By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
WEBSTER — Some big contributions from some unexpected sources led to Miami East extending its season as the Vikings shot 405 and got the fourth and final qualifying spot on a fifth-man tiebreaker at the Division II sectional girls golf tournament Wednesday at Stillwater Valley Golf Club.
Katie Pottorf, the final Miami East golfer to come in on the day, needed to come in with a 103 for the Vikings to have any chance to move on — and she did exactly that. That put Miami East in a tie with Anna with 405.
“Katie (Pottorf) had to break 50 on her final nine (the front nine),” Vanover said. “She has been close before, but she had never done that. I told her when I was sitting her waiting for her to come in, that I was a little nervous. Last year, Kearsten Kirby was our fifth girl and came in with a low score. We would have went anyway, but it moved us up from fourth to third. So it is great to see our fifth girl always contributing.”
Anna’s fifth score was 132, while Maci Krites posted a 115 for East’s fifth score, giving the Vikings the tiebreaker.
“I saw Anna had a 132, so I knew our fifth score was a lot better than that,” Vanover said.
Another key for East was the finish of Paige Lawson.
After shooting 48 on the difficult back nine, she came in with a 39 on the front nine to lead East with an 87, four strokes from being medalist on the day.
“One of the things I always talk about is shooting our average,” Vanover said. “I always tell them your average is what you are. Don’t try to do more than that. Just shoot your average. If I tell them an average score has a good chance, it probably does.”
Miami East’s other scores were Kirby 101, Marissa Kearns 114 and Krites 115.
“Being a match teacher, I am big on stats,” Vanover said. “What we want to do is shoot the same score whereever we play.”
Covington finished 11th with a 466 total.
Covington’s scores were: Sarah Slusher 110, Morgan Lowe 114, Emily Hedrick 117, Katie Hembree 125 and Emily Thompson 130.
The district tournament will be played Wednesday at Pipestone Golf Course.
ARCANUM — Since winning the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division in 2015, the Troy girls golf team hasn’t contended for the championship — until this season, that is.
But the Trojans came up two strokes short of a GWOC American North Division title Wednesday, finishing seventh overall with a 436 — just behind division rival Butler’s 434 for sixth place — on the first day of the GWOC tournament at Beechwood Golf Course in Arcanum.
Senior Camryn Spencer led the Trojans with a 96, finishing 17th individually on the day, with no Butler golfers breaking the 100 mark on the day. Paige Stuchell shot 111, Lauren Garlow shot 113, Libby Harnish shot 116, Riley Johnson shot 118 and Delaney Davis shot 127.
Tippecanoe finished right behind Troy in eighth with 454. Marissa Miller led the Red Devils with a 94, good for 15th individually, Sydney Lange shot 113, Ava Coppock shot 115, Ashlyn Herzog shot 132, Izzy Brightwell shot 133 and Katie Salyer shot 163.
Piqua was 10th with 466. Kelsey Bachman shot 102, Adde Honeycutt shot 115, Reece Tate shot 123, Skylar Sloan shot 126, Hannah Anderson shot 131 and Caitlyn Roberson shot 132.
* Boys Soccer
VANDALIA — Entering Tuesday night, three teams — Troy, Tippecanoe and Butler — remained atop the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division standings with unbeaten records.
Two of them faced each other, though, and the Troy boys soccer team got a clutch play from one of its seniors for the only score of the match and then solid play from its defense the entire night to knock off the Aviators on the road, holding on for a 1-0 victory Tuesday night at Butler.
Senior defender Joey Sheehan had the lone goal for the Trojans in the match, coming on an assist from Bailey Webb. It was only Sheehan’s second of the season — but it was also his second straight game with a goal.
Nicholas Griswold, who has split time with fellow senior Zachariah Terrill most of the season, posted his first full shutout of the season, making two saves to preserve the victory.
The win made Troy 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the GWOC American North, leaving only the Trojans and Tippecanoe Red Devils without a loss in division play and atop the standings.
Troy travels to Northmont Thursday.
GREENVILLE — Two-time defending division champion Tippecanoe kept pace with Troy atop the GWOC American North Tuesday, routing Greenville 8-1 on the road.
