By Josh Brown
TROY — To just say that Nate Uhlenbrock has been a key part of the Troy boys golf team his entire career is one thing.
But Trojan coach Mark Evilsizor pulled out the receipts.
“I did some numbers, and since his sophomore year, for the past three years, I’ve counted his score 48 out of 50 times,” Evilsizor said of his team’s lone senior this season. “That’s pretty impressive. That gives you an idea of just how valuable he’s been to us.”
Uhlenbrock shot one of the best rounds of his career on Senior Night Monday at Troy Country Club, posting an even-par 34 to tie teammate Holden Scribner for medalist honors and lead the Trojans to their best team score of the season in a 149-179 victory over Tippecanoe.
“This the last round Nate will play at home as a Trojan. I told the crew today after the match that it’s tough to remember golf before Nate Uhlenbrock,” Evilsizor said. “I coached for one year before him, then bam, I’ve had him the past four. And he’s done such a great job for us.”
Scribner and Uhlenbrock are currently No. 2 and 3 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division for average this season, with Scribner second with 36.9 and Uhlenbrock third with 38.2.
“He and Holden have made each other better, and this has been without a doubt Nate’s best year,” Evilsizor said. “He’s in the low 38s after tonight. That’s a testament to just how hard he works and the dedication to the program and his own game, and a testament to just what kind of kid he is. As far as a role model goes, he’s a good student, a good athlete, a good friend, a good kid — you can’t get better than Nate.
“I just have nothing but good things to say about Nate. He’ll be missed tremendously next year. His leadership’s been great. He’s become a great leader, and everybody kind of follows his lead. It’s a real tight group this year, and because of Nate’s leadership I feel like it’s made it easier for those guys to all gel together. Part of the reason we’re playing so well is because of that chemistry they’ve all built.”
That was definitely the case Monday, too. After Uhlenbrock and Scribner’s 34s, Travis Bertram shot a 39, Ryan Dowling shot a 42, Nathan Henderson shot a 43 and Zac Collin shot a 45.
“This was our best team round of the year, and on Senior Night, too,” Evilsizor said. “My first couple years, we kind of struggled on Senior Night. We’ve lost some matches on Senior Night. So for Nate to play his second even-par round of the year on Senior Night, it’s really cool.”
And even with the rain and brief thunderstorms that delayed the match, Troy’s fans were still there in support in the end.
“We had a big gallery on the last couple holes, and it meant a lot to Nate,” Evilsizor said. “It was an interesting day. We had to clear the course for a while, and then by the time we got to the eighth or ninth hole, it’s just beautiful out. He said it was special to him to see everyone there watching him at the end, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Nathan Gagnon led the Red Devils with a 42.
Troy travels to Miami Valley to face Chaminade Julienne on Wednesday before traveling to Beavercreek Golf Club to face the Beavers and Fairmont on Thursday.
Miami East 183
ST. PARIS —The Newton Indians continued their roll Monday, picking up a critical Cross County Conference win at Lakeland Golf Course with a 171-183 victory over host Miami East.
Newton’s Chet Jamison was medalist on the day with a 37. Garrett Peters added a 41, Ross Ferrell shot 44, Kleyson Wehrley shot 49, Drew Thiesing shot 52 and Nash Lavy shot 53.
Zac Johnson led the Vikings with a 40, Cooper Elleman shot 46, Austin Parsons shot 48, Sam Zapadaka and Luke Gilliland both shot 49 and Keegan Mahaney shot 51.
* Girls Soccer
TROY — Having lost two straight — including a disappointing 2-1 loss to Xenia in league crossover play — the Troy girls soccer team opened Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Monday.
Against Greenville Monday, the Trojans were not challenged, with two players tallying hat tricks in a 10-0 rout of the visiting Green Wave at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Kenzie Evans had three goals and three assists and Olivia Westfall had three goals and an assist to lead the Trojan offense. Julianna Williams had a goal and two assists, Kiyha Adkins, Josie Rohfs and Caitlin Palivec each had a goal and Hannah Widener and Erika Innes each had an assist.
Troy (5-3, 5-1 GWOC American North) hosts Sidney Wednesday.
Other scores: Piqua (6-4, 4-2) 3, Springfield 1.
COVINGTON — The Covington volleyball team held off Fairlawn in four games Monday, winning 25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21 to improve to 6-4 on the season.
Legend Patty had 12 kills and 10 digs, Breanna Kimmel had three aces, four kills, eight digs and two blocks, Lindsey Kimmel had three kills and 28 assists, Lillian Hamilton had nine kills, Makenna Gostomsky had 10 kills and 10 digs, Maci White had five aces and 12 digs and Lauren Christian had two aces.
“This was a nice way to begin our ‘six matches in six days’ portion of our schedule,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “All of the girls contributed. I would like to see our consistency improve and maintain our aggressiveness throughout the entire match.”
Kenton Ridge 3,
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s six-match winning streak came to an end Monday night as old conference rival Kenton Ridge defeated the Red Devils in four, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 in non-league play.
The Devils (10-2) were led by Brooke Aselage with 13 kills and 19 digs, Cali Stewart with 11 kills and two blocks, Rachel Wildermuth with nine kills, three blocks and two aces, Isabel Crow with 35 assists, Anna Gilliam with four assists, Audrey Trick with 27 digs and three aces and Abby Hughes with 23 digs.
“It was a very exciting match that came down to who committed less unforced errors,” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “We had 38, and they had 33, while we had 45 kills to their 42.”
* Girls Golf
Miami East 210
VERSAILLES — The Miami East girls golf team dropped a non-league match Monday at Stillwater Valley, falling to Versailles 188-210.
Paige Lawson led the Vikings (8-5) with a 47, Kearsten Kirby shot 52, Emily Rowley shot 54, Maci Krites shot 57, Marissa Kearns shot 60 and Cadence Gross shot 90.
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