Milton-Union secures first TRC football championship

The Milton-Union Bulldogs celebrated the inaugural Three Rivers Conference football season with a conference championship. Milton-Union finished the TRC season with a 7-0 record, capped by a 37-14 victory against Riverside to secure the title.

Milton-Union finished the season 10-2 overall, qualifying for the Division IV postseason. Four TRC programs qualified for the OHSAA playoffs -- Milton-Union, Northridge (D-IV), Riverside (D-VII) and Troy Christian (D-VII).

Milton-Union led the TRC All-Conference team with 10 first-team selections: Junior Cooper Brown (DB), junior Jake Brown (OL & DL), junior Blake Brumbaugh (WR & DB), junior Michael Elam (RB), junior Mason Grudich (K), junior Ethan Lane (OL), junior Nate Morter (QB) and junior Connor Yates (LB).

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Among the special honors: Riverside senior Zach Armbruster was named Offensive Lineman of the Year, Miam East senior Austin Francis was named Offensive Back of the Year, Milton's Jake Brown was named Defensive Lineman of the Year and Milton's Blake Brumbaugh was named Defensive Linebacker/Back of the Year.

Covington wins inaugural cross country boys championship

The Covington Buccaneers swept the Three Rivers Conference boys cross country championships by claiming both the team and individual titles on Oct. 16 on their home course.

Sophomore Asher Long won the individual title with a time of 16 minutes, 48 seconds on the 3.1-mile course to claim athlete of the year honors. The Buccs scored 40 points to win the team title ahead of runner-up Miami East's 51 points.

Also for Covington, junior Mic Barhorst finished fifth overall in 18:27 and was joined by senior Tyler Alexander (7th, 19:00), freshman Beck Wilson (12th, 19:18), freshman Tanner Palsgrove (15th, 19:22), freshman Calub Hembree (16th, 19:26) and senior Devin Brummitt (20th, 19:29).

Also finishing among the top eight and earning first-team TRC honors along with Alexander, Barhorst and Long were Milton-Union senior Kyle Bostick (2nd, 17:39), Miami East junior Elijah Willmeth (3rd, 18:00), Bethel senior Trent Schweikhardt (4th, 18:12), Miami East sophomore Andrew Crane (6th, 18:50) and Milton-Union junior John Ritchey (8th, 19:15).

Miami East claims inaugural cross country girls title

The Miami East Vikings girls cross country team won the first Three Rivers Conference championship at host Covington on Oct. 16. The Vikings scored 35 points to edge runner-up Milton-Union's 42 points.

Sophomore Maryn Gross finished second overall 20 minutes, 58 seconds on the 3.1-mile course to lead the Vikings. Covington freshman Elyza Long won in 19:59 to claim athlete of the year honors.

Also for the Vikings: senior Kiley Davie finished sixth overall in 21:55 and was followed by freshman Rhylee Eichhorn (8th, 22:42), junior Kendal Staley (10th, 23:42), junior Sarah Weaver (11th, 24:19), sophomore Lana McAdams (15th, 26:20), sophomore Abby Leiss (32nd, 33:31) and junior Kierstin Thomas (35th, 50:39).

Also finishing among the top eight and joining Long, Gross, Davie and Eichhorn for first-team, all-league honors were Milton-Union sophomore Savanna Smith (3rd, 21:11), Covington freshman Johanna Welborn (4th, 21:40), Milton-Union senior Maddie Stasiak (5th, 21:49) and Milton-Union sophomore Ty Parsons (7th, 22:21).

Riverside nets TRC volleyball title

The Riverside Pirates put the finishing touches on the Three Rivers Conference volleyball championship with a victory on Thursday. Riverside, coached by Candice Woods, finished the regular season 17-5 overall and 13-1 in the TRC.

Senior Jenna Woods delivered a team-high 21 kills and had three service aces. Senior Sasha Stotler added seven kills, four aces, four blocks and three digs. Junior Jade Copas had five kills and six digs, junior Alaina Snow 28 assists and five digs and four blocks, senior Trinity Notestine eight digs and three aces and senior Grace Brownlee four digs and an ace.

And thank you Troy Fish & Game for sponsoring the TRC's volleyball page!

Bethel Bees boys, girls sweep TRC soccer titles

The Bethel Bees boys and girls soccer teams claimed the inaugural Three Rivers Conference championships on Monday, Oct. 11.

For the girls, Bethel's Rhyan Reittinger scored the lone goal off an assist from Juli Sprague in the 1-0 win against Lehman Catholic. 

For the boys, Casey Keesee, Kyle Bruckeman and Jace Houck each scored two goals and Jaiden Hogge, Matt Smith and Ethan Tallmadge each had one in the 9-1 win against Lehman Catholic. Keesee had three assists and Bruckeman, Hogge, Houcke and Elijah Rios each had one.

Bethel's boys came into Monday one-half game behind Miami East in the standings. Needing help, Bethel got it when Milton-Union beat Miami East 2-1 to aid the Bees' title run.

The league title was the 10th overall for the Bethel girls, who are coached by Josh Garlough. The boys, coached by Bob Hamlin, captured their ninth overall league title.