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Panthers repeat as H-10 champs

Whittington defends individual title

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:11 p.m. CDT
Creston/O-M successfully defended its Hawkeye 10 boys golf championship Monday at Crestmoor Golf Club, shooting 311 to top Atlantic's 319. Team members are, from left, Sam Hartsock, Coleton Hoepker, Kainen Somers, Trey Thomsen, Hunter Sickels and Carson Whittington, who was individual medalist with a 73.
Hunter Sickels of Creston/O-M follows through on his drive on No. 4 at Crestmoor Golf Club Monday. Sickels was runner-up medalist with an 18-hole score of 4-over-par 76.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Creston/O-M assistant golf coach Kristopher “Kritter” Hayes looked toward the No. 1 tee box at Crestmoor Golf Club and saw one of his players beginning a round.

It was a gorgeous, 70-degree afternoon, so it wasn’t surprising to see golfers interested in playing the course.

But, the Panthers had just spent the entire day there, teeing off at 9 a.m. to defend their title in the Hawkeye 10 Tournament.

“Our guys are out there playing right now, after we’re done,” Hayes said. “You’d think they’d be hungry and tired and ready to go home, but several of them are still out here playing. They want to fix the things that they can fix.”

There wasn’t a whole lot to fix, as the Panthers repeated as conference champions with a score of 311. Atlantic was runner-up with a 319.

Individually, junior Carson Whittington won his second straight medalist crown with a 1-over par 73 on his home course. Teammate Hunter Sickels was runner-up with a 4-over 76.

In fact, five Panthers were among the 12 Hawkeye 10 medal winners.

Sam Hartsock was sixth with an 81, Trey Thomsen was eighth, also at 81, and even Coleton Hoepker’s non-counting 83 was good for 11th place. Kainen Somers shot 85.

“I feel good for them,” Hayes said. “We have some new guys this year that are a part of it. It’s a credit to how hard they’ve worked. We talked about being patient out there on this nine-hole course, and it worked out great. They played well.”

With their sights set on sectional competition Friday at Atlantic, Whittington said the team seems to be hitting its stride. In fact, four of the Panthers shot in the 30s over the first nine Monday. Four of the six shot higher scores on the second nine.

“For some reason, the back nine felt like it was a 40 or something,” Whittington said. “I didn’t feel real happy with it. I’ll take 73, though. Our guys are playing well. We could have easily shot 290 today. But 311, that’s fine. That should get us through sectionals and districts.”

The Panthers return to the Atlantic Golf & Country Club course where they finished fourth a year ago, missing a chance to advance to districts, which are held at Carroll this year. If host Atlantic is one of the top two teams, then three teams will advance Friday.

Head coach Jan Lesan said her team is primed to make up for last year’s disappointment.

“We have things to prove to ourselves,” Lesan said. “We need to go up there and play our kind of golf. I fully expect we will do that.”

Girls seventh

At Harlan, meanwhile, the Creston/O-M girls were seventh in this year’s conference meet after not having enough players for a scoring (four-person) team a year ago. Freshman Madison Hance earned a medal by placing 11th with a score of 102. Freshman Shelby Palser was next with 110.

“Competing as a team and as an individual helps our program a lot,” Lesan said. “They had fun together today.”

Brooke Fletcher of Atlantic was medalist with 16-over-par 90.

Creston/O-M girls are idle until playing in regional competition May 20 at Newton. The boys tune up for Friday with a “fun” tournament at Nodaway Valley today.

Boys Hawkeye 10

At Crestmoor Golf Club

Par — 36-36 — 72

Team scoring — 1. Creston/O-M 311; 2. Atlantic 319; 3. Harlan 346; 4. Shenandoah 360; 5. Denison-Schleswig 362; 6. Carroll Kuemper Catholic 363; 7. Glenwood 380; 8. Lewis Central 385; 9. Red Oak 398; 10. Clarinda 438.

Individual medal winners — 1. Carson Whittington, Creston/O-M, 73; 2. Hunter Sickels 76; 3. Evan Schuler, Atlantic, 78; 4. Travis Olsen, Atlantic, 79; 5. Sam Markham, Atlantic, 80; 6. Sam Harstock, Creston/O-M, 81; 7. Parker Eller, Denison-Schleswig, 81; 8. Trey Thomsen, Creston/O-M, 81; 9. Nick Barry, Atlantic, 82; 10. Ross Martens, Harlan, 82; 11. Coleton Hoepker, Creston/O-M, 83; 12. Michael Sorfonden, Harlan, 85.

Creston/O-M (311) — Carson Whittington 36-37 — 73; Hunter Sickels 37-39 — 76; Trey Thomsen 38-43 — 81; Sam Hartsock 37-44 — 81; Coleton Hoepker 43-40 — 83; Kainen Somers 43-42 — 85.

Girls Hawkeye 10

At Harlan Golf & Country Club

Par — 37-37 — 74

Team scoring — 1. Carroll Kuemper Catholic 388; 2. Atlantic 393; 3. Clarinda 419; 4. Shenandoah 439; 5. Harlan 450; 6. Denison-Schleswig 460; 7. Creston 462; 8. Lewis Central 504; 9. Glenwood 545; 10. Red Oak 717.

Individual medal winners — 1. Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic, 90; 2. Kayla Redeker, Lewis Central, 92; 3. Morgan Naberhaus, Kuemper, 95; 4. Mara Masching, Kuemper, 95; 5. Bailey Walter, Atlantic, 95; 6. Shelby Worth, Atlantic 97; 7. Cassidy Eckerman, Kuemper, 98; 8. Kristen Fichter, Shenandoah, 98; 9. Micaela Boyce, Kuemper, 100; 10. Beth Anderson, Clarinda, 101; 11. Madison Hance, Creston/O-M, 102; 12. Marea Ferry, Harlan, 102.

Creston/O-M (462) — Madison Hance 53-49 — 102; Shelby Palser 54-56 — 110; Sarah Waigand 56-65 — 121; Maranda Ford 72-57 — 129; Ashtyn Riley 72-78 — 150.

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