PIQUA — Piqua had not beat Sidney in boys soccer in 17 years but came out on top 3-1 on Tuesday night at Wertz Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, Sidney’s Nathan Miu scored the first goal off an assist by Jalen Hudgins, but the Indians fought back from there.
With 15:15 left in the game, Piqua junior Brandon Grissom took the ball away from a Sidney player, and after sending the ball to Caden Jones, Jones sent it right back to Grissom and Grissom drilled it into the far post to give Piqua a 2-1 lead.
“I saw the guys legs opening and I just knew I had to take the shot,” Grissom said. “I just drilled it at the far post.”
With 9:26 to go, Cade Lyman made a run at the Sidney goal.
After crossing to Jones, Jones crossed it back, with the result being an insurance goal.
“It was basically the same play,” Jones said.
Then, it was just a matter of the clock running out — on Sidney and 17 years of Piqua frustration.
“Think about it,” Grissom said. “I have only been alive 17 years. This is the first time in my lifetime we have beaten Sidney. That is amazing.”
Robbie Comstock had a shot deflected by Sidney, only to have Ethan Heidenrich follow it with a tying goal to make it 1-1 with 23:12 remaining and start Piqua on its way.
“Everything just flipped,” Grissom said Piqua’s first goal. “It just gave us a big lift and you could see by looking at them that Sidney was down after that.”
The loss was the third in a row for the Yellow Jackets (6-6, 5-3 GWOC American North). Sidney’s next game is Thursday at home against St. Marys.
With the win, Piqua takes a 4-3 lead in the school’s all-sports trophy competition. The Yellow Jackets led 3-2 after last Thursday’s volleyball match, but Piqua was awarded a point for girls golf earlier this week since Sidney is without a team.
Sidney 3, Trotwood-Madison 0
The Yellow Jackets rolled to their 12th consecutive victory with a three set win over Trotwood-Madison on Tuesday. Sidney won in lopsided fashion each set: 25-9, 25-11 and 25-6.
Abby Nuss served 22-of-22, including 10 aces and Alyssa Chavez served 10-of-10. Payton Boshears added three aces. Carrie Nuss and Boshears each picked up five digs. Arielle Snider drilled eight kills and Darien McBride added four kills and two solo blocks. Carrie Nuss set 48-of-48 with 19 assists.
Sidney is now 12-5 overall and 8-3 in GWOC American North Division play. The Yellow Jackets return to action next Tuesday when they host Troy in another GWOC match up.
Anna 3, Jackson Center 2
Anna stayed tied for first place in the Shelby County Athletic League on Tuesday with a 15-12 win in the fifth game of a match against the Tigers. The Rockets won the first game 26-24 and fourth game 25-14, while Jackson Center won the second game 25-20 and third game 25-14.
Emma Meyer and Macy Wiktorowksi both had 20 kills for Anna, while Ashley Landis had 10. Lexi Wells had 48 assists and 17 digs, while Rachel Shoemaker had 22 digs and Carly Becker, Abby Counts and Lindsey Barhorst each had 15 digs. Madison Roe had five kills and four solo blocks.
Jackson Center’s Raquel Kessler set a school record for kills in a game with 34. Kessler also had 14 digs and four blocks. Caroline Frieders had 11 kills, 27 assists and 10 digs, while Connor Pipke had seven kills and 14 digs. Elizabeth Hickey had six kills, Katie Sosby had 33 digs, and Madilynn Platfoot had 24 assists.
The Rockets are 10-6 overall and are tied for first with Fort Loramie. Both Anna and Loramie have 7-2 league records, while Russia is close behind with a 6-2 league record. Jackson Center is 9-6 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Anna’s next game is Thursday at home against Russia, while Jackson Center travels to Botkins.
Russia 3, Lehman Catholic 0
The Raiders beat Lehman 25-13, 25-23 and 25-20 in a nonconference match on Tuesday.
Laurissa Poling led Russia with 11 kills and had seven digs and six blocks. Cameo Wilson had nine kills, and Morgan Wenrick had six kills and seven digs. Jenna Cordonnier had 19 assists, six digs and three blocks, and Lexi Monnin had five kills and four aces. Whitney Pleiman led the team with 32 digs and had four aces.
Russia (11-6) travels to Anna on Thursday.
Fort Loramie 3, Fairlawn 0
The Redskins beat Fairlawn 25-16, 25-9 and 25-17 on Tuesday.
Alexis Fleckenstein led Fort Loramie with 11 kills, while Marissa Meiring had seven and Kenzie Hoelscher had five. Sophia Albers led the team with 23 assists, while Meiring had 10 digs and five aces and Emily Austin had five.
Lauren Dudgeon had seven kills and three digs for the Jets. Lauren Weinscenk had eight digs, five kills and three aces, while Kenedee Gallimore had 14 digs and Brittany Strunk had nine digs and five assists.
Loramie (10-7, 7-2 SCAL) plays next on Saturday at Fort Recovery, while Fairlawn (3-13, 0-8) hosts Houston.
Houston 3, Botkins 1
Botkins won the first game 25-21 but the Wildcats won the next three 25-21, 25-14 and 25-14 to take the SCAL match on Tuesday.
Alyssa Kemp led Houston with 36 assists and had three kills and 23 digs. Olivia Bowser had 23 digs, five kills and four assists, while Jessica Monnier had nine kills, seven digs, one solo block and one block assist.
Sarah Monnier led Houston with 14 kills and had 11 digs. Amber Stangel had 18 digs and Hannah Bixler had 11 digs.
Danielle Schwartz had 36 digs and 15 kills for Botkins, while Brielle Boroff had 12 assists.
Houston (4-10, 1-7) travels to Fairlawn on Thursday while Botkins (6-11, 3-5) hosts Jackson Center.
Riverside 3, Troy Christian 1
The Pirates won the first two games against Troy Christian 25-23 and 25-12, lost the third 28-26 and won the fourth 25-11 to win the nonconference match on Tuesday and improve to 11-3 overall.
Marissa Davis led the Pirates with 22 kills. Sierra Snow had 12 assists and Shelby Giles had 10 kills.
Riverside’s next game is Thursday at Elgin.
Northmont 4, Sidney 1
Sidney dropped its third-consecutive match on Tuesday at Northmont.
In singles, Hailey New lost 6-0 and 6-0, Naomi Riegel won 6-0 and 6-1, and Jenna Allen lost 6-4 and 6-3. In doubles, Caroline Gallimore and Mara Hecht lost 6-3 and 6-2, and Sara Gibson and Avery Shreves lost 6-1 and 6-2.
The Yellow Jackets (9-10, 4-4 GWOC American North) played on Wednesday at West Carrollton and return to action on Monday at Fairborn to wrap-up regular season play.
Houston boys first at Tri-Village Patriot Invite
The Houston boys cross country team finished first out of 11 squads at the Tri-Village Patriot Invitational on Tuesday.
Houston’s top seven included Tristin Freistuhler, 3, 17:46; Ethan Knouff, 4, 17:53; Dakota Francis, 6, 18:42; Parker Cox, 8, 18:44; Blake Jacobs, 9, 19:03; Jacob Slater, 11, 19:07; and Patrick Meiring, 13, 19:20.
Houston’s girls team finished third out of five schools. The top runners were Hollie Voisard, 3, 22:16; Danielle Stephenson, 8, 24:34; Addie White, 19, 26:19; Kierstyn Oberdorff, 30, 29:25; April Stammen, 35, 30:50; and Andrea Mantor, 40, 33:08.
Piqua Daily Call sports editor Rob Kiser contributed to this story. Kiser can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.