By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
BEAVERCREEK — Everything came full circle for Newton golf coach Randall Jamison and the Newton boys golf team at the Division III district tournament at Beavercreek Golf Club Thursday.
And he couldn’t have drawn it up any better than the way it played out.
If you are going to do something special, make it really special — and the Indians did just that, becoming the first Newton boys golf team to qualify for state, and doing it by rallying from seven shots down over the final nine holes to win the district title by one shot.
Newton finished with a 343 total, one better than Fort Loramie.
“We were seven shots down after the front nine,” Randall Jamison said. “We were playing with Fort Loramie and Seven Hills. We were all neck-and-neck the entire back nine.”
And while Newton senior Chet Jamison was medalist with a 73, it was Nate Zielinski who recorded the shot of the day.
Zielinski was in a deep green-side bunker on 18 — and got up and down for par to help preserve a one-shot victory.
“The bunker is probably 10 or 15 feet below the green,” Randall Jamison said. “That was like a PGA Tour bunker. I couldn’t even see Nate (Zielinski) from behind the green. He hit it out to three feet and made the putt for par — and we end up winning by one shot. What a shot.”
There was plenty of special in Chet Jamison’s back nine as well.
After going out with a 40 on the front nine, he came in with a three-under par 33 on the back nine.
“I had never played well at district,” Chet Jamison said. “So, I wanted to play well. Medalist was a goal. I had four birdies on the back nine. I just lit it up with the putter. I was making putts from everywhere. I only had 12 putts (on the back nine).”
And he heard about Zielinski’s amazing shot.
“I was behind him and still playing,” Jamison said. “So, I didn’t see it. But, I heard about it. It must have been some shot.”
The rest of Newton’s scores were Garrett Peters 87, Ross Ferrell 91, Nate Zielinksi 92 and Kleyson Wehrley 96 — allowing the Indians to make some history — which was all that mattered to Chet Jamison.
He has talked about it from the start of the season.
“I didn’t want to go to state by myself,” Chet Jamison said. “I wanted the whole team there. This is awesome.”
And, while Randall Jamison had similar feelings — there was also some emotion watching his son take medalist honors.
“It is not about Chet (Jamison), it is about the team,” he said. “But, that was a great father moment — a great mother moment to see him get medalist. He shot 33 on the back and bogeyed 18.”
And for Randall Jamison this moment was even more special for a reason.
“This is probably my last year coaching the team,” he said. “I started seven years ago, when my son Brock (Jamison) was playing. He made it to state as an individual, but the team never made it. We were close a few times. The goal wasn’t to win district — it was to get to state and these guys did it. I am so proud of them. What a great group of kids.”
Who made school history in the most special way possible — and made sure the coach will have a fitting and memorable finish to his time at Newton.
Lehman senior Tyler Gilardi just missed qualifying for the D-III state tournament. Gilardi shot 85 Thursday — and it took 81 to get to state.
As a team, Lehman finished 12th with a 415 total.
Other Lehman scores were: Mikey Rossman 94, Brandyn Sever 118, Alex Keller 118 and John Gagnet 129.
The state tournament will be held Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State University.
* Boys Soccer
Troy Christian 4,
Miami Valley 0
DAYTON — The Troy Christian boys soccer team clinched at least a share of the Metro Buckeye Conference championship Thursday night, defeating Miami Valley 4-0 on the road.
Jalen Hudgins had three goals and an assist to lead the Eagles (11-0-1, 4-0-1 MBC), Connor Peters had a goal and an assist and Nate Kephart and Chas Schemmel both had an assist.
The Eagles, who are finished with MBC play, still could win the league title outright if Yellow Springs defeats Dayton Christian on Tuesday.
Troy Christian travels to Celina Saturday.
TROTWOOD — Tippecanoe finished what it started with Tuesday’s win over Troy, defeating Trotwood 9-0 Thursday in a makeup game to clinch at least a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division title.
Ben Halsey had three goals, Eli Hadden had two goals, Ben Sauls had a goal and two assists, Evan Stonerock, Jake Weimer and Jonathan Baileys each had a goal and Michael Pfister, Matt Hinkle and Cam Seubert each had an assist.
Tippecanoe (11-2-1, 9-0 GWOC American North) can with its third straight outright title with a win over Butler in the season finale Tuesday — but up first is a matchup at Bellbrook Saturday.
