PREP ROUNDUP: Tiger Cub golfers advance; Shrum, Dixon also moving on
BRAZIL – Greencastle shot a 372 to tie Terre Haute North for second place in the Northview girls’ golf sectional on Saturday, earning a spot in next week’s regional at The Legends course in Franklin.
The Patriots were awarded second place based upon the best fifth-player score. The top three teams and individuals not on advancing teams all earned regional spots.
One of those at-large regional berths went to Cloverdale sophomore Sammie Shrum, who shot an 89. The Clovers placed fourth as a team with a score of 404, while South Putnam was seventh with a 427.
Terre Haute South won with a 326, finishing 46 shots ahead of the Patriots and Tiger Cubs.
Greencastle’s Macey Masten led her team with an 82, which tied her for the second-best score among all participants Claire Thrift of Terre Haute North and Mallory Snyder of Terre Haute South also had 82s.
The medalist was Jenna Fagan of Terre Haute South, who shot a 75.
Bailey Shuee added a 93 for the Tiger Cubs, while Rose White had a 98, Marin Nally shot a 99 and Molly Ramey added a 109.
“Macey shot 38-44—82 in a solid round for the Cubs,” Greencastle coach Steve Paquin said. “The Cubs had a very good front nine [shooting a 178] and a 194 on the back. The tournament was played on a sunny, warm day that drained the strength of all players coming into the final few holes.”
Paquin noted that the sectional was only the third 18-hole match of the season, and he felt that fatigue showed toward the end.
“The girls hit a lot of good shots that included an eagle 2 for Macey on the par 4 17th hole,” Paquin noted. “Putting was difficult with the pins in some tough places, causing a lot of three-putts. Rose had her best nine-hole score of 43 and Molly her best at 53, Marin and Bailey were consistent in their scoring, which was important in qualifying for Regional.”
Paquin felt the third-place finish was outstanding for his team.
“This was quite an accomplishment for a team that only had two players back from the regional team of last season [Masten and White], and three that had never played in a varsity golf match. This has been an excellent team improvement from start of the season to now.”
Cloverdale coach Kyle Walter said his team played its best rounds of the season on Saturday.
“I was very happy to see the improvement we have made as a team through the season,” Walter said. “We placed fourth place as a team and almost every girl shot their best round of the year. Sammie Shrum play a very patient and consistent round to shoot 89 and qualify for the regional. She got off to a slow start on the first three holes but then played very well from there to shoot her best round of the year. Sammie has had some ups and downs thoughout the year, but I have always felt like she had a round like this in her.”
Walter looks forward to seeing how far Shrum can take her game from this point forward.
“Her older sister [Sydney] was a very good high school golfer, and Sammie has been around the game since she was young – which helps accelerate her learning curve,” he said. “Golf is definitely not Sammie’s main focus athletically [basketball], but I am excited to see what she can shoot this Saturday at the regional and what she can turn into as a player over the next two remaining seasons of high school golf.”
Team scores – Terre Haute South 326, Terre Haute North 372 (won tiebreaker), Greencastle 372, Cloverdale 404, Northview 407, Rockville 412, South Putnam 427, South Vermillion 447, Turkey Run 458, West Vigo 499.
Greencastle players – Macey Masten 82, Bailey Shuee 93, Rose White 98, Marin Nally 99, Molly Ramey 109
Cloverdale players – Sammie Shrum 89, Abby Walker 96, Hannah Nichols 105, Libby Dominguez 114, Gayle Baugh 119
South Putnam players – Reagan Ladd 99, Drew Steffy 105, Anna Carrington 110, Kate McCammack 113, Leighla Hazlett 125
• Dixon top individual qualifier – At Crawfordsville, North Putnam coach Linda Patrick said the Lady Cougar golf team met up with some tough rivals during the sectional at Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course on Saturday.
“The weather was great but like many courses this time of year, the grass was dead, the ground was hard and the greens were fast,” she said. “The experience of senior Taylor Dixon enabled her to score her personal-best 18 holes for the Cougars. Keeping her composure on a few tough holes and keeping her hits on or close to the fairways allowed her to card an 89.”
Patrick noted that Dixon was the fifth overall low scorer among all players and was first low scorer to advance as an individual to the regional next Saturday at Franklin.
Dixon also now holds the distinction of being the first female golfer to make it to regionals twice for the Cougars.
Sophomore Abby Simmerman carded a 115 to shoot second for the Cougars.
“Abby encountered a few tough holes early in her game,” Patrick said. “She managed to recoup the rest of her holes by keeping herself focused to continue to do her best on the remaining holes.”
Freshmen Nyiah Goff (121), Haylee Greene (126) and Brittany Bonificius (130) rounded out the team scoring.
“They all experienced their first sectional and shot decent scores for their first time,” Patrick said. “All encountered problems with good ball striking and penalties which definitely hindered their scores. However, all of them showed good club choices for the conditions of the course, which was something the team has worked to improve upon before sectionals.”
