MIDDLETOWN – Mechanicsburg won the Division III district golf tournament with a 335, edging out Ohio Heritage Conference rival Southeastern by two strokes. Both teams will advance to the state tournament next weekend at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in Columbus.
Caleb Westfall shot a 77 and Mack Cushman fired an 80 to give the Indians a fighting chance.
“Mack and Caleb both did exactly what we knew they would do,” Coach Todd Trainer said.
But despite Mechanicsburg’s terrific 1-2 punch, they haven’t been unbeatable this season due to an average lineup the rest of the way.
“We knew we needed another guy to break 90,” Trainer said.
The Indians got it from Corey Bogan, who carded a career-best 85 and put the Indians at the top of the leaderboard.
“That’s a career day for a kid that’s been playing for 15 months,” Trainer said.
Cody Minor rounded out the scoring with a 93 for M’burg, while Jack Shoemaker shot a 98 to provide a solid safety net in the event of a collapse by another team member.
The victory moves Mechanicsburg to 42-10 on the season and gives it a chance at a state title.
“(Being a district champion) makes you at least in the top six in the state,” Trainer said. “If these guys go and shoot that number again, I don’t see why we can’t be in the mix. We have a week to improve on what we struggled with.”
In other action, West Liberty-Salem’s Dillon Callicoat shot an 87 in the Division II tournament Thursday and tied for 38th.
Also, Urbana’s Maggie Paulsen shot a 94 and tied for 25th at the girls’ Division II district tourney at Pipestone on Wednesday.
Urbana volleyball downs Greenon
Urbana defeated Greenon, 25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 25-13, in CBC/MRD volleyball on Thursday.
Hunter Rogan had 15 kills and 11 digs for Urbana, Olivia Dunham had 25 assists, Kaelyn Bertsch had 10 kills, Mackenzee Martin had 8 kills and 7 aces and Macy Pierce had 19 assists and 4 kills.
Urbana’s jayvee team won, 25-15, 25-21.
Megan Ridder had 10 kills and Taylor Adams had 8 assists with 4 aces.
Urbana’s varsity team (8-10, 4-4 CBC) plays a tri-match with Jackson Center and West Liberty-Salem on Saturday at Jackson Center.
Graham downs Lakers
Graham defeated Indian Lake, 25-19, 25-16, 25-10, in CBC/MRD volleyball on Thursday. For the Falcons, Kaitlin Trace had 10 kills and 2 blocks, Lisa DeWeese had 14 kills and 2 aces and Carly Carafa added 12 kills and 3 aces.
The Falcons are 14-6 overall and 7-1 in the CBC/MRD.
Triad beat Northeastern, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22, in OHC volleyball on Thursday
For the Cardinals, Madison Dolby had 19 kills, 20 assists and 13 digs, Allyssa Eaton had 8 kills and 8 blocks, Caleigh Watson had 8 kills and 17 assists and Jenna Ober added 23 digs.
Triad (5-11) will play at Catholic Central on Monday.
Triad’s jayvees won, 25-20, 25-21. For Triad (9-6, 9-3) Jennifer Sizemore had 10 assists and 8 points, Kayleigh Rice had 10 digs and 3 aces, Kristin Bailey had 13 points and Lauren McCall had 13 points.
WL-S improves to 15-3
WL-S defeated Southeastern, 25-21, 25-15, 25-17, in OHC volleyball on Thursday. Jamie Peterson had 23 kills, 8 total blocks and 5 ace serves, Kylie Gilroy had 25 assists and 2 ace serves and Olivia Ames had 16 digs and 2 ace serves for the Tigers (15-3).
Urbana falls in soccer
Greenon beat Urbana, 4-1, in CBC girls soccer.
For Urbana, Jennifer Tracy scored a goal at 15:25 of the first half assisted by Kinleigh White.
UHS’s Sara Lingrell had 8 saves in goal.
Greenon won the jayvee game, 2-1.
WL-S tops Mechanicsburg
The West Liberty-Salem girls soccer team defeated Mechanicsburg, 4-0, on Thursday in OHC action.
Goals were scored by Madison Oelker, Annika Wolfe, Morgan Freyhof and Taylor Lauck.
Gabby Hollar, Lily Yoder and Dierdre McGill each had an assist.
Paige Shafer and Laura Neer each had one save in goal.
For the Indians, Chayna Sanford had 11 saves.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.
Steve Stout contributed to this report and can be reached at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout.