By David Fong
and Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — The Tippecanoe boys and girls cross country teams swept the “big schools” races at the Greenville Treaty City Invitational on Saturday, with the Red Devil girls winning with 34 points and the boys winning with 55 points. Tippecanoe’s Katie Taylor added an individual win, while Bradford’s Karmen Knepp adding an individual win in the “small schools” race.
The Devil girls defeated runner-up McAuley 34-53, with Taylor winning individually in 19:03. Jillian Brown was sixth (20:29), Stephanie Fink was seventh (20:40), MacKenzie Dix was ninth (20:44) and Laura Fink was 11th (20:56).
Tippecanoe’s boys topped Beavercreek 55-64. Bryce Conley led the way in third (16:07), Ethan Sinning was ninth (16:51), Ethan Heitkamp was 12th (17:07), Austin Rogers was 15th (17:22) and Brennan Larned was 16th (17:23).
In the girls “small schools” race, Bradford’s Karmen Knepp won in 19:20 and Skipp Miller was fifth in 19:53, leading the Railroaders to a 10th-place team finish with 243 points.
Newton’s Macy Flanary was eighth individually (20:08), and Troy Christian’s Rachel Plummer was 122nd (24:31).
In the boys “small schools” race, Troy Christian was seventh with 216 points. Nick Pratt was 22nd (17:34), Robert Ventura was 26th (17:44), Isaac Flora was 43rd (18:07), Aiden Tkach was 60th (18:43) and Zach Davidson was 65th (18:47).
Bradford was 14th with 378 points, led by Johnny Fike in 20th (17:29) and Jay Roberts in 36th (17:57). Newton was 18th with 456 points, led by Tristen Benedict in 58th (18:42) and Curtis Shellenberger in 63rd (18:45).
CEDARVILLE — Running without Morgan Gigandet in the lineup, the Troy girls cross country team turned in a strong finish Saturday at the DeWine Duals, finishing second with 38 points to Gahanna Lincoln’s 23 on the day.
“Despite losing to a very good Gahanna Lincoln squad, many girls had strong races today,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “With perfect weather conditions for distance racing, nearly all the girls ran significantly faster times this week on a much more difficult course than last Friday evening.”
Olivia Tyre led the Trojans with a second-place finish (18:47) and Emma Shigley was right behind in third (19:04). Megan Myers was 11th (20:51), Hannah Markeson was 14th (21:56), Chloe Klawson was 17th (22:34), Dinah Gigandet was 18th (22:49) and Jaclyn Smith was 19th (23:04).
“Olivia and Emma raced particularly strong despite not having run alone for a significant portion of the race,” Alexander said. “Despite limited experience, freshmen Hannah Markeson and Dinah Gigandet really got after it against good competition. But with a solid pack of girls, Gahanna was able to pull away in the team score. They will likely be a strong contender at the state meet in November.”
Troy hosts the Troy Invitational on Sept. 9.
MIAMISBURG — While the Troy girls were competing at the DeWine Duals, the Troy boys cross country team placed 10th at the Miamisburg Invitational Saturday.
Andy Smith placed 42nd in 18:25 to lead the Trojans. Austin Zonner was 75th (19:01), Josh Lovitt was 85th (19:07), Logan Huth was 90th (19:14), Seth Plantz was 95th (19:19), Adam Falknor was 147th (20:10) and James Marshall was 148th (20:12).
“The team had a nice showing at the Miamisburg Invite today in wet and cool conditions,” Troy boys coach Philip Matthews said. “It was great weather for a race. Pack running continues to work for the boys and they continue to push each other and times stayed consistent with last week. The team looked good despite it being the first full week back at school. Freshman James Marshall made his first appearance in the top seven with a nice effort, dropping almost a minute in time from last week.”
Troy will host the Troy Invitational this coming Saturday.
COVINGTON — Covington’s girls and Milton-Union’s boys turned in runner-up team finishes at the Covington Buccaneer FOE 3998 Invitational Saturday afternoon, with the Buccs’ Paige Boehringer finishing as the individual runner-up in the girls race.
