ATHENS, Ohio — The Vikings are pulling away at the midway point.
The Vinton County golf team extended its league lead Tuesday night with a two-shot victory during the fourth Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division golf match held at Athens Country Club in Athens County.
The Vikings improved to 23-1 overall this season after posting a winning tally of 192. Meigs (21-3) was second with a 194, while River Valley (11-13) finished third with a 204.
Alexander (8-16) edged out Athens (6-18) on a tiebreaker for fourth place after both teams shot identical scores of 215. Wellston (9-15) was sixth with a 223, while Nelsonville-York (6-18) was last with a 226.
Austin Ward of VCHS won medalist honors on the day with a 6-over par round of 42. RVHS senior Logan Sheets was the overall runner-up with a 43.
Alec Boothe and Cameron Harmon followed Ward for Vinton County with identical rounds of 49, while Noah Waddell carded a 52 to wrap up the winning tally. Tyler Barnette and Shawn McCarty also had respective efforts of 55 and 60 for the Vikings.
Chase Whitlatch led the Marauders with a 47, followed by identical efforts of 48 from Levi Chapman and Evan George. Wyatt Nicholson rounded out the MHS scoring with a 51, while Bryce Swatzel and Caleb Stanley also shot 55 and 65 for the Maroon and Gold.
Grant Gilmore followed Sheets for RVHS with a 51, while Chance Gillman and Cliff Chapman respectively fired efforts of 54 and 56.
Scores for Alexander included Austin McClain (56), Andrew Vogt (58), Taylor Boggs (47), John Cramer (67), Casey McDonald (59) and Tyler Martin (54).
Scores for Athens included Patrick Greer (55), Drew Zorn (44), Owen Campitelli (54), Greg List (64), Cory Wachenschwanz (71) and Preston Hayes (62).
Scores for Wellston included Blake Royster (51), Josh Lung (58), Seth Coulter (52), Ken Lemaster (57), Justin Rafferty (58) and Seth Coulter (57).
Scores for NYHS included Chase Koker (57), David Strausbaugh (53), Tyler Smith (71), Ben Johnson (56), Hunter Dobbs (60) and Casey Davis (62).
The next TVC Ohio golf match is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Meigs County Golf Course in Pomeroy. Meigs will serve as the host school during the fifth match.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.