Piqua’s Evan Hensler hits an approach to the green Monday against Troy.
Troy’s Owen Evilsizor watches his approach shot Monday against Piqua.
Piqua’s Richard Price chips onto the green Monday against Troy.
Troy’s Ryan Dowling putts Monday against Piqua.
Piqua’s Decker Jackson follows through on a shot Monday against Troy.
Troy’s Kellen Glover putts Monday against Piqua.
Piqua’s Drew Hinkle hits a tee shot Monday against Troy.
TROY — Sure, the Troy boys golf team had a Senior Night already earlier this season.
But what about second Senior Night?
Troy hosted Piqua Monday at Troy Country Club for its originally-scheduled Senior Night — back on Sept. 3, the Trojans had a backup one at Miami Shores just in case the season was cut short — and the Trojans had a solid day while the Indians struggled in a 160-209 Troy victory.
“The kids were really excited, since it was a Senior Night celebration,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “You never quite know how they’re going to play on Senior Night, though — I’ve had some good ones and some really bad ones. But we’ve played really well here at the country club all year.
“These guys happened to get two of them (Senior Nights). Not a bad deal for them.”
But while Troy (10-4, 8-0 Miami Valley League Miami Division) shot a solid score on the day, Piqua (3-9, 2-7 MVL Miami) shot its second-highest one of the season, going higher than 200 for the first time since back on Aug. 27.
“Even last Thursday when we went to Locust Hills, they shot 187. We only beat them by 10,” Evilsizor said. “It was just one of those off nights for them.
“It seems like Troy Country Club either brings out the best in teams or worst in teams. It’s a fun track, and if you’re playing well, you can really score. But if you’re struggling, it can be a pain in the neck. And that’s kind of what happened.”
And while junior Henry Johnston — who always plays particularly well at Troy Country Club himself — led the Trojans as medalist with a 38 on the day, the team’s four seniors were all right behind.
Tag Bender shot 39, Owen Evilsizor followed with a 41, Ryan Dowling shot 42 to cap off the scoring and senior Kellen Glover and freshman Bryce Massingill finished things off by shooting 47s.
“Tag, the past couple matches, is really starting to play well,” Evilsizor said. “And that’s somebody we’re going to need to play well. He’s hitting his stride at the right time — and that’s what you want. You want your seniors playing their best at the end of the season, at the end of their playing careers. For the most part, they all are. I think we’re starting to play our best golf.”
For Piqua, Evan Hensler led the way with a 47, Decker Jackson shot 48, Richard Price shot 55, Drew Hinkle shot 59 and Sabastian Karabinis shot 69.
The win also set Troy up with a winner-takes-all MVL Miami championship dual on Tuesday against undefeated Tippecanoe at Cassel Hills.
“The kids are focused on (Tuesday) and Tipp,” Evilsizor said. “They’re excited to have a chance to play for a league championship, and I told them that’s what it’s all about. You want a chance to win it, and if we play our best and our best isn’t good enough, so be it. You just never know what’s going to happen.”
Piqua, meanwhile, returns to action on Sept. 30 at Echo Hills against Sidney.
• Girls Golf
PIQUA — The Troy girls golf team’s two best rounds of the season have come at Echo Hills, with the Trojans matching their season low on Monday in a 191-214 victory over Piqua — the Indians’ third head-to-head loss to Troy this year.
On Aug. 18, the Trojans (6-9, 3-3 MVL Miami) defeated Piqua 191-234 at Echo Hills, and Monday’s 191 tied that season-low total. Libby Harnish was medalist on Monday with a 45, Paige Stuchell shot 46, Delaney Davis shot 48, Kami Lehman shot 52, Ashley Kloeker shot 53 and Elise Hempker shot 65.
For Piqua (3-11, 2-5 MVL Miami), Haley Krogman shot a career-best 47 to lead the way, Kenzi Anderson added a 49, Brooklynne Wright shot 56, Ivy Lee shot 62, Siara Grinstead shot 68 and Marin Funderburg shot 78.
After hosting Stebbins Tuesday, Troy hosts division leader Butler Thursday at Miami Shores, while Piqua finishes its regular season Wednesday at home against Tippecanoe.