Coming into their final game before Christmas, the Troy Christian Eagles looked to extend their winning streak to seven with a non-conference matchup against a young Franklin Monroe team. The Jets are led by three freshman and a sophomore in the starting lineup, but have been improving every game as the season progresses.
The Eagles were in a giving mood last week, turning the ball over to the Jets with numerous turnovers, and they saw their winning streak come to an end as Franklin Monroe held on for a 32-29 victory to win their fifth game of the season.
Troy Christian never led the entire night, as they struggled to get their offense going. Meanwhile, the Jets built an 8-2 lead midway through the first period as Bella Cable hit a pair of short jumpers and when Corina Conley powered in a layup, the Eagles led by six.
Jayln Forrer buried a three to close the deficit to three ad it looked like the Eagles would start to take command of the game, but the Jets closed out the first quarter with a pair of easy baskets to give the Jets a 12-5 lead.
Kenley Blake hit a pair of free throws to open the second period, and Kathryn Lee added one free toss with 5:43 left in the half, cutting the Franklin Monroe lead to 16-8. For the next five minutes, the Eagles offense was non-existent.
Several turnovers in the remainder of the half prevented the Eagles to cut into the Jets lead, and Conley poured in five of the next seven points, to end the half on a 7-0 run and take a 23-8 lead into the half.
Troy Christian came out in the third period with a 8-1 run to open the period to cut their deficit to eight points at 24-16 as the Jets offense struggled to produce as they also turned the ball over before Conley broke the string with a free throw, and ensuing layup to give the Eagles a 27-16 lead.
With 3:35 left in the game and trailing by eight, Cara Salazar hit a big three from the left wing, followed by a 15-footer to bring the Eagles to within one possession, trailing 30-27 with 3:24 seconds left.
Aubrey Cable answered for the Jets, but Lauren Lavy would again bring the Eagles to within three in the closing seconds. Bella Cable missed a one-and-one with 17 seconds, setting the Eagles up for a chance to tie the game on the final shot. Salazar missed a three in the final seconds, and the Eagles fell short in their home game.
A few of the area wrestling teams were in action last weekend heading into this week’s Christmas holiday, as both Tippecanoe and Troy Christian participated in the Tippecanoe Invitational, while Tecumseh hosted a meet bringing in Urbana and Ben Logan.
At the Tippecanoe Invitational on Saturday, 11 teams were able to brave the conditions to compete in the event. Mason was victorious with 266 team points, while Troy Christian was second overall with 249.5 and Valley View third with 181.5. Tippecanoe placed fifth overall with 135 points.
At 106 pounds, Ethan Turner of Troy Christian earned the championship gold with a first-place finish by earning a major decision over Andrew Carter of Mason 16-3 in the finals.
Also earning a first-place finish was Troy Christian’s Jacob Edwards at 113 pounds, as he won his championship match with a ten second pin against Brian Roberts of Boone County. Tippecanoe’s Blake Ballard was fourth overall after falling in the third-place match to Lance Roberts of Chaminade Julienne in 1:11.
Weighing in at 120 was Troy Christian’s Drew Whaley, as he finished second overall falling in the championship match to Christopher Jedding of Mason in 3:30.
Another title for the Eagles was won at 126 as Michael Sergent, as the Troy Christian grappler won a hard fought 8-7 victory in the finals over Sam Glassco of Mason.
Tipp’s Conner Jackson earned fourth overall at 132, as he lost in the third-place finals to Jack Henry of Oakwood 11-1, while finishing sixth was Troy Christian’s Lear Current.
At 145, Caleb Blake won the title, as the Tippecanoe wrestler defeated Micah Marshall of CJ 9-4.
Finishing second at 152 was Caleb Hoskins of Troy Christian, losing in 1:57 to Hunter Johns of CJ in the finals.
Tipp’s Lucas Moore finished fourth at 160, while Lucas Moore lost at 170 in 3:34.
Weighing in at 182 was Tipp’s Mason Pence who finished second with a forfeit loss in the finals, with Troy Christian’s Damon Beatty finishing fifth with a 1:55 win over Perry Gardiner of Valley View.
Nick Baker from Troy Christian finished third at 195 with a 29-second pin in the finals, while Tipp’s Grant Carlson from Tipp was fifth at 220.
At 285, Troy Christian’s Seth Douglas earned the championship with a 3:32 pin over Trent Wilson of Valley View.
*Tecumseh’s wrestling team also hosted a meet with Urbana and Ben Logan last week, and the Arrows were successful in both matches.
The Arrows defeated Urbana 49-24 in their opening match, then came back with a 50-24 victory over Ben Logan.
Winning by both matches for the Arrows were Kainen Hackney with two pins, Gavin Sineff with a forfeit and pin, Tommy Rowe had a pin and technical fall and Greg Asher recorded a pin and a forfeit win.
