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Bellevue wins SBC Lake tournament championship

By DON HOHLER • Sep 18, 2018 at 10:21 PM

FREMONT — Bellevue with 384 strokes won the the girls golf Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division championship on Tuesday at the Fremont Country Club.

Tiffin Columbian was second at 414, while Norwalk finished fifth with 438 strokes.

In the Bay division, always-strong Huron won handily with a 371, easily besting second-place Oak Harbor, which checked in with an even 400. Edison, which just in the nick of time found enough players to constitute a team, placed fifth with a 417. Willard was sixth with a 439.

The Norwalk contingent was paced by its No. 1 player, senior Anna Little (51-43—94). That put her on the first team all-tournament team.

Following her for Norwalk was junior Hannah Dumbeck (58-53-111), sophomore Noelle Jackson (55-60–115), senior Carmen Krichbaum (57-61–118), junior Chloe Thomas (69-55–124) and senior Emily Berry (66-67–133).

“We have shown promise at times,” second-year Norwalk coach Chris Jackson said. “I would have liked some of the girls to have shown a steadier improvement, but when five of your 10 golfers are first-year players, you have to expect a lot of fluctuation in scores. That happened here today.

“Tho future looks bright though as I have a solid nucleus back,” he added. “And this season is not over. We play the sectional at Sycamore Springs on Oct. 3. It is not unreasonable to expect four good scores which could get us out.”

Meanwhile, veteran Edison coach Lisa Kelble is doing her best to get through the season with just four players. Among them is two, true blue-chippers in Jordan Pruitt (37-39—76) and Lauren Neher (45-42—87). Hunter Barlyski (58-59—117) and Jacqueline Fry (70-67—137) put the other scores on the board Tuesday.

Barylyski is just days back after being sidelined with a broken elbow.

“We have had to forfeit every match,” Kelble said. “And that’s not like Edison. Hunter shot a 49 last night in her first match back, but she struggled a bit today (58-59). We are rebuilding, but we will be back. Right now our streak of getting people to Columbus rests with Jordan and Lauren. They will try to keep the run intact at Valley View (Galion) next Tuesday.”

Willard’s hope of moving on in the postseason starting at Valley View rests with its veteran senior Elli White. She was solid again Tuesday with 50-44—94 numbers. Two other seniors and a freshman scored for Nick Wenzel’s club. Grace Conaway stepped up with 46-40—96 numbers, while fellow senior Madison Moneypenny shot a 102 on sides of 52-50. Freshman Tatum Combs carded 75-72—147 numbers.

“We have had more good days that bad,” Wenzel said in talking about his team record of 13-7. “The girls have been steady. The program is six years old and I can honestly say it has improved every year.”

Bellevue won the Lake title with some creditable numbers. Cass Biedzycki, it’s No. 4 player, was the team medalist with a 94. That was one stroke better than No. 1 player Lara Spurlock. After that it was Riley Hager (97), Tristian Rupp (98), Isabel Sanchez (100) and Olivia Martinez (106).

In finishing first in the Bay, Huron got the winning numbers from Gabby Buathier (86), Kerlsey Stadler (92), Alivia Baus (94), Jenny Cobleigh (99), Mallory Nelson (100) and Lacey Church (121).

The following are the final tournament standings:

LAKE DIVISION: Bellevue (384), Tiffin Columbian (414), Perkins (428), Clyde (433), Norwalk (438), Port Clinton (479), Vermilion (488).

BAY DIVISION: Huron (371), Oak Harbor (400), Gibsonburg (400), Margaretta (407), Edison (417), Willard (439), Danbury (493), St. Mary C.C. (512).

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