By Josh Brown
TROY — the Troy boys golf team still has matches between now and Sept. 3. And after Monday, they have a victory over Centerville’s “black” squad to celebrate.
They just know what they’ve got to be ready for above all else.
The Trojans (3-0) remained undefeated in head-to-head play Monday, defeating the Elks 153-157 at Troy Country Club — but with the upcoming Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division showdown against rival Butler not far from their minds.
“We’ve got nine days until the Butler match,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “We played our ninth different varsity golfer of the season today, and I’ll probably make that an even 10 soon. We’re going to find our best six guys. We need to have all cylinders pumping when we get to that Butler match.”
Troy had many of them working Monday despite an up-and-down round.
Troy Moore and Holden Scribner both shot 2-over 36 to tie for medalist honors. Nate Uhlenbrock shot a 40, Keaton Pfeiffer shot 41 and Tyler Lambert and Austin Rank shot 45.
“We’ve had some really close matches with (Centerville black) over the past few years,” Evilsizor said. “This is the same team we tied with at the Miamisburg Invitational a couple weeks ago, so we’re getting better.”
Troy faces Chaminade Julienne Thursday.
ME 171, Newton 179
ST. PARIS — The Miami East Vikings won a crucial Cross County Conference matchup Monday at Lakeland, defeating visiting Newton 171-179.
Scot Kirby was medalist with a 39 for the Vikings, Kley Karadak shot 41, Cameron Coomes shot 45 and Dylan Martinez shot 46.
Chet Jamison led the Indians with a 41, Brock Jamison and Wade Ferrell both shot 43 and Grant Bayer shot 52.
Bethel 176, FM 184
GREENVILLE — The Bethel Bees improved to 5-0, 4-0 in the Cross County Conference, Monday with a 176-184 victory over host Franklin Monroe at Turtle Creek Golf Course.
Tyler Weinert led the Bees with a 41, Connor Hockett shot 44, Tyler Brookhart shot 45, Nick Lightcap shot 46, Devon Truman shot 71 and Christian White shot 74.
M-U 200, Dixie 237
DAYTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs held off Dixie Monday for a Southwestern Buckeye League win, defeating the Greyhounds 200-237.
Parker Puthoff and Grayson Galentine shared medalist honors with rounds of 46 for the Bulldogs, Aaron Brown shot 52, Philip Brumbaugh shot 56, Nick Brumbaugh shot 57 and Connor Staley shot 58.
Arcanum 172, Covington 193
ARCANUM — The Covington Buccaneers fell in Cross County Conference action Monday at Beechwood, losing to host Arcanum 172-193.
Levi Winn led the Buccs with a 43, Andrew Slusher shot 45, James Grilliot shot 50, Braden Miller shot 55, Ryan Gengler shot 59 and Derek McCool shot 71.
* Girls Golf
Troy 180, Miamisburg 192
MIAMISBURG — The Troy girls golf team survived a windy day at Mound Golf Course Monday, defeating host Miamisburg 180-192 in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover play.
LeeAnn Black led the Trojans with a 43, Ali Helman shot 44, Hannah Wright shot 46, Natalie Henson shot 47, Mackenzie Pruitt shot 53 and Brooke Beeler shot 58.
“It was really, really windy, and things didn’t look like we were playing that well out on the course,” Troy coach Matt Wibbeler said. “Even the Miamisburg girls said it was unusually windy for that course. But once the scores came in, we were pleasantly surprised.”
ME 185, FM 260
ST. PARIS — Miami East continued rolling Monday, improving to 5-1 on the season with a convincing 185-260 victory over Franklin Monroe at Lakeland Golf Course.
Kiera Fellers tied her personal career best with a 41, Megan Pettit shot a season-best 43, Maggie Bergman shot 48, Emily Rowley shot 53, Megan Thompson shot 54 and Maci Krites shot 74 as Miami East shot its lowest score of the season and missed the school record by a mere three strokes.
Arcanum 200, Covington 276
ARCANUM — The Covington Buccaneers struggled at Beechwood Monday, falling to Arcanum 200-276 in Cross County Conference play.
Kelsey McReynolds led the Buccs with a 61, Megan Alexander shot 65, Noelle Gast shot 72, Sydney Blanton shot 78 and Emily Thompson shot 79.
* Girls Soccer
TC 3, Newton 0
PLEASANT HILL — Troy Christian’s girls soccer team began the season with a pair of increasingly-difficult matchups.
The curve skyrockets soon, though.
After shutting out National Trail 4-0 in Saturday’s season opener on the road, the Eagles (2-0) fought off a talented Newton team 3-0 Monday night to set up a Thursday home opener against unbeaten Lehman.
