Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, was a historic day for the Sandusky Bay Conference girls golf programs.
Edison and Huron have entries in the first Division II state tournament the weekend of Oct. 11-12 on The Ohio State University Gray course in Columbus.
They finished 1-2 in the Sycamore Springs District to earn their spots. Edison won the district title with a 369 total, two strokes ahead of Huron. Lima Shawnee was third at 379 and also advanced to state.
Perkins and Norwalk St. Paul were also in the 15-team field. The Pirates placed ninth at 396, and the Flyers were 10th with a 408 total. Perkins is also a member of the SBC.
The three SBC coaches were ecstatic with the results.
“The conference had a great showing today, and to win the district championship in the first year for the split divisions (I and II) is exciting for the girls. Hats off to Huron which had solid scores,” said Edison coach Lisa Kelble.
Huron coach Frank Gioffre offered his thoughts.
“First, I want to congratulate Edison for winning the district. This was great for our conference, and I’m really proud of my girls.”
Perkins coach Alice James said, “We were hoping for a SBC sweep, but I’m thrilled with the way our girls played today. I offer my congratulations to Edison and Huron and wish them good luck in the state.”
For Edison, junior Bailey Bixler and senior Allison Soviak led the way. Bixler fired 38-44—82 and earned first-team all-district honors (based on the top six scores) while Soviak followed with 43-46—89.
Also for the Chargers, Tori Riddle carded 47-49—96, Megan Reber 52-50—102 and Stephanie Mollohan 53-56—109. They are sophomores.
“The key for us today was the consistency from our top two players, and our sophomores came through when we needed them. We did not play to our potential, but we reached another one of our goals, and that was to get to the state. Our girls are really excited abut winning the first Northwest District Division II championship, and it was nice to have the police escort us around the square when we got back home. It was something the girls will always remember,” Kelble said.
For Huron, sophomore Ashley Frank fired 39-46—85 despite a two-stroke penalty. Lauren Volz, also a sophomore, followed with 45-47—92 and Shannon Allen, thethirdsophomoreinthelineup, checkedinwith48-47—95.Senior Megan Buckingham posed 48-51—99 and junior Abbey Cook 50-51—101.
“Ashley had a great round and our sophomores stepped up today n a day in which the wind played a big factor. We also played somesixholesintherain,andthat alsohelpmakeitagoodtestofgolf for the girls. We’re really excited to make it to the state in just our second official year of girl golf, and it’s also nice for our community to know Huron has a young girls golf team that is headed for Columbus,” Gioffre said.
“Ashley’s penalty came when he followed another girl to the tee on one of the holes, and it was the wrong tee area. That was an automatic two-stroke penalty but Ashley overcame that to shoot a very good score, one she should be very proud of,” Gioffre said. “Ashley did birdie the ninth hole when she putted one in from off the green, and to break 40 like she did on the front nine is quite an accomplishment.
“This is an exciting time for our program,” he added.
For Perkins, which does not have a senior on the roster, Brianna Trent had the low round of 41-45—86 and sophomore Amanda Hartnett posted 47-50—97. Junior Heather Lentz tallied 52-49—01 while Ceildgh recorded 54-58—112 and Kaleigh Rapp 56-59—115.
“We have a young team and last year we shot 376 with a senior team, and 396 today is a score I feel is very good for this group. We finished ninth and beat out six schools, and I’m happy about that,” said James. “Brianna’s 86 was great.”
For St.Paul,BrookeTheisenregistered 48-5199 and Kayla Bevier 51-49—100. Ceilia Fitzgerald produced 50-54—104, Katie Farmer 54-51—105 and Brianna Missler 64-61—125.
Individually, Yong Li of Maumee Valley Country Day was medalist in a one-hole playoff with Alyssa Shimel of Eastwood after both girls fashioned 75s. Li had 37-38 and Shimel 39-36. EllenHuffman of Lima Central Catholic also qualified for the state with 40-37—77.
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