By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
TROY — It all comes down to Thursday.
And while the Troy boys golf team has known this for some time, the Trojans still had to maintain their day-to-day focus on the matches leading up to the Butler showdown.
After sweeping a tri-match against Northmont and Chaminade Julienne at Miami Valley Golf Club on Monday, the Trojans (6-0) fought off a determined Piqua team in a non-division matchup at Miami Shores on Tuesday, defeating the Indians 161-171 in the final tuneup before Thursday’s battle for sole possession of first place in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.
“We’ve got a target number in mind, where we want to be Thursday,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “We know we’re going to need all six scores. If it goes to a fifth- or even sixth-man tiebreaker, we need for everyone to be ready to play.
“The kids are all excited for the match, and they’re excited it’s going to be at Miami Shores. Sometimes, it’s better to be the hunter than the hunted.”
Against Piqua, Troy Moore and Holden Scribner both shot 39 for medalist honors. Nate Uhlenbrock added a 40, Tyler Lambert and Ryan McClurg both shot 43 and Keaton Pfeiffer shot 49.
Kyle Ingle also shot 39 to share medalist honors for Piqua, and Derek Jennings shot a 42.
On Monday, the Trojans also shot a 161, beating Northmont’s 168 and CJ’s 186. Scribner and Uhlenbrock both shot 39s to lead the way, Moore added a 41, Lambert a 42 and Pfeiffer and Austin Rank shot 48s.
All setting up Thursday’s matchup with Butler at Shores.
“I expect us to play well,” Evilsizor said. “If our best isn’t good enough to win, I’m OK with that as long as we all play our best. We’re going to make Butler earn it.”
Bethel 170, NT 182;
TV 181, Bethel 181
RICHMOND, Ind. — Bethel fought hard for a Cross County Conference victory on Monday, traveling to Highland Lakes in Richmond, Ind. and defeating host National Trail 170-182.
Tyler Weinert led the Bees with a 39, Tyler Brookhart shot 42, Nick Lightcap shot 43, Christian White shot 46, Connor Hockett shot 51 and Devin Truman shot 57.
And on Tuesday, the Bees lost in a fifth-man tiebreaker to hold off Tri-Village in another CCC matchup, this time at Beechwood, with the final score being a 181-181 tie.
Brookhart and Weinert each shot 43, Lightcap shot 46 and Hockett shot 49, White shot 53 and Truman added a 58.
Bethel (7-2, 6-2 CCC) is back at Beechwood Saturday for the Tri-Village Invitational.
Newton 168, Ansonia 210;
Arcanum 167, Newton 179
ARCANUM — The Newton Indians defeated visiting Ansonia in Cross County Conference play Monday, winning 168-210 at Stillwater Ridge.
Chet Jamison was medalist with a 39, Wade Ferrell was right behind with a 40, Brock Jamison shot 43, Milan Bess and Nate Zielinski both shot 46 and Grant Bayer shot 51.
On Tuesday, though, the Indians traveled to Beechwood to take on Arcanum, falling 167-179.
Brock Jamison led the way with a 40, Chet Jamison had a 42, Ferrell shot 46 and Bayer shot 51.
* Girls Golf
ME 190, Russia 202
ST. PARIS — The Miami East girls golf team improved to 7-2 Monday with a 190-202 victory over visiting Russia at Lakeland Golf Course.
Megan Pettit led the way for the Vikings with a 46, Kiera Fellers, Haley Howard and Maggie Bergman all shot 48, Megan Thompson shot 50 and Emily Rowley shot 57.
Troy 5, Tecumseh 0;
Troy 5, Trotwood 0
TROTWOOD — Troy won a pair of games on the road to start the week, defeating Tecumseh 5-0 on Monday and then blanking Trotwood in a Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division matchup on Tuesday.
Against Tecumseh, Hannah Essick won at first singles 6-0, 6-2. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy won 6-3, 6-1. At third singles, Ashley Bruns won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten won 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick won 6-0, 6-0.
Against Trotwood, Essick won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles. At second singles, Hennessy won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Bruns won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Verstraten and Jackie Fulker won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Pruitt and Sherrick won by default.
Troy (7-3, 2-0) hosts Stebbins Wednesday.
Tipp 5, Bellefontaine 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe improved to 7-3, 3-0 in the Central Buckeye Conference, Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Bellefontaine.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder won 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Ladia Coning won 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Jordan Jones won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Ali Merrick and Sophia McDowell won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Sydney Laymon and Victoria Nordquist won 6-0, 6-0.
M-U 3, Carlisle 2
CARLISLE — Milton-Union bounced back from its loss on Monday with a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Carlisle in Southwestern Buckeye League play on Tuesday.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold won 7-5, 6-4. At second singles, Abby Hissong won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Rachel Rock won 7-5, 6-1.
At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. At second doubles, Mercedes Farmer and Hannah Fugate lost 6-2, 6-2.
* Girls Soccer
Newton 3, Piqua 0
PLEASANT HILL — It was just the shot of confidence Newton needed.
For the Piqua girls soccer team hit hard by injuries, it was another tough night on the pitch.