Against the Blazers, Olivia Glaser had a goal and an assist, Gabby Flannery, Abby Baker and Alyssa Donald each had a goal and Meredith Haddad had two assists.
And against the Indians, Glaser scored a pair of goals, Kenley Blake added a goal and Haddad and Hannah Benjamin each had an assist as Troy Christian struggled through the first half but still held a 2-0 lead at the break. Cara Salazar made it stand up in goal, making seven saves.
“Honestly, (Newton) won the first half play-wise,” Troy Christian coach Brian Peters said. “We had our moments, bigger bursts where we got our two goals, but they applied a ton of pressure throughout the half. (Goalie) Cara Salazar had five or six quality saves in the first half to preserve the shutout.”
The Eagles host Lehman at 5 p.m. Thursday in their home opener.
ME 2, Graham 0
ST. PARIS — Miami East pitched its second shutout to begin the new season, getting a goal late in the first half and defeating Graham 2-0 on the road.
With six minutes left in the first half, Haley Demmitt finished a Danielle Mannier corner kick — her first varsity goal — to put the Vikings (2-0) on top. And late in the second half, Emily Holicki scored her first goal of the season on an assist from Morgan Haney for some insurance.
Katie Bodenmiller and Emma Linn combined to make six saves to record the shutout.
Miami East hosts Northwestern tonight.
* Boys Soccer
ME 6, Graham 0
CASSTOWN — Dalton Taynor scored a pair of goals and four other Vikings added one apiece as the Miami East boys soccer team blew out Graham 6-0 on the road to open the new season.
Devyn Carson had a goal and three assists, Connar Wilson, Grant McCalister and Kaleb Elifritz each had a goal and Kyler Bradley and Jakob Brunke both had an assist in the win. Ethan Remy made 10 saves in goal to post the shutout as Miami East outshot Graham 28-10.
“We played with a lot of intensity and tenacity for the whole game,” Miami East coach Adam Bell said. “We had pretty good field vision for most of the night, which created a lot of opportunities for shots on goal. My hat goes off to Graham’s keeper, too — he made 22 saves and definitely made my front line sing for its supper tonight.”
Miami East (1-0) travels to Northwestern tonight.
TC 7, Ponitz 1
DAYTON — Troy Christian opened the season in dominant fashion Monday, routing Ponitz 7-1 on the road to begin the season 1-0.
Colt Tanner had two goals and an assist for the Eagles, Andrew Strait added two more goals, Jon Slone had a goal and two assists, Seth Wynne and Tom Null each scored a goal and Jared Trimbach added an assist. Wesley Alexander and Jackson Kremer each made two saves in goal to combine for the shutout.
Troy Christian hosts Newton in its home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Piqua 3, M-U 1
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union volleyball team won the first set of its home opener against Piqua Monday night, but in the end the Indians were able to fight back to hand the Bulldogs a 3-1 defeat, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18.
“I was pleased with our effort,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “Sometimes the execution wasn’t there, but the effort always was. Anna (Wilson) and Michaela (Fullmer) were consistent threats to score, and setter Lauren (Craig) kept getting them the ball.”
Milton-Union is off until Sept. 1 when it hosts Northridge.
Bethel 3, DC 0
BRANDT — After a season-opening loss to Urbana Saturday, the Bethel Bees improved to 1-1 with a 3-0 sweep of Dayton Christian Monday, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22.
Tia Koewler led the Bees with 11 kills and 17 digs, Alaina Hawthorn added seven kills and Kaitlyn Parker had 21 assists and seven aces.
Ansonia 3, TC 0
TROY — Troy Christian fell to 0-2 Monday night with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-12 loss to visiting Ansonia.
Jenna Bullock had seven assists and five aces for the Eagles, Kristen Winger had eight digs, Allison Winger had nine assists, A’Maria Carter had eight digs and Jenna Grady had six kills.
Troy Christian hosts Franklin Thursday.
M-U 4, Lehman 1
SIDNEY — The Milton-Union tennis team continued to play well Monday, knocking off an improving Lehman squad 4-1.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Lehman’s Diana Gibson 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. At second singles, Abby Hissong defeated Sarah Gibson 6-2, 6-3. At third singles, Rachel Rock defeated Allison Briggs 6-1, 6-1. At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman defeated Emma Simpson and Melanie Brunner 6-3, 6-1.
Lehman’s win came at second doubles, where Alex Read and Anna Pennaparra defeated Lauren Claggett and Kaitlyn Antonides 2-6, 7-5, 10-2.
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