By KYLE LUTZ
WHEELING - The Wheeling Park boys' golf club and Coach Don Headley certainly like where they are going this season. The Patriots won a three-team match at Speidel Golf Course on Wednesday with a score of 307, beating second-place Meadowbrook (334) by a 27 strokes. Cambridge rounded out the the event with a score of 367.
Photo by KYLE LUTZ
Wheeling Park’s Freddie Fitzsimmons lines up a putt during action of a triangular with Meadowbrook and Cambridge on Wednesday at Oglebay Park’s Speidel Golf Course.
"It was a real good match," Headley said. "The weather was nice and it was not that hot. The course was in real good condition. The greens were not that fast, but they could be a little faster. We are typically used to playing on quicker greens.
"I'm real happy with the four guys that shot in the 70s. Anytime you can have four guys shoot those numbers is tremendous, and we will take that."
Patriots' No. 3 man on the day, Freddie Fitzsimmons, set the pace as he shot a 75 during his 18-hole round.
"I played pretty well," Fitzsimmons said. "I hit a lot of fairways and greens, although I did double -bogey the last hole, I was happy with my round."
Kyle Wensel (76), Jacob Nickell (77) and Dylan Wojcik (79) were the other Patriots that shot in the 70s.
"My teammates also played very well," Fitzsimmons said. "Anytime our top-four shoots in the 70s, it's a good match for us. It gives us motivation moving forward."
The No. 4 man for the Colts, Devin Webster, led the way for his team as he shot an 80 for the day. Damon Moore was not that far behind as he shot an 81 while Trey Singleton scored 84 and Zach Clair rounded out the scoring with 89.
"It is obvious that Wheeling Park is the best team in the valley, if not the state West Virginia," Meadowbrook coach Mel Pesuit said. "We knew we were going to have our hands full coming into this match. Our focus is just to get our game down for the OVAC match next Tuesday, which will also be at Speidel."
Going into the match, Meadowbrook was coming off a victory at Salt Fork State Park Country Club, defeating Claymont and Indian Valley. According to Pesuit, the Colts have been playing at Salt Fork a lot, and it could be an advantage.
"We been playing pretty well," Pesuit said. "Because of rainouts we have been playing a lot at Salt Park, which is our home course. We have played a lot more matches there than we ordinarily do. All in all, it comes down what we do in the OVACs and what we do in sectonals on Sept. 22.
"Salt Fork has a lot of similarities to Speidel. Although Speidel is a longer course, Salt Fork may have more hills."
"They always come down here and play well," Headley said of Meadowbrook's team. "They are used to playing on hills like we are on. They do a really job. Cambridge is young, so they are rebuilding a bit. Overall the competition was pretty good."
Jacob Feldner scored a team-low for the Bobcats with an 85 while Ben Bruner shot 88. Lindsey Nunamker was the No. 3 as she hit 96, and Trent Alten carded a 98.
"All three of us were playing to get ready for the OVAC next week. This is all in preparation to win the big one," Pesuit said.
Meadowbrook plays Tuesday in the 1A/2A tournament, and Wheeling Park and Cambridge will play Thursday for the 5A tournament.
"When the Jones Course is your home course, it makes you play a lot of different shots," Headley said. "It makes you think, 'you have to play good to play here.' Fortunately my guys love to play here. The park system is so gracious to let all these kids in the area play. The park system lets five high schools play here, and that is second to none. They really take care of us and really love the kids. They are the reason why we play so well here."
Brookes Wins Tri
STEUBENVILLE - Logan Lojszczyk captured another medalist honor with an even-par 36 as Brooke (182) knocked off Steubenville (204) and Oak Glen (226) at Steubenville Country Club.
Mario Boni added a 39 for the Bruins while Luc Pannett and Justin Shelton carded 53 and 54, respectively.
Kasey Peterson paced Big Red with a 43. Trey Reese's 52 led the Golden Bears.
Tyler Consolidated d. Ritchie County
15-25, 25-16, 25-23
MIDDLEBOURNE - Kerstyn Cline had 62 sets, 28 asssits, eight points and six digs while Ariel Fish registered 14 points, 11 kills, 10 digs and six blocks to lead Tyler Consolidated past Ritchie County.
Bridget Matthews added 12 kills for the Silver Knights and Madison West had 14 digs.
Tyler Consolidated d. Williamstown
25-22, 13-25, 25-21
MIDDLEBOURNE - Cline came through with 68 sets, 23 assists, four points and three digs as Tyler Consolidated (2-0) took down Williamstown.
Fish added 8 kills, six digs, three blocks and three points for the winners, while Sydney Yoho contributed six points and four kills.
Steubenville d. Wheeling Park
21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 20-15, 15-8
WHEELING - Steubenville dealt Wheeling Park a loss in the Patriots' (0-1) first match of the season, a five-set affair.
Park's Cristin Dolan had three aces, 35 assists and four kills while teammate Jordan Porter had two aces and 32 assists.
Oak Glen d. Beaver Local
NEW MANCHESTER - Madison Juszczak set the tone with seven points, two kills and two digs in a victory against Beaver Local.
Emmy Delekta had 10 points, 30 sets and 12 assists for the Golden Bears. Also helping out was Kenzie Rosenlieb with two points, 23 sets and seven assists.
Oak Glen d. Brooke
25-15, 23-25, 25-16
NEW MANCHESTER - Emmy Delekta had 65 sets to go along with 14 points and 18 assists in an Oak Glen victory against Brooke.
Jessica Stivason had 10 points, one ace, 10 spikes, six kills, four blocks and three digs for the Golden Bears.
Martins Ferry d. Bridgeport
25-18,25-22, 21-25, 25-16
BRIDGEPORT - Deja' Massey had 16 points, four assists, 14 digs and a kill in Bridgeport's (1-5) victory against Martins Ferry (3-2).
Dakota Dobrzynski contributed seven points, one ace, seven digs, five assists and one kill for the Bulldogs.
Shaye DeLeonardis stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 digs, 12 assists, six aces, five kills and a trio of blocks for the Purple Riders, while Morgan Carpenter also had a huge night with four points, 10 kills, 10 digs, seven assists and three blocks.
Mercedez McLeod added six points, 11 kills, four aces and four digs.
John Marshall d. Monroe Central
23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18
GLEN DALE - Mary Tennant Kolleen Denning, Lauren Garcia, Abbi Namath, Brandi Powell and Maddy Mayle led the way as John Marshall opened its season with a four-set victory against Monroe Central.
Paving the way for the Seminoles were Katelyn Dimmerling, Kaleigh Marley and Erin Miller.
Bellaire d. Shadyside
19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22
BELLAIRE - Mary Garloch and Tara Duffy both paced Bellaire with 19 points. Elisha Gillespie added 17 points, while Runyan had 15 and Melissa Cordy and Shiann Kolakowski each scored 12 as it knocked off Shadyside.
Steubenville Catholic d. Buckeye Local
25-12, 25-19, 25-11
STEUBENVILLE - Brittany Bertoia tallied three blocks, four kills, four digs, five points and two aces, Anne Fischer recorded three kills, two digs, our aces and 18 points and Megan Lloyd collected nine assists, four kills, eight points and two aces as Steubenville Catholic swept Buckeye Local..
Also, Fran Capaldi finished with 13 assists, nine points, two kills and an ace, Suzy Thibault delivered three kills, four blocks, fives and nine points and Ashlynne Daley added two kills, four digs, one ace and five points.
Buckeye Local was led by Amanda Barbosa who scored four points.