By David Fong
TROY — The Troy boys tennis team is on the verge of bringing an end a pair of unsavory streaks.
Should the Trojans defeat Sidney Tuesday, they would clinch at least a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division title. That would bring an end to a 13-year drought that has seen Butler dominate the North Division. Since Troy last won a division title in 2003, Butler has captured 11 North titles, while Northmont — which has since been relocated to the GWOC Central Division — captured one division crown in 2005.
Troy appeared to clear its biggest hurdle on the way to a North crown with a convincing 4-1 victory over Butler last week. A win against Sidney would give the Trojans a share of the title, with a chance to clinch an outright championship with a win against rival Piqua on May 3.
Not only does the Troy tennis team have a chance to claim its first North title since 2003, however, but it has the opportunity to become the first Troy boys varsity team to win a North Division title in nearly two years.
Troy’s boys athletic teams did not win a North title in any fall or winter sports this season — the Trojan boys cross county and golf teams finished second in the North in the fall, while the Troy boys swimming team was the North runner-up to Butler in the winter.
In the 2014-15 school year, the Trojans went the entire school year without winning a boys North Division title. That year, Troy’s boys finished second in the North Division in cross country, golf, soccer, bowling, swimming, baseball, tennis and track and field.
The most recent boys teams to capture North Division titles at Troy were the baseball and track and field teams, which both won the North in the spring of 2013.
For the sake of comparison, last year Troy girls athletic teams captured seven GWOC North titles (cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball, bowling, cheerleading and track), while this year Troy’s girls already have won North titles in five sports (cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball and bowling).
While the Troy tennis team has the first opportunity to capture a North title for the boys this year, it won’t have the only chance. The Troy boys track and field team will be a contender for a division title at the GWOC meet in May.
The Trojans had won three GWOC North titles in a row until Trotwood-Madison broke that streak last spring, defeating the Trojans by 11 points at last year’s Division meet. With the emergence of several new competitors on the Trojans’ team this year — most notably freshman sprinter Jayden Culp-Bishop and junior thrower Travis Hall — along with mainstays Stephen Jones and Zach Boyer, should put the Trojans in the hunt for a North crown.
The two teams have been at the same meet twice this season. Troy outscored Trotwood at the Butler Invitational on April 16, while Trotwood finished ahead of Troy at the Edwin C. Moses Relays last Friday.
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