JACKSON, Ohio — Every stroke matters.
The Meigs golf team took second place in the fifth Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division golf meet by one shot Monday night at Franklin Valley Golf Course.
Wellston was first on the day with a score of 180, followed by Meigs with a 181 and Alexander with 192. Vinton County was fourth with a 194, Athens was fifth with a 200, while Nelsonville-York rounded out the field with a 243.
The Maroon and Gold golfers were led by Derik Hill, who carded a five-over par 40. Trenton Cook marked a 44 for MHS, followed by Evan George with a 48. Taylor Rowe and David Davis each shot 49 but only one of the scores counted toward the team total. Darrin Will fired a 55 in a non-contributing effort for the Marauders.
Wellston was led by match medalist Hunter Riepenhoff, who fired an even-par 35. Dustin Doward carded a 44 for the Golden Rockets, Blake Royster added a 49 and Dakota Regal rounded out WHS total with a 52. Ken LeMaster (58) and Dakota Martin (61) also played for Wellston but did not effect the team total.
The Spartans were led by Johnny Rupe and Blake Lindner with rounds of 46, while Bryce Jeffers fired and 49 and Joe Rossa posted a 51. Kyle Holt recorded a 68 in a non-counting effort for Alexander.
Alec Boothe and Alex Dixon each marked 47s for the Vikings, followed by Austin Ward with a 48 and David Allen with a 52. Tyler Barnett (77) played but did not effect Vinton County’s final score.
Michael Frame led the Bulldogs with a 39, followed by Ryan McCarthy with a 50 and Zach Shriver with a 55. Jordan Deam and Zach Howman each fired 56s for Athens, only one of which counted, while Drake Cook fired a 61 in a non-counting effort.
Chase Koker led the Buckeyes with a 54, while David Straubaugh had a 55, Ben Johnson had a 61 and Steven Bishop marked a 71. In a non-contributing effort Tanner Smith fired an 81.
With just one match remaining, Meigs leads the league with a 21-4 record, followed by Wellston at 17-8 and Vinton County at 15-10. Athens is fourth at 11-14, followed by the Spartans at 8-17 and the Buckeyes at 2-23.
The Marauders will clinch a share of the league with a fifth place finish on the 18th at Alexander. A fourth place or better finish will clinch the league outright for the Maroon and Gold.