October 23, 2014

Medina
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Golf notes: Blue Devils still alive for NOC Valley title

Brunswick’s boys golf team started the season on fire, plac­ing second or better in five of its first six tournaments and winning the Grey Hawk and Clear Fork Colt invitationals.

Since a 337 at the windy Grizzly Classic on Aug. 23, however, the Blue Devils had been trying to regain their mojo.

“We’re just trying to (work on) their course management — that’s the thing that gets them,” coach Jonathon Laube said. “They try to beat the ball as hard as they can and get too aggressive, then they try to make up bad holes all in one shot. It’s tough not to be as aggressive as you can.”

That sign of maturity came Tuesday in an impressive 155-171 thrashing of North Royal­ton at Hinckley Hills Golf Course. Brunswick is hoping that carries over into the stretch run of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Divi­sion schedule.

The Blue Devils sit at 4-3, 3-2 heading into today’s home match vs. rival Medina. They can still share the regular-sea­son division title with wins today and over Strongsville on Sept. 21, coupled with a Mus­tangs upset over the Bees on Sept. 22.

It’s a wild scenario — espe­cially since Medina beat the Blue Devils 145-174 on Sept. 2 — but the key for Brunswick will be getting Joey Bachman’s customary 37-39 score and 39s or 40s from Matt Dunning (40.4), John Anzo (42.0), Blake Carpenter (42.2) and Anthony Bruno (43.2). All five have done that this season.

“We had a good start and got down a bit, but we’ve been try­ing to think positive and hope­fully our best golf is ahead of us,” Laube said.

Black River

Boys (3-2, 2-2): Logan Rook rolled in his first two career birdies in the Pirates’ 174-185 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday at Deer Pass Golf Course.

• It took awhile, but Black River finally broke 170 in a dual match in a 161-168 win over Keystone at Indian Hollow Golf Course.

Brunswick

Boys (4-3, 3-2): Not only did the Blue Devils secure a season-low score in a 155-171 win over North Royalton, but John Anzo (37), Matt Dunning (38), Anthony Bruno (40) and Blake Carpenter (40) reset or tied their career lows.

Buckeye

Boys (7-1, 5-0): Finally, the record has been set straight. The Bucks last won a league title when they took the Inland Conference in 1988. Led by conference MVP Jim Sussman’s 80, Buckeye (360) forged a wild comeback to take the five-team IC Tournament by 11 strokes over Columbia at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course.

• Seniors Ken Keeler and Ryan Ackim have shot 39 or better in each of the last four matches heading into Tuesday’s PAC contest at Wellington.

Cloverleaf

Boys (5-5, 1-4): The Colts have not won a road match since beating Barberton 173-184 on Sept. 4, 2008 at Barberton Brookside Golf Course. On the flip side, Cloverleaf has a 12-9 home record over that time span.

Girls (4-5, 3-2): Senior Lauren Siegler broke the school 18-hole record Saturday at the Medina County Tournament with her 10­over-par 81 at Bunker Hill Golf Course. She bested classmate Alysse Illig, who fired 86 on Aug. 11 at the JFK Invitational.

Highland

Boys (4-3, 3-3): Steve Schniegenberg keeps getting better. The junior leads the Hornets in 9-hole (39.8) and 18­hole scoring (79.3). He also leads the team with 15 birdies.

Girls (6-0, 6-0): With a 159-205 victory over Tallmadge, the Hornets finished the Suburban League winning their six matches by an average score of 155.8-190.2.

• Rachel Horvath has been very strong since being inserted permanently in the starting lineup.

Playing in the No. 6 spot, the freshman has a 42.8 average since Sept. 7.

• It’s almost unfair. Already stacked Nos. 1-8, the Hornets have more help on the way. Over the weekend, eighth-grader Chloe McKinzie fired an 85-82-167 at a tournament at Fowler’s Mill.

Medina

Boys (7-0, 6-0): Tuesday’s anticipated match with Strongsville was moved to next Wednesday at Weymouth Country Club. Medina currently sits atop the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division, while the Mustangs are one match back.

• If Mike Bishop keeps playing like this, the Bees could make history and finish in the top half at the Division I state tournament.

The junior has a stellar 36.6 average this month, including his school-record-tying 32 on Sept. 2 vs. Brunswick.

Girls (5-7, 2-5): Medina posted 167 in a win over Brunswick and followed with a respectable 359 at the Medina County Tournament.

“I think they’re over the hump now and are starting to really get to where they know they can shoot and what they can shoot — with Ashleigh (Carpenter) especially,” coach Lori Hawkins said.

Wadsworth

Boys (4-5, 1-4): According to scores reported to The Gazette, Tony Hogan’s 43 vs. Revere was a career low.

Girls (8-2, 4-2): Now that they have broken 360, the Grizzlies have set a new goal: Make it to Columbus. The road will be steep — Highland and Massillon Jackson are expected to lock up two of the four spots at the Turkeyfoot Division I Sectional and Legends of Massillon District — but if they come close to matching the 338 from the Medina County Tournament, it’s not out of the question. Over the past three years, the average target score to get out of Turkeyfoot Lakes Golf Course has been 357.

“It feels really amazing,” Alicia Kindig beamed Saturday. “I still have goose bumps all over my legs. This whole season I’ve had goose bumps.”