BEVERLY, Ohio — Four Ohio Valley Publishing area golf teams invaded the Waterford area on Wednesday, and competed on a scorching day as part of the annual Waterford Invitational at Lakeside Golf Club in Beverly.
Of the four schools — Eastern, Southern, Meigs and Gallia Academy — the Eastern Eagles ended up as runner-up in the eight-team small-school division, firing a team total of 368.
While Southern also competed — and finished fourth — in the small-school division, Gallia Academy and Meigs made up the nine-team big-school division, with the Meigs Marauders actually fielding two teams on Wednesday.
There was also a ladies division, in which Eastern finished third out of seven representatives — and Gallia Academy and Meigs competed in.
Also on the girls side was Southern’s Ashley Acree, who competed as an individual and shot a 104.
For the boys — along with Meigs — Warren and Marietta split their teams into an “A” and “B”, while Wheeling Park, Coshocton and Gallia Academy played single clubs and made up the nine-team big schools.
Along with Eastern and Southern, host Waterford and neighboring Fort Frye joined Williamstown (W. Va.), Alexander, Belpre and Zanesville Rosecrans as the eight small squads.
The girls division consisted of Eastern, Meigs and Gallia Academy — along with Waterford, Tri-Valley, Warren and Vinton County.
Waterford won the small-school and ladies’ divisions, while Warren’s “A” team took home the big-school division.
The Eagles’ 368 trailed Waterford (335) by exactly 33 strokes, but Eastern edged Fort Frye (371) by three on the Cadets’ home course.
Southern shot a 395 for the second time in an invitational — as the Tornadoes opened the season with the same team score at the Vinton County meet.
Williamstown was next with a 413, followed by Alexander and Belpre at 426 and 428 respectively — and finally Rosecrans with a 451.
Each team fielded five players, with the top four scores counting towards the team total.
For Eastern, Kaleb Honaker had an 80, followed by an 88 from Ryan Harbour and an 89 from John Little.
Both John Harris and Primo Averion shot a 111.
Jonah Hoback had a 93 to pace Southern, as Eli Hunter had a 99, Jarrett Hupp a 101 and Tanner Thorla a 102.
Rounding out the Tornado team was Jensen Anderson with a 105.
For the big schools, Warren “A” edged Marietta “A” by 20 strokes — 301 to 321 — while Wheeling Park (327), Coshocton (329) and Gallia Academy (330) finished a crowded third thru fifth.
Meigs’ “A” squad posted a 351, while Marietta “B” shot a 412 and Warren “B” a 436.
Meigs’ “B” team rounded out the big-school scores with a 455.
For Gallia Academy, Taae Hamid was the only Blue Devil under 80 with a 79, as Josh Davis shot an 80, Jeremy Brumfield an 82 and Kaden Thomas an 89.
Miles Cornwell carded a 90 for the fifth Blue Devil score.
The Marauder “A” team was paced by Levi Chapman and Chase Whitlatch, as Chapman mustered a 78 with Whitlatch firing a 79.
Wyatt Nicholson notched an 85 and Bryce Swatzel shot a 109 for the other two Meigs scores.
Bobby Musser’s 111 round rounded out the Maroon and Gold.
The counting cards for Meigs “B” included Brody Reynolds with a 108, Theo McElroy with a 110, Caleb Stanley with a 113 and Brody Dellavalle with a 124.
Brayden Ervin also played the Marauders, and shot a 127.
For the girls, Waterford won with a team total of 346, followed by Tri-Valley with a 374.
Eastern was third with a 425, followed by Gallia Academy — which competed as a full girls squad for the first time in school history in an 18-hole event — with a 439.
Warren (443) finished fifth by 40 strokes over Meigs (483) — and by 80 shots over Vinton County (523).
The Eagles’ Kylee Toliver was the only Eastern player under 100, firing a 98.
Kate Edwards with a 103, Sara Bunce with a 107 and Ashley Toliver with a 117 were the other counting scores — as Kate Hawk had a 123.
The Blue Angels’ five scores were Kimberly Edelmann with an even 100, Molly Fitzwater with a 106, Carley Johnson with a 112, Sydney Crothers with a 121 and Breanna Justice with a 123.
The Lady Marauders’ four scores were Shalynn Mitchell with a 114, Lydia Edwards with a 118, Sarah Curl with a 124 and Caroline Roush with a 127.
Five girls — including three from Waterford — made up the ladies’ all-tournament team, as Kenzie Dietz shot an 82, Ashley Offenberger an 85 and Brianna Hart an 88.
Dorothy Romanek managed an 84, while Tri-Valley’s Alisha Jenkins was the fifth-lowest girls score with a 90.
The boys all-tournament team consisted of 10 men — as Jordan Welch of Waterford and Nick Ward of Warren were co-medalists with a 72.
In fact, Warren placed four players on the all-tournament team — as Kyler Dennis shot a 74, Max Hapney a 77 and Josh Jankauskas a 78.
Jacob Nickell with a 73 and Ryan Payne with a 77 made the unit from Wheeling Park, while Wes Jenkins of Waterford made the list with a 78.
Jacob George of Coshocton and Caleb Scharff of Marietta each fired a 75.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106