By David Fong
ARCANUM — After three years of falling short of his goal of making the Greater Western Ohio Conference All-Conference team, Troy golfer Holden Scribner entered his senior year hungry for all-conference accolades.
Scribner accomplished that goal this week, following up the 73 he shot Thursday with a 74 Saturday at Beechwood Golf Course, good for a two-day total of 73-74 — 147, which earned him third place overall and a spot on the GWOC All-Conference team.
“What’s crazy is that the way they determine who is all-conference has changed three times since Holden has been in high school,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “That doesn’t help. Last year, it all came down to a one-day tournament, and he missed it by one stroke. As a sophomore, he was close, but couldn’t quite get there. This year he was able to put it all together, which was nice to see.
“He’s really playing his best golf the past three weeks, which is good. After he got done, he said he had some minor things he needed to work on, which is what you want to hear. If you get this far in the season and have to revamp your entire swing, you are probably in big trouble. He’s got some minor things to work on, which I know he will.”
Butler’s Austin Greaser won the event with a 69-67 — 136, while Springfield’s Lucas Wells was second with a 71-74 — 145.
Tippecanoe’s Nathan Gagnon placed 10th overall with a 74-82 — 156, while teammate Bradon Bottles was 16th with an 82-83 — 165.
Earlier in the week, the Troy boys captured a GWOC North co-championship, sharing the title with Butler.
Scribner now will turn his focus to the sectional, district and, he hopes, state tournaments. Scribner is gunning for his first trip to state.
“Holden had some goals before the season,” Evilsizor said.”One of them was the team goal of winning a (GWOC North) championship. So that’s one down. Then he wanted to earn all-conference, which he did. At this point, Holden has one focus, and that’s getting to Columbus. We are going to do everything we can to push him toward that goal. We need the rest of the team to keep pushing him and, as a coach, I need to find ingenious ways to keep him focused on his goal.”
In the GWOC girls championships, also held Saturday at Beechwood, Tippecanoe’s Marissa Miller placed 10th with a 94-89 — 181. Troy’s Camryn Spencer was 21st with a 96-104 — 200.
Miami East 5, Milton-Union 1
WEST MILTON — Miami East defeated county rival Milton-Union Saturday.
With the win, Miami East improved to 5-3, while Milton fell to 4-5-3.
Miami East travels to Lehman Tuesday, while Milton-Union hosts Middletown Madison Thursday.
Legacy Christian 3, Newton 1
XENIA — Newton fell to Legacy Christian in non-conference play Saturday.
Cameron Stine scored Newton’s lone goal off an assist from Alex Hild.
Newton travels to Brookville Monday.
Legacy Christian 2, Newton 0
XENIA — Legacy Christian held Newton scoreless in its victory Saturday.
Newton hosts Botkins Tuesday.
Tippecanoe 3, Bellbrook 0
BELLBROOK — Tippecanoe had little trouble dispatching of Bellbrook Saturday, winning in straight sets, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-23.
With the win, Tippecanoe improved to 16-2. The Red Devils host Piqua Monday in a Greater Western Ohio Conference American League North Division contest.
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