By Josh Brown
TROY — With three of its final four matches at Miami Shores — and with the Postseason Greater Western Ohio Conference Tournament fast approaching — the Troy girls golf team appears to be close to hitting its stride.
And while there’s still room for improvement, the Trojans looked strong in a pair of wins this week, routing Greenville 175-231 on the road Wednesday and then returning home to defeat Northmont 178-192 at Miami Shores on Thursday.
“We’ve been shooting four or five scores in the 40s, with two of them at least usually being in the low 40s,” Troy girls golf coach Matt Wibbeler said. “Our totals have been much better than they were at the beginning of the year.”
On Wednesday, Troy (6-2) traveled to Turtle Creek for a non-league matchup against Greenville. Earlier in the season, Troy knocked off the Green Wave 175-210 in the match that counted towards the GWOC North Division standings, and on Wednesday the Trojans remained consistent, beating the Wave 175-231.
Against Greenville, Natalie Henson was medalist with a 39, Ali Helman shot 42, Hannah Wright shot 46, Mackenzie Pruitt shot 48, LeeAnn Black shot 49 and Melanie Henson shot 57.
“Natalie played really well,” Wibbeler said. “She’s been playing really well lately, and hopefully she can continue that. Now that she’s broken the 40 barrier twice in a week, hopefully she just keeps rolling.
“Now we’re only getting one outlying score. We were getting two good scores and two outlying scores, but everyone’s been playing better lately.”
And on Thursday against Northmont, Helman was the medalist with a 41, Natalie Henson was right behind with a 42, Black shot 47, Pruitt shot 48, Brooke Beeler shot 49 and Carrigan Browning, in her first varsity action, shot 59.
“We’ve been playing pretty well and have strung a couple of wins together,” Wibbeler said. “This should give us some confidence heading into next week.”
Troy hosts Fairmont Monday and finishes regular season play in the GWOC North hosting Piqua Wednesday — one week before the postseason GWOC tournament at Beechwood.
“We’re going to go practice at a few different courses, get some different looks to prepare for the GWOC,” Wibbeler said. “Hopefully we can shoot better than we did at the preseason GWOC and get a good finish, then head into the sectional and see what happens. It’s a whole new season there — anything can happen.”
ME 188, Arcanum 212
ARCANUM — Miami East improved to 13-2 on the season and picked up a Cross County Conference victory Thursday, defeating Arcanum 188-212 at Beechwood.
Kiera Feller led the Vikings with a 43, Megan Pettit and Megan Thompson shot 47s and Maggie Bergman and Haley Howard shot 51s.
Miami East hosts Tippecanoe Monday.
Piqua 200, Covington 220
PIQUA — Four Piqua Indians turned in 50s Thursday as the Covington Buccaneers lost to Piqua 200-220 at Echo Hills.
Kelsey McReynolds also shot 50 to lead the Buccs, Addison Metz shot 55, Sydney Blanton shot 56, Megan Alexander shot 59, Emily Thompson shot 63 and Noelle Gast shot 69.
* Boys Golf
M-U 193, Urbana 197
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs picked up a non-league victory Thursday over Urbana, winning 193-197.
Parker Puthoff was medalist with a 47, followed closely by Philip Brumbaugh with a 48, Grayson Galentine and Hayden Davidson with 49s, Nick Brumbaugh with a 51 and Aaron Brown with a 55.
Milton-Union hosts Tri-County North Monday.
Covington 188, TCN 204
ARCANUM — The Covington Buccaneers picked up another Cross County Conference win Thursday, defeating Tri-County North 188-204 at Beechwood.
Levi Winn was medalist by 10 strokes, shooting a 33. Andrew Slusher followed with a 43, Braden Miller shot 55, James Grilliot shot 57, Ryan Gengler shot 62 and Derek McCool shot 71.
* Girls Soccer
Troy 9, WC 0
TROY — The Troy girls soccer team bounced back from a narrow 2-1 defeat at Wayne on Saturday night by hosting West Carrollton Wednesday, routing the Pirates 9-0.
Sierra Besecker and Whitney Webb scored two goals apiece in the game, while Kelsey Walters, Maddie Innes, Arianna Garcia, Kailyn Hatfield and Ciena Miller each had one.
“We knew this was a game we should be successful in,” Troy coach Michael Rasey said. “I was proud of the girls, too. Sometimes you can play down to your competition’s level in a game like this, but the girls did not do that. We played hard and played as a team from the beginning.”
Troy’s two losses this season have come to undefeated Tippecanoe and Wayne, which have a combined 8-2-1 record.
The Trojans face another tough test Saturday night, traveling to 5-0-1 Springboro.
Tipp 2, Urbana 0
URBANA — The Tippecanoe Red Devils improved to 3-0-1 Wednesday night, shutting out Urbana on the road 2-0 in Central Buckeye Conference crossover play.
Tippecanoe travels to Kenton Ridge Saturday.
ME 7, NT 0
CASSTOWN — Miami East wasted no time getting started and making a statement in a Cross County Conference matchup against National Trail Thursday, routing the Blazers 7-0.
A mere four minutes in, Grace McCalister finished off an Emily Holicki pass to put the Vikings on top. Eight minutes later, Haley Demmitt finished a cross from Stephanie Hammond to make it 2-0, and with three minutes left in the half, Hailey Weaver scored on a direct kick to make it 3-0 at the break.
