By Josh Brown and David Fong
OXFORD — Troy put its season in the Gold division of the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League to an early end.
After dropping down from the upper Red division in the offseason, the Trojans clinched the Gold division championship Saturday night despite being outshot almost two to one by Talawanda, going on the road to defeat the Braves 4-3.
“I’m very proud of the kids,” Troy hockey coach Phill Noll said. “Two years ago, we beat them twice in the same season for the first time, then they beat us both times last year. They outshot us 27-14 today — but the ones that went in are the ones that count.”
A.J. Noll had two goals and two assists, Michael Hess and Doug Eardly each added a goal and Prestyn Hoeffler had three assists. After Talawanda tied the score 3-3 in the third, Noll hit a shot that Eardly deflected into the goal for the eventual game-winner with eight minutes left, and the Trojans held on from there.
Troy will now play in the upper level of the SWOHSHL tournament, facing Centerville on the road at 7:40 p.m. Thursday.
Miami East 59, Alter 55
CASSTOWN — The night after Miami East’s most disappointing loss of the season, the Vikings picked up arguably their most impressive victory.
The Miami East boys basketball team led almost wire-to-wire Saturday night, taking control fairly early and putting four players in double digits to defeat the visiting Alter Knights 59-55.
“This was a much-needed win after dropping our last two,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “This was a really big win for us, a big rebound win. Alter was the No. 2 team in the Dayton area in Division II coming into tonight, a Greater Catholic League team, so this was a really good win.
“I’m very proud of how we responded to the adversity of the last two games. It really has me feeling pleased with our guys.”
Damien Mackesy led the Vikings (16-3) with 20 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots, going 12 for 16 from the free throw line as Miami East was 24 for 41 as a team. Logan West added a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a blocked shot, Ryan Haney had 12 points — including a free throw with four seconds left to make it a two-possession game and seal it — and four assists, and Brandon Mack had 10 points, including nine first-half points on three 3s.
Miami East travels to Franklin Monroe Tuesday for one of its two remaining Cross County Conference games.
Newton 65, Bradford 50
BRADFORD — Newton defeated Bradford in Cross County Conference competition Saturday.
With the win, Newton improved to 12-7 (8-4 in the CCC), while Bradford fell to 2-16 (1-11 in the CCC).
Newton travels to Bethel Tuesday. Bradford hosts National Trail Tuesday.
Piqua 68, M-U 62
WEST MILTON — Three Bulldogs were in double figures Saturday night, but Milton-Union could do little to slow down Piqua’s Colton Bachman in a narrow 68-62 loss to the Indians.
Tommy Smith hit six 3s, scored a team-high 23 points and had five rebounds to lead Milton-Union (1-17), Eric Swartz added 17 points and seven rebounds and Blake Ullery had 10 points.
Bachman, meanwhile led all scorers with 35 points for Piqua (11-9).
“I was really proud of our kids,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “We shot almost 48 percent from the field and won the battle of the boards. The Bachman kid, man, what a tough kid. He’s a great kid and a solid player. But we kept battling. We had the ball down three with less than 30 seconds left, and we had a turnover. Still, I was proud of our kids. There aren’t many 1-17 teams that would keep fighting against a team like Piqua, that just beat Greenville by more than 20 the night before.”
Milton-Union hosts Waynesville Tuesday.
Miami East 46, Northwestern 38
CASSTOWN — In a potential tournament preview, Miami East — the No. 5 seed in the Division III sectional — defeated No. 4 seed Northwestern Saturday.
Northwestern maintained a slim lead most of the game until a fourth-quarter basket by Haley Howard gave the Vikings their first lead since the first quarter. From there, Miami East never gave up the lead.
Morgan Haney led the Vikings with 26 points.
With the win, Miami East finished the regular season 14-8. The Vikings open sectional tournament play this week.
Newton 59, Graham 40
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton girls basketball team put the finishing touches on the regular season Saturday, using a balanced effort to pick up its fourth straight victory to close the year with a 59-40 win over Graham on Senior Night.
The Indians’ lone senior Maddie Mollette had 19 points to lead the way, Tatum McBride added 13 points, Macy Flanary and Elizabeth Carroll each scored eight and Aliya Stine pitched in six.
Newton, which finished the regular season 15-7, takes on Franklin Monroe Saturday in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament at Brookville High School.
Metro Buckeye Conference
TROTWOOD — The Troy Christian boys swimming team won the Metro Buckeye Conference title Saturday at Trotwood-Madison High School.
The 200 medley relay team of Sam LaVielle, Ezekiel Fulton, Matthew Newcomer and Matt Moebius took first place, as did the 200 freestyle relay team of Alec Klint, Moebius, Newcomer and LaVielle. LaVielle won the 50 freestyle and Newcomer won the 100 butterfly.
For the girls, Hailey Isenbarger won the 100 freestyle and Kaitlyn Strait won the 100 breaststroke.
The Eagles will compete in the sectional tournaments this weekend.
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