Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Freshmen shine as Hornets sweep Perry, Geneva

Kirtland’s Michael Schnur and Brian Beres were consistent as always and freshmen Adam Mueller and Jack Dever turned in strong rounds to lead the Hornets to a tri-match sweep of Perry and Geneva on Monday at Fowler’s Mill.

Schnur shot a 38, Beres finished with a 40 and Mueller and Dever carded 41 and 44, respectively, as the Hornets finished with 163 strokes to 166 for Perry and 174 for Geneva.

“We’ve been kind of neck and neck with (Perry) all year so it feels good to beat them now,” said Kirtland coach Greg Cosimi. “They beat us in two tournaments and we beat them in the last tournament here and in this match. It’s always fun to play them and be competitive.”

Cosimi relies on Schnur and Beres to keep the Hornets competitive. Mueller and Dever’s rounds were a pleasant surprise.

“Obviously Michael and Brian led us and as our veterans we have to have them because they’re the heart of our team, but I was so impressed with the play of our freshmen, Adam Mueller and Jack Dever, who had his best round this year,” Cosimi said. “That’s a great start in the right direction. I think that while Adam saw some of this success last week this is really Jack’s first taste and I think he was very motivated by this. I think they’ll use this as a springboard.”

Perry’s Ben Bagdonas shot a match low 37 and Garrett McLain tied Beres’ 40 for the third best score on the day. Mueller and Dever finished with the next two best scores.

The Hornets begin league play next week.

“We’re looking forward to playing the league matches against the Independence and Hawken and Berkshire,” Cosimi said. “We have some really great competition with our Valley schedule.”

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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