By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
TROTWOOD/CENTERVILLE — Miami County’s swimming teams will be well represented at the district meet this week, as a horde of athletes qualified after the Division I and II sectional swimming meets Friday and Saturday in Trotwood and Centerville.
In D-I, Michael Griffith qualified in the 500 free for Troy’s boys with the 12th-best time (4:52.65) and in the 200 free with the 14th-best time (1:48.23). Mitch Orozco qualified in the 100 fly with the 23rd-best time (55.05 seconds), the 400 free relay team qualified with the 19th-best time (3:31.54) and the 200 medley relay team qualified with the 21st-best time (1:44.84).
For Troy’s girls, the 400 free relay team qualified with the 20th-best time (3:56.19), the 200 medley relay team qualified with the 21st-best time (2:00.79) and Katie Castaneda qualified in the 500 free with the 34th-best time (5:45.54).
In D-II, Alexis Cook led Tippecanoe’s girls by qualifying in the 50 free with the third-best time (25.07 seconds) and in the 100 free with the eighth-best time (54.6 seconds). Simone King qualified in the 50 free with the 15th-best time (26.08 seconds) and the 100 free with the 25th-best time (58.58 seconds), Kathryn Oen qualified in the 100 breast with the 17th-best time (1:14.75) and the 200 IM with the 21st-best time (2:21.73), Tori Prenger qualified in the 100 back with the 22nd-best time (1:06.23), Madison Leonard qualified in the 100 fly with the 27th-best time (1:08.41) and Nicole Downing qualified in the 500 free with the 32nd-best time (6:17.67). The 200 free relay team had the fifth-best time (1:45.14), the 400 free team had the 14th-best time (4:04.32) and the 200 medley team had the 10th-best time (1:58.03).
For Miami East’s girls, Annie Richters qualified in the 50 free with the fourth-best time (25.2 seconds) and the 100 free with the 10th-best time (55.39 seconds). The 200 free relay team had the 21st-best time (1:50.43).
For Troy Christian’s girls, Gracie Glaser qualified in the 200 IM with the 10th-best time (2:18.31) and the 100 fly with the 14th-best time (1:02.9), the 200 free relay team had the 12th-best time (1:48.65) and the 400 free team had the 15th-best time (4:04.51)
For Bethel’s girls, Kaylee Price qualified in the 100 free with the ninth-best time (54.77 seconds) and the 200 free with the 11th-best time (2:00.12), Savannah Phipps qualified in the 50 free with the 30th-best time (26.77 seconds) and 100 free with the 30th-best time (59.54 seconds) and the 400 free team had the 23rd-best time (4:19.11).
For Newton’s girls, Kendra Kern qualified in the 100 back with the 13th-best time (1:03.66) and in the 200 IM with the 24th-best time (2:22.84).
For Troy Christian’s boys, Grant Doucette qualified in the 200 free with the ninth-best time (1:53.06) and the 100 fly with the 19th-best time (56.86 seconds).
For Tippecanoe’s boys, Ben Prenger qualified in the 200 free with the 13th-best time (1:55.53) and the 100 back with the 26th-best time (1:02.83), Matthew Poynter qualified in the 100 free with the 18th-best time (53 seconds) and the 200 free with the 15th-best time (1:55.91), Jack McMaken qualified in the 100 fly with the 16th-best time (56.61 seconds) and 200 IM with the 26th-best time (2:16.11) and Alex Burkey qualified in the 100 breast with the 20th-best time (1:07.22) and 200 IM with the 30th-best time (2:22.7). The 200 free relay team had the 10th-best time (1:36.5), the 400 free team had the ninth-best time (3:34.46) and the 200 medley team had the 12th-best time (1:51.53).
For Bethel’s boys, Brandon Moore qualified in the 100 back with the 14th-best time (1:00.17) and the 100 free with the 16th-best time (52.56 seconds).
VANDALIA — The Troy wrestling team finished second in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North and 12th overall, scoring 63 points and finishing behind Butler’s 137 in the division.
The Trojans had four individual placers, led by Zach Evans (106) in third place. Evans defeated Fairmont’s Noah Maas by a 10-3 decision in the finals.
Shane Shoop (170) placed fourth, falling 5-0 to Springboro’s Jacob Stamcoff in the finals. David McGraw (160) placed fifth, pinning Beavercreek’s Alex Canida in 3:50 in the finals. And Bryan Sizemore (220) placed sixth, falling to Springfield’s Tressel Cochran in the finals.
