Waynedale and West Holmes faced off at Riceland Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon, looking to find consistency early in the season as they faced stiff competition.
In the end, it was the Golden Bears who defended their home run with a 166-181 win.
Trey Barkman, Waynedale’s top senior, shot a team-best 40. Fellow senior Mark Yoder lost two balls but showed his reserve to finish with a 46. Both players meant a lot to this Golden Bear team.
“They are both great leaders for this team, setting an example and showing young golfers how Waynedale Golf behaves off and on the course,” said Waynedale coach Melinda Budd. “Mark is shooting better and I hope to see the positives from today. He shot very well and he handled those situations very well. I know he wasn’t happy about that, but his behavior couldn’t to say it.”
Freshmen Jordan Miller, Brayden Schlabach and Hank Miller continued to shine. Jordan had the team’s second-highest score with a 41, Schlabach shot a 42, and Hank finished with a 43.
“Jordan really works at it, puts in the time working on his chipping and putting for a few hours every day and that’s where you cut your score,” Budd said. “His goal is to hit his thirties, and once he experiences that, I think he’ll take off. Honestly, all of our freshmen are doing a great job, top to bottom.”
The Knights were led by Trey Baker, who shot the best game of 37.
“I’m really proud of Trey,” West Holmes coach Mike Molnar said. “He struggled yesterday for us and today he’s shooting 37. That’s kind of what our team has been this year. We’re working to be more consistent instead of having hills and valleys. I know It’s frustrating for kids because they play every day and get a variety of results, but the potential is there.
Grady Toye shot a 46 while Kenzie Woods, Marcus Miller and Maverick Rickly all shot 49s.
“Hats off to Waynedale today, they played really well throughout the game and got some great scores,” Molnar said. “It’s a chance for our four children to learn and we just need to improve in the finesse and mentality of the game.”
With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 7-2 overall and the Knights to 2-2 on the season.
Smithville 25, 22, 25, 25; Central Catholic Canton 19, 25, 12, 23
Smithville broke a 1-1 split with a Game 3 victory before winning in the fourth set. Naomi Keib led Smithie’s offense with 15 kills and served five aces and Taryn Fath finished with 46 assists.
Madi Singer also played well for Smithville with 10 kills, Caitlin Walsh-Knouff with nine kills and Maddy Lengacher paced the defense with 12 digs.
Hilland 25, 25, 25; Northwest 17, 17, 20
Hiland continued his strong start with a win over Northwestern.
The Huskies were led by Ella Hartsel with nine kills, Brailee Beun had 12 assists and Morgan Ervin paced the defense with 20 digs.
Rittman 25, 25, 25; Our Lady of Elms 8, 18, 8
Gabbie Swartz had 14 kills, Kenzie Beltz had 11 points and co-passers Kendall Fosen and Beltz finished with 10 assists apiece in Rittman’s win.
Rebecca Hartzler also played well with seven points, four aces and seven digs and Erika Bishop with five kills for the Indians.
Northwest 4, Triway 0
Triway fell to Northwest in the Principals Athletic Conference game where he fought hard in his first game of the season. A busy Chloe Baker made six saves in net.
Orrville 9, Tuslaw 0
Deninssonn Lopez and Kaleb Wayt led Orrville past Tuslaw in a Principals Athletic Conference battle with two goals apiece.
Bryan Cruz, Jonathan Gonzales, Ryne Armentrout, Jerson Lopez and Kellen Wayt each scored once.
Northwest 1, Triway 0
A score with 33:46 left in the second half from Garrett Baughman was the difference as Northwest beat Triway. The Titans were outshot 22-10 and goaltender Aeron Meshew finished with 11 saves.
Lake 5, Chippewa 0
Playing against a tough Lake team and losing one of their best players, Chippewa used the night as a learning experience in a loss.
“With one of our best players, the singles had to earn a spot and they really tried hard and learned a lot,” Chipps coach Nick Pandrea III said. “A night of growth and learning all around against a solid senior team loaded with Lake. Our girls grew a bit tonight.”
Lex Holbert and Molly Goodrich nearly secured a 7-6, 6-2 first double win, while Sophia Koontz and Meredith Wilson both held on in a 6-4, 6-3 loss.