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New London boys win FC golf tournament

By DON HOHLER • Updated Sep 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

GALION — The New London boys golf team is back on top in the Firelands Conference.

Zack Parr’s team put the wraps on a perfect conference season Thursday afternoon at Valley View golf course when it won the conference tournament by 12 strokes over both Crestview and Mapleton, 360-to-372.

Plymouth was third with 388, while the defending champion St. Paul totaled 451.

New London senior Weston Eibel was the tournament medalist with sides of 41-39–80. Joining him on the first team was teammate, junior Ben Crawshaw (42-41—83), Crestview’s No. 2 player Hayden McMillen (43-41—84) and Mapleton’s No. 3, Trevor Kusa (39-47–86).

The second team included Crestview’s No. 1, Jacob Salyers (47-40–87), St. Paul’s No. 1 Gabby Scavuzzo (45-44–89), Mapleton’s Zach Howmann (46-43–89) and Gage Espy (44-47–91).

Scavuzzo, who also plays No. 1 on the St. Paul girls team, joined the boys for only the third time this year. She is allowed 20 total starts. She made 17 for the Flyer ladies and returns to Valley View on Tuesday morning for the Division II girls sectional round.

Seconding Eibel and Crawshaw for the Wildcats on Thursday was junior Jaylin Moffit (46-46–92), sophomore Sean Audolsek (53-52–105), sophomore Katiana Barber (58-58–116) and junior Caileigh Kropka (72-71–143).

“I was so blessed this fall to have three veteran players who not only led the team on the scorecards, but also showed the younger players the way,” Parr said. “They were true coaches on and off the course. We are not there yet as far as scoring, but we are improving from top to bottom and that’s all I can ask.”

New London is among 12 Div. III boys teams which plays the sectional at Valley View next Thursday.

Plymouth played the season with heavy hearts after last year’s district qualifier, Dylan Patton, died following a June 8 car accident.

“We dedicated the season to him, and what a season we had,” Big Red coach Doug Hopkins said. “How long has it been, probably never, when a Plymouth team finished the season with a 12-5 record and a second-place tie (4-4) in the conference? And we lose none of our starters to graduation.”

Patton’s father was at the course Thursday as the conference players and coaches paid tribute to his son.

The numbers from the Big Red players include sophomore Brody Brown (50-47–97), juniors Jacob Adams (45-48–97) and Nate Sexton (51-51–102), sophomore Draven Kelley (56-47–103), junior Emily Blanton (56-46–102) and sophomore Zeb Finnegan (53-56–109).

Behind Scavuzzo for the defending champion Flyers was seniors Joe Swope (53-60–113) and Keegan Baker (66-53–118), sophomore Dave Swope (67-71–128) and freshman Nathan Juby (67-64–131).

“We may have not won a match, but it took nothing away from the respect I have for these kids,” first-year St. Paul coach Mike McLaughlin said. “They have been a pleasure to work with and they did improve. I hope to find some athletes walking the halls to fill the spots of the three seniors.

“I also found out it coaching is more than just getting the players to the course,” McLaughlin added. “I learned with them, and even got thrown into the breach today, as it was St. Paul’s turn to run the tournament. It all worked out well.”

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