Tiffin Columbian won in somewhat of a surprise in the bigger schools Lake division, with Perkins second, 338-342. Vermilion took top honors in the Bay, topping a game Willard squad, 329 -341. Lakota (340) also made a surprise move in the River division, topping front-runner Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic, 340-351.
Norwalk finished fourth among the Lake schools, while Edison placed in the same spot in the Bay.
Norwalk’s No. 1 player, junior Carter Kluding, was named to the first team in the Lake. His card showed 40-42—82 numbers. Other Norwalk scores came from juniors Gavin Koelsch (46-39—85), Kyle Smith (46-46—92) and Zach Crane (48-44—92), along with Justin Sommers (46-50—96) and senior Noah Scheel (49-46—95).
“We were a middle of the pack team most of the year and that was the case again today,” veteran Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said. “The guys have been playing a bit better the last couple weeks, which is a good sign.
“I might be wrong, but I envision them as contenders for the title next fall,” Douglas added. “They have all the attributes; well-tempered, easily-coached, hard workers and just plain good kids. This was their learning year. They had to learn courses as varsity players and that takes time. That is behind them now.”
While Norwalk finished behind Columbian (335), Perkins (342) and Clyde (346), it was Bellevue, usually a contender, which finished last in the Lake. The Redmen finished at 364, getting there numbers from Hudson Strayer, their No. 5 player, 42-47—89, Garrett Vickery 45-46—91, Connor Rospert 42-49—91, Alex Martinez 44-49—93, Layne Krupp 45-51—96 and Jackson Moyer 55-57—112.
Edison’s best score was from Shayne Fischer’s No. 2 man, junior Aden Hall (42-43—85). After that, it was senior Casey Fair (51-42—93), sophomore Noah Puloski (47-48—95), and freshmen Matthew Pound (57-49—106) and Connor Betts (59-60—120).
Vermilion used a 78 (40-38) from its No. 1 player Mason Montgomery to win the Bay Division with a 329 total. Willard was next as head coach Nick Wenzel continues to keep his team in touch with the front-running Sailors in the conference race.
The Willard numbers came from Kalin McKelvey (37-44—81), Trey Mock (44-41—85), Ian Brown (42-43—85), Will Lindenberger (45-45—90), Mitchell Carnahan (50-47—97) and Micah Dawson (48-50—98).
Margaretta followed Willard with a (343). Then it was Port Clinton (361), Edison (379), Oak Harbor (382) and Huron (404).
Although Lakota surprised the Crimson Streaks on Thursday, it still appears SJCC is the team to beat in the River division league race. They got a solid 82 on identical side of 41 from their No. 1 player, Michael Garrett,
Old Fort finished third at 356, followed by Tiffin Calvert (366), Danbury (370), New Riegel (393), Gibsonburg (395) and then St. Mary Central Catholic (399).