By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Home sweet home indeed.
The Tippecanoe volleyball team finished the home portion of its schedule on a nine-game winning streak, sweeping a tri-match Saturday against Fairmont and Bellbrook. The Red Devils swept the Firebirds 29-27, 26-24 to start the day, then they rallied after dropping the first set and knocked off the Golden Eagles in three, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15.
Alyssa Crusey led the way against Fairmont with 11 kills, three blocks, eight digs and two aces, Taylor Prall added five kills, Aubrey Cox had six blocks, Kara Trimbach had 26 assists and seven digs, Jordan McMahan had 11 digs and Taylor Waltemathe had seven digs.
Against Bellbrook, Prall had 11 kills and six blocks, Crusey had six kills and seven digs, Cox had seven blocks, Trimbach had 28 assists, 12 digs and two aces, Waltemathe had seven digs and McMahan had two aces.
The Devils have now won four in a row and seven of their last eight overall heading into Sunday’s sectional tournament draw.
Tippecanoe (14-6) travels to Kenton Ridge Tuesday and finishes the regular season at Bellefontaine Wednesday.
TC 3, TCN 0
TROY — The Troy Christian Eagles finished the regular season Saturday with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Tri-County North, winning 25-12, 25-4, 25-23.
Jenna Bullock had two aces, two kills, four assists and five digs, Kristen Winger had eight digs, two kills and two aces, Jenna Grady had seven blocks and four kills, Emily Sloan had three digs, two kills and an ace, A’maria Carter had a dig, a kill and an assist, Faith King had six aces, three kills and an assist, Kathryn Lee had two digs, two blocks, two kills and two aces and Allison Winger had seven assists and three aces.
Troy Christian finished the regular season 8-14, with the sectional tournament draw on Sunday.
* Boys Soccer
Newton 3, WL-S 1
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton boys soccer team picked up a solid victory heading into Sunday’s tournament draw, defeating West Liberty-Salem 3-1 Saturday at home.
Treyton Lavy kicked off the scoring with an assist from Nick Honeycutt to start the game, but West Liberty-Salem’s (8-6-1) Cole McDaniel tied the score. Britton Schauer finished off another ball from Honeycutt to make it 2-1 at halftime, and Honeycutt notched his third assist of the game, this time to Rhett Gipe, for the only score of the second half.
Newton (9-3-1) travels to Dixie Tuesday.
Other scores: Troy Christian 3, Fairlawn 1.
* Cross Country
ANNA — The Covington girls cross country team finished fourth at the Anna Invitational Saturday, the top local finish in a packed field.
The Buccaneer girls were fourth with 90 points. Carly Shell led the way, finishing fourth individually in 19:09.7. Paige Boehringer was eighth (19:44.5), Ashlyn Plessinger was 18th (20:06.3), Anna Dunn was 24th (20:27.2) and Kelsey Dysinger was 45th (21:29.8).
Kaitlyn Balkcom led Bethel’s girls in 118th (23:57).
On the boys side, Covington finished 11th with 342 points. Conner Ryan was 53rd (18:05.3), Nathan Lyle was 74th (18:29.7), Jared Ford was 86th (18:42.5), Josh Sowers was 95th (18:48.5) and Hunter Brumbaugh was 112th (19:06.9).
Bradford’s boys were 16th with 512 points, with Johnny Fike leading the way in 43rd (17:46.6) as no other Railroader cracked the top 100. Bethel’s boys were 18th with 538 points, with Connor Whalen (131st, 19:30) and Chase Heck (134th, 19:33) leading the way.
* Piqua Invitational
PIQUA — Milton-Union’s boys finished sixth at the Piqua Invitational Saturday, holding its top runners out to rest in preparation for the upcoming postseason stretch run.
Sam Motz led the Bulldogs in 22nd (17:58), Luke Ferguson was 27th (18:15), Ryan Moore was 31st (18:29), Harrison Litton was 36th (18:50) and Matt Booker was 42nd (19:12).
Piqua’s boys were fifth with 120 points, with Andy Mayse winning the race in 15:46.
The Bulldogs didn’t bring their girls team, as only four full teams competed on the girls side. Piqua’s girls were second with 57 points, with Kenna Bell leading the way in 13th (22:00).
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