Blue Devils split 2 dual matches

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Blue Devils wanted to do a ‘180’ on Tuesday —or actually be below 180.

In a dual home match with visiting Cabell-Midland, at Cliffside Golf Club in Gallipolis, the Gallia Academy High School boys golf squad lost to the Knights by 20 strokes —166 to 186.

While Gallia Academy is a young club with only sole senior Kaden Thomas, the experienced Knights are the two-time defending West Virginia Class AAA state champion.

Each team fielded 11 golfers on Tuesday, but only the top four scores counted towards the team total.

The Blue Devils’ counting cards featured 40s by three golfers — paced by a 43 from freshman Cooper Davis.

Reece Thomas followed with a 45 and Kaden Thomas a 46, as Gallia Academy’s other counting score was a 52 from Hobie Graham.

The next three Blue Devil scores were all in the 50s —Grant Bryan with a 54, Elijah Baird with a 56 and Elijah Blazer with a 57.

The Knights’ Joseph Dransfield fired a smooth two-over-par 38 to capture match medalist honors, as the top six Cabell-Midland scores were all under 50.

The Knights’ other counting scores were a 41 from Zach Sarver, a 43 from Jacob Marsh, and a 44 from Andy Michael.

Taylor Napier notched a 45 and Hunter Kirtley a 48 for the other Cabell-Midland cards.

On Monday, amid the rainfall at Esquire Country Club in Barboursville, the Blue Devils defeated host Chesapeake in a dual match by six strokes.

On the soggy surface, the Blue and White won 196-202, as the contest was a one-on-one affair between a pair of Ohio Valley Conference clubs.

The top four scores counted towards the team total, as Austin Jackson of Chesapeake was the match medalist with a seven-over-par 43.

Kaden Thomas with a 44 and Reece Thomas with a 47 paced the Blue Devils, as the other counting cards were Graham with a 52 and Blazer with a 53.

Davis posted a 55 and Wyatt Sipple shot a 57 for Gallia Academy’s other scores.

The Blue Devils return home, along with the Blue Angels, on Thursday when both teams welcome Warren.

Tee time for the match at Cliffside is set for 4 p.m.

By Paul Boggs

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106