Boardman High School golf teams each won sectional golf title, advancing to district competition set for this weekend.
The Boardman boys team scorched Tanenhauf GC in Alliance, setting a sectional tourney record of 302 strokes, as freshman Cole Christman and sophomore Brian Terlesky shared medalist honors with two-over par totals of 74 strokes. Sophomore Cade Kreps and senior Ethan Thomas both came in at 77 strokes to put the accent on the record-setting total.
In girls play at the par-71 Tamer Win GC in Cortland, Boardman sophomore Jenna Vivo set the pace with a 75, finishing in a second place tie against the rest of the field, as the Lady Spartans posted a championship total of 328 strokes.
Junior Jacinta Pikunas finished at 82, while sophomore Britney Jonda finished at a season-best 83, and senior Tori Augustine came in at 88 strokes.
The Boardman boys, under the direction of legendary coach Ron Moschella, finished the regular season with an unbeaten, 18-0 log, including the All American Conference championship, as well as taking the top spot in Canfield and Ursuline Invitational events.
“We opened the season in the Canfield event that was held at Tippecanoe Country Club. Our team finished in first and at 8-under-par 282 on a very hard course. That is one of the best scores ever in Ohio in high school boys golf, and I think it really got us off on the right foot,” Moschella said on Tuesday.
Moschella said his team wasn’t ‘really’ happy with their 302 winning total at Tannehauf, “because they know they can do better, but they were very happy as a team.”
Reflecting on the season, Moschella said his charges “got more confidence as they went along. They are a good 18-hole golf team and they expect to score well.
“They are a unique group. They know how they want to miss, if they don’t hit their shot. They are pretty amazing, and that is the mark of a good group of players,” Moschella said.
Finishing second at the sectional meet was Massillon Jackson at 318, Massillon Perry, 328; and Lakeview, 330. Top four teams move on to the district where Hudson, Walsh, Cleveland St. Ignatius and Lakewood St. Ed all bring good teams to the competition.
The district event will be held at Pine Hills in Cleveland, where Boardman was has already played several practice rounds.
The top four teams at the district event advance to the state tournament at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University.
Lady Spartan golfers easily swept to the sectional crown, well ahead of second place Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, that came in at 346. Kent Roosevelt was third at 352, and Canfield ended in fourth at 358.
Boardman’s Lady Spartan links team ended the regular season with a 17-1 mark (losing to Lakeview), and also claimed the All American Conference title.
The Lady Spartans move on to district play at the Legends in Massillon, where Jackson, GlenOak and Hoover are all expected to field contending teams.