Saturday, January 28, 2023

Independence, Lutheran West finish strong at Midwest Classic

Independence and Lutheran West were among the smallest schools at the Midwest Classic on Saturday but the Blue Devils and Longhorns both finished among the top 11 at the prestigious tournament.

The Blue Devils finished in eighth place overall with a 381 while the Longhorns were 11th with a 395.

“Skyland Pines is always tough and the greens were real tough,” Independence coach Karl Schuld said. “The girls hung in there. I am pleased with the girls, especially when I see what everyone else did.”

Independence senior Morgan Pascarella finished tied for fifth overall with an 86.

Allie Ksiazka shot a 92, Reese Vilcheck finished with a 100 and Molly McGreal and Emma Konopa carded a 103 and 105, respectively.

Senior Sam Webb led Lutheran West with an 89, good for 19th place overall.

Callie Wabeke scored a 93 and Nadia Kauntz and Julia Colton finished with a 100 and a 113, respectively.

Kauntz recorded just 28 putts in the 18-hole round.

“I was very pleased how the girls played today,” Lutheran West coach Dave Ressler said. “The greens were a real challenge and after the first three holes the girls really settled down and found their groove.”

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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