By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — Newton senior Brock Jamison is tied for 10th after the opening round of the Division III state golf tournament Friday at Ohio State University.
Jamison — who tied for medalist honors at last week’s district tournament, taking the runner-up trophy in a playoff — shot an 8-over-par 80 on the difficult Scarlet course.
He is six shots out of the lead. Southeastern’s Avery Green — the player Jamison tied at district — is tied for 23rd with an 84.
Lancaster Fisher Catholic’s Blake Saffell and Berlin Hiland’s Mark Schlabach are tied for first with 74, with Lancaster Fisher Catholic in first with a 323 as a team, three strokes ahead of Columbiana’s 326.
Play resumes Saturday at 9 a.m.
M-U 3, PS 1
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union finished Thursday’s regular season finale the same way they finished the year itself — in the strongest way possible.
After dropping the opening set to Preble Shawnee, the Bulldogs won the next three straight to close out a 17-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16 victory — clinching a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship with their sixth win in their final seven games.
“This was a total team effort,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “I mean, literally, each of our girls played extremely well. It’s hard to single out anyone because everyone was making plays. Anna (Willson) and Michaela (Fullmer) just hit the heck out of the ball, and our setter Lauren Craig was all over the court. Middle Sarah Motz and right side Morgan Magel had career nights, as well.”
Milton-Union finished the regular season 14-8 overall and 10-2 in the SWBL Buckeye — tied for the division title with Waynesville, which swept Dixie on Thursday to keep pace. During their final stretch of the season, the Bulldogs edged third-place Dixie in four games and won a five-game battle against the Spartans themselves to take control of their own destiny.
And Thursday, they lived up to that destiny.
It was the first league title for the Bulldogs since 1992 when Milton-Union played in the Southwestern Rivers Conference.
“I had to laugh about that,” Ginn said. “I was with the program then, but none of these girls were even alive. This championship kind of connects the generations of Bulldog players.”
Now the Bulldogs face Northeastern Saturday at Dixie in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament.
ME 3, Ansonia 0
ANSONIA — For the past six years, the Miami East volleyball team has owned the Cross County Conference.
The Vikings have not lost in conference play during that time, closing out their sixth consecutive CCC championship run Thursday night with a 25-7, 25-12, 25-13 sweep at Ansonia to finish the regular season.
Jonni Parker led Miami East with 16 kills, 11 assists and five aces, Kyndall Hellyer added eight kills and Carly Gump had 23 assists.
Miami East now opens Division III sectional tournament play Saturday at Brookville against Greeneview.
Covington 3, Bethel 0
BRANDT — Covington closed out the regular season with a 9-12 record — and 9-3 in Cross County Conference play — defeating Bethel 25-10, 25-17, 25-13 on the road Thursday night.
Rachel York had 10 kills, four aces and two digs to lead the Buccaneers, Brooke Gostomsky added four kills, two aces and two blocks, Savanna Scharer had three kills, three aces and three digs, Arianna Richards had eight assists, four aces and two digs and Bre Dieperink had nine assists.
“I was happy with the results tonight,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We lost focus in set No. 2 but came back to finish with some strong net play and good defense. Hopefully we can continue to improve on the little things and make a run in the tournament.”
That Division IV sectional tournament run begins Tuesday at Tippecanoe against Catholic Central.
* Boys Soccer
Troy 4, Springfield 0
SPRINGFIELD — The Troy boys soccer team finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak, entering the postseason on a roll after a 4-0 victory at Springfield.
It took 60 minutes before the Trojans got on the board, though, as Collin Hubbell scored in the 20th minute of the second half to put Troy on top — and then the flood gates opened.
A mere 47 seconds later, Grant Holland scored on an assist from Jake Diffenderfer Gabbard, and in the 12th minutes, Caleb Leibold scored on an assist from Ben Schreiber. Leibold added his second goal of the game in the 10th minute, finishing off a pass from Hubbell to ice it.
“We had our chances in the first half but could not finish,” Troy coach Richard Phillips said. “We just were not patient with the ball.”
Troy, which finished the regular season 12-4, has a first-round bye in the sectional tournament, playing Oct. 24 against the winner between Fairmont and Piqua.
ME 6, TVS 0
WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Miami East Vikings tied the school record for most wins in a season Thursday night, defeating Twin Valley South 6-0 in the finale to finish the regular season with a 13-3 record.
Dalton Taynor scored on an assist from Kaleb Elifritz 7:03 into the game to give East the lead, then Devyn Carson finished a ball set up by Elifritz and Connor Wilson roughly four minutes later. Carson scored on another assist from Wilson to make the score 3-0 at the half. Wilson then got a goal to start the second on an assist from Jackson David, Brad Jenkins scored on an assist from Jakob Brunke and Carson finished off his hat trick to cap off the scoring.
“We had trouble finding our rhythm Monday against Shawnee, and I stressed the importance of rediscovering our momentum we had for the bulk of the year,” Miami East coach Adam Bell said. “I told them we needed 80 solid minutes of dominating play, and that’s exactly what they did.
“I am very proud of the success these boys have had this year and know they truly deserve every bit of it.”
Miami East hosts Northwestern Wednesday to open the Division III sectional tournament.
Newton 15, NT 0
PLEASANT HILL — Newton had ten different players score Thursday night in its 15-0 regular season finale victory against Cross County Conference foe National Trail.
Nick Honeycutt had four goals, Treyton Lavy added two goals and three assists and Austin Evans had two goals and an assist to lead the Indians. Ricky Landwehr, Nick Carlin and Jack Yoder each had a goal and an assist, Kyle Demido, Noah Williams, Seth Courtney and Nelson Clymer each had a goal, Bryan Delcamp had two assists and Kyle Maslowski, Luke Tebics and Rhett Gipe each had an assist.
The Indians host Botkins in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament on Oct. 24.
MV 1, Bethel 0
DAYTON — The Bethel Bees finished the season 12-3-1, falling 1-0 at Miami Valley (5-8-2) Thursday night.
“I knew going into this match it would be difficult,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “It’s homecoming week, we had an emotional win on Senior Night Monday, and we were playing at Miami Valley on their big turf field. We finally got the ball into some dangerous positions late but just could not finish a ball. Going into the tournament, hopefully we learn from this and get ourselves prepared.”
Bethel hosts Fairlawn Tuesday to begin the Division III sectional tournament.
Other scores: Preble Shawnee 1, Milton-Union 0.
* Girls Soccer
ME 0, TVS 0
WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Miami East girls soccer team finished off a Cross County Conference championship season Thursday night, finishing with a 5-0-1 record in the league with a 0-0 draw at Twin Valley South.
The Vikings, which finished 9-5-2 overall, have a first-round bye in the Division III sectional tournament, playing on Oct. 22 against the winner between Northwestern and Mechanicsburg.
Other scores: Preble Shawnee 2, Milton-Union (11-4-1, 6-3-1 SWBL Buckeye) 0.
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