Trojans host Troy Invitational: Saturday sports roundup

By David Fong

and Josh Brown

TROY — The Troy cross country teams played host to the Troy Invitational cross country meet Saturday.

The Troy Christian boys team placed 10th overall. Leading the Eagles was Nick Pratt, who placed 28th in 17:37. Robert Ventura was 45th (17:57), Isaac Flora was 66th (18:19), Aiden Tkach was 104th (19:04), Zach Davidson was 105th (19:04), Noah Davidson was 235th (20:46), Adam Tkach was 252nd (21:13) and Nicholas Flannery was 409th (31:52).

The Miami East boys placed 13th. Gavin Horne placed 13th in 17:04 to lead the Vikings. Taton Bertsch was 52nd (18:07), Alex Hayes was 100th (18:57), Garrett LeMaster was 135th (19:27), Michael Bair was 188th (20:03), Keegan Carsey was 193rd (20:11), Adam Bensman was 232nd (20:43), John Savini was 248th (21:10), Garrett Kowalak was 268th (21:29), Cameron DeWeese was 300th (22:03), Caleb Lozano was 355th (23:54) and Jarrett Winner was 377th (25:03).

The Troy boys placed 14th. Austin Zonner led the Trojans, placing 65th (18:16). Logan Huth was 92nd (18:45), Josh Lovitt was 93rd (18:46), Seth Plantz was 97th (18:54), Adam Falknor was 130th (19:25), James Marshall was 176th (19:55), Carson Dehart was 223rd (20:38), Sam Iverson was 230th (20:41), Jacob Sweeney was 236th (20:48), Jackson Goodall was 278th (21:38), Connor Bell was 286th (21:49), Andrew Iverson was 317th (22:23), Wyatt Centliver was 357th (23:59), Cameron Heffner was 368th (24:29), Wyatt Hench was 368th (24:29), Travis Fisher was 396th (26:14), Adam Bilitzke was 402th (27:17), Cade Johnson was 407th (30:37) and Braedon Erwin was 407th (30:37).

“Austin Zonner had a really nice race today,” Troy boys coach Philip Matthews said. “He went out a little harder than usual and was able to maintain that pace and cruise to the finish. Freshman James Marshall continued to improve with another solid effort. The middle of the varsity roster had a great effort and had a strong finish today.”

Competing without its top five runners, the Troy girls placed 12th as a team. Leading the way was Hannah Markeson, who placed 28th in 21:58. Dinah Gigandet was 54th (22:54), Chloe Klawon was 59th (23:02), Madi Rougier was 84th (23:49), Angelica Manzano was 146th (26:18) and Azalia Ali was 174th (27:52.5).

“I was elated with how the girls who raced today stepped up and competed against some solid competition,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “The two freshmen, Hannah and Dinah, are quickly adapting to high school 5K racing and making great strides. Chloe raced well despite being limited in practice this week, and seniors Madi and Meredith competed well today. Azalia and Angelica are both new to the team this season and are learning each time out.”

For Miami East, Lindsey Yingst placed 23rd (21:36), Paige Blauvelt was 124th (24:49), Elizabeth Bennett was 154th (26:46) and Cyrena McAdams was 162nd (27:17).

For Troy Christian, Rachel Plummer was 123rd (24:49), Sophie Pitsenbarger was 147th (26:18) and Katie Townsend was 202nd (34:26).



MASON — Tippecanoe boys and girls finished fifth and seventh as teams, respectively, at Saturday’s Mason Invitational.

The Red Devil girls were fifth with 176 points. Katie Taylor was 15th (19:43.6), Jillian Brown was 32nd (20:20.6), Makenzie Dietz was 42nd (20:31.6), Stephanie Fink was 44th (20:40.7) and Mackenzie Dix was 48th (20:47).