“We had five freshman and six sophomores in the lineup (tonight),” said Tecumseh coach Scott Herbert. “We are a very young team. We have 34 wrestlers with no seniors and two juniors. The rest are ninth and tenth graders. The middle school program under Darrell Hall and Anthony Watson has sent a lot of good, young kids to the high school.”
“The kids showed a lot of heart last night wrestling their first dual without our returning senior Captain Caleb Young who passed away in an auto accident last spring.”
Tecumseh also recently placed eighth out of 22 teams at the Sidney Invitational. Brandon Henn placed third, Lucas Rodgers and Greg Asher placed fourth. Rowe and Hunter Donnen placed fifth.
Tippecanoe coach Joel Visser knew that when his team could put it all together on both sides of the ball, the Red Devils would contend and challenge against most of the teams on their schedule.
Last week, the Red Devils did just that.
Despite a valiant effort in the fourth quarter from Troy to make it a game, the Red Devils built a 24-point lead in the third quarter and make it stand up, as Tippecanoe knocked off the Trojans 70-56 to win their first game of the season.
Tippecanoe, who has played three of their losses within single digits, used a variety of three-point shooting, and solid defense which led to points to get to 1-3 in the GWOC American North. With the loss, Troy falls to 1-3 overall and has the same record in the league.
Tipp jumped out in front early 9-4 as they used a three from Caiden Smith to highlight the early run before Ryan McClurg closed the gap with a three with under 1:30 left in the first period. McClurg and Tippecanoe freshman Ben Sauls controlled the final minute of the quarter as they each hit two three’s for their team, as Tipp led 17-12 after eight minutes.
McClurg hit another three to start the second period and the Trojans trailed 20-17 early in the period. That is when Tipp took control of the game.
Josh Wildermuth started the run with a short jumper, as they put together a 7-0 run capped by another three from Smith. Zach Reichelderfer temporarily stopped the bleeding with an offensive rebound score for the Trojans, but the final two minutes, the Red Devils took a ten point game and it exploded out to 36-19 at the half thanks to five points from Smith, along with scores from Sauls and Adam Grieshop.
Smith’s three at the halftime buzzer seemed to continue the momentum into the second half, as Grieshop and Smith scored quickly to push their lead out to 21 points. Everytime the Trojans had a run in the third period, Tipp would answer with a big three.
Leading by 23 in the closing minute of the third period, Tipp watched as Troy quickly evaporated the lead down to 16 with a big run to close the quarter. Hayden Kotwica hit a pair of free throws and added a driving layup with two seconds left in the quarter, and when Tipp inbounded the ball, Kotwica intercepted it and threw up an off balanced shot from deep at the buzzer, hitting the three and sending the Trojans into the fourth quarter trailing 52-36.
The teams traded baskets in the fourth until Troy scored five consecutive points with 1:44 left and cut the lead to 59-50. The Red Devils then hit 7-8 free throws down the stretch as they earned the win.
Leading the way for Tipp was Smith with 23 points, Bonifas added 15, Sauls had 12 and Grieshop 11. Troy was led by McClurg with 21 and Reichelderfer added 14.
Tipp now plays in the Piqua Holiday Tournament this week heading into the New Years weekend.
Troy Christian lost a heartbreaker on Friday night, as the area boys’ basketball season officially tipped-off around Ohio. The Eagles lost to Franklin Monroe 68-65 in overtime to spoil their home opener. On Saturday, the Eagles bounced back with a 67-56 victory over New Bremen.
“It was a great night for high school basketball, two quality teams battling and the kids gave everything they had for their team,” said Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki. “It was fun to observe. Neither team wanted to lose, and it made for a good night of basketball.”
“We didn’t get the result we wanted against FM, we just lost the battle but we will win the war. We will be better after that game.”
Troy Christian could pinpoint the reason they lost on Friday, going 8-24 from the free throw line.
“It wasn’t effort or execution, it comes down to missing the free throws. No high school team can shoot 33 FT% and win. It is an area we are working on.”
James Anderson had a big night for Troy Christian with 23 points and 16 rebounds, but had to come out in the overtime after cramping up.
“He showed his potential and showed why I was touting him as the league Player of the Year,” Zawadzki said. “Nine guys scored. Sophomore Connor Case saw in first action, and hit 3 three’s, and played confident. Everyone gave their best effort.”
On Saturday night against New Bremen, Troy Christian came out and jumped out to a 19-10 lead and never trailed.
“Our defensive pressure was very intense and we maintained it for 32 minutes,” Zawadzki said. “They could not handle the pressure.” Troy Christian attempted 45 free throws in the game.
Seth Wynne hit three shots from beyond the arc, and finished with 12 points. James added 15 points and Case pitched in 12.
“Cameron Strine and Ben Schenk were both very solid for us,” Zawadzki said.