Tippecanoe finished 19th out of 20 teams with 24 points and had no individual placers.
COVINGTON — The Miami East wrestling team finished second at the Covington Duals Saturday, going 4-0 before falling to champion and host Covington in the finals.
Miami East defeated Twin Valley South 70-6, Tri-County North 60-12, Arcanum 59-9 and Lehman 54-21 to reach the finals, where the Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 48-30 to defend its tournament title.
With plenty of wrestlers collecting forfeits throughout the day, Jarrett Winner (182) had the best day on the mat, going had four wins with four pins. Chance Rust (113) had three wins with three pins, Garrett Kowalak (132), David Davis (126) and Caleb Snyder (285) each had three wins with 2 pins, Eli Strubler had three wins with one pin, Max Shore (120), Ethan Ott (152) and Brenden Dalton (220) each had two wins with one pin, Matt Welker (170) and Cael Rose (220) each had one win with one pin and Braeden Beltz (195) had one win.
• Girls Basketball
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls basketball team finished the regular season with a convincing win over Butler Saturday, outscoring the Aviators 30-9 in the second and third quarters to put away a 50-34 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division victory.
Ashleigh Mader led a balanced Red Devil offense with 11 points, Mackenzie Smith followed with nine and Brooke Aselage and Makayla Stallard each scored six.
Tippecanoe finished the regular season 17-5 and won its third straight division title with a 14-1 record. The Devils now await the winner between Trotwood and Graham in the second round of the sectional tournament, with the second round game Feb. 19 at Springfield.
• Boys Basketball
OAKWOOD — Tippecanoe held off Oakwood in a back-and-forth non-league battle Saturday night on the road, winning two straight games for the second time this season with a 51-48 victory.
Ben Knostman led the Red Devils (7-13) with 16 points, Nolan Mader added 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Zach Frederick had nine points and three assists and Nick Robbins had seven points.
Tippecanoe travels to Troy Tuesday.
BRADFORD — Newton’s defense held Bradford to only two points in the first quarter and the Indians cruised from there, defeating the Railroaders 65-23 Saturday in Cross County Conference play.
The Indians (6-13, 3-8 CCC) had four players in double figures. Ryan Mollette led the way with 16 points, Kleyson Wehrley and Mitchell Montgomery each had 13 and Chet Jamison scored 12.
Newton hosts Russia Tuesday, while Bradford (0-17, 0-11 CCC) travels to Houston.
TV South 68,
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Two-time defending Cross County Conference champion Bethel couldn’t slow down Twin Valley South Saturday night as the Panthers clinched at least a share of this year’s title with a 68-58 victory in a makeup game.
The Bees (10-10, 6-5 CCC) fell behind 28-11 after the first but fought back from there, cutting the lead to 43-31 at the half and 50-46 after three. But Twin Valley South was able to make free throws down the stretch to win.
“They didn’t miss a shot in the first quarter,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “We did what we needed to do, but they hit the shots anyway, and they got too many offensive rebounds when they did miss. But we calmed down, played our game, got the ball into the middle of their zone and got it to within two before we just ran out of gas.”
Jared Evans led the Bees with 19 points, Ethan Rimkus scored 16 and Kendal James battled through foul trouble to score 13.
Bethel hosts Yellow Springs Tuesday for Senior Night.
Miami East 25, OT
CASSTOWN — Miami East and Ansonia both struggled to score Saturday night in a Cross County Conference makeup game, with the Vikings unable to hold the lead in the fourth quarter and falling in overtime, 29-25.
“It was a heartbreaking loss in the seniors’ last home game,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “We had the lead most of the night and most of the fourth quarter but couldn’t close it out from the free throw line. Then they hit a 3 early in the overtime for their only field goal of that period.”
Ansonia was 11 for 43 from the field (26 percent) but got four 3s from Hunter Buckingham, who led the Tigers with 12 points.
The Vikings, meanwhile, shot 10 for 47 (21 percent) from the field, 2 for 19 (10 percent) from 3-point range and 3 for 8 (60 percent) from the free throw line. Parker Heim led the way with nine points, Keegan Mahaney added eight off the bench and Sam Zapadka scored four.
After facing Anna Monday night in another makeup game, Miami East travels to Mississinawa Valley Friday.
Other scores: Jackson Center 51, Lehman 14.
Josh Brown is the Sports Editor of the Troy Daily News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.