Blue Angels compete in home tri-match

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Gallia Academy Blue Angels didn’t get a “W” per se, but they did hold their own in their home opener.

That’s because the Blue Angels hosted Westfall and Waterford on Wednesday— in a triangular girls golf match at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis.

The Blue Angels —competing in their second season as a full golf team —only lost to Westfall by a single stroke, 216-217.

Waterford, which is a two-time state tournament qualifier, ran away with the tri-match in posting a team total of 181.

All three clubs sported six golfers apiece, as the top four scores counted towards the team total.

Gallia Academy junior Molly Fitzwater paced the Blue and White with a 49, as Hunter Copley and Bailey Meadows each shot a pair of 53s.

The Blue Angels’ other counting card was a 62 from freshman Ryelee Sipple.

Fitzwater is the Blue Angels’ top returnee from last season, as Copley, Meadows and Sipple are all standout athletes which are on the golf squad for the first year.

Gallia Academy’s other scores on Wednesday were a 66 by Avery Minton and a 69 by Macy Jones.

Westfall was led by Liz Hart with a 45 and Ella Seely with a 48, as Gracie Rowe shot a 61 and Ashley Hunt had a 62.

Both Kayce Martin and Grace Poole posted a 74 for the Mustangs’ other two scores.

Waterford was paced by medalist Ashley Offenberger, who fired a three-over-par 39.

The Lady Wildcats’ Kenzie Dietz, with a 44, was the medalist runner-up.

Abby Eichmiller added a 48, while Brie Hart and Liz Leach landed a pair of 50s.

Alicia Dickenson shot a 56 for Waterford’s other tally.

By Paul Boggs

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