The result was a 3-0 Newton victory Monday night in non-conference action.
And the host Indians didn’t waste any time getting started.
Brittany Koble finished from in front of the goal with 36:53 remaining in the first half.
“We needed that,” Newton coach Stan Fessler said. “We came into this game 0-2. It definitely helped to get a quick goal like that.”
For a Piqua team having lost goalie Reyna Lavey and forward Liz Duer for the season and still having offensive weapon Amy Burt and Maddie Curtner out with injuries, it was a third straight slow start.
“We don’t want to use that (injuries) as an excuse,” Piqua coach Flo Loisy said. “Other girls have to step up. I think it was three goals against Springboro (early), two against Milton-Union and one tonight. I don’t have an answer for it. I think we just don’t come out as aggressive as we need to.”
Newton was then able to gain some momentum going into the locker room, with Kaylee Kesler following Knoble’s deflected shot and drilling it in from the right side with 3:20 left in the half.
“That is one of the things we have been working on,” Fessler said. “We want the kids to move the ball quicker and we did a great job of that there.”
While Newton continued to control the ball in the second half, Brooke Bubp gave the Piqua offense a spark.
She just missed on several scoring opportunities, while Newton hit a couple shots off the crossbar.
“Brooke (Bubp) is a senior. She has one more year of soccer and she is playing like it,” Loisy said. “If some of the other girls were doing that, I don’t think we would have some of the problems we have. We need senior leadership and the girls need to buy into what we are doing.”
The game swung with just under seven minutes remaining.
Claire Bim-Merle was fouled in the box as she move towards the Newton goal at the 6:58 mark.
Grace Jennings took the PK and only a diving save by Newton goalie Haley Stine prevented it from becoming a one-goal game.
“Haley (Stine) has really done a nice job in goal for us this year,” Fessler said.
Erin Sweitzer then took a cross from Kesler and drilled a shot into the corner of the net from 25 yards out at 5:31 mark for the final margin.
“It was a big swing (in momentum),” Fessler said. “That was a great ball by Erin (Sweitzer).”
Loisy wasn’t thinking about what could have been.
“You can’t play the what-if game,” he said. “We had some chances, but Newton hit a couple shots off the crossbar. I think the score reflects the play in the game.”
Stine had three saves for Newton, while Chloe Clark had 11 saves for Piqua.
“We had told Chloe (Clark) she would play in the field this year,” Loisy said. “When Reyna (Lavey) went down, we really weren’t prepared for that. Chloe has done a great job. I don’t have any doubt she is hurt too, but she is going out there and playing hard.”
Newton, 1-2-0, will play at Bethel Thursday, while Piqua, 0-4-0, will travel to West Carrollton Wednesday.
Troy 3, Northmont 0
CLAYTON — The Troy volleyball team put together another convincing performance Tuesday at Northmont, improving to 6-0 with a 25-10, 25-14, 25-23 victory.
Katie DeMeo had 11 kills, five blocks and an ace and Camryn Moeller had 11 kills and five aces to lead the way. Miranda Silcott added seven kills, a block and an ace, Drezanee Smith had four kills and a block, Victoria Holland had three kills, Peyton Riley had a kill and Lauren Freed had 16 digs, a kill and four aces. Katie Jackson had 13 assists, Dana Wynkoop had nine and Emily Brinkman had six.
“We played pretty well in Game 1, and our offense was pretty balanced,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “They had no answer for Katie in the middle, we served them tough and our goal was to take care of the ball on our side — and we did that.”
Troy hosts West Carrollton Thursday.
Tipp 3, Stebbins 0
RIVERSIDE — The Tippecanoe volleyball team swept Stebbins in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play Tuesday, winning 25-20, 25-11, 25-16.
Aubrey Cox had nine kills and three blocks, Alyssa Crusey had six kills and 10 digs and Taylor Prall had six kills and four aces to lead the Red Devils (3-1, 1-0). Laura Rosellit had 16 assists, Kara Trimbach had 12 assists, Jordan McMahan added 13 digs and Taylor Braun had three aces.
Tippecanoe hosts Tecumseh Thursday.
M-U 3, Northridge 0
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union (1-1, 1-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) had little trouble with visiting Northridge Tuesday night, sweeping the Polar Bears 25-10, 25-8, 25-8.
“When we keep the ball in play, we’re fine,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We can’t afford to make mistakes against anyone, and we didn’t against Northridge. We finished the match with our underclassmen on the court, which was nice.”
Lauren Craig had nine aces and nine assists, Michaela Fullmer had five kills, Bri Stone had four kills and Sarah Motz had six aces to lead the way for the Bulldogs, who travel to Preble Shawnee Thursday for another SWBL Buckeye matchup.
Anna 3, Covington 0
COVINGTON — Covington fought hard in game one, but in the end Anna won in a sweep, 25-21, 25-10, 25-14 Monday.
Brooke Gostomsky had four kils and two aces and Breanna Kimmel had three kills and three aces to lead the Buccaneers. Savanna Schaurer had three aces Arianna Richards had seven assists.
Covington (0-4) traveled to New Bremen Tuesday.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter. Contact Rob Kiser at (937) 451-3334.