By Josh Brown
BEAVERCREEK — For Troy senior Holden Scribner, a trip to the Division I state tournament has been the goal since his entire career.
Thursday, he finally realized that dream.
Scribner finished tied for second overall with four other potential individual state qualifiers, leading to a one-hole playoff to eliminate one of them. Scribner scored a par on the hole, though, and Sycamore’s Alex Hewitt scored a double bogey, leaving him the odd man out and sending Scribner to next week’s state tournament after shooting a 74 at the D-I district tournament Thursday at Beavercreek Golf Club.
“What a day,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “It was pretty fun, pretty tiring, it had lots of ups and downs emotionally. But Holden played very consistent, only really had any trouble on a couple holes.
“Getting to state isn’t easy, and he earned it. He’s worked hard for this, and really this was the way that it needed to end for him.”
Scribner is the first Trojan to qualify for the state tournament since 2015, when Troy Moore accomplished the feat as a senior — during Scribner’s freshman year.
“Holden’s been my best golfer,” Evilsizor said. “Troy was a multi-sport athlete, but Holden is a golfer. This is the most fitting way for his career to end.”
Joining Scribner at state as individual qualifiers are Carroll’s Tyler Goecke, who birdied the playoff hole, and Butler’s Austin Greaser, who also scored a par on it, as well as team qualifiers Lakota East (312), Mason (315) and St. Xavier (316).
As a team, Troy was 14th with a 361. After Scribner, sophomore Ryan Dowling — the only underclassman on the team — shot 95, then seniors Nathan Henderson and Travis Bertram shot 96 and senior Zac Collin shot 100.
But once Troy was done with its round, Scribner had to wait to find out where he stood.
“It was about two and a half hours after we finished until the last result came in,” Evilsizor said. “It was a long wait. We got to the point where we knew he’d be in no worse than a playoff for the second seed, and Holden did what he could to keep calm. He was the earliest of the guys in the playoff to finish, so kudos to Holden for keeping his composure for all that time.”
Tippecanoe was 16th with 372. Matt Salmon and Nathan Gagnon both shot 89, Braydon Bottles shot 93, Austin Post shot 101 and Nolan Mader shot 107.
The state tournament will be held Oct. 19-20 on Ohio State University’s scarlet course.
* Girls Soccer
VANDALIA — Last week’s matchup between Tippecanoe and Troy to decide who had sole possession of the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division lead was a thrilling, hard-fought one.
Wednesday’s matchup to lock up the division title outright was just as exciting.
Makayla Stallard scored the game’s only goal on an assist from Jackie Bashore, and the Tippecanoe girls soccer team’s defense again made that one mark stand up in a 1-0 victory, the Devils’ 11th straight win, Wednesday at Butler to complete a perfect season in division play.
The Devils’ defense did its part in not allowing the Aviators to have any quality opportunities, and goalkeeper Lauren Robbins made three saves to record the shutout, running Tippecanoe’s shutout streak to 10 games.
With the win, Tippecanoe improved to 13-1-1 on the season and 10-0 in the GWOC American North Division, finishing one game ahead of 9-1 Troy. It was the Devils’ second outright division title in three years as a member of the GWOC.
Tippecanoe finishes the regular season at home Saturday against West Clermont.
* Boys Soccer
Kenton Ridge 2
BRANDT — The Bethel boys soccer team honored its seniors on Senior Night Wednesday by battling Kenton Ridge to a 2-2 tie.
Evan Hart and Nick Schmidt both scored a goal for the Bees (6-4-4), with Cannon Dakin assisting on both of them.
“It was a rainy Senior Night, and we had a tough time possessing the ball tonight,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “We did not string too many passes together, and we wound up chasing a lot.
“Seniors Micah Mutlu, Evan Hart and Mavlud Pazilov gave us some inspired play tonight, but unfortunately we just could not get that winning goal so they could celebrate.”
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