By Josh Brown
TROY — For the past two years, the Troy girls golf team has not been close to a district tournament berth.
Three years ago, the Trojans missed by one place.
This year, Troy capped off a stellar season by again narrowly missing out on a trip to the district tournament, finishing fifth at Wednesday’s Division I sectional tournament at Yankee Trace with a 387, finishing behind the fourth and final qualifier Butler by only five strokes. And while Tippecanoe finished sixth as a team 10 strokes behind Troy, the Red Devils had one individual district qualifier.
In 2017, Troy finished 10th with a 409, the the Trojans were 12th with a 463 in 2016 — showing just how far the team has come in a short time. The last time Troy qualified for the district tournament was 2014, when it finished third in its sectional.
Sophomore Paige Stuchell led the Trojans on Wednesday, finishing tied for 15th individually with a 92, senior Camryn Spencer followed with a 94 and sophomore Libby Harnish shot 97 to give Troy three sub-100 scores. Senior Lauren Garlow capped off the scoring with a 104 and senior Riley Johnson shot 105.
Tippecanoe was sixth with 397. Marissa Miller shot 90, finishing tied for 12th overall and grabbing the final individual qualifying spot. Sydney Lange shot 92, Izzy Brightwell shot 107, Ava Coppock shot 108 and Ashlyn Herzog shot 110.
Piqua was 11th with a 420. Kelsey Bachman shot 92 to lead the Indians, Adde Honeycutt shot 104, Reece Tate shot 111 and Skylar Sloan and Hannah Anderson both shot 113.
Centerville won the tournament with a 287, Oakwood was second with 361 and Beavercreek was third with 363.
MIAMISBURG — The Miami East Vikings’ season came to an end at the Division II district tournament Wednesday at Pipestone Golf Course, finishing ninth with a 418.
Paige Lawson led Miami East with a 94, Kearsten Kirby shot 103, Katie Pottorf shot 108, Maci Krites shot 113 and Marissa Kearns shot 115.
* Cross Country
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls cross country team got a measure of payback as the Red Devils hosted the Dave Lightle Invitational two-mile race, with the girls defeating Troy 42-43 and the boys finishing second behind Carroll 63-77.
Troy’s girls — who won the Miami County Championships on Saturday — swept the top three places, with freshman Emma Kennett winning her second straight race in 12:06.8. Olivia Tyre was second (12:12.3), Dinah Gigandet was third (12:13.8), Katie Castaneda was 15th (13:36.9) and Renee Kovacs was 24th (13:59.2).
But Tippecanoe was able to win in the overall standings by one point. Katie Taylor finished fourth (12:25.9), Mackenzie Dix was sixth (13:07.2), Kaili Titley was eighth (13:10.2), Stephanie Fink was 10th (13:15.8) and Tori Prenger was 14th (13:35).
Milton-Union was seventh with 172 points. Rachel Thompson was 19th (13:49.4), Kyli Parsons was 36th (14:17.3), Sophie Meredith was 41st (14:35.9), Micah Tracy was 42nd (14:36.7) and Kenzie Beam was 51st (14:53.6).
Newton was 11th with 283 points. Baily Chaney was 47th (14:46.1), Kendra Kern was 58th (15:11.4), Kara Chaney was 71st (15:46), Faith Williams was 97th (16:27.6) and Mackenzie Knupp was 104th (16:49.8).
On the boys side, Tippecanoe was second with 77 points. Bryce Conley was third (10:29.6), Brennan Larned was ninth (10:50.9), Ethan Heitkamp was 19th (11:13), Trenton Brown was 22nd (11:13.7) and Austin Rogers was 24th (11:15.2).
Troy was fourth with 141 points. Josh Lovitt was 12th (10:57.1), Austin Zonner was 16th (11:03.7), Braden Coate was 18th (11:05.3), Seth Plantz was 52nd (11:45.5) and Nick Anderson was 53rd (11:47.7).
Milton-Union was seventh with 201 points. Tristin Persinger was 15th (11:03.4), Chris Miller was 20th (11:13.1), Harrison Litton was 49th (11:44.4), Josh Woodell was 62nd (11:58.8) and Cayden Galentine was 76th (12:07.4).
Newton was 12th with 272 points. Ben Hoover was sixth (10:46.8), Curtis Shellenberger was 60th (11:56.8), Owen Via was 81st (12:11.6), Robert Ingle was 82nd (12:12.2) and Jacob Moore was 96th (12:25.2).
VANDALIA — The Troy volleyball team won for the 63rd straight time in division play Wednesday night, sweeping Butler on the road 25-12, 26-24, 25-10, needing only one more win to clinch at least a share of its seventh straight Greater Western Ohio Conference American North championship.
Payton Riley led the Trojans with 11 kills, two aces, three digs and one block, Kate Orban had 10 kills, two aces and two digs, Brianna Slusher had eight kills, two digs and three blocks, Lauren Schmitz had five kills, one ace, one block and seven digs, Carly Pfeiffer had four kills and a block, Gabbi Johnson had three kills, one dig and three blocks and Morgan Baber had two kills to go with her 37 assists, two blocks, three digs and seven aces. Alexa Holland had 15 digs and five aces, Emmie Jackson had four digs and an ace, Ella Furlong had two digs and Brennah Hutchinson had one dig.
Troy (16-4, 13-0 GWOC American North) travels to Tippecanoe Tuesday before hosting Piqua on Oct. 13 to finish the regular season.
MIDDLETOWN — Milton-Union did what it needed to do in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Wednesday night, sweeping Madison on the road 25-20, 25-23, 25-9 to pull within one victory of clinching a share of a division title.
Olivia Brown had nine kills and 19 digs, Alexis Davis had nine kills and three blocks, Madison Jones had eight kills and Chloe Fogle had 14 assists for the Bulldogs.
“A huge win at a place where we seem to always struggle a bit,” Milton-Union coach Bill Ginn said. “We have had a run of a couple matches where we’ve just been a little sub-par. But that last set, we kind of found our mojo.”
Milton-Union (15-5, 10-1 SWBL Buckeye) travels to Covington Monday and then can clinch a share of the division title with a win when it hosts Carlisle Tuesday.
* Girls soccer score: Piqua (5-5-3, 4-4-1 GWOC American North) 4, Greenville 0.
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