By Josh Brown
ARCANUM — Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor and Butler coach Christian Koenig weren’t entirely sure what to do with the trophy after their respective teams finished tied at Thursday’s Postseason Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament at Beechwood Golf Course.
So while the question of whether or not the GWOC American North Division championship would come down to a fifth-score tiebreaker or if the teams would share the crown, Evilsizor had a temporary solution.
“Since we weren’t sure, we both took pictures with the trophy — but I told him that we were taking this one home with us,” he said. “It’s been four years since we’ve seen one of these. You guys have seen them plenty.”
Turns out they’ll both get one.
GWOC American North Division rivals Butler and Troy finished tied for fifth overall with 327 — and there was no tiebreaker necessary as the teams shared the North title, giving the Trojans their first share of a division championship since 2013.
“It was an emotional swing for our guys,” Evilsizor said. “They assumed they’d go to a fifth-score tiebreaker, and they were kind of disappointed. We shot our best 18-hole score of the year, the kids represented and played really well. But once I came back and told them we’d be co-champs, they were real excited.”
It took the Trojans’ best effort, too.
Tournament medalist Austin Greaser staked the Aviators out to a four-stroke lead between the teams’ top golfers by shooting 69 — Troy’s Holden Scribner posted a 73 and finished fourth individually on the day.
“Holden did what he had to do,” Evilsizor said. “It’s not easy keeping a golfer like Austin in range. That was a key for us. Holden had to keep him within striking distance, and he did.
“At one point, Holden sank a 40-foot downhill putt. Sometimes in the game of golf, you just need things to go your way.”
Fellow senior Nathan Henderson followed Scribner with an 84, while senior Connor Stoltz and sophomore Ryan Dowling both shot 85 to cap off the scoring for the Trojans. Senior Travis Bertram added a 93, while senior Zac Collin shot 95.
“We knew we had to shoot about 327 to beat them today, which meant those guys needed to be around 85 or better,” Evilsizor said. “On any given day, that can be any one of those guys — it’s just a matter of getting them all to play that well on the same day. They’re all very different golfers, but they’re all capable of scoring like that each time out. We knew we needed them to step up, and to see them all perform at a high level when it mattered most, that’s awesome to see.”
The last time the Trojans won a share of the division title was 2013, Evilsizor’s first year with the team.
“It’s nice for these seniors,” he said. “We lost by two last year, and the lot of them took it upon themselves to make sure that wouldn’t happen again this year. I’m just so proud of these guys. They brought out the best in each other today.”
Butler got an 83 out of Niels Princi and an 84 out of Michael Brandt, but three scores above 90 — Jestin Love and Ben French both shot 91 and Ethan Sanderson shot 92 — allowed the Trojans to tie the overall score and share the division championship.
Tippecanoe finished 10th overall with a 341. Nathan Gagnon shot 74 and was tied for fifth individually, Braydon Bottles shot 82, Matt Salmon shot 90, Nolan Mader shot 95, Austin Post shot 97 and Ian Smith shot 102.
Piqua was 17th with 416. Mason Price shot 97, Kyler Kommer shot 100, Decker Jackson shot 108, Jackson Huelskamp shot 111, Matt Herron shot 115 and Christian Starrett shot 120.
SPRINGFIELD — The season came to an end for the Miami East and Milton-Union boys golf teams at the Division II sectional tournament Thursday at Reid North in Springfield, with the Vikings finishing 11th and the Bulldogs 12th.
Miami East was 11th with a 394. Freshman Noah King led the way with a 90, Sam Zapadka shot 95, Tyler Fetters shot 103, Cooper Elleman shot 106 and Keegan Mahaney shot 115.
Milton-Union was 12th with a 399. Bulldog junior Justin Brown shot an 85 to finish tied for 10th individually, missing qualifying as an individual by one stroke. Max Grafflin added a 103, Nick Brumbaugh shot 105, Nathan Thompson shot 106 and Sam Case shot 107.
* Girls Soccer
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls soccer team kept pace with Troy atop the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division standings Wednesday, routing Greenville 10-0 at Tipp City Park and setting up a showdown in Troy for the division championship next week.
Hannah Rittenhouse and Jackie Bashore each scored two goals, Makayla Stallard had a goal and an assist to lead the Red Devils (9-1-1, 7-0 GWOC American North). Hannah Kramer, Dani Dettwiller, Emma Patzek, Morgan Chaplin and Lauren Robbins each had a goal and Caley DeHass and Jaila Fletcher each had an assist.
Robbins also made one save in goal for the Devils on the only shot Greenville (1-10-1, 1-7 GWOC American North) managed on the night, combining with Ashlyn Tarzinski for a shutout.
Tippecanoe now sets out on a four-game road trip, beginning at Carroll Saturday.
Other scores: Sidney 2, Piqua (4-5-2, 3-4-1 GWOC American North) 0.
HUBER HEIGHTS — The Lehman volleyball team swept Wayne on the road Wednesday in non-league play, winning 25-18, 25-18, 25-10.
Alexis Snipes had 32 assists, Lauren McFarland had 14 kills, Olivia Lucia had 13 kills and Reese Geise had five aces.
Lehman travels to Anna Saturday.
Other scores: Troy Christian 3, Bethel 2 (26-28, 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 16-14).
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