By Josh Brown
KETTERING — Grant Holland, after scoring an early goal in the first game of last season, missed the rest of the year with an injury.
Tuesday night, the Troy boys soccer team got an idea of what it might be like having him around for longer.
Holland scored a pair of goals in the Trojans’ season opener at Fairmont Tuesday, leading Troy to a 3-1 victory over the Firebirds on the road.
Holland scored an unassisted goal early in the first half, then Brandon Lewis added a goal on an assist from J.T. Yenney to make the score 2-0 at the break. Holland scored again in the second half on an assist from Cam Schulz, and the Trojans held on from there. Goaltender Alex Williams made 13 saves in net to make the lead stand up.
Troy (1-0) hosts Tecumseh in its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Bethel 6, M-U 1
WEST MILTON — Bethel coach Bob Hamlin hit another milestone Tuesday night, posting his 350th career victory over Milton-Union in a Miami County rivalry game as his Bees took home a 6-1 win on the road.
Korry Hamlin and Sam McKenny both had two goals and an assist for the Bees (2-0), Zach Cohee and Daniel Ross each scored a goal and Elijah Thomas and Tyler Brueckman each had an assist.
“Milton is a tough place to play, and I thought the boys played well,” Hamlin said. “The field is narrow, and Milton always plays hard. However, we were able to move the ball and keep pressure in the final third.”
Keltonn Dilhoff scored the an unassisted goal for the Bulldogs (0-1).
* Girls Soccer
M-U 3, Bethel 0
WEST MILTON — Danielle McFarland had a hand in all three scores Tuesday night for the Milton-Union girls soccer team, leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over visiting Bethel (1-1).
McFarland scored two goals and had an assist on the Bulldogs’ (2-0) third goal, scored by Heather Ressler. Madison Brandon and Kristen Dickison each had an assist.
Troy 4, Greenville 1
TROY — Troy tennis coach Mark Goldner won his 700th career match with the Trojans — his 90th with the girls team to go with 610 as the boys coach — and the Trojans (4-2, 1-0) began Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play with a 4-1 victory over Greenville Tuesday.
At first singles, Hannah Essick won 6-2, 6-0. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy won 6-3, 6-1. At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten won 6-2, 6-3. At second doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick won 6-3, 6-1. Troy’s loss came at third singles, where Ashley Bruns was defeated 6-2, 6-4.
Tipp 5, Stebbins 0
RIVERSIDE — The Tippecanoe Red Devils blanked Stebbins 5-0 Tuesday, improving to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Central Buckeye Conference.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Ladia Coning won 6-3, 6-2. At third singles, Jordan Jones won 6-2, 6-1. At first doubles, Ali Merrick and Sophia McDowell won 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Victoria Nordquist and Sydney Laymon won 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Madison 4, M-U 1
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union fell in Southwestern Buckeye League play Tuesday, losing to Madison 4-1 despite a number of close matches.
The Bulldogs won at first doubles, where Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman won 6-1, 6-2. At first singles, Ashley Wombold lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Abby Hissong lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. At third singles, Rachel Rock lost 6-3, 7-6 (6). At second doubles, Lauren Claggett and Kaitlyn Antonides lost 7-5, 6-3.
* Girls Golf
Springboro 166, Troy 195
SPRINGBORO — The Troy girls golf team struggled at Heatherwoode Tuesday, falling 166-195 to preseason Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament runner-up Springboro.
Ali Helman led the Trojans with a 46, LeeAnn Black shot 47, Mackenzie Pruitt and Natalie and Melanie Henson all shot 51s and Hannah Wright shot 53.
ME 208, SCC 225
SPRINGFIELD — Miami East had a challenging day at Reid North Tuesday but was able to hold off Springfield Catholic Central for a 208-255 victory to improve to 6-1.
Megan Pettit shot 49 to lead the Vikings, Haley Howard shot 51, Kiera Fellers and Maggie Bergman shot 54, Megan Thompson shot 62 and Maci Krites shot 73.
* Boys Golf
Newton 171, TCN 207
WEST MILTON — The Newton boys golf team picked up a Cross County Conference victory Tuesday, defeating Tri-County North 171-207 at Stillwater Ridge.
Brock Jamison was medalist with a 38, Wade Ferrell and Chet Jamison both shot 44 and Grant Bayer shot 45 for the Indians.
Covington 173, TVS 173
PIQUA — The Covington Buccaneers won on a fifth-score tiebreaker Tuesday against Twin Valley South, with the final score tied 173-173 at Echo Hills.
Levi Winn led the Buccs with a 40, Andrew Slusher shot 42, James Grilliot shot 43 and Braden Miller shot 48 to cap off the scoring. Ryan Gengler shot a 53 for the fifth score — two better than the Panthers’ 55 — and Jack Shell added a 65.
Arcanum 146, Bethel 155
BRANDT — Bethel dropped a tough Cross County Conference match to Arcanum Tuesday at Cliffside, falling 146-155.
Tyler Weinert led the Bees (5-1, 4-1) with a 34, Tyler Brookhart and Nick Lightcap both shot 38, Connor Hockett shot 45, Christian White shot 46 and Devon Truman shot 54.
XC 3, Bethel 2
BRANDT — The Bethel volleyball team went the distance with visiting Xenia Christian Tuesday night —even winning the first two games — but in the end the Bees couldn’t close it out and fell 27-29, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17, 15-10.
Tia Koewler had 11 kills and 17 digs and Sarah Swisher had seven kills to lead the way, Kaitlyn Parker had 20 assists and five aces and Alaina Hawthorn had 21 digs.
JC 3, Covington 0
JACKSON CENTER — The Covington Buccaneers fell to 0-2 Tuesday night as they were defeated by Jackson Center in three, 25-8, 25-6, 25-5.
The Buccs host Fairlawn Thursday.
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