By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — After nine holes, Troy wasn’t sure whether or not it would be qualifying for district.
“This year, they made everyone bring in their front nine scores — and all five of our guys had 43s,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “For a couple of the guys, that was disappointing, but everyone played well on the back.”
Troy shot a 335 as a team at Tuesday’s Division I sectional tournament at Reid Park in Springfield, placing third overall and advancing to next week’s district tournament.
Nate Uhlenbrock led the Trojans with an 81, Troy Moore shot an 82, Tyler Lambert shot 85 and Holden Scribner and Keaton Pfeiffer each shot 87.
“Overall, it was a solid score because that course is quite tough,” Evilsizor said. “It would’ve been nice to have had a guy in the 70s, but there were only going to be a handful of those out of all of the golfers there today. This was the best shape I’ve ever seen Reid in, too. The greens rolled really fast.
“Nate was consistent, only had a couple of bad holes. Troy had a 39 on the back and played really well. Tyler, that’s one of his best 18-hole scores all year, and Holden is looking forward to getting back to Weatherwax next week, where he had so much success earlier this season.”
Tippecanoe’s boys missed qualifying as a team by one stroke, shooting a 354 to finish fifth against fourth-place Xenia’s 353. But Wyatt Wilson and Bradley Calhoun qualified as individuals for the district tournament, with Wilson shooting an 82 and Calhoun an 84. Sam Fairbanks added a 93, Tucker Finders a 95 and Spencer Brackman a 101.
The district tournament is Oct. 15 at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Beavercreek won the tournament with a 311, with Alex Flick the individual medalist with a 73, and Bellefontaine was second with a 328.
“We’re going to head to Weatherwax Thursday, do the best we can and see where it falls,” Evilsizor said. “We know we’ll have to catch lightning in a bottle to advance to state, but we’re going to go there, represent Troy and post a good score.”
* Girls Golf
DAYTON — After two straight state tournament appearances as a team in Division II, the Tippecanoe girls golf team remained in the hunt for a berth in Division I this season.
The Red Devils placed fourth at the D-I sectional tournament Tuesday at Kittyhawk Golf Course, shooting a 398 to grab the final qualifying spot. Troy’s girls were tied for fourth, also shooting 398, but the Trojans missed out on a district trip via the fifth-score tiebreaker.
Ally Chitwood led Tippecanoe with a 91, tied for ninth overall. Tori Merrick shot 97, Sammie Rowland shot 103, Taylor Hudson shot 107 and Lydia Steuve shot 109. It was the 12th straight year the Devils have reached the district level.
LeeAnn Black shot 92 to lead the Trojans — and earn a qualifying spot for district as an individual, tied for 11th overall. Natalie Henson shot 95, McKenzie Pruitt shot 103, Hannah Wright shot 108 and Brooke Beeler shot 117.
Centerville won as a team with a 301, with Esha Kulkarni the individual medalist with a 71. The runner-up, Miamisburg, shot 385.
The district tournament is Oct. 15 at Weatherwax Golf Course.
* Boys Soccer
Bethel 4, YS 2
BRANDT — Bethel’s boys soccer team built a three-goal lead against a talented Yellow Springs team Tuesday night, and the Bees were able to hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs Monday night.
Korry Hamlin scored two unassisted goals and Tyler Brueckman scored on an assist from Collin Rust to make it a 3-0 game. Yellow Springs (7-5-1) scored to get back into the game, but Evan Hawthorn added one more insurance goal unassisted. Bethel held on to improve to 10-2-1 on the year.
“This was a very intesne battle, especially in the second half,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “I think we surprised them with the pace we played at and created numerous opportunities. The second half was very wide open, with play going end to end.
“This was a big game, as both teams were top five in the Dayton area, and with tournament seedings this coming weekend, this was a great win for us.”
Bethel hosts Tri-County North Thursday.
Tipp 8, Stebbins 1
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe remained undefeated in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play Monday, hammering Stebbins 8-1 to improve to 13-1, 9-0 on the year.
Mitch Colvin and Alex Rittenhouse each had a pair of goals, while Andrew DeBrosse, Zach Bonifas and Adam Grieshop each had one. Collin Tateman and Austin Haas each added an assist.
Tippecanoe faces Bellefontaine Wednesday.
* Girls Soccer
ME 1, Lehman 0
CASSTOWN — The Miami East girls soccer team had an untypical season a year ago, mainly due to injuries.
With a young team that gets better with each game, Lady Vikings coach Emalie Carson looked forward to having state-ranked Lehman Catholic visit the East pitch just before this week’s tournament draw Monday night.
And the Lady Vikings made a big statement with Emily Holicki’s long shot goal being the difference in a 1-0 Miami East victory over the fifth-ranked D-III team in Ohio.
“We had nine seniors last year,” Carson said. “We have a lot of freshman playing and we struggled a little bit early in the season. This is (a huge win for East).”
In the process, it may force some D-III soccer coaches to re-think their voting for seeds this week.
Miami East improved to 9-4-0, while Lehman dropped to 8-4-1.
“A lot of the coaches I talked to said they had us as 3-4-5 seed, depending on how we did tonight,” Carson said. “I think this may give some coaches problems (with the seeding).”
The game remained scoreless until Emily Holicki took a pass from Savannah Nehring with 13:50 to go in the game and drilled a shot from 30 yards into the upper left corner of the goal.
Lehman hosts Coldwater Thursday, while Miami East hosts Springfield Shawnee Oct. 12.
Beavercreek 3, Troy 0
BEAVERCREEK — The Troy girls soccer team’s winless streak hit six games Monday night after a 3-0 loss at Beavercreek.
The Beavers improved to 7-2-4 with the win. Troy, meanwhile, fell to 4-7-2 with the loss. The Trojans host Sidney Wednesday in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play.
Other scores: Tippecanoe 7, Stebbins 0. Botkins 4, Newton 2.
Versailles 3, Covington 0
COVINGTON — Covington’s volleyball team had trouble handling perennial postseason power Versailles Monday, falling 25-14, 25-5, 25-15.
Rachel York led the Buccaneers (7-11) with nine kills and four digs and Ashley Cecil added nine digs.
“We ran into a good team tonight. They are well coached and play with intensity throughout,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We will need to regroup, as we travel to National Trail Tuesday and host league-leading Miami East Thursday, which is our annual Senior Night.”
Bethel 3, Stivers 0
DAYTON — The Bethel Bees swept Stivers Monday, winning 25-20, 28-26, 25-23.
Tia Koewler had 13 kills, 11 digs, eight assists and 12 aces. Mikayla Hoeferlin had four kills and two aces and Bailey McCabe had nine digs.
Bethel improved to 6-12 on the season.
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