Troy girls finish 3rd at Galion Invitational: Saturday sports roundup

By Josh Brown

GALION — Last week, the Troy cross country teams were missing a number of key and veteran runners at their home invitational.

Saturday, both were at full strength again as the Trojan girls finished third and the boys 15th at the Galion Cross Country Festival at Amman’s Park in Galion.

Troy’s girls were third with 147 points, with Granville winning (37 points) and Olentangy Liberty finishing second (93).

Emma Kennett was fourth individually (19:50.6), Olivia Tyre was eighth (20:01.3), Dinah Gigandet was 21st (20:54.6), Katie Castaneda was 50th (22:11.4) and Renee Kovacs was 64th (22:43.1).

Troy’s boys were 15th with 407 points. Josh Lovitt was 36th (17:35.8), Braden Coate was 39th (17:37.1), Will Schaefer was 91st (18:37.8), Seth Plantz was 118th (19:13.9) and Logan Huth was 125th (19:25.6).



CEDARVILLE —The Tippecanoe boys were 10th and the Covington girls were 13th, leading Miami County’s finishers at the Cedarville Friendship Invitational Saturday.

In the boys D-II/III race, Tippecanoe was 10th with 286 points. Brady Shilt was 27th (18:18.7), Trenton Brown was 47th (18:45.4), Ben Prenger was 58th (18:57.1), Patrick McCaffrey was 70th (19:05.7) and Chris Nichols was 94th (19:32.8).

Newton was 19th with 573 points. Ben Hoover led the local finishers individually in eighth (17:32.6), Curtis Shellenberger was 99th (19:35.7), Owen Via was 176th (21:07.1), Clint Shellenbarger was 194th (21:31.5) and Jacob Moore was 235th (22:12.6).

Covington was 20th with 609 points. Bennett Welborn was 35th (18:34.4), Owen Boehringer was 101st (19:36.8), Ian Benedict was 177th (21:07.7), Zane Barhorst was 180th (21:09.6) and Ayden Rench was 256th (22:27).

Miami East was 26th with 712 points. Alex Hayes was 104th (19:41), Garrett LeMaster was 138th (20:22.4), Michael Bair was 152nd (20:36.6), Cam Richter was 242nd (22:19) and Adam Bensman was 250th (22:24.3).

Jackson Moore led Bradford in 129th (20:10.9).

In the girls D-II/III race, Covington was 13th with 330 points. Paige Boehringer was fifth (21:35.4), Ashlyn Plessinger was 30th (22:48.5), Chelsea Ford was 37th (23:05), Allie Garman was 165th (27:05.1) and Halie Jo Taxis was 175th (27:29.1).

Tippecanoe was 14th with 332 points. Annie Sinning was 28th (22:43.4), Katie Reeder was 72nd (24:17.1), Elise Moore was 83rd (24:30.1), Gemma Miller was 90th (24:40.6) and Mia Larned was 96th (24:51.4).

Miami East was 19th with 476 points. Marisa Savini was 21st (22:25.8), Kiley Davie was 24th (22:34.1), Paige Blauvelt was 188th (27:52.1), Elizabeth Bennett was 199th (28:13.3) and Cyrena McAdams was 217th (29:03.1).

Newton was 22nd with 556 points. Kendra Kern was 78th (24:23.3), Baily Chaney was 86th (24:32.2), Kara Chaney was 142nd (26:15.4), Mackenzie Knupp was 189th (27:52.3) and Faith Williams was 211th (28:34.7).

Karmen Knepp led Bradford with a seventh-place finish (21:41.1).



ST. PARIS — Bethel’s girls were second and boys were fourth at the Graham Invitational Saturday.

The Bees girls were second with 70 points, as Piqua won with 28. Kylie Balkcom was sixth (23:13.2), Madison Spaeth was 13th (24:24.4), Kaitlyn Balkcom was 22nd (25:39.1), Lisa Sebastian was 27th (26:08.7) and Josie Rhoades was 42nd (28:52.1).

Bethel’s boys were fourth with 96 points. Cole Brannan was seventh (18:40.2), Trent Schweikhardt was ninth (18:51.8), Colton Smith was 16th (19:25.9), Nathan Patton was 29th (20:12) and Kaleb Roberts was 35th (20:17.5).