Tippecanoe’s boys were seventh with 208 points. Bryce Conley was eighth (16:14.2), Ethan Sinning was 29th (17:04.7), Austin Rogers was 54th (17:52.2), Ethan Heitkamp was 57th (17:59.7) and Brennan Larned was 73rd (18:24.2).



BROOKVILLE — Milton-Union’s boys and girls cross country teams swept second place Saturday at the Brookville Invitational, with the boys finishing as the runner-up with 62 points and the girls taking second in the small schools race with 52 points.

The girls finished only two points behind champion Waynesville’s 50. Rachel Thompson led the Bulldogs in sixth (21:45), Brianna Collins was ninth (22:18), Kiley Jacobe was 11th (22:34), Kyli Parsons was 12th (22:53 and Ally Lyons was 14th (23:04).

The boys were led by Shannon Milnickel in second (16:59) and Will Brock in third (17:36). Chris Miller was eighth (18:23), Cayden Galentine was 25th (19:17) and Harrison Litton was 26th (19:18).



SPENCERVILLE — Bradford’s Karmen Knepp won individually and Covington’s girls finished second as a team, the top area finishers at Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.

Bradford’s Knepp won the girls “red” race in 19:18.4, with teammate Skipp Miller finishing sixth in 20:42.6.

Covington’s girls were second in the team standings with 69 points. Paige Boehringer was third (20:06.4), Danielle Alexander was 12th (21:29), Ashlyn Plessinger was 15th (21:51.6), Kelsey Dysinger was 27th (22:34.8) and Chelsea Ford was 28th (22:35.1).

In the boys “red” race, Covington was ninth with 208 points. Bennett Welborn was 26th (18:45.6), Hunter Brumbaugh was 38th (19:18.4), Fletcher Metz was 43rd (19:30.5), Zane Barhorst was 52nd (19:55.3) and Ian Benedict was 64th (20:19.5).

Bradford was 10th with 213 points. Johnny Fike was 13th (17:54.8), Jay Roberts was 24th (18:35.3), Jackson Moore was 42nd (19:27.3), Kurt Hoover was 83rd (21:19.7) and Ethan Saunders was 88th (21:48.6).



TIFFIN — The Bethel Bees ran at the massive Tiffin Carnival Saturday, with Korry Hamlin finishing 13th individually and the girls finishing 50th as a team.

In the boys Division III “varsity A” race, the Bees were 21st as a team with 574 points, led by Hamlin’s 13th-place finish in 16:22.6. Cole Brannan was 112th (18:27.2), Tyler Brueckman was 136th (18:49.1), Kaleb Roberts was 159th (19:05.4) and Colton Smith was 162nd (19:08.1).

The girls were 50th with 1,352 points, led by Kaitlyn Balkcom in 95th (21:48.1). Maddie Speath was 282nd (25:23.9), Gemma Miller was 316th (26:15.3), Emma Gaugherty was 344th (28:16.3) and Ellie Pencil was 369th (38:32.9).

* Tennis

Milton-Union 4,

Tecumseh 1

WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union tennis team improved to 9-2 Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Tecumseh.

At first singles, Hannah Fugate won 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. At second singles, Meredith Fitch won 6-0, 6-1. At first doubles, Caitlin Bushelman and Abby Hissong won 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Emma Lehman and Maddie Silviera won 6-4, 7-6 (1).

At third singles, Hailey Lauterbur lost 6-3, 6-1.

* Boys Golf

Newton 171,

Ansonia 272

WEST MILTON — The Newton boys golf team picked up a Cross County Conference win Friday, defeating Ansonia 171-272 at Stillwater Ridge.

Chet Jamison was medalist with a 40 as every Indian shot in the 40s on the day. Ross Ferrell shot 43, Garrett Peters, Drew Thiesing and Nate Zielinski all shot 44 and Ryan Mollette shot 47.

Volleyball score: Tippecanoe 3, Northwest 0. Milton-Union 3, National Trail 1.

Boys soccer score: Jackson Center 3, Newton 0.

Girls soccer score: Botkins 1, Newton 0.

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