Borer, Vikes win tri
Senor Gracie Borer did just enough on Thursday afternoon to squeeze out a one-stroke victory and lead Lakeview girls golf to a four-shot triangular win over Scotus Central Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Borer put together a nine-hole round of 50, admittedly not the best by her standards, but was just consistent enough off the tee to make up for struggles elsewhere.
Teammate Olivia Engel and Abby Brodersen shot 51s to tie for runner-up. Jaycee Ternus of Scotus was her team’s best player, finishing fourth overall.
“I did not golf very good today. I hit it in the trees a few times and I should have putted better,” Borer said. “It was pretty windy. I think the wind played with some scores. My drives went straight. I’m happy with that.”
Other scores contributing to the Lakeview cause included Torrin Boyer shooting 55, Ella Meyer carding a 58 and Paxton Lusche finishing with a 65. Megan Simons playing junior varsity shot 80.
“A win is a win. It’s a good confidence builder for our girls,” coach Angela Witt said. “We can shoot lower than we did. We only have two experienced girls. The other two or three are pretty fresh. Our No. 3 and 4 has changed throughout the season.
“Individually, we have a chance to make some noise, but there’s kind of a gap right now between two and three.”
Scotus was without players Alaina and Avery Dierman due to the maximum meets rule. Coach Tanya Niedbalski left them off the lineup sheet to avoid exceeding their maximum participation number by the end of the season.
Considering she was without two of her top options, Niedbalski was mostly pleased with how the rest of the group picked up the slack.
“We wanted to be under 200 today, but I had to stop and think I was playing two JV players,” she said. “The players I played were fairly consistent. Jaelyn (Podolak) shot a 57. She’s been consistent and she’s just a sophomore. Abee (Hutchinson), she’s just a sophomore and she shot a 61. That’s one of her better scores for the year.”
Ternus’ 52 was followed by Makenzie Enderlin with a 53, Hannah Allen carding a 56, the 57 from Podolak and Hutchinson’s 61. The Shamrocks totaled a 218 to finish second as a team.
“I kind of expected an up and down season this year because we’ve only got one returning starter and the rest are new to varsity, Niedbalski said. “I figured it was going to be a battle to get through the meets and place respectively.
“We’ve been fourth or fifth at every big meet and won a dual and a triangular at the beginning of the year. I was hoping today we’d have a little bit better score. But we did a pretty good job of shaking off bad holes and moving on.”
Following Broderson’s 51, Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Ashley Mewhirter shot a 58, Lauren Khotz carded a 61, Lilly Reel shot a 63 and Ava Frey totaled 72.
“We’re just trying to improve every meet,” Borer said. “We’ve done a pretty good job of doing that.
“Olivia and I have a chance of making it to state this year. We’ve been close the last couple years, but since we’re both seniors we’d really like to finish that way.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at Nate.Tenopir@Lee.net.