EATON — The Troy Christian and Milton-Union boys both finished fifth Saturday, leading Miami County’s finishers at the Eaton Invitational.

In the boys D-III race, Troy Christian was third with 70 points, led by Robert Ventura’s third-place finish (17:31.7). Nick Pratt was 10th (18:28.4), Alexander Benevento was 12th (18:40.7), Nate Hunnicutt was 20th (19:19.8) and Aiden Tkach was 28th (19:58.1).

In the boys D-II race, Milton-Union was third with 118 points. Chris Miller was 13th (18:18.2), Tristin Persinger was 18th (18:30.6), Eric Trittschuh was 26th (19:04.8), Litton Harrison was 38th (19:39.1) and Josh Woodell was 40th (19:50.1).

In the D-II girls race, Milton-Union was fourth with 83 points. Brianna Collins was 10th (22:54.9), Maddie Stasiak was 15th (23:39.9), Micah Tracy was 16th (23:40.6), Kyli Parsons was 19th (24:01.7) and Kelsie Tomlinson was 23rd (24:07.7).

In the D-III girls race, Troy Christian’s Rachel Plummer was 31st (25:44.1) and Sophie Pitsenbarger was 33rd (26:02.6).

* Volleyball

Tippecanoe 3,

Fairmont 0

TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe volleyball team dominated visiting Fairmont Saturday at home, winning 25-8, 25-13, 25-7.

Rachel Wildermuth had 10 kills and five blocks, Corrin Siefring had eight kills and three blocks and Brooke Aselage had seven kills and 14 digs to lead the Red Devils (9-2). Izzy Crow added 36 assists and five aces, Abby Hughes had 20 digs and Kaitlyn Husic had four aces.

“We had great ball control and lots of energy that allowed us to take control from the start,” Tippecanoe coach Howard Garcia said. “Loved our energy.”

Tippecanoe travels to Kenton Ridge Monday.

Lehman 3,

Russia 1

SIDNEY — After dropping a blowout first set, the Lehman Cavaliers rallied against visiting Russia Saturday, winning 7-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22.

Alexis Snipes had 34 assists and 12 digs, Olivia Lucia had 15 kills and 15 digs, Lauren McFarland had six kills and 15 digs, Reese Geise had 11 kills, Abby Schutt had 13 digs and Pyper Sharkins had 10 digs.

Other scores: Northwestern 3, Troy Christian (6-6) 0. Franklin Monroe 3, Milton-Union (9-3) 2.

* Boys Soccer

Miami East 2,

Piqua 1

PIQUA — The Miami East boys soccer team took a one-goal lead at halftime, put in an insurance goal late and was able to hold on for a 2-1 victory over Piqua Saturday on the road.

Conner Wilson scored both goals for the Vikings, with the first coming on an assist from Quentin Shoemaker to give East a 1-0 halftime lead. And with 13:47 left in the match, Wilson tapped in an assist from Wes Sutherly to make it a two-goal game.

Piqua’s (2-7-1) Brandon Grissom scored on a penalty kick with 4:13 remaining to cut the deficit to one, but the Vikings held on from there.

Both teams are back in action Tuesday, with Miami East traveling to Yellow Springs and Piqua traveling to Tippecanoe.

Newton 4,

Indian Lake 1

LEWISTOWN — Newton won for the third time this week on Saturday, defeating Indian Lake 4-1 on the road.

Cameron Stine and Dillon Koble each had a goal and an assist, Rick Landwehr and Ely Cook each had a goal and Cameron Caldwell and Seth Hunt each had an assist.

Newton travels to Franklin Monroe Tuesday.

* Girls Soccer

Lehman 1,

Miami East 0

SIDNEY — The state-ranked Lehman girls soccer team bounced back from a loss to Anna on Thursday, holding off Miami East 1-0 Saturday at home.

Sam Edwards scored the lone goal of the match for Lehman, which hosts Spencerville Tuesday. Miami East is off until Sept. 22 when it hosts Milton-Union.

Other scores: Piqua (4-1-2) 3, Graham 0.

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