ROCKLAND — For years, the Hornets of Leavitt High School have been pesky pests to opponents on golf courses around the state as the Turner-based squad consistently has been among the créme de the créme and cream of the crop in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B/C ranks.

The Hornets proved that again on Wednesday afternon, Sept. 28 with a glorious performance in glorious conditions at the Rockland Golf Club.

Belfast’s James Ritter. Photo by Ken Waltz

One could say the Hornets stung the competition. Again and again.

Cliché? Of course. But so true

Although Belfast and Maranacook played solidly, the Lions and Black Bears of Readfield were no match for the buzzing Hornets, who won another league title in the annual KVAC Shootout.

Belfast’s K.J. Payson. Photo by Ken Waltz

Leavitt, which saw five of its six golfers shoot 44 or lower — two at an impressive 3-over par 39 — for the nine-hole round, finished with a four-golfer team stroke total of 164, while runner-up Belfast ended second at 179 and Maranacook third at 185.

The Lions, who finished 9-3 overall in head-to-head, regular-season and playoff matches this season, were led by James Ritter’s strong round of 4-over par 40.

Leavitt’s Jade Haylock. Photo by Ken Waltz

Earlier in the divisional playoffs, Belfast bested Nokomis of Newport and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.

Maranacook and Leavitt were ranked first in their divisions during the regular season and Belfast second in its division.

In beautiful, 70-degree weather on Wednesday, the young golfers put on a shot-making clinic with their drives, chips, putts and iron play.

That was especially true for the Hornets who performed well on the par-36 for men (3,063 yards) and par-37 for women (2,659 yards) front nine holes at RGC.

Maranacook’s Ben Jewett. Photo by Ken Waltz

The following are the individual scores for the golfers on the teams in the shootout:

Leavitt — Billy Viscouti, 39; A.J. Davis, 39; Aidan Lind, 42; Jade Haylock, 44; Alex McCormick, 44; and Ashlyn Holbrook, 57.

Belfast — James Ritter, 40; K.J. Payson, 45; Gary Gale, 47; Zach Sanderson, 52; Hagen Chase, 47; and Bobby Banks, 51.

Maranacook — James Marr, 43; Wyatt Folsom, 44; Ethan Chilton, 48; Ben Jewett, 50; Brandon Chilton, 54; and Keagan McClure, 59.

Leavitt’s Viscouti and Davis finished as co-medalist at 39.

The KVAC Class A shootout was Saturday, Oct. 1 in Brunswick.

The KVAC state qualifier will be on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. This includes a team and individual component.

New this year was a girls state qualifier on Thursday, Sept. 29 at The Meadows Golf Club in Litchfield. The event was open to any high school female golfer.

There was expected a handful of Midcoast golfers at the event.

Camden Hills saw Kyra Anderson, Brooke Hoppe and Mary Hastings participate. None of the three qualified for the states from the event.

Camden Hills coach Mark Wallace said there were 11 golfers from six schools. Golfers had to break 100 for 18 holes to earn a spot in state tournament.

“I strongly encouraged the girls to go,” Wallace said. “We all knew that qualifying was not really the goal but to have a chance for competitive golf with other girls. Since I’ve been at CHRHS we have never had girls on the team. The girls and I have discussed a great deal about the importance of being seen and normalizing girls golf at the high school.”

The trio of Windjammers did that in their participation in the historic first qualifier.

The state team and individual championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at Natanis.

Recent playoff matches

Belfast, which toiled in the North Division, won its most recent KVAC Class B/C playoff match against Nokomis, while Camden Hills of Rockport, which qualified for the league’s Class A playoffs from the Central Division, lost to Messalonskee of Oakland.

Both of those second-round matches were played on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Windjammers also bested Skowhegan in the first round of postseason play.

The most recent playoff match results for area teams included:

Playoff: Belfast 6.5, Nokomos 2.5

At Fogg Brook in Palmyra Sept. 27, the Lions turned in a second straight solid playoff performance to beat the hosts and No. 1 Warriors. The Lions finished with a four-golfer, nine-hole stroke total of 179 to 186 for Nokomis.

The individual results, with Lion golfers listed first, were: James Ritter (37) beat Alex Grant (46), K.J. Payson lost to S.J. Welch (43), Zach Sanderson (46) beat Nathaniel  Smestad (50), Gary Gale (56) lost to Daegan Trafton (56), Hagen Chase (52) halved with Owen Buck (47) and Bobby Banks (50) beat Hunter Goodblood (52).

Playoff: Messalonskee 7, Camden Hills 2

At Belgrade Lakes Sept. 27, the Eagles spoiled the Windjammers’ bid to move on to the league’s Class A shootout. TheMessalonskee finished with a four-golfer, nine-hole stroke total of 172 to 195 for the Windjammers.

The individual results, with Windjammer golfers listed first, were: Jack Edgar (47) lost to Jacob Moody (35), Wilson Fedarko (51) lost to Brady Bumford (47), Garrett Hall (51) lost to Jacob Love (46), Aiden Aselton (46) lost to Garrett Giguere (44), Owen Berez (52) beat Matt Fulling (55) and Bennett Gardner (53) beat Logan DeRaps (67).

Moody shot 35 as medalist.