. The Devils had won five straight going into Thursday’s game, won 11 straight at one point in the season and finish second in the division in their first year in the GWOC American North.
* Track and Field
Division II Meet
ST. PARIS — With only a few events finalized on Thursday’s opening night of the Division II district track and field meet at Graham High School, only three regional tickets were punched between the Tippecanoe girls and Milton-Union’s track teams.
Two-time state qualifier Beyonce Bobbitt began her road back for Milton-Union, winning a district title in the shot put (37-9.25). And in the high jump, Allison Freistler placed third (4-10) and qualified for the regional meet.
Tippecanoe’s 4×800 relay team of MaKenzie Dietz, Katie Taylor, Kaili Titley and Jillian Brown won a district title (10:00.04).
The district finals begin at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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