By Josh Brown
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — They crossed state borders to do it.
But Tippecanoe’s cross country team brought victories back to Ohio Saturday.
The Red Devil girls team — led by a trio of talented freshmen — had all five runners in the top 10, crusing to an easy victory Saturday at the McCallie Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. And on the boys side, Mitchell Poynter won the race individually, leading Tippecanoe to a runner-up finish as a team.
Kaili Titley (19:27.04), Katie Taylor (19:36.07), Abbi Halsey (19:37.01) and Laura Fink (19:38.47) finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, and Stephanie Fink was eighth (19:51.37). Titley, Taylor and Stephanie Fink are all freshman. Halsey is a junior and Laura Fink a sophomore.
Tippecanoe’s scored 26 points for the win, with runner-up Maryville being 66 points behind with 92.
Poynter ran a time of 15:43.57 to win the race, with Oak Ridge’s Tyler Boullie in second in 15:57.96.
Jacob Stillwagon was ninth (16:33.58), Spencer Ranft was 13th (16:39.08), Thomas Chaney was 14th (16:39.9) and Tim Andrews was 18th (16:43.98).
Tippecanoe boys scored 55 points, two points behind champion Oak Ridge’s 53.
VERSAILLES — Bethel’s Korry Hamlin was able to hold off a late charge by Versailles’ Joe Spitzer Saturday at the Versailles Tour de Sewer, winning the race in a time of 16:29 as the Bees finished 10th as a team.
Ben Wright was 60th (20:18), Connor Whelan was 62nd (20:23), Chase Heck was 67th (20:37) and Brian Pencil was 94th (21:51).
Kaitlyn Balkcom led the Bethel girls in 52nd (24:49), Kaylee Baugh was 57th (25:15) and Eili Wright was 83rd (27:47).
SIDNEY — Covington’s girls swept the top five spots Saturday at the Sidney Invitational, winning with the lowest score possible of 15 points, while the Buccaneer boys finished second as a team as Anna swept the top five spots.
On the girls side, Carly Shell won (19:39.77), Paige Boehringer was second (20:15.69), Anna Dunn was third (20:47.76), Ashlyn Plessinger was fourth (20:53.06) and Kelsey Dysinger was fifth (21:38.94).
Covington’s boys were second with 83 points. Jared Ford was 10th (18:19.7), Ryan Ford was 15th (18:53.43), Connor Ryan was 19th (18:46.4), Nathan Lyle was 22nd (19:08.24) and Josh Sowers was 24th (19:14.74).
Troy Christian’s boys were fifth with 140 points, led by Nick Pratt in 13th (18:26.32) and Isaac Flora in 20th (18:52.3). Zach Davidson was 25th (19:17.35), Noah Davidson was 54th (21:32.99) and Nicholas Flannery was 60th (22:38.19).
Sophie Pitsenbarger led the Troy Christian girls in 38th place (26:28.22) and Hyla Pitsenbarger was 59th (32:39.25).
SPRINGFIELD — The Miami East girls finished third as a team at the George Rogers Clark Invitational Saturday in Springfield, while the Viking boys finished fifth as a team.
Lindsey Yingst led Miami East girls in ninth place (21:36), Marie Ewing was 16th (21:58), Emma DeWeese was 18th (22:17), Kaitlyn Mack was 40th (23:19) and Sami Sands was 45th (23:32).
On the boys side, Luke Mengos led the way in 14th (18:32), Noah Shook was 31st (19:06), Gavin Horne was 33rd (19:08), Taton Bertsch was 47th (19:39) and Brandon Mack was 51st (19:44).
* Girls Soccer
Tipp 4, Wayne 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s girls soccer team turned a one-goal lead at the half into a convincing 4-0 victory over the visiting Wayne Warriors Saturday at Tipp City Park.
Alysha Harmer put the Red Devils up by one at the break, then she scored the first insurance goal of the second half. Hunter McKinney and Holly Bernhold each added a goal, with all four of the Devils’ goals being unassisted.
Tippecanoe, now 9-0-1 after the win, hosts Kenton Ridge Monday.
* Boys Soccer
Newton 6, Graham 0
PLEASANT HILL — Newton bounced back from its shutout loss at Troy Thursday, scoring early and often in a 6-0 victory over Graham at home on Saturday.
Treyton Lavy had two goals and an assist and Nick Honeycutt had a pair of goals to lead the way, Jack Yoder had a goal and an assist, Seth Courtney had a goal, Noah Williams had two assists and Rhett Gipe had an assist.
Newton (6-3-2) travels to Twin Valley South Tuesday.
Other scores: Piqua 4, Milton-Union 0.
MV 3, TC 1
UNION CITY — Troy Christian volleyball battled through four tough sets against Mississinawa Valley Saturday, but in the end the Blackhawks came away with a 3-1 victory, 25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 26-24.
Kathyrn Lee had nine kills, 12 blocks and 10 digs, Kristen Winger had 35 digs and Jenna Bullock had 24 assists and 14 digs to lead the Eagles. Allison Winger added 11 digs, Jenna Grady had 12 blocks and six kills, Faith King had six kills, A’maria Carter had four kills and Emily Sloan had three kills.
Troy Christian (3-13) hosts Middletown Christian Tuesday.
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