The Bethel boys’ basketball team runs their record to 17-2 overall with three big wins last week.

They opened the week with a 70-62 win at Carroll as Caleb South dropped in 28 points to lead the Bees, while Ryan Rose added 23.

Bethel then defeated Troy Christian in a big Miami County rivalry game 56-47. Rose and South each scored 13 in the win for the Bees.

Closing out the week, the Bees stung Stivers 69-52 in a non-conference game to set up their huge conference game this Friday at home against Tri-Village. South led with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Rose added 14 and Tyler Terry had 13.

“Going into (last) week, everyone was saying how big the week was for us for seeding purposes,” said Bethel coach Brett Kopp. “We needed at least two wins to get votes for the number two seed. The kids have the mindset, they knew to get to district and father they needed to be in the best position. Every team that beat us last year, we beat this year.”

“Our kids are competitive and want to win, and are playing better together and it showed this week.”

A win by the Bees on Friday will give them the Cross County Conference title outright, and the huge game begins with a 6:30 JV tip. Fans are encouraged to get there early due to the expected crowd size.

“We have kids who want to perform in the big games, they are excited for it,” Kopp said. “It’s a rival, this is who you want to play to win the outright title. They are the standard on the court, and it’s our last home game and we want to cut the net down in front of our fans.”

Full coverage of the game will be in next week’s edition.

Tipp Swimming - The Red Devils competed in the GWOC Swimming Championship last weekend, after a successful divisional meet. In the big conference meet, several Tipp swimmers placed in the top ten.

tipp swimming alexis cookThe girls’ 200 Medley Relay team of Tori Prenger, Carsyn Woltz, Arielle Arnett and Alexis Cook placed seventh overall with a 1:59.86.

Arnett came back in the girls’ 200 Free and pushed to a league title, winning the event in 1:54.32, just :27 seconds faster than her closest competition from Springfield. Arnett also finished second in the 500 Free with a time of 5:01.90.

In the girls’ 100 Free, Cook placed third overall with a 54.40, and in the 50 Free, she placed even higher with a second place overall finish with a 24.70.

Ryan Wall took home an eighth-place finish in the boys’ 100 Back, with a finish of 58.18.

The girls’ 400 Free Relay team of Arnett, Woltz, Prenger and Cook finished fifth overall with a 3:55.51, while in the boys race, the Tipp team of Wall, Evan Hill, Matthew Poynter and Ben Jans placed eighth with a time of 3:36.30.

The sectionals are being held this weekend, as the boys will swim on Friday night at Trotwood beginning at 6:30 and the girls on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.