Monday, May 23, 2022

Blue Devils win second straight district title

After finishing second at the Division II state tournament last fall, the Independence girls’ golf team set its sights on winning the state title this season.

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The Blue Devils will get their chance after shooting a 345 to win their second straight district title at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Canton on Tuesday. Laurel finished second with 354 strokes.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “Only two teams got out this year, so there was a lot more pressure. Everybody had to perform and they all played well, from one to five. I’m very pleased with their play. District titles are hard to come by.”

Senior Sophia Trombetta shot a 66 to win her second straight district title. She carded a 74 last fall

“To do that at the district level is just off the charts,” Schuld said. “She was so comfortable out there. It’s so fun to watch her golf.”

Lyndsay Blum finished seventh with an 85.

“That’s a very solid score,” Schuld said. “She had one bad hole, a quadruple bogey when the ball shot across the green, but she had a much better game today overall. From tee to green she was very strong.”

Maddie Harper shot a 93 to finish 21st.

“She played really well from tee to green,” Schuld said. “Her back nine was better than her front, which is something we always preach about. I’m very pleased with her effort today.”

Madeline Mindzora finished 34th with a 101.

“She’s the hard-luck story of the day,” Schuld said. “Last year, she shot a 13 on one hole and this year she shot a 13 on the same hole. She started out with a couple of pars and then it hit her out of nowhere. To her credit, she hit par on the next hole and hung in there to shoot a 101. I’m very pleased with her. Over the last three or four matches she has hit the ball really well and her game sets up well for Columbus because she’s a big hitter.”

Morgan Pascarella solidified her spot as Independence’s fifth golfer when she finished with a 105, good for 44th place.

“That was her first real test of the season,” Schuld said. “She played in the league tournament but this was more challenging. She’ll be our No. 5 at state. She’s just so athletic. You tell her to do something and she figures it out. Her putting kind of drove her nuts today, but tee to green she was great.”

The state tournament will be held at the Ohio State University Gray Course on Oct. 13-14.

Dist. Tournament: (NE) Division II Girls – Tam O’Shanter Hills

Tam O’Shanter Hlls Golf Course – October 03, 2017
Qualifiers: Top 2 teams and 2 individuals not on a qualifying team.

Team Place: * Indicates qualifying team.

1. Independence* 345 (Sophia Trombetta 66, Lyndsay Blum 85, Maddie Harper 93, Madeline Mindzora 101, Morgan Pasarella 105); 2. Laurel* 354 (Jami Morris 83, Taylor Thierry 88, Haley Thierry 85, Sophia Levinson 98, Grace Durdle 104); 3. Columbiana 380; 4. Mooney 387; 5. SVSM 399; 6. Woodridge 411; 7. Champion 416; 8. Northwestern 418; 9. Southeast 420; 10. Lake Center Chr. 423; 11. Lakeview 434; 12. Hawken 450; 13. Kirtland 0; 14. Orange 0; 15. Keystone 0; 16. Rittman 0; 17. David Anderson 0; 18. Springfield 0; 19. South Range 0; 20. Ursuline 0; 21. CVCA 0; 22. St. Thomas Aquinas 0; 23. Garfield 0; 24. Cardinal 0.

Individual Scores: * Indicates qualifying individual.

1. Sophia Trombetta(Independence) 66; 2. Allison St.Clair*(Northwestern) 77; 3. Nikki Selzer*(Keystone) 80; 4. Sam Tinsley (David Anderson) 82; 5. Madison Justice(Lake Center Chr.) 83, Jami Morris(Laurel) 83; 7. Haley Thierry(Laurel) 85, Lyndsay Blum(Independence) 85, Virginia Travers (Cardinal) 85; 10. Isabel Anness (Kirtland) 87, Hadley Spielvogel(Mooney) 87; 12. Madison Horvath (Springfield) 88, Katie Hiestand (St. Thomas Aquinas) 88, Taylor Thierry(Laurel) 88; 15. Allison Smith(Champion) 89; 16. Kaitlyn Butler(Lakeview) 90, Julia Hofacker(SVSM) 90, Taylor Ross(Columbiana) 90; 19. Kara Leatherman (Rittman) 91; 20. Grace Mills (Garfield) 92; 21. Macy McClure(Southeast) 93, Maddie Harper(Independence) 93; 23. Abby Rambo(Columbiana) 95, Kally Ashton (CVCA) 95; 25. Abbi Hawkins(Columbiana) 96; 26. Avery Rickenbacher(Woodridge) 97; 27. Sophia Levinson(Laurel) 98, Jayne Bernard(Mooney) 98, Kayla Kearns(Woodridge) 98; 30. Morgan Highley(Columbiana) 99, Gabrielle DiCesare (South Range) 99; 32. Alexandria Patrone(Mooney) 100, Karlie Mowrer(Northwestern) 100; 34. Ryan Covitt(Hawken) 101, Madeline Mindzora(Independence) 101, Maura Knox(SVSM) 101, Kendra Kearns(Woodridge) 101; 38. Sydney Huffman(Champion) 102, SarahKathyrn Henderson(SVSM) 102, Grace Ogden(Mooney) 102; 41. Olivia Shaulis(Southeast) 104, Grace Durdle(Laurel) 104, Kierra Zuercher(Lake Center Chr.) 104; 44. Kelly Wlodarsky (Ursuline) 105, Morgan Pasarella(Independence) 105, Taylor Bucci(Columbiana) 105, Anna Mshar(Mooney) 105; 48. Amanda Brown(SVSM) 106, Lexi Chaney(Southeast) 106; 50. Sophia Nicholas(Lakeview) 107; 51. Joren Rickard(Northwestern) 108, Kaitlyn Kemp(SVSM) 108; 53. Emma Briskin(Orange) 109; 54. Kylie Gardner(Champion) 110, Jane Wiertel(Hawken) 110; 56. Erinn Slotta(Hawken) 112; 57. Dana Galletta(Lake Center Chr.) 113; 58. Kristen Lucas(Lakeview) 115, Juliana Peace(Champion) 115, Hayley Roenigk(Woodridge) 115; 61. Chloe Pfile (Garfield) 116; 62. Allyson Wenger(Champion) 117, Brooke Tessean(Southeast) 117; 64. Liz Presley(Woodridge) 120; 65. Kelsey Lucas(Lakeview) 122; 66. Camryn Zuercher(Lake Center Chr.) 123; 67. Emily Brenner(Hawken) 127; 68. Gracie Nicholas(Lakeview) 129; 69. Ayden Pettigrew(Southeast) 131; 70. Tamar Walton(Northwestern) 133; 71. Abby Ryan(Lake Center Chr.) 139; 72. Rachel Slotta(Hawken) 157.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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