By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
PIQUA — Coming into the season with state aspirations, the Miami East boys golf team showed that they belong in that conversation.
The Vikings finished second at the Kendig Memorial Tournament Wednesday at Echo Hills in Piqua, shooting a team score of 325 to finish six strokes behind champion Versailles’ 319.
Miami East was led by Kley Karadak, who carded a 1-over-par 73 to finish a stroke behind medalist Alex Jenkins of Graham.
Karadak, starting on the 11th hole, had birdies on 12 and 16 for a 36 on the back and added birdies on one and nine on the front nine for a 37.
“I made some birdies,” Karadak said. “I chipped in on a couple holes — one of them was to save par.”
Karadak was trying his best not to think about his score on his final nine holes.
“That (how well he was playing), is exactly what I didn’t want to think about, because I usually finish with a bad hole,” Karadak said. “This gives me a lot of confidence. I am looking forward to the CCC matches next Monday and Tuesday.”
Scot Kirby followed with an 82, Dylan Martinez shot 83, Ryan Haney shot 87, Walker Henley shot 96 and Devyn Carson shot 101.
Miami East coach Terry Henley was pleased with his team.
“Dylan Martinez was really solid,” Henley said. “Scot (Kirby) was a little off today and Devyn Carson was coming off injury. This was the first time he has played and he hasn’t practiced at all.”
Russia finished third with a 326, Arcanum was fourth with 328 and Fort Loramie was fifth with 329 at the 16-team tournament.
The Bethel Bees — another tough Cross County Conference team with a lot of returning talent back — finished sixth overall with a 331.
Tyler Weinert was tied with Russia’s Jonah Counts with the third-best individual score on the day, shooting a 74 to lead the Bees. Nick Lightcap added an 82, Tyler Brookhart shot 84, Connor Hockett shot 91, Devon Truman shot 99 and Christian White shot 107.
“There were a lot of good scores today, and Tyler Weinert played really well,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “He shot 2-under on the front nine and a 40 on the back, had a really good day.
“For our first 18-hole tournament of the year, I thought we played pretty well. With the teams that beat us today, there was a lot of strong teams. Plus there was a lot of league competition here today, so it was good to get a look at them.”
The Newton Indians finished eighth as a team with 347 — but their top player cracked the top five individually.
Brock Jamison shot a 75 and was the fifth-place finisher overall. Chet Jamison followed with an 88, Grant Bayer shot 91, Wade Ferrell shot 93, Drew Thiesing shot 95 and Nate Zielinski shot 108.
Covington finished 14th with a team score of 380.
Andrew Slusher shot an 82 and Levi Winn added an 83 to lead the Buccaneers. James Grilliot shot 93, Braden Miller shot 122, Ryan Gengler shot 131 and Jack Shell shot 155.
The Milton-Union Bulldogs finished 15th on Wednesday with a 382.
Grayson Galentine led the way with an 87, Parker Puthoff shot 94, Conner Staley shot 100 and Hayden Davidson shot 101.
And on Tuesday, Milton-Union took on Waynesville in a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division matchup, falling 192-205. Puthoff and Galentine led the Bulldogs with rounds of 48, Nick Brumbaugh shot 54 and Philip Brumbaugh shot 55.
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SPRINGFIELD — The Milton-Union tennis team won its second straight on Wednesday, sweeping Kenton Ridge 5-0 on the road.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold — playing her second three-set match in a row — picked up her first victory of the year with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Cassandra Freshour. After a season at third singles last year, it was Wombold’s first win at first singles. At second singles, Abby Hissong defeated Macy Wallace 6-3, 6-2. At third singles, Rachel Rock defeated Molly Taylor 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 in a super tiebreaker.
At first doules, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman defeated Allison Ward and Hanna Hitchcock 6-3, 6-4. And at second doubles, Lauren Claggett and Kaitlyn Antonides won by injury default over Kali Flora and Delaney Webb.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated Tecumseh 4-1 for first-year coach Diana Finfrock’s first victory, with five Bulldogs scoring their first varsity wins in their careers.
At second singles, Hissong won 6-4, 6-0. At third singles, Rock won 6-1, 6-2. At first doubles, Brown and Bushelman won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Claggett and Antonides won 6-2, 6-3.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold battled but lost a tough three-hour-long three-set match, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.
Things don’t get easier for the Bulldogs — who improved to 2-1 on the season — as they take on perennial powerhouse Oakwood today at home.
TROY — The Troy tennis team’s match against Northridge was postponed Wednesday. No makeup date had been set at time of press.
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