ATHENS, Ohio — It was still another close encounter for the Meigs High School golf team on Wednesday, but the Marauders are making good on winning these league contests.
That’s because the Marauders, for the second time in as many days, captured a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division match —with Wednesday’s affair taking place at Ohio University Golf Course in Athens.
Exactly one day after needing the fifth-score tiebreaker to win at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis, the Marauders made some more distance between themselves and the remainder of the TVC-Ohio field.
Bolstered by a pair of scores under 40, with its four counting scores at 46 or lower and all six breaking 50, Meigs shot a team total of 164 — to take an early 12-0 lead in the division race.
Alexander was the host school for Wednesday’s tilt, as Meigs is the defending division champion — and has won the last nine matches.
Athens, after a third-place effort at Cliffside, was the runner-up at OU — shooting a 171 to edge out Vinton County by five strokes.
The Vikings posted a 176 —after tying with Meigs on Tuesday but losing on the fifth-score tiebreaker.
Both Athens and Vinton County are now 9-3 in the league standings, as the final four clubs finished on Wednesday in the same order as they did on Tuesday.
Alexander shot a 192 to take fourth, while Wellston was fifth at 223 and River Valley sixth at 246.
Nelsonville-York, which only has two golfers this year, did not play at Ohio University.
Alexander is now 6-6, followed by Wellston at 4-8, River Valley at 2-10 and Nelsonville-York at 0-12.
Levi Chapman of Meigs kept up defense of his reigning Player of the Year, chalking up a back-to-back medalist honor by firing an even-par 35 after his 42 at Cliffside.
Chapman plays the top position for the Marauders, while Wyatt Nicholson —the number-two player —notched medalist runner-up with a 39.
In fact, they were the only two players to shoot below 40, as Cameron Hamon of Vinton County and Owen Campitelli of Athens carded a 40 on the dot.
The other two counting scores for the Marauders were a 44 by Brayden Ervin and a 46 by Bryce Swatzel, while Cole Arnott and Bobby Musser were the non-counting cards with a 47 and a 49.
Against Athens’ scores, the 35 by Chapman and 39 by Nicholson clipped the 40 by Campitelli and the 41 by Drew Zorn.
Ben Pratt with a 44 and Preston Hayes with a 46 were the other two Bulldog counting cards.
Greg List landed a 48 and Sam Carpenter carded a 54 for Athens’ non-counting scores.
For Vinton County, besides Hamon’s 40, Noah Waddell and Bailey Bartoe both shot 45s, while Shawn McCarty checked in with a 46.
The Vikings’ other two scores were a 59 by Christopher Mason and a 62 by Owen Salyers.
Whit Byrd and Andrew Vogt paced Alexander with a 43 and 46 respectively, while Noah Hanning had a 51 and T.J. Vogt shot a 52.
Meigs, Athens, Vinton County and Alexander each fielded six golfers apiece, while Wellston and River Valley each had five.
Wellston’s scores ranged from 52 by Hunter Cardwell to a pair of 62s, while Aaron Burke turned in a 51 to lead River Valley.
Chloe Gee with a 62, Tyler Roberts with a 66, Elena Canizares with a 67 and Hayley Cox with a 68 were the Raiders’ other four scores.
The Marauders will host the next TVC-Ohio match on Wednesday, Aug. 23 — at Meigs County Golf Course.