By David Fong
TROY — Just as some high school fall sports seasons are kicking into high gear, some already have entered the final phase of the year.
Several Troy teams can wrap up Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division titles this week, several more will look to keep pace in the hunt for the division title and the Trojan football team will kick off American North play in a big way.
The Trojans — coming off a heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Miamisburg last Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium — will look to rebound this week as they host Tippecanoe. This will be the first time the two teams have played in more than three decades.
There’s added incentive for both teams, as well, as it is the American North opener for both teams. This is Tippecanoe’s first year in the GWOC. In addition to the American North title implications, with both teams entering the game with 4-1 records, there’s the potential for major computer playoff points, as well.
The Troy tennis team, meanwhile, hosts Butler in a winner-take-all match for the American North title. Both teams enter their final divisional contest of the season sporting with 9-0 records within the division. The team that wins will be crowed the American North champion. Troy has won the last two division titles.
The Troy boys golf team, meanwhile, hopes it can catch Butler for the American North title at the Post-GWOC Tournament Thursday at Beechwood Golf Course. The Trojans will need a strong showing — and potentially some help from another team — as Butler placed ahead of Troy at the Pre-GWOC Tournament and edged the Trojans in the head-to-head match between the two teams.
The Troy girls golf team will play in the Post-GWOC Tournament Wednesday at Beechwood.
The Troy boys soccer team picked up a huge American North win over Sidney last week, but trails Tippecanoe in the American North standings. The Red Devils sit atop the standings with a 7-0 North record, while Troy is right behind with a 6-0-1 record. While Troy and Tippecanoe don’t play until Oct. 4, Troy plays Butler Tuesday in an American North contest. With the standings so tight at the top, Troy will need to beat Butler to stay within striking distance of Tippecanoe.
The Troy girls soccer team fell a game behind American North leader Tippecanoe with a 2-0 loss to Sidney Saturday. The Red Devils are 7-0 in the Division, while Troy is now 6-1 in the American North. Troy plays Butler — which also is 6-1 in the North — Wednesday. The team that loses likely will be eliminated from the hunt for the American North championship. Sidney also is lurking in the standings at 6-1-1.
Troy’s volleyball team still is sitting pretty — and fully in control of its own destiny — to capture a fifth-straight North title. The Trojans are 9-0 and atop the American North, while Tippecanoe, Piqua and Butler all have two lossess within the division. Troy already has defeated each of those teams one time.
The Trojans host Xenia Tuesday, travel to Beavercreek Wednesday and return home to host Greenville Thursday in an American North contest.
The GWOC cross country meet remains several weeks away, but the Troy boys and girls cross country teams have chances to earn Miami County bragging rights Saturday at the Miami County Invitational at Lowry Park in West Milton.
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