CAMBRIDGE — Newcomerstown High earned a spot in the district tournament by finishing fifth in the Division III Sectional at Cambridge Country Club on Wednesday.
Claiming the top spot in the team standings was Strasburg High with a match-best 310 while also advancing were Hiland (321), Garaway (324), Newcomertstown (377) and Fort Frye (386) .
Pacing Newcomerstown was Kaden Shepherd with an 88 along with Chase Arnold (92), Levi Kilpatrick (96) and Thurman Gibson (101).
"These same kids were so close to the districts last year," offered Newcomerstown coach Chuck Eicholtz. "They missed it by three strokes so they are very excited to make the districts this year. We definitely played our best team round of the year today. We had a hard time getting everybody to have good rounds consistently this year, but this was the closest we have had everyone with relatively low scores in the same match and they did it at the right time."
Boys Division II Sectional
WEST LAFAYETTE — The Ridgewood High boys’ golf team will be making its third straight appearance at the Division II District Golf Tournament while Indian Valley’s Dalton Burcher will be competing as an individual.
The Generals finished the round in fifth place with a team score of 328 at the Division II Sectional at River Greens Golf Course.
The top eight teams that made the cut included Coshocton (312), John Glenn (321), Claymont (325), Minerva (328), Ridgewood (328), Harrison Central (329), Carrollton (329) and Sandy Valley (333).
"We have made it to the districts the two years prior to this, but this year had to be the toughest for us," admitted Ridgewood coach Dan Erb. "It was our first year in the Inter-Valley Conference and we probably should have only won half of our league matches, but the guys came together and we have had a great year.
"Everyone always says golf is an individual sport," Erb added. "but we are playing as a team this year and we are winning because of it. I have been extremely happy with this team all year."
Pacing the the Generals’ district-qualifying efforts was Trey Stoffer, who shot a 75 followed by Ryan Zinkon (78), Adam Matusik (83), Palmer Erb (92) and Kenny Lott (97).
"Trey had an incredible round for us," offered Coach Erb. "He has been our number one player most of the year, but the real surprise today was Ryan Zinkon. He shot a 78 which is the best round of his life and he did it at the right time. I am very happy for him."
Also punching his ticket for the D-II District was Indian Valley’s Burcher, who scored a 77 for the Braves which was good enough for a fifth place finish.
"That was Dalton’s best 18 holes this year," offered Indian Valley coach Phil Rangel. "He knocked in a birdie on the last hole of the front nine and I think that gave him so momentum on the back. He finished with several birdies and an eagle on the back and we are all very happy for him.
"He is going to have to play his best at the District and he knows that," Rangel continued. "He knows it is going to be tough competition, but he is excited for the opportunity and is going to give it his best effort."
The top individual qualifier who was not on a qualifying team was Trey Singleton of Meadowbrook with a 70 followed by Paul Mastros of Steubenville (73), Alex Tambellini of East Liverpool (74), Cameron Lane of Beaver Local (76), Burcher (77), Jacob Jeffries of St. Clairsville (79), Brandon Goldsmith of Tusky Valley (80) and Brenden Vucelich of St. Clairsville (81).
Other scorers for Indian Valley include Austin Rummell (91), Evan Miller (100), Mason Rummell (104) and Nevin Zoller (108).
The Generals and Burcher will compete in the D-II District at EagleSticks Golf Club in South Zanesville.
Girls’ Division II Sectional
CARROLLTON - Teams qualifying for the Division II girls District Golf Tournament at Cambridge Country Club next Tuesday included Garaway, Beaver Local, Minerva, Tusky Valley, River View and Indian Valley.
These six were the top scorers at the Division II Sectional at Carroll Meadows Golf Club at Carrollton.
Garaway led the way with a team score of 329 followed by Beaver Local (341), Minerva (351), Tusky Valley (359), River View (369) and Indian Valley (378).
Others that failed to qualify for the district included John Glenn (393), Ridgewood (399), Strasburg (402), Sandy Valley (417), Claymont (451) and River (470).
The sectional medalist was Jordan Vanmeter of Minerva, who carded a 73.
Olivia Shaw and Makayla Keathley led Indian Valley with 87 and 88, respectively. Other Lady Braves’ scores were Kiera Brown (95), McKenzie Morrison (108) and Mandy McDaniel (113).
Besides the six teams that qualified for the District, six individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to District competition as individuals. Those six include Angela Sommer from Bridgeport (86), Ridgewood’s Lexi Zimmer (86) and Sadie Wilson (90); Rylie Smith of Buckeye Trail (91), Sara Knowlton from River (92) and Emily Holzopfel of Buckeye Local (93).
Besides Zimmer and Wilson, other scorers from Ridgewood were Hallie Reed (108), Brianna Brady (115) and Sydney Matis with a 123.