By Josh Brown
TROY — After four solid victories to start the season, Troy’s run came to an end Tuesday night.
The Trojan boys soccer team couldn’t get its offense going against the visiting Springboro Panthers, and Charlie Kuhbander scored a pair of goals to hand Troy its first loss of the season, 2-1 at Troy Memorial Stadium.
“We did not have the sense of urgency that we needed against a quality team like them,” Troy boys soccer coach Richard Phillips said. “Our possession was not as sharp, as well as our movement on and off the ball.”
Kuhbander put the Panthers (4-2) up 1-0 in the 24th minute of the first half, then he added an insurance goal in the 20th minute of the second to make it a 2-0 game.
With two minutes left to play, Grant Holland got Troy on the board with an assist from Jake Diffenderfer Gabbard, but Springboro was able to hold on. Troy goalie Alex Williams made seven saves in the game, while the Trojan offense managed only five shots on goal.
“We played with much more urgency in the last 10 minutes, but as I said, you have to play for 80 minutes,” Phillips said. “Lessons learned from a quality opponent.”
Troy (4-1) travels to Springfield Shawnee Thursday.
ME 4, Botkins 0
BOTKINS — Miami East’s Devyn Carson had a second-half hat trick Tuesday night at Botkins, leading the Vikings to a 4-0 victory on the road.
Dalton Taynor put the Vikings on top with 34:21 left in the first half with an assist from Parker Helm, but that’s the way the score remained at the half. Then Carson took over, scoring an unassisted goal less than four minutes into the second, adding another with an assist from Grant McCalister with 23:43 to go and finishing the hat trick with an assist from Austin Niswonger with 6:48 to play.
“This game was a mental challenge for us in many aspects, but we were able to play our own tactical style and walk away with a sound win,” Miami East coach Adam Bell said. “Overall, it was a great game for us.”
Miami East hosts National Trail in a Cross County Conference matchup Thursday.
Covington 3, TV 0
NEW MADISON — On an emotional night for the Covington volleyball team — and one Buccaneer in particular — Covington found the strength to complete a three-game sweep on the road at Tri-Village Tuesday night, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16, for its second straight Cross County Conference win.
Leading the way for the Buccs was Rachel York, who lost her grandmother unexpectedly the previous day. York had a match-high 13 kills, six digs and two aces to lead Covington (2-5, 2-0 CCC) to the win.
“We were dealing with a lot of emotions on the floor, but I feel the girls played well and channeled those emotions into a lot of positives,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said.
Brooke Gostomsky added eight kills, six digs and an ace, Savanna Schaurer had four aces, Arianna Richards had 18 assists and two aces and Ashley Cecil had nine digs.
“We were very aggressive from the service line, and it paid off with 13 aces on the night,” Cain said. “Plus we are beginning to see the floor better and cutting down on our hitting errors. Our defense played better as a whole and will continue to improve.”
Covington hosts Newton Thursday in another CCC matchup.
M-U 3, Madison 1
MIDDLETOWN — Milton-Union remained undefeated in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Tuesday night with a hard-fought 3-1 victory at Madison, winning 25-17, 28-30, 25-14, 25-23.
Michaela Fullmer had 14 kills and 21 digs to lead the Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 SWBL Buckeye), Anna Willson had eight kills and 17 digs, Morgan Magel had seven kills and Lauren Craig had 23 assists, four kills and two blocks.
“We missed a couple of serves on game point in the second. We have to work on finishing sets,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “But we have some resiliency. We continue to play hard even when we’re down. That’s the character of this team.”
Milton-Union travels to National Trail Saturday for a tri-match along with Eaton.
Tipp 3, Butler 1
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe started off hot against Butler Tuesday night then had to fight to regain the momentum, winning in four at home, 25-6, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18.
Allysa Crusey had 15 kills, two blocks and 15 digs to lead the Red Devils (4-2), Taylor Prall had nine kills, two blocks and two aces, Aubrey Cox had eight kills and four blocks, Kara Trimbach had 43 assists, Jordan McMahan had 15 digs, Taylor Waltemathe had 11 digs, Laura Rosselit had five assists and Natalie Seeman had two blocks.
“We dominated from the start (in Game 1), then unforced errors and lack of easy plays doomed us (in Game 2),” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “Game 3 was a battle from start to end, and Game 4 started even until 12 points. Some great attacks by Cox and the defense of McMahan gave us a 20-15 lead, and Seeman took over with four kills and a block to close the match.”
Tippecanoe travels to Springfield Shawnee Thursday.
TC 3, MC 0
MIDDLETOWN — Troy Christian picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday, sweeping Middletown Christian on the road 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 in Metro Buckeye Conference play.
Jenna Bullock led the way for the Eagles (1-6, 1-1 MBC) with 12 assists, six digs and two aces. Jenna Grady and Kathryn Lee each had six kills, Allison Winger had three kills and six digs, Kristen Winger had seven digs, Emily Sloan had five digs, Faith King had four aces and Rachel Winters had three assists and two aces.
