Monday, February 6, 2023

Mueller steps up to lead Kirtland past Geneva

Sophomore Adam Mueller shot the best round of his Kirtland career in a 152-169 win over Geneva at Hemlock Springs on Monday.

Mueller’s 1-under par round was highlighted by three straight birdies on holes No. 3, 4 and 5.

“I guess the hero of the day is Adam Mueller,” said Kirtland coach Greg Cosimi. “He played really, really well. He has been tinkering with his swing and this is sort of the culmination of some of the work he has been doing.”

Mueller fine-tuned his swing over the weekend and that led to a better approach on the course.

“I was struggling lately so I got a lesson from Bryan Huff at Little Mountain this weekend and it just gave me some confidence and allowed me to hit the ball well today,” Mueller said.

Junior Michael Schnur finished the round with a 37 while sophomore Jack Dever and senior Michael Knezevic shot 40 and 41, respectively.

“I’m so proud of the kids today,” Cosimi said. “I would say that for the most part they played pretty close to their potential. Michael Schnur shot a solid 37 and Jack Dever had another solid round for us. I’m really pleased that Jack is coming around. Last year we saw flashes of this and now it’s becoming more consistent that he’s a contributor and the way our team is going to go is it’s going to be based on Jack and Adam, knowing Mike Knezevic and Mike Schnur have been on varsity for a while, so we count on them. Those sophomores are solidifying themselves.”

Junior Isabel Anness shot a 43 and senior Matt Reed came in with a 48 as the Hornets improved to 2-0 overall.

“Isabel had a birdie and that was her best round as a varsity Kirtland Hornet,” Cosimi said.

Kirtland returns to action on Tuesday in a home tri-meet with West Geauga and Wickliffe.

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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