Danielle Mannier scored five minutes into the second half on a defensive miscue by the Blazers, then she added another score on a direct kick to make it 5-0. Holicki scored a goal with an assist from Autumn Taylor with 11 minutes to play, and Emma Linn finished off the scoring late. Linn and Morgan Haney also combined for the shutout in goal.
The Vikings travel to Troy Christian Saturday.
* Boys Soccer
Tipp 4, Urbana 0
TIPP CITY — Only one team was leaving Tipp City Park undefeated Wednesday night.
And in a matchup of 3-0 teams, the Tippecanoe boys soccer team — led once again by a defense that has been untouchable this season — came out on top in impressive fashion, defeating Urbana 4-0.
The Red Devils (4-0) had won their first three games against Oakwood, Northmont and Butler all by 1-0 scores and still have yet to give up a goal this year.
“A lot of times, the defense doesn’t get as much credit,” Tippecanoe coach Scott Downing said. “But our defense has been pretty strong this year.”
Mitch Colvin scored the first two goals of the night against Urbana, one unassisted and the other assisted by Andrew Debrosse. Peyton Smith then added two more goals, an unassisted one and another assisted by Austin Haas.
“We created a lot of chances, even in those first three games,” Downing said. “We’re getting the chances, but our execution around the net needs to be better.”
Tippecanoe travels to Greenon Monday.
Troy 3, Springboro 1
SPRINGBORO — After Tuesday’s emotional victory over Versailles, the Troy volleyball team continued its run on Thursday, improving to 9-0 on the season with a four-set victory at Springboro, 25-12,20-25, 25-12, 25-16.
“In the second, our ball control wasn’t very good and our setters didn’t make good decisions,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “But we came out in the third dominating. They just couldn’t stop our middles.”
Katie DeMeo led the Trojans with 17 kills and three blocks and Drezanee Smith added six kills and three blocks in the middle. Miranda Silcott had 11 kills and 10 digs, Camryn Moeller had six kills, four aces, five blocks and 14 digs, Victoria Holland had four kills, two aces and six digs, Lauren Freed had 26 digs two aces and Dana Wynkoop had 38 assists and eight digs.
“Our blocking game was huge tonight,” Owen said. “In practice, we went and worked on some of the issues we had against Versailles, and it was a big part of our game tonight. That was great to see.”
Troy hosts the Troy Invitational Saturday at the Trojan Activities Center.
ME 3, MV 0
CASSTOWN — The Miami East Vikings cruised to another Cross County Conference win Thursday, nearly shutting out visiting Mississinawa Valley in the first set and going on to win 25-2, 25-8, 25-10.
Jonni Parker led the way with a whopping 17 aces and 11 kills, Kyndall Hellyer added nine kills and four aces and Lindsey Black had 24 digs.
Miami East hosts Columbus Bishop Hartley Saturday.
XC 3, TC 1
TROY — Troy Christian competed tough against Metro Buckeye Conference foe Xenia Christian Thursday, but in the end the Eagles fell in four, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21.
Kathryn Lee led Troy Christian with 11 kills, nine blocks, three aces and six digs. Jenna Bullock had 13 assists and 16 digs, Kristen Winger had 16 digs, Jenna Grady had six blocks and three kills and Allison Winger had four aces and 13 digs.
Miamisburg 5, Troy 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end Thursday as the Trojans (11-4) fell to visiting Miamisburg (11-2) 5-0.
At first singles, Hannah Essick lost 6-4, 6-0. At second singles, Ashley Bruns lost 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Emma Kazmaier lost 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten lost 6-2, 6-0. At second doubles, Jackie Fulker and Katie Sherrick lost 6-2, 6-2.
Troy travels to Centerville Monday.
Tipp 5, Shawnee 0
TIPP CITY — On Wednesday, the Tippecanoe Red Devils shut out Springfield Shawnee 5-0 in a Central Buckeye Conference matchup.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder won 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Ladia Coning won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Jordan Jones won 6-3, 6-3. At first doubles, Ali Merrick and Sophia McDowell won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Sydney Laymon and Victoria Nordquist won 6-0, 6-0.
M-U 4, Waynesville 1
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs ended a tough stretch of matches with a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory on Thursday, defeating Waynesville 4-1.
At second singles, Abby Hissong won 6-1, 6-1. At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman won 6-0, 6-3. At second doubles, Rachel Rock and Mercedes Farmer won 6-1, 6-2. At third singles, the Bulldogs won by default.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold lost 6-1, 6-0.
Milton-Union travels to Eaton Tuesday.
Lima Shawnee 5, Lehman 0
LIMA — Lehman shuffled its lineup a bit Wednesday, but in the end the Cavaliers fell 5-0 at Lima Shawnee.
At first singles, Melanie Bruner lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Alison Briggs lost 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Anna Pennaparra lost 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Diana and Sarah Gibson lost 6-2, 7-6 (2). At second doubles, Emma Simpson and Alex Read lost 6-2, 6-2.
Lehman 4, Stivers 1
SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers picked up their first victory of the season Thursday, defeating Stivers 4-1 at home.
At second singles, Sarah Gibson won 6-1, 6-2. At third singles, Melanie Bruner won 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Emma Simpson and Alex Read won 6-4, 6-4. At second doubles, Alison Briggs and Ann Pennaparra won 6-1, 6-2. At first singles, Diana Gibson lost 7-6 (4), 6-4.
“I am very proud of my girls,” said first-year Lehman coach Tim Ungericht. “They have had a great attitude and stuck with it. It paid off today with our first win of the season and my first win as a head coach. This is my best moment in 33 years of being in tennis.”
Lehman travels to Northridge Monday.
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