Troy Christian hosts Xenia Christian Thursday.
* Girls Soccer
M-U 5, Madison 1
MIDDLETOWN — Following a 4-3 non-league loss to Butler on Saturday, Milton-Union’s girls soccer team kept pace with Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye leader Waynesville Tuesday night, routing Madison 5-1 on the road to remain unbeaten in division play.
Danielle McFarland, currently the leading scorer in the SWBL, posted another hat trick in the win, with Madison Brandon adding two goals and an assist. McFarland, Karissa Baird and Hallie Berberich each had one assist, as well, as the Bulldogs led 3-0 at the half and were never challenged.
Milton-Union (6-1, 2-0 SWBL Buckeye) hosts Carlisle Tuesday.
* Boys Golf
Covington 179, ME 181
PIQUA — Covington handed the Miami East boys golf team its first loss of the season Tuesday, defeating the Vikings 179-181 at Echo Hills.
Levi Winn was medalist for Covington with a 37. Andrew Slusher shot 42, James Grilliot shot 44, Ryan Gengler and Hunter Alexander shot 56 and Braden Miller shot 62.
Scot Kirby led Miami East with a 43, Walker Henley shot 44, Kley Karadak, Cam Coomes and Ryan Haney all shot 47 and Dylan Martinez shot 48.
Miami East, now 9-1 in CCC play, hosts Bethel Thursday.
Bethel 152, MV 205
RICHMOND, Ind. — Bethel improved to 8-2, 7-2 in the Cross County Conference, with a 152-205 victory over Misssissinawa Valley at Winchester Golf Club Tuesday.
Tyler Weinert shot 36 and Tyler Brookhart and Nick Lightcap both shot 37 to lead the Bees. Connor Hockett added a 42, Davion Truman shot 48 and Christian White shot 52.
Bethel takes on Miami East Thursday in a key CCC showdown.
Newton 175, FM 189;
Newton 169, Covington 190
WEST MILTON — Newton picked up a pair of Cross County Conference wins Tuesday and Wednesday at home, defeating Franklin Monroe 175-189 Tuesday and Covington 169-190 Wednesday at Stillwater Ridge.
Against Franklin Monroe, Brock Jamison led the way with a 38, Milan Bess shot 44, Wade Ferrell shot 45, Chet Jamison shot 48, Drew Thiesing shot 51 and Nate Zielinski shot 52.
Against Covington, Brock Jamison shot 39 to lead the way, Chet Jamison shot 40, Ferrell shot 43, Bess shot 47, Thiesing shot 49 and Grant Bayer shot 52.
For Covington, Levi Winn and Andrew Slusher led the way with 41, James Grilliot shot 49, Braden Miller shot 59, Jack Shell shot 70 and Ryan Gengler shot 75.
Bellbrook 166, M-U 181
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union had a tough match Wednesday against visiting Bellbrook, falling 166-181 in Southwestern Buckeye League play.
Parker Puthoff led the Bulldogs with a 44, Phil Brumbaugh and Hayden Davidson shot 45, Grayson Galentine shot 47, Aaron Brown shot 51 and Nick Brumbaugh shot 52.
Milton-Union hosts Tri-County North Monday.
* Girls Golf
Tipp Sweeps Tri,
SPRINGFIELD — Tippecanoe’s girls golf team swept a tri-match Tuesday at Reid in Springfield, shooting a 172 to Springfield Shawnee’s 191 and Northwestern’s 252.
Ally Chitwood led the way with a 41, Taylor Hudson shot 42, Tori Merrick shot 43, Sammie Rowland shot 46, Lydia Steuve shot 53 and Emily Doll shot 59.
Then on Wednesday, the Red Devils routed Bellefontaine 172-215 at Cassel Hills. Chitwood led Tippecanoe with a 41, Merrick and Rowland both shot 43, Hudson shot 47, Doll shot 56 and Steuve shot 57.
With the wins, the Red Devils improved to 7-1 in Central Buckeye Conference play. Tippecanoe travels to Russia Thursday.
ME 190, Covington 229;
ME 194, SCC 200
ST. PARIS — Tuesday, Miami East improved to 11-2 on the season with a 190-229 Cross County Conference victory over Covington at Echo Hills.
Kierra Fellers shot 42 to lead the Vikings, Megan Pettit shot 48, Megan Thompson, Haley Howard and Emily Rowley each shot 50 and Maggie Bergman shot 52.
Kelsey McReynolds led the Buccaneers with a 51, Addison Metz shot 55, Megan Alexander shot 59, Noelle Gast shot 64, Sydney Blanton shot 65 and Emily Thompson shot 75.
And on Wednesday, the Vikings hosted Springfield Catholic Central and defeated the Irish 194-200. Fellers shot 46, Bergman shot 47, Howard shot 50, Pettit and Thompson shot 51 and Rowley shot 60.
Miami East (12-2) travels to Arcanum Thursday.
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