In the girls race, Covington was second with 35 points to Russia’s 30. Boehringer finished second (20:11.9), Ashlyn Plessinger was sixth (21:21.1), Danielle Alexander was eighth (21:57.3), Kelsey Dysinger was 12th (22:20.4) and Emma Dammeyer was 14h (22:28.8).
Milton-Union was third with 78 points. Rachel Thompson was 10th (22:04.3), Brianna Collins was 18th (22:44.1), Kiley Jacobe was 20th (22:52.1), Ally Lyons was 21st (22:55), and Kyli Parsons was 23rd (23:00).
Bethel was ninth with 197 points, led by Kaitlyn Balkcom in 16th in a personal-best 22:35.1. Miami East’s Lindsey Yingst led the Vikings with a third-place finish (20:58.1).
On the boys side, Milton-Union was second with 77 points to Greenon’s 62. Shannon Milnickel was fifth (17:08.9), Will Brock was sixth (17:21.7), Tristen Persinger was eighth (17:42.7), Chris Miller was 26th (18:44.4) and Cayden Galentine was 32nd (19:17.2).
Covington was fourth with 126 points. Bennett Welborn was 11th (18:09.4), Nathan Lyle was 20th (18:25.8), Dylan Kelly was 22nd (18:30.6), Hunter Brumbaugh was 34th (19:19) and Fletcher Metz was 39th (19:34.3).
Miami East was fifth with 144 points. Gavin Horne was fourth (17:00.7), Taton Bertsch was 18th (18:16.1), Alex Hayes was 29th (19:00.4), Michael Bair was 47th (20:01.5) and Adam Bensman was 48th (20:03.2).
Bethel was ninth with 203 points, led by two freshmen: Kaleb Roberts in 14th (18:11.6) and Cole Brannan in 15th (18:12.4). Wyatt Lee was 52nd (20:15.9), Connor Whelan was 53rd (20:18.3) and Max Schell was 85th (22:17.8).
TROY — With key division matches against rivals Tippecanoe and Piqua surrounding Saturday’s matchup, the Troy volleyball team had a rough time getting going in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-15 loss to undefeated Centerville at the Trojan Activities Center.
“They’re a really solid team and took us out of everything we wanted to do,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “We couldn’t really get anything going, they served us tough, we had a lot of hitting errors and they just blocked us all over the net. It was very similar to Miami East Games 3 and 4.
“Nothing went right for us, and put that together with them being really good, it was tough.”
Camryn Moeller and Lauren Schmitz had seven kills apiece to lead the offense and Brianna Slusher and Kate Orban had four kills apiece. Moeller added four blocks and six digs, Schmitz had a block and 11 digs, Slusher had two aces, five blocks and four digs, Orban had three blocks, Gabbi Johnson had a block, Dana Wynkoop had 21 assists and seven digs and Alexa Holland had 10 digs.
Troy hosts Piqua Tuesday.
TC North 0
LEWISBURG — After dropping its first two matches of the season, the Milton-Union volleyball team won its third straight Saturday, sweeping Tri-County North on the road 25-15, 25-23, 25-18.
Chloe Fogle spread the ball around with 22 assists, with four Bulldogs (3-2) racking up four or more kills. Abbie Goudy had nine kills and nine digs and Olivia Brown had four kills to lead the offense, with Annika Hutchinson adding 12 digs.
“Chloe, our junior setter, had her best match of the year, I thought,” Milton-Union coach Doc Ginn said. “She distributed the ball well. She’s never been a full-time setter until this year, and she improves every match.”
Milton-Union travels to Madison Tuesday.
Volleyball scores: Friday — Russia 3, Newton 0.
Boys soccer scores: Tippecanoe 0, Indian Hill 0.
Girls soccer scores: Lehman 2, Preble Shawnee 1.
Contact David Fong at email@example.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.
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