By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
and Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
GREENVILLE — Coming into Thursday’s first-ever Miami Valley League head-to-head matchup for the Troy boys golf team, the Trojans were a little nervous — given that host Greenville had beaten them on the same course in an 18-hole invitational the previous week.
But Thursday, the Trojans took care of business, holding off the Green Wave at Turtle Creek to win by five and begin play in the MVL Miami Division with a 181-186 victory.
“We were extremely pleased today,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “Greenville whipped us in their tournament here last week, so for us to get a win at Turtle Creek against them to start MVL play, this was a good win.”
Ryan Dowling was medalist on the day, leading Troy (1-0, 1-0 MVL Miami) with a 41. Henry Johnston added a 44, Owen Evilsizor shot 46, Tag Bender shot 50, Aaron Colvin shot 53 and Kellen Glover shot 58.
“Ryan played really well, really had his short game working again,” Evilsizor said. “Henry overcame a brutal start to post his best round of the year. And Owen had a tough start, too, but then continued to play well.
“We’ve just got to be able to find a fourth score. It felt like we were in control the whole match, but then we only won by five. These matches are going to be tight, so we’ve got to be able to close better.”
Troy hosts West Carrollton and Chaminade Julienne in a tri on Tuesday.
• Girls Golf
TROY — The Troy girls golf team took on Greenville in its first-ever Miami Valley League Miami Division matchup on Thursday, falling 186-236.
Libby Harnish led the Trojans (0-1, 0-1 MVL Miami) with a 51, Delaney Davis shot 52, Megan Coate shot 64, Kami Lehman shot 69, Astha Patel shot 70 and Ella Fecher shot 78.
Kenna Jenkinson was medalist with a 38 for the Green Wave (3-0, 1-0 MVL Miami).
Troy hosts Fairmont Monday.
GREENVILLE — The Bethel girls golf team held off Franklin Monroe on the road for a Cross County Conference win Thursday, defeating the Jets 227-230 at Turtle Creek.
Olivia Reittinger led the Bees with a 51, Kenna Gray shot 57, Kerigan Calhoun shot 59, Ashley Newton and Skylar Johnson both shot 60 and Kaylee Brookhart shot 69.
The previous day, the Bees won another close match, defeating Northwestern 222-228 at National Golf Links.
Gray and Reittinger tied for medalist honors with 51s, Johnson shot 59, Newton shot 61 and Karley Moore shot 76.
1st 4 Straight
PIQUA — The Piqua tennis team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 5-0 win over Northridge.
In singles, Arabella Partee won 6-0, 6-0; and Alexa Knorr-Sullivan won 6-1, 6-3.
At first doubles, Skylar Cain and Cassie Arnett won 6-3, 6-1.
Northridge forfeited third singles and second doubles.
Piqua defeated Bellefontaine in a rain-shortened match.
Knor-Sullivan won 6-3, 6-0 and Izzy King won 6-2, 6-3 in singles.
Piqua won first doubles 6-2, 7-6. The other two matches were suspended.
Piqua started the week with a 3-2 win over St. Marys.
In singles, Partee lost 6-3, 6-0; Knorr-Sullivan won 7-6, 6-2 and King won 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles, Cain and Arnett lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 and Grace Ryan and Rikki Ramirez won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
KETTERING — Troy fell to 2-2 on the young season Thursday with a loss on the road, falling at Fairmont 4-1.
The Trojans got their win at first doubles, where Esha Patel and Cady Rhea defeated Isabel Greene and Savannah Gross 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4).
At first singles, Kit Wolke lost to Dasha Dotsenko 6-1, 3-0, ret. At second singles, Mackenzie Nosker lost to Emma Fugate 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Danielle Robbins lost to Madaline Taphorn 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Kylie Ayers and Maggie Wannemacher lost to Adaline Hennissy and Madison Watkins 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“It was a competitive match, with both of our doubles teams playing with better effort and energy,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said.”
Troy hosts Greenville to begin league play Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD — Milton-Union dropped its first match of the season Thursday, falling 3-2 in non-league play at Northwestern.
At first singles, Meredith Fitch defeated Leah Fraker 6-2, 6-1. At second singles, Taylor Falb defeated Kate Pederson 6-0, 6-1.
At third singles, Laura Billing lost to Macy Yeager 2-6, 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Madison Silveira and Amelia Black lost to Allex Smith and Leah Dotson 6-3, 6-0. At second doubles, Paige Barnes and Avalynn Barton lost to Gabby Limes and Kate Tanner 6-0, 6-2.
Milton-Union takes on Preble Shawnee on the road to kick off league play Tuesday.
BEAVERCREEK — The Lehman Catholic girls tennis team lost 4-1 to Beavercreek’s “B” team.
In singles, Angela Brunner won 6-4, 6-3; while Ann Deafenbaugh lost 6-3, 6-2 and Mary Lins lost 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles, Liann Trahey and Taylor Reineke lost 6-1, 6-3 and Madi Gleason and Sarah Heurta lost 6-2, 6-0.
“Angela won tonight by playing smart and she moved the ball around the court really well,” Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “Good win for her after losses the last two nights. Mary and Ann both lost longer matches at second and third singles than the scores indicated and our doubles continue to improve.
“The biggest things we are working on are court positioning and moving forward together. That was the big difference in both doubles matches tonight.”
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