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Huron's Lauren Volz is SBC's top player

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Lauren Volz has reached a couple of her major goals in leading Huron to the 2010 Sandusky Bay Conference girls golf championship.

But the SBC's Outstanding Performer award winner would like to go out with even more accolades.

"Winning that award (outstanding performer) has been one of the top personal goals, but another was for us to get back to the state tournament as a team, and we've done that. Now it's to place much higher than we did the last two years (eighth among 12 teams each time)," Volz said.

She did not mention the fact with scores of 76 and 79 in Columbus last year she earned first-team All-Ohio honors (top six individual scores).

Volz posted the lowest average score in SBC girls golf history with a mark of 38.9 strokes, thanks primarily to a sizzling seven-under-par 30 in a dual match on the Thunderbird Hills North course early in the season.

"Everything worked that day and I had just 13 putts in my round, which included two eagles and three birdies," said Volz who was second in scoring average the last two years.

She was a second-team selection as a freshman at 45.43 shots a round, improved that to 42.6 as a sophomore and last year was again second, this time with a 39.44 average compared to Bailey Bixler's 39 stroke average for Edison. Bixler earned repeat player of year honors.

"While I had that 30 and I also had trouble in the SBC tournament when I shot 87 (43-44) and that hurt my average quite a bit," Volz said.

She has hopes of playing golf in college.

"Right now if I had a choice I would like to go to Ohio (University), which has a good golf program. I want to major in physical therapy and OU also has a very good program in that area," Volz said.

Volz is one of three Huron golfers on the SBC first team.

Senior Ashley Franks finished second in average at 40.4 and freshman Rafaella Gioffre fourth with a 43.3 mark. Franks in also a repeat first-teamer after a 42.44 a mark in 2009 for the No. 4 spot overall.

Edison, which like Huron, is going to the state for the third year in succession, has a pair of first-team performers in senior Stephanie Mollohan and junior Ana Fischer. Mollohan gained first-team laurels for the second year with a mark of 43.1 compared to 44.44 in 2009. Fischer's average was 43.4 and last year finished at 45.67 to lead the second teamers.

Sophomore Maddy Mullins of Perkins rounds out the first team. She ranked sixth overall with a 43.9 average, and was on the second team in 2009 at 47.75.

Edison and Perkins landed five of the six positions on the second team.

Edison seniors Megan Reber and Tori Riddle and lead the list with identical 46.4 averages. Both were on the second team a year ago with mark of 45.67 and 45.89 respectively.

Perkins has the next three spots.

Sophomore Maddie Torres averaged 46.5 strokes while seniors Amanda Hartnett and Kaleigh Rapp followed at 46.7 and 46.9 respectively. Karanne Witt of Oak Harbor rounds out the second group. She averaged 47 shots per round and had the same mark in 2009 when she also earned second-team honors. The seven conference schools also have one honorable mention choice, based on the highest remaining average for each team).

They are Laura Beebe of Perkins (47.6), Cassie Trent of Port Clinton (48.9), Nikki Mollohan of Edison (49.0), Hannah Critelli of Huron (49.1), Tatum Tucker of Margaretta (49.2), Katelyn Kindred of Clyde (53.1) and Sarah Boldt of Oak Harbor (54.0).

In the final standings, Huron finished with 28 points, followed by Edison (26), Perkins (21), Margaretta (15), Port Clinton (8) and Oak Harbor (6). Clyde did not produce a point.

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