JACKSON, Ohio — At least the defending champs went down swinging.
The Gallia Academy golf team captured its fourth runner-up effort of the 2012 league season at Franklin Valley Golf Club, but Warren captured its fifth win — and ultimately the season title — Thursday night during the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League finale just outside the Apple City.
The Blue Devils — who went unbeaten last fall at 30-0 overall — posted a second place team score of 153 at the team event, finishing just three shots back of the Warriors (150). Warren wins the 2012 SEOAL crown with a 28-2 league mark, which was four wins better than second place GAHS and its 24-6 season record.
Portsmouth (12-18) finished third overall Thursday night with a team tally of 160, while Jackson (9-21) placed fourth with a 162. Logan (17-13) — which finished third overall in the league standings — had a disappointing fifth place finish in the finale with a 163. Chillicothe fired a 175 and finished the SEOAL season winless at 0-30.
Rob Canady of Gallia Academy joined the Warren duo of Zach McKenna and Steve Farley as tri-medalists at the event, as the trio fired matching rounds of 1-over par 35. The Blue Devils and Ironmen both led the field with three sub-40 rounds each.
After Canady, Dares Hamid added a 36 and Brady Curry had a 37 for GAHS. Sean Saltzgaber rounded out the scoring with a 45, while Zach Graham and Bruce Moreaux had respective efforts of 50 and 54. The Blue Devils had six birdies on the day, including a pair apiece from Hamid and Saltzgaber.
After McKenna and Farley, WHS received a pair of 40s from Adam Lang and Reece Patton to rounded out the league-clinching tally. Levi Porter led the Trojans with a 37, Cole Massie added a 38 to pace Jackson and Logan got a team-best 37 from Logan Holbrook. The Cavs got matching 37s from Gabe Preston and Pierce Knisley.