Ben Sauls had two goals and three assists, Michael Pfister had two goals and an assist, Evan Stonerock, Eli Hadden and Ben Halsey each had a goal and an assist and Wanderly Ebanks had a goal.
Tippecanoe (9-1-1, 7-0 GWOC American North) hosts non-league rival Alter Thursday.
Other scores: Waynesville 3, Milton-Union (4-4-3, 4-2-1 SWBL Buckeye) 0. Sidney 3, Piqua (2-9-1, 2-5 GWOC American North) 1.
* Girls soccer scores: Waynesville 6, Milton-Union (8-3-1, 6-2 SWBL Buckeye) 0. West Liberty-Salem 3, Lehman (X) 2.
WAYNESVILLE — Back on Sept. 6, the Milton-Union volleyball team dropped a game behind Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division-leading Waynesville with a four-set loss at home to the Spartans.
Tuesday night, the Bulldogs not only got payback but also took control of its own destiny in the division race, defeating Waynesville in five, 25-19, 17-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-10.
The win made Milton-Union 13-4 overall and 8-1 in the SWBL Buckeye, while the loss dropped Waynesville to 11-5 and 7-1 in the division, also snapping a 23-match winning streak in division play by the Spartans. For the Bulldogs, it was the 16th time in 17 matches that they won the first set — and also the first time in four five-set matches this season that they’ve prevailed in the end.
“Yeah, we’ve played three five-setters and lost all three (entering Tuesday’s match),” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “My message to the girls was that those matches prepared us for this one.”
That message rang true in the end, as the Bulldogs built an early four-point advantage in the decisive fifth set and held on from there.
Olivia Brown led Milton-Union with 12 kills and 22 digs, Alexis Davis had 11 kills and Madison Jones added nine kills and 19 digs. Chloe Fogle had 17 assists and Emily Barker had 16 assists and Haley Bloom had 14 digs.
“My seniors stepped up,” Ginn said. “They just came to fight in a hostile environment, and they came through. I’m very proud of them. But we still have work to do — three more Buckeye matches.”
Should the Bulldogs win those three remaining division matches, they would clinch at least a share of the league title. That work begins Thursday night when Milton-Union hosts Northridge.
Miami East 3,
TV South 0
CASSTOWN — After surviving Monday night’s five-set battle against Arcanum to stay in the Cross County Conference’s driver’s seat, Miami East (11-6, 9-0 CCC) still had enough in the tank to sweep Twin Valley South 25-11, 25-16, 25-12 Tuesday night.
Lydia Conley had another big night with 15 kills to lead the Viking offense, Sophie Jacomet had eight kills, an assist, three aces, a block and 23 digs, Nichole Hood had five kills and nine digs, Delaney Bourelle had five kills and two digs, Ashlyn Monnin had four kills, an ace and three digs, Gretchen Frock had a kill, 19 assists, an ace and three digs, Gabrielle Hawkins had an assist, an ace and 15 digs and Lauren Fisher and Macie Schaffner each had three digs.
Miami East travels to Tri-County North Thursday.
West Carrollton 0
WEST CARROLLTON — Tippecanoe (14-2, 9-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) won its 10th straight Tuesday, sweeping West Carrollton 25-9, 25-15, 25-20 on the road.
Rachel Wildermuth had 11 kills and three blocks, Corinn Siefring had five kills, 10 digs and a block, Brooke Aselage had a block, Ashleigh Mader and Emily Graham each had two aces and Izzy Crow had 21 assists and six digs.
Tippecanoe travels to Sidney Thursday.
BRADFORD — The Bethel Bees swept Bradford on the road in Cross County Conference play Tuesday, winning 25-21, 25-15, 25-23.
Bianca Keener had 15 kills, three blocks, three digs and an ace to lead the Railroaders, Ally Wackler had three aces and three kills and Emma Canan had eight digs.
Other scores: Troy (13-4, 10-0 GWOC American North) 3, Xenia 0. Piqua (6-9, 4-6 GWOC American North) 3, Stebbins 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-19). Arcanum 3, Covington (4-11, 3-5 CCC) 0.
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