Friday, December 1, 2023

Hornets continue march to CVC title

Kirtland defeated Cuyahoga Heights and Wickliffe in a tri-match on Wednesday to remain undefeated in league play heading into Monday’s Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament.

Kirtland finished with a 160 while Cuyahoga Heights shot a 183 and Wickliffe closed out the day with a 201.

“I’m very proud of the team today,” said Kirtland’s Jack Dever, who shot a 36. “Everyone is starting to play their best golf and that is exactly what we need heading into the tournaments. We’re ready to make a postseason run.”

Dever played well on Wednesday but he knows he has the ability to score even lower.

“I had a lot of birdie putts within 10 feet today that could have easily fallen, but the ball didn’t seem to drop,” he said. “Other than that, I was getting to the green easily and I felt very comfortable.”

Adam Mueller and Seann McGill both shot 40 for the Hornets while Reese Van Arnhem closed out the day with a 44.

“It was a great feeling to hit 40 although it would have been nice to break 40 because Jack and I have a little bet going, but it was just a matter whether my short game was on or not, which it was,” McGill said. “My putting and chipping really helped me today because my driver wasn’t working for me today, but on that course, you don’t really need it so I went with my four iron for most of the day. This was a huge confidence boost going into the tournament. I just need to stay consistent for the last couple matches before the tournament.”

Kirtland improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in league play. The Hornets host Cardinal on Thursday in their final league match before the tournament.

Steve Hare
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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