Team scores – Lebanon 328, Western Boone 377, Southmont 391, North Montgomery 408, Crawfordsville 429, Seeger 432, North Putnam 451.
North Putnam players – Taylor Dixon 89, Abby Simmerman 115, Nyiah Goff 121, Haylee Greene 126, Brittany Bonificius 130.
• South Putnam 5, Owen Valley 0 – The Eagles claimed fifth place in the Western Indiana Conference with the crossover match victory between third-place divisional finishers.
“It was another great day of tennis,” SP coach Johnny Briones said. “What a great way to finish the conference schedule. Kudos to Owen Valley, which is a very talented and well-coached team.”
Thomas Fanning made “quick work” of his match at No. 1 singles.
“I can’t say enough about Thomas Fanning, and the work ethic and sportsmanship that he displays every match,” Briones said. “Ty Van Sickle, despite a slow start, got it together and swept the last two sets at No. 2 singles. No. 3 singles [Garrett Heavin], No. 1 doubles [Austin Arnold and Tanner Pistelli and No. 2 doubles [Jared Seidler and Noah Emmrich] all finished in fine fashion by winning in tiebreaks.”
Briones was also pleased that his three upperclassmen could celebrate senior day on a high note.
“What a great way to celebrate Senior Day,” he said. “We wish Jared Seidler, Noah Emmrich and Blake Clearwaters all the best in their future endeavors.”
Owen Valley won the junior varsity match 5-3.
“I am extremely proud of the JV, in spite of the loss,” he said. “Our No. 1 and 2 singles [Creigh Remsburg and Trey Long] continue to play some really good tennis. Everyone else has improved day in and day out.”
South Putnam 5, Owen Valley 0
Singles — 1. Thomas Fanning (SP) def. Coy Byerly (OV) 6-2, 6-0; 2. Ty VanSickle (SP) def. Isaiah Johnson (OV) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0; 3. Garrett Heavin (SP) def. Rece Heckman (OV) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
Doubles — 1. Austin Arnold-Tanner Pistelli (SP) def. Drew Mauder-Keaton Richardson (OV) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5); 2. Jared Seidler-Noah Emmrich (SP) def. Logan Headlee-Colby Beckwith (OV) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
JV singles — Creigh Remsburg (SP) def. Ethan Yeatman (OV) 9-7, Trey Long (SP) def. Jalen Hodge (OV) 8-0, Jalen Hodge (OV) def. Ethan Wallace (SP) 6-0.
JV doubles — Ethan Lantz-Zane Sparks (OV) def. Evan Steffy-Brady Robinson (SP) 9-8 (7-3), Ty Roudebush-Cameron Mauder (OV) def. Robbie Fisher-Nate Clearwaters (SP) 8-4, Trey Blaydes-Marcus Robinson (SP) def. Sam Chrisham-Blayne Lockwood (OV) 8-2, Ty Roudebush-Cameron Mauder (OV) def. Blake Clearwaters-Brandon Rector (SP) 6-2, Sam Chrisham-Blayne Lockwood (OV) def. Levi Girton-Jackson Hodge (SP) 6-2.
• Greencastle 8, Sullivan 0 (boys) – Greencastle got another big victory away from home at Sullivan to remain undefeated on the season and clinch a spot in the Western Indiana Conference championship match on Saturday.
“The boys dominated possession,” Greencastle coach J.D. Sims said. “The whole team played well, and we had some great ball movement throughout the game. The boys look to have a successful senior night [tonight].”
Jakob Foss bagged four goals and Evan Crowe delivered one goal and four assists throughout the game. Simon Foss got two goals, one coming from a penalty. Hector Lezama also got on the score sheet late in the game with a goal, and Simon Foss and Ben Parsons each got an assist as well.
• Sullivan 3, Greencastle 0 (girls) – The Lady Tiger Cubs traveled to Sullivan Saturday and fell in WIC action, claiming third place in the West Division.
“With temperatures in the high 80s, the team persevered with stamina and spirit,” Greencastle coach Angie Weeks said.
Sullivan led 1-0 at halftime an added two more goals in the second half.
Defensive teamwork was led by Gretchen Weliever and Megan Friars, while Claire Gillen had seven saves as goalkeeper.
• Brown County 5, North Putnam 0 (boys) – East Division champion Brown County scored one goal in the first half and four more in the second half for the WIC victory.
“The game started out with strong defense being played by both teams, limiting very many shot opportunities,” NP coach Curt Krominaker said. “At about the 20-minute mark our starting goalie was knocked out of the game when he dove for the ball and took a blow to the head.”
Krominaker was pleased that Jake Nevitt stepped in and recorded 15 saves.
“Jake was incredible, stepping in with only limited practice in the goal,” Krominaker said. “The boys played a great game against one of the teams that will be fighting for the conference championship. We were fighting for all the 50/50 balls and playing good passes.
“Brown County was a step better,” he added. “They were very good on their set pieces and scored three times from corner kicks.”
• Eagles run at Avon – South Putnam competed in the Avon Invitational against several future sectional and regional opponents.
