Hawks and Pirates battle the state’s big boys

Hawks and Pirates battle the state’s big boys
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The Pirates will lean on the experience and talent of Charles Beachy as they hope to continue the winning tradition of a Garaway program that has been one of the state’s most successful over the past two decades.

                        

Say this for the Hiland and Garaway golf teams: They aren’t afraid to go tackle some of the state’s biggest and best golf programs. Perhaps that is because as far as smaller schools go, both teams have established themselves as major players in the OHSAA.

At the Polar Bear Invite, the field of 19 teams was flooded with talented Div. I teams, and the Hawks placed sixth with a 313 while the Pirates ended up 19th but still shot decent with a 358.

Hiland was led by Carter Mishler, who fired a 74, and Garret Shoup continued his hot play with a 76. Brookston Hummel shot an 80 while Kenny Weaver added an 83 to round out Hiland’s counting scores.

Garaway was led by Charles Beachy’s 85 while Trace Gibson was next with an 86. Also counting on the final tally was Carter Miller, who carded a 92, and Emmet Royer, who shot a 96.

There were more big schools and great teams competing at the Warrior Invite, where the Pirates placed sixth in the Div. II group with a 335. Hiland placed runner-up in the Div. III group with a team score of 324.

Kettering Alter won the Div. II competition that featured 13 schools with a 292. Oakwood took second at 321, and Columbus Academy got third at 324, so the Pirates were close. Also competing in the Div. II group was Triway, which placed eighth at 344.

Gibson led the Pirates with a 79. Beachy added an 82, Miller shot an 86 and Toyer added an 88. The Titans were paced by Griffin Braun and Tyler Snyder, who both carded 84s, while Gavin Stutz tacked on an 87 and Carter Schmid shot a 79.

Gilmour Academy captured the Div. III contest of 11 schools with a 323, nipping the Hawks by a single stroke. Seven Hills was right behind at 325, as was Botkins at 329 and Middletown Christian at 330.

Hiland was led by Mishler’s 77, with Shoup carding a 79, and both Hummel and Weaver added scores of 84.

Prior to those tournaments, Garaway hosted the Pirate Invite at Black Gold Golf Course in Sugarcreek, where the Hawks earned a title by firing a 299, well ahead of runner-up North Canton Hoover’s 314. Garaway would shoot a 328 to place fourth in the field of 10 teams.

Mishler took home medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70. Hummel fired a 74, Shoup added a 76 and Weaver carded a 79. The Pirates got a team-medalist effort of 76 from Beachy, and Gibson shot a 78, Carter Miller nailed down an 83 and Royer came in at 91.

West Holmes golf at Circle K Invitational

West Holmes started off its season by placing fifth out of 20 teams at the Circle K Invitational at Eagle Sticks Golf Course in Zanesville. Hunter Ellis and Grady Toye shared top team honors with 78s. Brody Allen shot an 81 while Trey Baker shot an 82 to round out the scoring for the Knights.

The Knights also downed Loudonville in a head-to-head match, firing a 165 at Round Lake Golf Course. Ellis shot a 38 to lead all golfers. Brice Hunter and Toye both shot 40s, and Daniel Baird shot a 47 in his first varsity match.


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