Welcome freshmen: Youth served for locals at KVAC qualifierWindjammers, Lion, Mariner, Mustang move on to state championships
Vassalboro — Some of the state's most talented — and clearly youngest — high school golfers were more than on par with the competition Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and B team and individual state qualifier at the Natanis Golf Course, as dozens of Midcoast student-athletes looked to play well enough to qualify for more links play the next few weeks.
One team and several individuals from Knox and Waldo County excelled Tuesday, as the Midcoast figures to be well-represented in the upcoming state championship tournaments.
Camden Hills qualified as a team (the Windjammers had done that by winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B shootout Sept. 26) and, on Tuesday, had team members Daulton Wickenden and Julian Starbird qualify as individuals, while Oceanside's Nick Mazurek, Belfast's Tim Sticht and Mount View's Austin Higgins also made the cut for their respective divisions.
Sticht is a senior, while Wickenden is a sophomore and Mazurek, Starbird and Higgins, all freshmen.
The state team championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 6, while the individual schoolboy and schoolgirl championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, both at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.
On Tuesday, Oceanside played in the Class A portion of the qualifier and Belfast, Medomak Valley, Camden Hills and Mount View in the Class B division.
In Class A, Oceanside finished with a four-golfer, 18-hole team stroke total of 333, while Bangor (321), Cony of Augusta (325), Brunswick (326), Messalonskee of Oakland (326), Edward Little of Auburn (328) and Oxford Hills of South Paris (328) all qualified the state tournament, leaving the Mariners five shots shy of earning a berth.
However, Mazurek shot 77 to qualify for the individual schoolboy championships.
Mariners Reilly Flanagan (84), Jordan Carter (86), Zeke Hamlin (86), Zach Bernard (104) and Anthony Dayboch (disqualified) missed the cut.
Oceanside's Bethany Schulberg (119) attempted to qualify for the schoolgirl championships, but also missed the cut.
In Class B, Camden Hills shot 328 and was one of the four teams to qualify for the team championships, along with Maranacook of Readfield (321), Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (358) and Leavitt of Turner (373).
Wickenden shot 76 and Starbird 77 to qualify for the individual schoolboy championships.
Belfast finished at 387 —14 shots from earning a team qualifying bid, while Sticht shot 83 to qualify for the individual schoolboy championships. Mount View of Thorndike shot 408, and failed to qualify, but Higgins shot 84 to just make the cut.
Mount View's Cassidy Gerrish (143) attempted to qualify for the schoolgirl championships, but missed the cut.
The Midcoast Class B team results included:
Camden Hills (328) — Wickenden, 76; Starbird, 77; Drew Holt, 86; Drew Long, 89; Eddie Socer, 99; and Oliver Bianchi, 104.
Belfast (387) — Sticht, 83; Alex Fritz, 95; Logan Mitchell, 103; Larry Dyer, 106; Jack Smith, 113; and Doyle Bailey, 121.
Mount View (408) — Higgins, 84; Erik Larrabee, 94; Montana Maynard, 115; Owen Freeman, 115; Westley Turner, 119; and Cay Outerbridge, 141.
Medomak Valley (425) — Adam Wilcox, 94; Aaron Smeltzer, 100; J.P. Lobley, 115; Tyler Emerson, 116; and Alex Benner, 137.
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