Franklin Monroe 0
BRANDT — Bethel blanked rival Franklin Monroe Thursday in a rematch of last year’s sectional final, defeating the Jets 3-0 to improve to 6-3-3 on the season.
Nick Schmidt was involved in all three scores for the Bees, leading the way with two goals and an assist. Evan Hart also had one goal and one assist and Dylan Franck had an assist.
“This was a very hard-fought, physical battle,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “Anytime you play FM, you just have to be ready. They play one of the toughest schedules around, so their record is a little deceiving. We made some adjustments at the half, and it pair off right away. And the defense of Micah Mutlu, Keaton Smith and Colton Smith did not allow many chances for the Jets and paved the way for Nolan Flomerfelt to earn his fifth shutout of the season.”
Bethel hosts Miami East Monday.
Miami East 7,
TC North 1
LEWISBURG — Conner Wilson scored four goals Thursday, leading Miami East to a 7-1 victory at Tri-County North.
Jakob Brunke added a goal and two assists, Wes Sutherly and Parker Heim each had a goal and an assist and Logan McEldowney had two assists.
Miami East travels to Bethel Monday.
PLEASANT HILL — Newton’s Cameron Stine scored the game-winning goal in the second half on an assist from Rick Landwehr, leading the Indians to a 2-1 victory over Dixie.
Dylan Huber had the Indians’ goal in the first half, with Stine getting the assist.
Newton hosts Lehman Saturday.
Other scores: Madison 1, Milton-Union (4-6-3, 4-3-1 SWBL Buckeye) 0. Lima Central Catholic 2, Lehman 1.
GREENVILLE — The Tippecanoe volleyball team remained one game back of division-leading Troy with two Greater Western Ohio Conference American North games to go, sweeping Greenville on the road Thursday, 25-18, 25-12, 25-19.
Brooke Aselage had 11 kills and 15 digs, Rachel Wildermuth had nine kills and five blocks, Emily Graham had seven kills and two blocks, Abby Hughes had two aces, Corinn Siefring had nine digs and Izzy Crow had 32 assists.
Tippecanoe hosts Troy Tuesday.
COVINGTON — Covington improved to 8-11 Thursday night with a four-set victory over visiting Brookville, winning 25-18, 7-25, 25-20, 25-23.
Ellery Reck had 20 assists, a kill, three aces, a block and nine digs, Makenna Gostomsky had five kills and five digs, Makenzee Maschino had eight assists, a block, two kills and seven digs, Maci White had an ace and 16 digs, Alyssa Kimmel had a block, six kills, an ace and seven digs, Lilli Hamilton had a block and 15 kills, Hillary Hoying had three aces and eight digs and Olivia Mohler had two blocks and seven kills.
Covington hosts Milton-Union Monday.
SIDNEY — Lehman had an easy time Thursday night against Lima Perry, winning 25-8, 25-13, 25-12.
Alexis Snipes had 33 assists, Olivia Lucia had 16 kills, Lauren McFarland had nine kills and eight digs, Reese Geise had seven kills and Abby Schutt had six kills.
Lehman hosts Miami East Monday.
DEGRAFF — One Railroader had a historic night Thursday, but Bradford fell to 5-15 overall, losing at Riverside 25-20, 25-20, 25-22.
Bianca Keener had eight kills and two blocks — and in the process, Keener broke both Bradford’s single-season and career records for kills. Emma Canan added 14 digs and Maggie Manuel had seven digs.
Bradford hosts Mississinawa Valley Monday.
Other scores: Emmanuel Christian 3, Troy Christian (11-8, 7-4 MBC) 0 (25-8, 25-23, 25-18). Sidney 3, Piqua (6-12, 4-9 GWOC American North) 1 (25-10, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16).
* Girls Soccer
Miami East 4,
TC North 0
LEWISBURG —The Miami East girls soccer team picked up a Cross County Conference victory Thursday night, shutting out Tri-County North 4-0.
Four different Vikings scored on the night — Cerstin and Whitley Gross, Rori Hunley and Paxton Hunley.
MIDDLETOWN — Milton-Union improved to 11-3-1 overall and 7-2 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Thursday, defeating Madison on the road 5-2.
Hallie Berberich had two goals and an assist and Kristen Dickison had two goals to lead the Bulldogs, Caitlin Jones had a goal and Morgan Grudich and Annie Bennett each had an assist.
Milton-Union hosts Carlisle Tuesday in the regular season finale.
Other scores: Lehman 4, Lima Central Catholic 1.
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