BELPRE, Ohio — Ending the league campaign on a high note.
In its final Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division golf match of the year, Eastern earned a 45-stroke victory over a quartet of competitors at Oxbow Golf Course in Washington County.
In the play six, count four format, the Eagles had a team total of 174, recording the six best scores on the course.
Wahama and Belpre both recorded team totals of 219, with the White Falcons winning the tie-breaker by two strokes their fifth score.
South Gallia recorded a 243 and finished fourth on the day, while Federal Hocking rounded out the field with a 274.
Eastern was led by co-medalists John Harris and Nick Durst, both firing rounds of 42. Jasiah Brewer and Ryan Harbour had matching scores of 45 to round out the EHS total. The Eagles’ non-counting scores were a 47 by Kaleb Honaker and a 49 by Nathan Hensley.
“I am really proud of the entire gold team’s effort this year,” EHS head coach Jeremy Hill said. “There are some that do not get to play in every varsity match, but when they have been called upon, they have stepped right in and helped the team be successful. We had three players compete in every match, Ryan Harbour, Jasiah Brewer and Kaleb Honaker. They have not always preformed to their ability, but down the stretch they have played a more consistent game. Hopefully that will bode well during tournament play.”
The Eagles will finish third in the overall league standings with a 32-2 record.
“Successful teams always have one ingredient in common, unity,” Coach Hill said. “This group gets along. They play throughout the offseason, as well as off days during the season. The camaraderie within the team is exceptional. I also want to show gratitude towards the golf parents. They are extremely supportive with whatever may come their way, and with golf, there are always changes made at last moments to tend with.”
Wahama was led by Gage Smith with a 51. Anthony Ortiz and Dalton Kearns both recorded rounds of 55, while Kyher Bush posted 58 for the White Falcons’ fourth score. Isaac Roush recorded the tie-breaking 59 that Wahama needed to take second place on the day.
Curtis Haner led the Rebels with a 51, Noah Spurlock was next with a 61, followed by Layne Ours with a 63. Dustin Bainter and Caleb Condee both shot 68 for South Gallia, but only one counted toward the team total. The Rebels still have one league match remaining this season, scheduled for Wednesday at Ohio University.
Belpre’s top golfer was Britteny Shaffer with a 50, followed by Jeremiah Stitt with a 54 and Maddie Roby with a 56. Brady Shriver carded a 59 for the Golden Eagles’ fourth score, while Dalton Kimble’s 61 served as the BHS tie-breaking score.
Mitchell Clem led the Lancers with a 67, followed by Shane Fredricks with a 68. Brandon Bond and Taylor Clemons rounded out the Federal Hocking totals with 69 and 70, respectively.
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