Troy’s Moore qualifies for state tournament


By Josh Brown

MIDDLETOWN — All season long, Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor has talked about representing Troy, and how he wants his Trojans to go about doing that.

Thursday, the team did everything he asked for and more — and now one Trojan will get the chance to represent Troy at state.

Troy senior Troy Moore shot a 73 Thursday at the Division I district tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course, posting the top score among the individual state qualifiers and leading the Trojans to a team round of 324 and a top 10 finish.

“It was a great day for the Trojans. We finally represented at Weatherwax,” Evilsizor said. “When we were done with the front nine, we were tied for third overall. And we ended up beating Butler and Beavercreek. For us as a team, we played really, really well today.

“This was the best team score we’ve shot at district in a long, long time, and our best place, too. We represented Troy well today.”

Moore, who began the season red hot before hitting a rough patch in the middle, has bounced back nicely in the past few weeks — and now he’ll get to play on the biggest stage, the first Troy golfer to do so since Alex Garman in 2004.

“He went through a lull, but he battled through it,” Evilsizor said. “It’s a long season, so you’re bound to have a few weeks like that. But he battled through, got his game where it needed to be — and now he’s getting his rewards.

“Troy’s been playing really well this past couple weeks. And now he’ll be going to state — and there will be no pressure on him. He’ll just get to go and have fun and represent Troy.”

Freshman Holden Scribner, who won individual medalist honors at a regular season tournament at Weatherwax this year, shot a 77 and narrowly missed the opportunity to join Moore at state. Nate Uhlenbrock and Tyler Lambert each shot 87 and Keaton Pfeiffer shot an 89.

Moore will now finish his career at Troy at the D-I state tournament Oct. 23-24 on Ohio State University’s Scarlet course.

“I can’t tell you, it’s just really cool,” Evilsizor said when asked how it felt to have a golfer going to state. “Anytime you can represent Troy in any sport at state, that’s something special.

Tippecanoe’s boys had a pair of individual district qualifiers whose seasons came to an end. Bradley Calhoun shot a 79 and Wyatt Wilson shot an 88.

In the girls D-I district tournament, the Tippecanoe Red Devils — making their 12th consecutive district appearance — finished eighth with a 380.

Ally Chitwood led the Devils with an 85, Tori Merrick shot 95, Sammie Rowland shot 98, Taylor Hudson shot 102 and Lydia Steuve shot 116.

Troy senior LeeAnn Black, the Trojans’ lone district qualifier, shot an 88, tied for 22nd individually.

* Girls Soccer

Tipp 4, Tecumseh 1

NEW CARLISLE — Tecumseh did Tippecanoe’s girls soccer team a favor last week.

Wednesday, the Red Devils did not return it.

Tippecanoe (13-0-3) put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season Wednesday night, winning its third straight with a 4-1 victory over Tecumseh on the road to clinch the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division outright.

That outright championship came with an assist from the Arrows (7-5-4, 5-2-3 CBC Kenton Trail), who fought Kenton Ridge to a 2-2 draw on Oct. 7. That left the Cougars, who Tippecanoe tied 1-1 back on Sept. 28, with an 8-0-2 record in division play, while the Devils finished with a 9-0-1 record.

Lexi Blair started the scoring for the Devils on an assist from Emily Walker, then Lauren Lester scored an unassisted goal to make it 2-0. Holly Bernhold made it a three-goal lead with an assist from Hunter McKinney, then after Tecumseh got on the board, Lester answered with her second score of the game to ice it.

After a first-round bye, Tippecanoe opens Division II sectional play Oct. 22 against the winner between Trotwood and Carlisle.

* Boys Soccer

Tipp 7, Tecumseh 0

TIPP CITY — Last year, Tecumseh knocked of Tippecanoe’s boys soccer team late in the season, ending the Red Devils’ run of Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division titles.

Tippecanoe remembered, unfortunately for the Arrows.

The Devils (15-1, 11-0 CBC Kenton Trail) routed Tecumseh 7-0 in Wednesday night’s regular season finale, capping off an undefeated run through division play and returning the outright Kenton Trail title to Tippecanoe.

Andrew DeBrosse was the lone Devil with two goals, while Peyton Smith, Kevyn Bridgett, Zach Bonifas, Dylan Shomper and Collin Tateman each added one. Mitch Colvin had two assists, while Tateman, Wade Timmer, Adam Grieshop and Alex Rittenhouse each had one.

Tippecanoe kicks off the Division II sectional tournament with a home game against Dunbar Tuesday.

* Volleyball

Tipp 3, Bellefontaine 0

BELLEFONTAINE — The Tippecanoe volleyball team’s winning streak reached six straight Wednesday night as the Red Devils swept Bellefontaine 25-13, 25-10, 25-9 in the regular season finale on the road.

It was Tippecanoe’s ninth win in its last 10 games as the Devils finished with a 16-6 record and were second in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division with a 7-3 record.

Aubrey Cox had 17 kills and three blocks, Taylor Prall had eight kills, two blocks, five digs and six aces and Alyssa Crusey had six kills and seven digs to lead the way. Kara Trimbach had 36 assists, two aces and two blocks and Jordan McMahan had five digs.

Tippecanoe faces Belmont in the first round of the Division II sectional tournament Monday at Tecumseh.

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