GLOUSTER, Ohio — The three-time defending champs made one last statement, but Vinton County ultimately came away with another piece of history.
The Meigs golf team earned its second league victory of the golf season Monday night, but the Vikings captured the program’s first-ever outright championship following the seventh and final Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division match at Forest Hills Golf Course in Athens County.
The Vikings — who shared the 2014 TVC Ohio crown with MHS last fall — followed up the program’s first-ever league title in golf by winning 5-of-7 league matches this season en route to a 40-2 overall league mark.
The Marauders — who won the 2013 crown outright and shared a piece of the 2012 TVC Ohio title — posted a winning tally of 174 at Monday’s event, finishing seven shots ahead of runner-up Vinton County (181). Meigs also won the opening match of the TVC Ohio season at Cliffside Golf Course.
Athens was third at Forest Hills with a tally of 191, followed by Wellston in fourth with a 193. Alexander (174) beat Nelsonville-York (174) on a tiebreaker for fifth place and River Valley was seventh with a total of 200.
Meigs was second in the overall standings with a final mark of 37-5, while Athens and Wellston tied for third with identical records of 17-25. The Raiders were fifth with a 16-26 effort, while the Spartans (11-31) and Buckeyes (9-33) wrapped up the final two seasonal spots.
There was a four-way tie for medalist honors on Monday night between the Meigs duo of Evan George and Levi Chapman, as well as River Valley’s Logan Sheets and Drew Zorn of Athens. Each member of the quartet posted a 7-over par round of 41.
Chase Whitlatch followed both George and Chapman with a 45, while Wyatt Nicholson rounded out the winning tally with a 47. Bryce Swatzel and Caleb Stanley also shot respective rounds of 52 and 55 for the Marauders.
Marina Canizares followed Sheets with a 50, while Chance Gillman and Cliff Chapman rounded out the RVHS scoring with respective efforts of 54 and 55. Grant Gilmore also shot a 66 for the Raiders.
Alec Boothe paced the Vikings with a 43, followed by Tyler Barnett with a 45 and Noah Waddell with a 46. Austin Ward rounded out the tally with a 47, while Dakota Hashman and Cameron Hamon had rounds of 50 and 52 for VCHS.
Scores for Athens included Patrick Greer (51), Owen Campitelli (59), Greg List (57) and Preston Hayes (43).
Scores for Wellston included Blake Royster (45), Josh Lung (49), Seth Coulter (65), Ken Lemaster (50), Justin Rafferty (49) and Michael Channell (74).
Scores for Alexander included Austin McClain (51), Andrew Vogt (47), Taylor Boggs (50), Nathan Hanning (56), Casey McDonald (46) and Tyler Martin (51).
Scores for NYHS included Chase Koker (48), David Strausbaugh (45), Tyler Smith (53), Ben Johnson (48), Hunter Dobbs (55) and Casey Davis (55).
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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