“It was a bit warmer than what we’ve had the past few weeks, which added another degree of difficulty,” SP coach Brandon Welti said. “Nonetheless, both teams came away with some great performances.”
On the boys’ side, five Eagles set new personal records – Steven Schnepp, Andrew Carr, Daniel Johnson, Brent Wiggins and Josh Beikman.
In the varsity race, Karl Egold led the team with a strong 14th-place finish and tied his personal record of 17:20. Not far behind was Austin Rumley, and rounding out the team scoring for the boys were Schnepp, Carr and Dru Bottorff all rolling in within seconds of one another.
The boys’ team finished in fourth among eight teams.
For the girls’ race, Brownsburg ran away with the win while completing a perfect score of 15 points.
“After that the door was wide open,” Welti said, “and the SP girls’ team pulled off an upset to finish second.”
Chelsie Edwards led the way with a strong 10th-place finish, and Lexi Vanihel wasn’t far behind in 12th. Ally Nichols and Lillie Stein were both following closely behind, and Samara Young came in fifth for the team to help round out the team scoring.
Edwards, Nichols, Stein, Addi Blaydes and Rachel Carter all had personal or season bests in this race.
The SPXC teams are now off until the county meet on Sept. 26.
Boys’ team scores – 1. Avon 33, 2. Brownsburg 40, 3. Danville 98, 4. South Putnam 115, 5. Ben Davis 123, 6. Cascade 160, 7. Herron 188, 8. Tri West 214
SP boys’ runners – Karl Egold 17:20 (14th), Austin Rumley 17:29 (16th), Steven Schnepp 18:14 (25th), Andrew Carr 18:24 (28th), Dru Bottorff 18:29 (32nd), Eric Hinkle 19:35 (40th), Adair Bock 20:35 (48th), Daniel Johnson 20:30 (JV-55th), Brent Wiggins 20:43 (JV-60th), Josh Beikman 22:00 (JV-79th)
Girls’ team scores – 1. Brownsburg 15, 2. South Putnam 93, 3. Avon 108, 4. Roncalli 119, 5. Ben Davis 125, 6. Tri West 159, 7. Cascade 164, 8. Danville 175, 9. Herron 199
SP girls’ runners – Chelsie Edwards 21:16 (10th), Lexi Vanihel 21:19 (12th), Ally Nichols 21:56 (15th), Lillie Stein 22:14 (19th), Samara Young 24:18 (37th), Addi Blaydes 25:38 (45th), Rachel Jones 25:40 (46th), Ally Menke 26:07 (JV-28th), Naomi Martinez 27:52 (JV-45th), Rachel Carter 31:56 (JV-73rd)
• Clovers run at WRV – Cloverdale had two runners to finish in the top 10 in both the boys’ and girls’ races at the White River Valley Invitational.
“We had a total of four runners in the top 10,” Clover coach Andy Tyler said. “We look to continue to improve throughout these last few weeks.”
The Clovers finished second in the boys’ race, led by Rylan Hall – who was fourth in 18:10. Chase Ashcraft placed eighth in 18:53. White River Valley had the top three runners overall and placed all five scoring runners in the top 10 to easily win the team title.
In the girls’ race, Cloverdale’s Lily Monnett was fourth in 22:27 and teammate Macie Couch was right behind in fifth at 22:38. The Clovers did not have enough runners to be in the team competition.
Boys’ team scores – White River Valley 21, Cloverdale 59, Owen Valley 62, Sullivan 70, Eminence 111.
Cloverdale boys’ runners – 4. Rylan Hall 18:10, 8. Chase Ashcraft 18:53, 12. Ray Bates 19:34, 16. Seth Geiger 20:11, 19. Eddie Mannan 20:32, 21. Brady Szczerbik 20:48, 24. Jarren Rossok 20:59, 27 Michael Halloran 21:33, 30. Elliott Williamson 22:12, 33. Nate Monnett 23:29, 36. Jason Miller 26:08, 37. Grant Maners 26:16
Cloverdale girls’ runners – 4. Lily Monnett 22:27, 5. Macie Couch 22:38, 22. Abigail Bernard 27:34
• Clover boys win middle school race — Cloverdale placed three of the first four runners and had all five of its scorers in the top nine in winning a triangular meet over South Putnam and Eminence.
Brady Koosman of Cloverdale was the winner in a time of 11:55.
Team scores — Cloverdale 22, South Putnam 37, Eminence 81
Cloverdale runners — 1. Koosman 11:55, 2. Nees 12:26, 4. Hilton 13:19, 6. Sinclair 14:10, 9. Peterson 14:42, 11. Ramsay 15:24, 14. Hall 16:00, 18. L.Peterson 1:10, 22. Trammell 18:32
South Putnam runners — 3. Smith 13:12, 5. Cash 13:55, 7. Chew 14:19, 10. Hill 14:53, 12. Kendall 15:34, 13. Chandler 15:34, 15. Carter 16:02, 17. Hinkle 16:10, 23. Teipen 19:01, Jones 19:19.