By Josh Brown
BRANDT — Bethel may have had to work harder than the seed matchup may have indicated going in.
But the result was still the same as the fourth-seeded Bees (13-3-1) blanked No. 22 Fairlawn (6-8-2), 6-0 in the opening round of the Division III boys soccer sectional tournament Tuesday night at Bethel.
“I think we wore Fairlawn out tonight,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “They go all out and put so much pressure on the ball. They were a much better team than a No. 22 seed.
“We passed the ball well at times. We made some good runs at times. Now we just have to get it all in sync as we move forward in the tournament.”
Sam McKenny scored a pair of goals and has an assist for the Bees, Zach Cohee and Tyler Brueckman each had a goal and an assist, Evan Hawthorn and Riley Shaffer each had a goal and Collin Rust and Korry Hamlin both had one assist.
“Riley hit a nice goal from 25 yards out,” Hamlin said. “I feel like Sam played one of his better games tonight, and Zach scored on a beautiful header off a cross from Korry. (It was) just a good team win tonight.”
Bethel advanced to the second round of the tournament, where it will face No. 17 Lehman Saturday at home.
Tipp 10, Dunbar 0
TIPP CITY —The Tippecanoe Red Devils entered the Division II sectional tournament with a chip on their shoulder, drawing the No. 4 seed despite only having one regular season loss.
They took some of those frustrations out on No. 12 Dunbar Tuesday night in their first-round matchup, routing the Wolverines 10-0 to improve to 16-1 on the season and advance to the sectional semifinals.
It was the Red Devils’ seventh straight win since the only blemish on their record, a 2-1 loss to Wayne on Sept. 26.
Tippecanoe will host No. 5 Chaminade Julienne at 2 p.m. Saturday in a sectional semifinal matchup.
SCC 3, Covington 0
TIPP CITY — The Covington volleyball team was already facing an uphill battle in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament, facing a talented No. 7 Springfield Catholic Central team.
And the No. 14 Buccaneers were swept in three, 25-15, 25-12, 25-12 Tuesday night at Tippecanoe High School, ending their season with a 9-13 record.
“We committed way too many errors against a good team,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We didn’t play nearly to our potential.”
Rachel York led the Buccs with 10 kills, Brooke Gostomsky had two kills and an assist and Legend Patty and Bre Dieperink each had two kills and Arianna Richards had 13 assists, a kill and two aces.
Catholic Central advances to play No. 17 Xenia Christian Thursday.
Lehman 3, MV 0
TIPP CITY — Third-seeded Lehman wasted little time advancing in the Division IV sectional tournament, routing No. 21 Mississinawa Valley 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 in an opening-round matchup Tuesday at Tippecanoe High School.
Lehman now faces No. 22 Tri-Village at 6 p.m. Thursday in the second round.
JC 3, Bradford 0
TROY – The state’s No. 2 ranked team ended Bradford’s volleyball season on Tuesday as Jackson Center swept the Railroaders 25-7, 25-4, 25-9 in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament at the Trojan Activities Center.
“We kept our heads up, which I’m very proud of,” Bradford coach Maddie Armstrong said. “I think even though the score didn’t necessarily reflect it, we played pretty well. We could have gotten a few balls that we didn’t quite, but I think we overall played the way that we wanted to.”
Tuesday’s loss ended the high school volleyball careers of Bradford’s three seniors: Kristen Harmon, Mackenzie Weldy and Ciara Yohey.
“They’re invaluable,” Armstrong said. “We’re going to miss them a whole lot. But we’re going to do our best to fill their really big shoes and see what happens for next year.”
Bradford finished the year with a 3-19 record, but that doesn’t show how much the Railroaders improved from the beginning of the season until the end, Armstrong said.
“Again the record doesn’t really reflect how we did,” she said. “We grew a lot from day one to today. It’s visible in the girls. They jump higher, hit harder. And we’re going to condition hard this offseason and come back stronger next year.”
Jackson Center, the sectional’s No. 1 seed, will play No. 9 Houston Saturday for the sectional title.
Fairmont 3, Piqua 0
CENTERVILLE — The ninth-seeded Piqua Indians were competitive Tuesday night in their Division I sectional first-round matchup with No. 7 Fairmont, but in the end the Firebirds swept the match 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 to eliminate Piqua.
Fairmont will face No. 8 Butler Thursday in the semifinal round, while the Indians’ season ended with a 12-11 record.
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