HHS, MHS sweep titles at opener

The combined score of 158 by Soyez and Kent resulted in a 10-stroke two-man championship over the second-place team from Goessel, Frey and Nathan Ensz (90). Southeast of Saline was third at 190.<p>“Conditions were certainly less than ideal,” said Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare of the event. “It was a very windy day and the Herington course sets up on a hill, so there was no protection. <p>“Despite the conditions, Elliott had a pretty solid round. He shot even-par on the front nine for a great start, but had a few miscues on the back nine to finish four over par.<p>“Justin also played a pretty decent front nine at three over par, but had some problems on the back nine,” O’Hare added. <p>“It was nice to see these two start the season by winning the two-man competition. I really expected that from them, but am glad they came through.”<p>Marion, meanwhile, won the four-man and six-man titles.<p> The Warrior foursome of Hett, Jones, Chase Carlson (87) and Jake Bredemeier (89) combined for a 340 score and a 23-stroke victory over Sedgwick. Council Grove was third at 364.<p>The addition of Paul Hodson (106) and Lindsay Hett (112) earned Marion the six-man title with a 558, which was 26 strokes better than runner-up Goessel: Frey, Ensz, Cameron Voth (94), Tyler Schmidt (98), Alex Drake (110) and Sam Lehrman (114).<p>“I thought we played so-so,” Marion coach Rex Ostmeyer said. “A couple of people played OK, but I think we can all play better than we did today. <p>“It was OK for the first meet I suppose, but I think we will see much better scores in the future. We will need to if we plan to accomplish our goals for the year.”<p>Peabody-Burns’ Bryan Wingert (97) and Jake Watts (103) combined for a 200, which placed them fifth among the 10 two-man teams. With the addition of  Joseph Zappone (102), A.J. Jones (108), Oliver Whitney (116) and Curtis Frederick (118), PBHS sixth out of seven six-man teams at 644.<p>Centre’s two-man team of Kacey Hanschu (110) and Ryan Richmond (121) combined for a 231, which ranked them ninth among 10 teams. Also competing for Centre were Heath Hill (115), Jacob Jennings (117) and Trevor Trout (117).<p>Because of a church-related youth conference, Hillsboro had only four golfers competing at Herington. Joining Soyez and Kent were Darren Enns (93) and Daniel Miller (116).<p>“This tournament did not really give us a good indication of where we are as a team as at least two, maybe three, of the anticipated varsity players were unable to compete,” O’Hare said.<p>Coming—The Hillsboro Invitational, snowed out April 5, has been rescheduled for Thursday (April 12). Marion will be competing there as well.<p>The next varsity competition for HHS and MHS is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational played at Hidden Lakes.

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