Troy Christian is off this week, and returns on December 13 to play Dayton Christian at Centerville High School.
After suffering a season opening loss at Indian Lake, the Troy Christian girls’ basketball team defeated an improved Dayton Christian team last week 44-34, to win their fifth game of the season.
“Dayton Christian played extremely well and they took us out of our things in the first half,” Troy Christian coach Tony Ferraro said. “In the middle of the third quarter they were up by three and outplaying us.”
“We made some adjustments and went on a run. They are a good team, are well coaches and disciplined. They made us work for everything.”
Lauren Lavy, Kenley Blake and Hailey Peters all scored 12 points for the Eagles to lead the way.
“They played a really good half and moved the ball well on offense,” Ferraro said. We were very fortunate to escape with a win.”
Ferraro praised his team for getting three kids in double figures, as things are starting to come together for the Eagles.
“Our wings stepped up,” the coach said. “They were denying our post players and double teamed them. The wings did a great job and got the offense going.”
“We had good kids off bench tonight. Cara Salazar also ran well as point guard and got everyone involved.”
*The Eagles continued their strong play with a 41-33 win over Legacy Christian last week, as Peters scored 11 points for Troy Christian, and Lee added 11 rebounds.
Troy Christian Boys Basketball - Dayton Christian used a big 21-6 second quarter en route to a 74-67 win over the Eagles in conference action last week.
Troy Christian led 19-13 after the opening quarter, but fell behind 34-25 at the break.
The second half was pretty evenly played, but the Eagles could not get the win.
James Anderson had a huge game for the Eagles, with 28 points and 20 rebounds, along with six blocks. Peyton Spurlock added nine points in the loss.
Also last week, the Eagles used a big fourth quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 44-36 victory over Legacy Christian.
Anderson again led with 18 points and 18 rebounds, Ben Schenk added nine and Seth Wynne had eight.
The Eagles played at Houston last night, and are now off for the Christmas weekend.
Troy Bowling - The Trojans had little trouble defeating Fairborn last week 2505-1980 in boys’ bowling action. Aaron Stone led the way with a 268-202, followed by Hayden Jackson 223-202, Jason Shiltz 214-207, AJ Kendall 171-213, Landon Flory 226 and Logan Jones 157.
On the girls’ side, the Trojans matched their male counterparts with another win on the season, as Troy defeated Fairborn 2553-2245.
A’leigha Smith led with a 226-268, Jenna Stone 236-246, Cassidy McMullen 226-233, Kirsten McMullen
200-192, Alyssa Shilt 157 and Jennica Funderburg 151.
Troy Christian Swimming - *In the Greenon Invitaitonal, several area swimmers placed in the top three in their events:
Boys 200 Medley Relay- Troy Christian 1st (Alexander Klint, Ezekiel Fulton, Grant Douchette and Benjamin Schaffnit).
Down the stretch of their season opener last week, the Troy girls’ basketball team knew they were in a battle. First-year coach Aaron Johnson was curious how well his team would be able to handle the adversity of a close game.
The Trojans passed the test, and came away with their first win of the season, defeating Springfield Shawnee 46-43 giving Johnson his first win as new Trojans coach.
“That was a big win for us,” Johnson said. “We made a huge leap forward and the effort was tremendous. I have never seen them play with that level of tenacity and did it for four quarters.”
“We didn’t execute to my liking, but they played hard. Part of my issue with scrimmages was not competing. We competed against Shawnee.”
Early in the game, Shawnee went on a 10-0 run to give the Braves a 10-2 lead with five minutes left in opening quarter. After a timeout, Kiyha Adkins scored three consecutive baskets to make it 10-8.
Troy ended the first quarter with an 11-10 lead.
“Shawnee had their run and we responded,” Johnson said. “You could see the girls starting to believe.”
Troy maintained a slim lead at the half, as they led 20-18 at the break.
“Lizze Weaver had a big first half for them and we didn’t shoot as well we should have,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately for us, Alaura Holycross picked up two fouls in second quarter, and without that post presence we weren’t efficient enough.”
“We talked about execution, and we switched to a zone at halftime to find their shooters. Offensively we were forcing some things and not letting the game come to us. We needed to run the offense through.”
Holycross established her presence in the third period with six points and dominated post according to Johnson.
“They had a tough time guarding her in the post,” he said. “For Shawnee, they stayed in the game late in the third with two big threes, and Troy trailed 34-32 heading to the fourth.
“My assistant wanted to press and go full court and get turnovers and easy baskets,” Johnson said. “The first five times they had the ball, they turned it over four times on us. We were then up due to the press on some easy baskets.”
But Johnson was concerned how well this team could handle being in a close game. He found out quickly in his first game with the Trojans.
“The part that concerned was how we were going to play with the lead,” he said. The composure they had was what I was looking for.”
With a minute to go, Shawnee hit a three to cut Troy’s lead to 44-43. Troy then tried to run the clock with 20 seconds left, and Hess his two free throws. Shawnee lost the ball to Adkins on a steal and the Trojans survived.
“The staff believes in this group, but we are not the ones on the floor,” Johnson said. “We told them to play for one another, and that began to happen in the fourth quarter. I have never seen them smile and be happy on the floor. That is what a team does, the come together as a team.
Adkins led with 14, Jordan Short added 11, Holycross had eight and Hess with seven for the Trojans.
Troy Boys Basketball - The Trojans boys’ team did not play on opening weekend, and will host Greenville this Friday in their first game of the new season.
After battling through an even first quarter, the Troy Trojans gave up 33 points in the second quarter, allowing Sidney to pull away for an 83-64 win over the Trojans last week in a GWOC North division game at the Student Activity Center.
Sidney held a slim 15-13 lead after the opening period before the Jackets outscored Troy 60-29 over the next two quarters, taking a 75-42 lead heading to the final period of play.
Sidney was led in scoring by Andre Gordon with 18, Allec Gordon and Devan Rogers each with 16 and Ratez Roberts with 14.
For the Trojans, Hayden Kotwica led with 17 points on 7-12 shooting, to lead four player in double figures.
Zach Reichelderfer added 12 points for the Trojans, while Eli Palmer and Zion Taylor each added 10 in the loss.
*Troy held on to knock off Butler on Friday night 61-59 to earn their first divisional win on the season.
Zach Reichelderfer led the Trojans with 17 points on the night, while Ryan McClurg added 14 points and Hayden Kotwica scored 10.
Troy’s game with Shawnee on Saturday night was postponed due to the weather.
The Trojans are back in action this week Piqua on Friday night, before taking the weekend off for Christmas.
Troy Girls Basketball- the Trojans fell behind by 14 points early and had to fight back all night, falling short to the Butler Aviators 43-32 in a GWOC contest last week.
Butler led 18-4 after the opening period to set the tone early, and after the Aviators outscored the Trojans by three points in the second period, Butler enjoyed a 27-10 lead at the half.
Trying to fight back in the third period, the Trojans played a solid eight minutes to cut into the lead heading to the fourth, but they could not recover in the final period as they lost their league contest by 11.
Troy had a rough shooting night from the field, only hitting on 27 percent of their shots, as nobody reached double figures. Jordan Short led the way for the Trojans with nine points, while Alaura Holycross added eight points and seven rebounds for Troy.
Tyree Fletcher led Butler with 12 points, and sharpshooter Willow Knights added a pair of threes and nine points.
Troy drops to 1-2 in the conference, trailing the division leaders Tippecanoe who are 2-0, while Butler and Sidney are both 2-1 and Greenville 2-2.
Troy travels to Piqua tonight who is winless in the conference.
Troy placed eighth overall in the Jim McCracken Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday, while the Tecumseh Arrows finished ninth, as they were the only two local teams involved in this event on opening weekend.
At 106, Troy’s Brandon Lewis finished 1-2 in his pool placing third, while Tecumseh saw Kainen Hackney was 1-3 overall, finishing fourth in his pool.
Scot Sinkhorn from Tecumseh finished 1-3 in the 113 pound pool for the Arrows.
At 120, Joe Daffner from Troy was 1-3 in his pool A, while at 126 pounds, Tecumseh’s Hunter Donnen went 3-1 in his pool.
Weighing in at 132 pounds, Lucas Rogers from Tecumseh won his pool before advancing to the round of placers, as he finished fourth overall. Troy’s Carson DeHart finished third in his pool.
At 145, Michael McBride from Troy lost his matches in Pool A, with Tecumseh’s Tommy Rowe placed second overall in his pool. At 152, winning his pool was Troy’s Justin Mittelstadt before finishing fourth overall with a 7-0 loss to Derek Cavin from Versailles. Also in that weight class, Samo Olejnicek from Tecumseh placed fourth in his pool.
Jonathon Sirion from Tecumseh was fourth in his pool at 160 pounds, while at 170, it was Jacob Shoop from Troy finishing fourth in Pool B.
Shane Shoop from Troy dominated his pool to advance to the bracket play, where he placed second overall, losing in the finals to Dominic Shelley from Mentor 3-2.
Weighing in at 195 was Davin Snyder from Troy, who won his pool and finished second overall after losing in the finals to Seth Campbell of Miamisburg.
Brandon Henn (Tecumseh) finished second at 220 in his pool and placed third overall after winning his third place match against Isaac Grilliot from Versailles 7-2. For Troy, Will Brumfield placed third overall in his pool.
Finally at 285, Troy’s Jake Browning finished third in his pool, and Tecumseh’s Greg Asher won his pool and finished fourth after a forfeit loss in the finals.