By David Fong
MIAMI COUNTY — In one season, Tippecanoe has proved it belongs in the Greater Western Ohio Conference.
Following the fall sports season, Tippecanoe has taken a narrow lead in the GWOC American North Division All-Sports Trophy standings. Tippecanoe leads the race with 47 points, while Troy is right behind with 46 points. Butler is third with 37 points, Piqua is fourth with 27 points, Sidney is fifth with 22 points and Greenville is sixth with 18 points.
The GWOC North All-Sports Trophy is based on points accumulated throughout the school year for each varsity sport, based on the finish within the conference. A team that wins the conference gets seven points, a team that finishes second in the conference standings gets five points, a team that finishes third gets four points — all the way down to one point for a sixth-place finish.
In its first year competing in the GWOC American North after transferring from the Central Buckeye Conference, Tippecanoe has turned what had traditionally been a two-school race for the all-sports trophy into a three-school competition.
Since 2009, when Northmont moved from the GWOC North Division to the GWOC Central Division, it had been Troy and Butler atop the North Division standings, with no other team even coming close to contending for the all-sports trophy.
Butler won the first two GWOC North All-Sports trophies, then Troy won the title five years in a row before Butler broke that streak last year. The Trojans and Aviators finished in the top-two spots in the standings every year since Northmont moved to the GWOC Central.
Tippecanoe was able to take the lead in the GWOC American North standings coming out of the fall by capturing division titles in three sports — boys soccer, girls soccer and boys cross country — while also placing second in the division in girls cross country, girls golf and volleyball.
The Red Devils finished third in the division in football, boys golf and tennis. Tippecanoe did not finish lower than third in the division in any fall sport.
Troy was able to keep the race close by winning American North Division titles in football, girls cross country and volleyball. The Trojans also placed second in boys golf, boys soccer and tennis. Troy was third in boys cross country and girls soccer, while placing fifth in girls golf.
The third Miami County school in the GWOC American North Division, Piqua, captured a division title in girls golf, while finishing second in football. The Indians finished fourth in girls cross country, boys golf and volleyball; fifth in boys cross country and girls soccer and sixth in boys soccer and tennis.
The other two division titles not won by Tippecanoe, Troy or Piqua both were won by Butler, which brought home titles in boys golf and tennis.
The GWOC American North Division All-Sports Trophy will be awarded at the end of the spring sports season.
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