Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Hawks eye another run at state tournament

After winning the Chagrin Valley Conference and earning a trip to the state tournament in 2018, Hawken’s boys’ golf team is eager to return to Columbus this fall.

The Hawks return three starters including seniors Drew Covitt and Tommy Hill and junior Thomas Wong.

“These three players will be the pillars of this year’s team,” Hawken coach Bert Kovarik said. “Qualifying for the state finals was a tremendous accomplishment for last year’s team.”

Covitt, the reigning CVC Golfer of the Year, is a four-year varsity golfer. He shot a season-low of 35 and averaged 38.9 strokes in nine-hole matches. He carded a best tournament score of 70.

Hill, who also has been a member of the varsity team for four seasons, was named first-team All-CVC last fall. He averaged 41.5 strokes per nine holes and posted a best score of 37 last season.

Wong, a second-team All-CVC selection, finished 32nd in the state last year.

The Hawks, who won both the CVC preseason and postseason tournaments, competed at state for the first time in 40 years.

To earn a return trip, Hawken must fill out the starting lineup with underclassmen. Sophomores Cooper Bryan, Jack Speigle, Peyton O’Keefe and Quinn Petersen are fighting for the final three spots.

“This year’s team has the goal of returning to state and finishing higher than last year,” Kovarik said. “In order to do that, we need to fill positions, 4, 5 and 6. We are looking forward to another successful season.”

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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