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Huron girls take SBC title with wins over Edison, Margaretta

Fandy.com Staff • May 12, 2015 at 5:36 PM

The Tigers took the Sandusky Bay Conference title back from Edison with a 164-178 victory over the Chargers Thursday at Thunderbird Hills North in Huron.

The Huron girls, shooting a 164, also defeated Margaretta, 192, to finish 11-1 in the SBC. Edison, with a 178 on Thursday, also finished 11-1, but the Tigers won Saturday's Sandusky Bay Conference tournament at Sawmill Creek Golf Club for the decisive points.

The Chargers won their mid-September host dual over the Tigers, 161-176, for the inside track on the conference, but Huron struck back in the SBC tournament and at their own home course.

"That (loss to Edison) was probably the turning point of the season," Gioffre said. "We lost pretty good that day, and we came out as a team and talked about what we wanted to do. We sat around and talked about what we wanted to do as a team. We had some work to do and our backs were against the wall. Then we stepped up at the SBC (tournament), we stepped up at the sectionals and we stepped up tonight."

Lauren Volz fired a 37 to lead the Tigers, followed by Ashley Franks with 38, Shannon Allen with 42 and Hannah Critelli with 47 for a 164 on their home course.

Ana Fischer led the Edison girls with a 39. Stephanie Mollohan added 40, followed by Tori Riddle with 49 and Megan Reber with a 50.

"Well, I think competition is good for everyone," Edison coach Lisa Kelble said. "It brings out the girls that can handle the pressure and teaches the kids a lot about themselves. I think they'll learn about what they did wrong tonight, we're not hanging our heads by any means."

The Margaretta girls, playing a make-up match versus Huron only, shot 192.

Katie Muratore had a 46 for the Polar Bears. Tatum Tucker and Grace Sessler shot 47 and 49, respectively. Rian Spicer rounded-out scoring for Margaretta with a 50.

Huron's three seniors -- Volz, Franks and Allen, who were freshmen in the inaugural year of the Tigers golf program -- won their second conference title.

"We've always talked about what their legacy was going to be. They've put Huron golf on the map," Gioffre said. "When they were in eighth grade, I went down there and recruited them.

"I got them, and they bought into the program and Huron athletics, and they took it to a whole new level. They can come back as alumnae in a year and look at that year on the golf banner in the gym, and they can think, 'I worked really hard to put that up there.'"

On Wednesday, four SBC girls golf teams punched tickets to the district tournament at Sycamore Springs in Arlington. Huron and Edison won their sectionals at Green Hills in Clyde and Valley View in Crestline, respectively. Perkins and Margaretta also advanced from Green Hills.

"I think this definitely helps us with our confidence," Gioffre said. "Every shot meant something, every shot took focus ... It can only benefit all of us.

"It's a real positive to take to the district, including Margaretta. We've been in some 'pressure cookers' this year -- I think all the teams that are advancing to the dist from our conference have been some tough matches."

Kelble said that quality golfers such as Volz, Fischer, Franks, Mollohan and Allen drives the rest of the conference, including their own teams to improve and play more. "It breeds success," she said.

"It says something for our conference when you have four teams going to district," she said. "It says something, not only about our youth golf, but that our girls are striving to get better. I think that driven competitiveness is taking them places. As a coach, I think it's a great thing. The whole area, conference, feeds off of one another ... All of them have great things to look forward to and have great things ahead."

SBC girls golf titles:

n 2004 Perkins

n 2005 Perkins

n 2006 Perkins and Edison

n 2007 Edison

n 2008 Huron

n 2009 Edison

n 2010 Huron

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