WILLIAMSPORT, Ohio — All good things must come to an end.
The 2015 Ohio Valley Publishing golf season officially wrapped up Wednesday as Gallia Academy, River Valley and Meigs all came up short in their respective quests for a state berth following the Division II district golf tournament held at Crown Hill Golf Club in Pickaway County.
The odds of advancing were as tough as the course itself, as only one team and one individual could qualify for the two-day (Oct. 16-17) state tournament at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury. A total of 10 teams and 60 players took part in the 18-hole district championship match.
Unioto came away with the district team title by beating the field by 10 strokes, while Max Knisely of Washington Court House defeated Mitchell McFarland of Wheelersburg in a playoff hole to earn the lone individual spot at state.
Unioto posted a winning tally of 313, followed by runner-up Piketon with a 323. Fairfield Union (329), Sheridan (334) and Logan Elm (345) rounded out the top-half of the team scoring.
Gallia Academy — which was making its eighth consecutive district appearance as a team — claimed sixth overall with a 350, edging Washington Court House (351) by a single shot. Portsmouth West (354), Waverly (357) and Portsmouth (377) rounded out the final three spots in the field.
Senior Peyton Cooper of Unioto was the district medalist with a 1-over par round of 73, but the Shermans advanced as a team — which left the individual state berth open to the runners-up.
Both McFarland and Knisely posted identical rounds of 74 through the first 18 holes, but Knisely won the playoff held on the third hole to secure the remaining state tournament spot.
Senior Dares Hamid tied for 19th overall and led the Blue Devils with an 84, followed by sophomore Taae Hamid with an 86. Junior Miles Cornwell also fired an 87, while seniors Marcus Moore and Zach Graham posted identical rounds of 93.
River Valley senior Logan Sheets earned his highest finish in three district appearances after tying for eighth with a 78. Sheets — who also qualified for districts in 2012 and 2014 — is the only Raider to ever appear at the district tournament more than once in a career.
Meigs sophomore Levi Chapman tied for 34th overall with an 89. Chapman was the first Marauder at the district tournament since Treay McKinney (2012) and just the third MHS golfer to get out of sectionals since 2007.
Besides Cooper, the Shermans received a 78 from Scott Freeman and a 79 from Jacob Calvin. Cole Karr completed the winning tally with an 83, while Bane Adkins also contributed an 85.
Complete results of the 2015 Division II boys district golf tournament at Crown Hill Golf Club are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.