By David Fong
and Josh Brown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Competing against hundreds of runners from Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, Troy senior girls cross country runner Morgan Gigandet took first place at the prestigious Trinity Invitational in Kentucky Saturday.
Gigandet finished in 17:43.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to run against this great competition,” Gigandet said.
As a team, Troy placed ninth.
“It was hot and so was the competition,” said junior Olivia Tyre, who placed 15th overall (19:02). “I’m glad we could come down here.”
Emma Shigley was 36th in 19:31.
“This competition was the best we faced all year,” Shigley said. “This will prepare us well for next week at Centerville.”
Kate Pence was 80th in 20:51. Megan Myers was 90th in 21:23.
“Sweet Jesus that was a big hill at the 2-mile mark,” Pence said. “I wasn’t prepared for that.”
Also competing for the Trojans were freshmen Hannah Markeson and Dinah Gigandet.
“We just ran fast, stayed strong and just kept going,” Markeson said.
Troy competes this coming Saturday at the Centerville Night Lights.
CEDARVILLE — Covington’s girls were third and Miami East’s boys were 10th at the Cedarville Friendship Invitational Saturday, the best of the local finishers on the day.
Covington’s girls were third in the Division II-III race with 142 points. Paige Boehringer was 14th (21:07.2), Danielle Alexander was 32nd (22:11.7), Ashlyn Plessinger was 33rd (22:21.5), Emma Dammeyer was 34th (22:24.3) and Chelsea Ford was 38th (22:29.5).
Bradford was 12th with 354 points, led by Karmen Knepp’s individual runner-up performance (19:49.1) and Skipp Miller in fifth (20:23.2).
Miami East was 23rd with 565 points, led by Lindsey Yingst in 18th (21:26.8). Newton’s Macy Flanary led the Indians in 28th (22:04.3).
EATON — Bethel’s boys finished ninth as a team with 228 Saturday at the Eaton Invitational.
Kaleb Roberts led the Bees in 20th (18:54.1), Cole Brannan was 30th (19:18.8), Wyatt Lee was 48th (20:26.6), Connor Whelan was 57th (21:03.8) and Max Schell was 80th (22:51.1).
Kaitlyn Balkcom led the girls in 11th (22:40.1), Maddie Spaeth was 36th (25:56.4), Gemma Miler was 43rd (26:25.2) and Emma Daugherty was 52nd (28:21.3).
VERSAILLES — After what she saw out of her team the previous four games, Troy volleyball coach Michelle Owen would’ve been happy no matter how Game 5 turned out at Versailles.
That didn’t stop the Trojans from fighting even more, though.
Troy (9-2) came back from a 2-1 deficit to force a decisive fifth game, then it came back from an 8-3 deficit in that game to claim a 3-2 victory on the road at Versailles — the No. 10-ranked team in the state in Division III — winning 19-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 17-15.
“It was a good experience for us,” Owen said. “Playing Miami East earlier this year, we were so competitive in Sets 1 and 2, and then we just rolled over in Sets 3 and 4. Really, no matter what happened in Set 5 today, I was proud of us. We played hard and we played together as a team.
“It was tough — we had them (Versailles) really frustrated in Set 3, so I felt we had a good shot at winning that set, and we just fell a little short. In Set 4, we really took advantage of their frustrations. Then in Set 5, we got down right away 4-0, and I called our first timeout at 8-3, and we just couldn’t pass a ball. But we slowly chipped away at it from there. We put together a whole match today.”
Camryn Moeller led the Troy offense with 22 kills on the days, Lauren Schmitz added 13, Brianna Slusher had 10, Carly Pfeiffer had five and Kate Orban had four. Troy also had a big day serving with 15 aces as a team. Moeller had four aces, Kearston Riley and Slusher each had three and Schmitz, Alexa Holland and Dana Wynkoop each had two. Wynkoop added 45 assists and Holland had one assist.
Defensively, Slusher had six blocks, Moeller and Pfeiffer had three blocks and Schmitz and Orban had two blocks. Moeller also led the team in digs with 28, Holland had 20, Schmitz had 13, Wynkoop had 11, Riley had six, Slusher had two and Pfeiffer and Orban each had one.
Troy returns home Tuesday to face Trotwood.
Other scores: Northwestern 3, Troy Christian (8-3) 0.
* Boys Soccer
DAYTON — The Troy boys soccer team’s regular season unbeaten streak finally came to an end Saturday.
After beginning this season 7-0, not even allowing a goal, the Trojans (7-1) hit the road to face perennial Division II state power Carroll, falling to the Patriots 2-0.
The streak ended at 26 games. Troy went 14-0-2 last regular season and won three games to end the regular season in 2015. The last time Troy lost a regular season game before Saturday was Oct. 6, 2015, a 3-0 loss at Sidney.
The Trojans travel to Sidney Tuesday.
Miami Valley 0
DAYTON — Bethel’s Tyler Brueckman scored three goals Saturday, leading the Bees boys soccer team to a 4-0 victory at Miami Valley.
Daniel Ross added a goal and an assist, Korry Hamlin had two assists and David Landes had one.
“I am very happy with the win today,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Going to Miami Valley to play on their big turf field, on a hot afternoon, can be challenging. I felt our depth allowed us to wear them down and be fresh throughout, plus our level of play did not suffer.”
Bethel (6-1-1) travels to Catholic Central Tuesday.
Legacy Christian 1
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians won their first game of the season Friday night, defeating Legacy Christian 3-1 on Homecoming night.
Dillon Koble had a hand in all three goals, scoring once and dishing out two assists. Ethan Cook added a goal and an assist and Cameron Stine scored a goal.
Newton (1-8) faces Twin Valley South Thursday.
* Girls Soccer
Miami East 0,
CASSTOWN — Lehman’s girls soccer team may have been the No. 3 team in the state coming into Saturday’s game, but rankings never matter when the Cavaliers take on Miami East.
And the Vikings (2-5-1) proved that yet again, as East goalkeeper Kelly Buck made 14 saves and Emily Adkins and Cerstin Gross each made a non-goalie save to help preserve a 0-0 tie against the Cavs (7-1-1) Saturday at Miami East.
“We have a really talented group this year, but we’re young,” Miami East coach Lil Carson said. “We’ve changed how we’re doing things at practice and we made a small tweak in the lineup. That was evidenced today — the girls were relaxed and having fun on the field, and it made a huge difference. Everyone played well, but to get a shutout against a team averaging 5.5 goals a game, Kelly and our sweeper Sophie (Markley) both stepped up huge.”
Miami East travels to Anna Tuesday.
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