BEVERLY, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Publishing area, on both the team and individual fronts, enjoyed a good morning — and afternoon — on Wednesday at the annual Waterford Invitational.
The Southern Tornadoes took the small-school division runner-up, while individually Levi Chapman of Meigs, Kaden Thomas of Gallia Academy and Kylee Tolliver of Eastern all made the all-tournament team.
In one of the largest area golf invitationals around, held at the par-70 Lakeside Golf Club in nearby Beverly, the Waterford Invitational divides its boys divisions into “Green” and “White” — with the “large schools” going “Green” and the “small schools” being the “White”.
On the boys side, Meigs was represented by an “A” and “B” squad, while Gallia Academy was also a member of the 11-club “Green” division — with Eastern and Southern in the eight-team”White” group.
The girls division consisted of seven schools, including Gallia Academy, Eastern and Meigs.
For the Tornadoes, although none of their five players made the all-tournament team, they did have all four of their counting scores range from 85 to 93.
Barnesville captured the small-school division championship, firing a team total of 336.
Southern (357) edged the tournament host, and defending Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion, Waterford (363) by six strokes for second-place.
Fort Frye finished ahead of Morgan for fourth, 375-378, while Eastern ended up sixth at 386.
Miller and Belpre — also in the TVC-Hocking along with Southern, Eastern and Waterford — had team totals of 428 and 470 respectively.
Jensen Anderson paced the Tornadoes with an 85 (41-44), followed closely by Jonah Hoback with an 89 (42-47) and Jarrett Hupp with a 90 on a pair of 45s.
Ryan Acree amounted the fourth counting Southern score with a 93 (45-48), while Joey Weaver with a 105 (50-55) was the other Tornado tally.
Most of the 26 teams featured a full field of five golfers on Wednesday, while the top four scores counted towards the team total.
Eastern’s top three scores were an 88 (42-46) by Ryan Harbor, a 94 (48-46) from Jasiah Brewer and a 98 (48-50) by Kaleb Honaker — while Nick Durst (106) nudged out Garrett Chalfant (107) for the final counting card.
For the big-school boys division, Coshocton and Marietta “A” amassed a 303 and 313 respectively — thus taking home the team championship and team runner-up.
The Meigs Marauders’ “A” list — spearheaded by the senior Chapman and junior Wyatt Nicholson — landed a fourth-place effort with a score of 325.
The Marauders’ total stood halfway between Wheeling Park at 320 and Warren “A” at 330.
New Lexington was next at 332, while the young Gallia Academy Blue Devils turned in a 351.
Marietta “B” (381) and Meigs “B” (433) bookended the remaining scores — around Alexander (404) and Warren “B” (409).
Chapman chalked up a three-over par 73, landing one of the five second-team all-tournament team spots.
He fired a 37 on the Lakeside front side, followed by one stroke better at 36 on the back.
Nicholson netted a 78, combining a 38 and a 40.
Bryce Swatzel with an 85 (40-45) and Bobby Musser with an 89 (43-46) were the other two Meigs counting cards.
Caleb Stanley shot a 103 for the fifth Marauder mark.
For the Marauders’ “B” fivesome, Brayden Ervin led the way with a 98 — followed by Cole Arnott with a 107, Bailey Jones with a 113 and Brody Reynolds with a 115.
Griffin Buck, with a pair of 60s for a 120 total, was the non-counting card for Meigs “B”.
The Blue Devils, for the second invitational in three days, received a superb sub-80 score from the sole senior Thomas.
After an all-tournament team berth at Ironton Country Club on Monday with a 77, Thomas went three shots lower at Waterford — with a 36 and a 38 for a 74 and a second-team all-tournament ticket.
Reece Thomas with an 88 (47-41), Cooper Davis with a 90 (47-43), and Hobie Graham with a 99 (54-45) were the other three Blue Devil scores.
Wyatt Sipple, a junior making his first career varsity start at Gallia Academy, added a 108.
Chapman (73) and Kaden Thomas (74) were joined on the second-team all-tournament squad by Davey Wells of Barnesville, who shot a 73 and was the only player from the “White” division to make the special 10-man roster.
The other second-teamers were Clay Davis of Coshocton with a 75 and Seth Dennis of Warren with a 76, while Jacob Nickell of Wheeling Park posted a smooth three-under-par 67 to capture match medalist honors.
The other four first-teamers were Gage Herb of Marietta with a 73 — as Reese Andrews of Coshocton, Kolten Foraker of New Lexington and Nick Ward of Warren all shot 72.
Host Waterford, in the girls invitational, dominated once again — carding a team total of 336 and defeating the next two teams by exactly 77 strokes.
The Wildcats, paced by medalist Ashley Offenberger with a 78 and Kenzie Dietz with an 80, are aiming for a third consecutive appearance in the girls golf state tournament.
The senior-less Gallia Academy Blue Angels enjoyed a third-place performance in their season debut, and —in fact —tied Logan with the second-best team score of 413.
It was also the Blue Angels’ new school record for an 18-hole team score.
But the Lady Chiefs — with rounds of 103, 114 and 117 to go along with the 79 from medalist runner-up Lexis Fickel —won the fifth-score tiebreaker by 11 strokes.
Ryelee Sipple paced the Blue Angels’ balanced attack, as the freshman fired a 45 and a 53 for a 98.
Molly Fitzwater finished with a 101 (48-53), while newcomers Hunter Copley (52-55) and Bailey Meadows (53-54) matched with a pair of 107s.
Macy Jones shot a 129 for the non-counting card.
River (414) — led by all-tournament team honoree Sierra Knowlton with an 84 — trailed the Blue Angels and Logan by a single stroke, as Eastern at 445, Meigs at 463 and Warren at 466 rounded out the team scores.
Besides Knowlton, Fickel, Offenberger and Dietz, Eastern’s Tolliver earned an all-tournament team slot with an 83 (42-41).
The other Lady Eagle scores were a 113 from Autumn Honaker, a 121 from Jasmine Brewer, a 128 from Sara Bunce and a 140 from Alyssa Smith.
The Lady Marauders — which only fielded four golfers — had a 111 by Shelby Whaley, a 114 by Caitlin Cotterill, a 117 by Mikayla Radcliffe and a 121 by Olivia Haggy.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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