The Creston/Orient-Macksburg boys golf team won a close contest with Shenandoah here at Pine Valley on Thursday, while Southwest Valley finishing a distant third.
On the girls side, Southwest Valley edged the Panthers by nine strokes for the win.
The Panther boys shot a team score of 136, just ahead of Shenandoah’s 141. Southwest Valley finished with a team score of 169.
Individually, it was a four-person battle for the top two spots.
Creston/O-M senior Carson Whittington took medalist honors by carding a round of 1-under par 31, while Southwest Valley’s Evan Baldwin took runner-up honors with his round of 1-over par 33.
Both Hunter Sickels of Creston/O-M and Jackson Baker of Shenandoah finished with rounds of 34.
Sam Hartsock recorded a round of 35 for the Panthers, while Maxx Walters and Coleton Hoepker each shot rounds of 36. Christian Groumoutis carded a 37.
Freshman Kyle Somers led the Creston/O-M JV with a round of 33. The Panther JV team recorded a team score of 141.
“We have always known that this year was going to be very competitive within our team,” Creston/O-M assistant coach Kristopher “Kritter” Hayes said. “We have a lot of guys that can shoot a great score on any given day. Our guys were mentally tough in the cool, wet and windy conditions today. Coach (Jan) Lesan and I are very proud of all of them.”
For Southwest Valley, Ryan Carlson finished with a round of 44, followed by Christian Silva with a 45 and Jerod Kubley’s 47 to round out the team scoring.
“Evan Baldwin played probably his most aggressive round of the year,” Southwest Valley head coach Kent Bass said. “Several birdies and bogeys equaled a 1-over par, good enough for runner-up. Our team score is yet to be where we want it, but young kids continue to step up and perform at key points.”
On the girls side, Southwest Valley edged out Creston/O-m 186-195 for the team win.
Just like on the boys side, it was a four-person battle for the top two spots in girls action.
Creston/O-M senior Sarah Waigand won medalist honors with her round of 44, while Southwest Valley’s Taylor Damewood finished runner-up with a round of 45.
Shelby Palser of Creston/O-M and Kim Hults of Southwest Valley each recorded rounds of 46.
Rounding out the team scoring for the Panthers were Camryn Somers with a 52 and Hannah Hagle with a 53.
“I am so proud of our team,” Waigand said. “We are having so much fun playing and feel like we are improving each day. Things are starting to click for me, especially. Being a senior, it feels good knowing all we have worked on is showing up in our meets.”
Southwest Valley’s team scoring was rounded out by Kelsie Kinman’s 47 and Gentry Johannes’ 48.
“Taylor Damewood continues her hot streak with a 45,” Bass said. “Season and personal bests by Kim Hults, Janelle Gibler and Bellamy Heaton prove this team can compete with anyone.”
Creston/O-M (195) — Sarah Waigand 44, Camryn Somers 52, Shelby Palser 46, Hannah Hagle 53, Ryan Vasquez 70.
Southwest Valley (186) — Kelsie Kinman 47, Gentry Johannes 48, Taylor Damewood 45, Kim Hults 46, Bellamy Heaton 49, Janelle Gibler 50.
Medalist — Sarah Waigand, Creston/O-M, 44. Runner-up — Taylor Damewood, Southwest Valley, 45.
Creston/O-M (136) — Carson Whittington 31, Hunter Sickels 34, Christian Groumoutis 37, Coleton Hoepker 36, Sam Hartsock 35, Maxx Walters 36.
Southwest Valley (169) — Evan Baldwin 33, Drey Barton 52, Ryan Carlson 44, William Roberts 52, Jerod Kubley 47, Christian Silva 45.
Shenandoah (141) — Jackson Baker 34, Steven Martin 35, Julian Beckmann 39, Ryan Ruzek 35, Zane O’Neil 37, Jake Johnson 38.
Medalist — Carson Whittington, Creston/O-M, 31. Runner-up — Evan Baldwin, Southwest Valley, 33.
Creston/O-M (141) — Kyle Somers 33, Evan Nielsen 34, Michael Stults 35, Jaaron Kautz 38, Nick Noecker 39, Tyson Tucker 45.