ATHENS, Ohio — Make it 2-for-2 for the Marauders.
That’s because the Meigs High School golf team captured the second Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division golf match on Monday, edging out four other teams — by less than 20 shots — at the Athens Country Club in Athens.
The Marauders, on the strength of five scores at 52 or lower, clipped Athens by six strokes and Vinton County by nine.
Meigs fired a team total of 198 at Athens, as the host Bulldogs were the runner-up with 204, while Vinton County finished third at 207.
Wellston was within striking distance at 212, followed closely by Alexander at 215.
Nelsonville-York, which fielded four players on Monday, totaled 264 — while River Valley did not record a team score with only three golfers competing.
The Marauders were once again the winners of a TVC-Ohio match, having also won the opening contest at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.
Meigs, like at Athens, was also the only team under 200 in that tilt.
The Marauders are now 12-0 in the league standings, followed by Athens at 10-2 — after the Bulldogs were also the runner-up at Cliffside.
Vinton County, the two-time defending division champion and which shared the league championship with Meigs two years ago, is third at 7-5.
The Marauders also won the league title outright in 2012 and 2013.
Alexander is 6-6 while Wellston is 5-7, while Nelsonville-York is 2-10 and River Valley is 0-12.
Chase Whitlatch was the low man for Meigs on Monday with a 46, followed closely by Levi Chapman with a 49.
Bobby Musser mustered a 51, with Wyatt Nicholson and Dawson Justice shooting a pair of 52s — with one counting.
Bryce Swatzel shot a 53 to round out the Maroon and Gold.
In fact, Musser shooting a 51 made the six-stroke difference against Athens — as the Bulldogs tied the Marauders’ other three counting cards of 46 (Preston Hayes), 49 (Drew Zorn) and 52 (Greg List).
Ryan Shehan had a 57 for the Bulldogs’ fourth counting score.
Vinton County’s Noah Waddell was the match medalist with a 43, as the other three Viking counting cards were 50 or higher.
Cameron Hamon had a 50, Shawn McCarty a 56 and Adam Clary a 58.
Wellston was led by Austin Wilkett with a 49, as the other three counting scores were all in the 50s.
Alexander’s first five scores were also all in the 50s, paced by Whitt Byrd’s even 50 and Taylor Boggs’ 51.
Chapman was the medalist for the opening TVC-Ohio match.
For River Valley, Aaron Burke posted a 55 — followed by a 56 from Grant Gilmore and a 63 from Gabe Gilmore.
The next TVC-Ohio match takes place on Monday (Aug. 29) — at Franklin Valley Golf Club in Jackson.
Vinton County will be the host school for the match, which tees off at 4:30 p.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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