April 23, 2014

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High school golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder top 10 again at state; Magnificat, with three area residents, finishes third

Avon Lake's Niki Schroeder watchers her second shot on the 16th hole during his final round at the State golf championships. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder watchers her second shot on the 16th hole during his final round at the State golf championships. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Three was the lucky number Saturday at the Division I state tournament.

Avon Lake junior Niki Schroeder secured her third All-Ohio honor and Magnificat set a school record with a third-place finish behind Dublin Jerome, which won its third straight title, and Massillon Jackson , which finished runner-up for the third time in four years.

What wasn’t so lucky was the weather at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s 5,800-yard Gray Course. The 45-degree day was filled with early rain that gave way to bone-chilling wind that made for another difficult round.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve played in stuff like this,” Schroeder said. “It’s a little bit tougher. Conditions today were really tough, so I knew scores would be higher for everyone. I didn’t expect too much. I just wanted to go out there, have fun and get after it.”

Schroeder, the defending runner-up medalist, knew her odds of taking the elusive gold medal were slim to none after a first-round 78 put her seven strokes behind eventual champion Erin Harper of Columbus Bishop Watterson.

As a result, the Ohio State recruit seared into her mind she was going to try to make the best of it.
The laid-back approach worked, as Schroeder had eight pars and two birdies en route to a 5-over-par 75 that helped her finish ninth.

“I can’t complain about it. It’s still top 10,” she said. “I came here with a little different story written for myself, but you can’t complain. I really didn’t play my best. I went out there with a great mindset and had fun. That’s all I could do.”

The Blue Streaks featured area players Ali Nageotte (Westlake), Cara Kelley (Westlake) and Caroline Bello (Avon Lake) and were still more than happy with the end result despite heading into the day with the team lead.

None of the five players improved their scores from Friday, but No. 1 Jillian Hollis was first-team All-Ohio, Nageotte capped a decorated career with a 157 (77-80) that earned her a second-team All-Ohio nod alongside Schroeder, and Kelley was 23rd with a 161 (78-83).

Nageotte was fully aware Magnificat was the new kid on the block compared to the grizzled veterans of Jerome and Jackson.

“I’m so proud of the way we played,” she said. “Having the overnight lead was a position we’ve never been in before. We played our best. The weather was tough.”

Jerome finished with 622 (313-309), while Jackson had 632 (323-309) and Magnificat 640 (310-330).

“I am very OK (with third),” Nageotte said. “Jerome is a great team. They shot, what … 313, 309? That’s a great score. We could have done it, absolutely. I think Jackson was a surprise, but they had a fantastic round also. For them to jump us, it’s a little frustrating, but, at the same time, I’m so proud of the way we played.”

The St. Edward boys had another off day and finished 10th with a score of 682 (332-350). The Eagles were 41 strokes behind champion Dublin Jerome.

Columbia Station resident Joey Krecic tied for 17th with a 164 (82-82). His brother, Anton, shot 171 (84-87) as did Avon Lake resident Wil Bethune (82-89). North Olmsted’s Danny Zahn had a 177 (85-92), while. Ed’s fifth player, Westlake’s Jack Glending, shot 178 (84-94).

Columbia Station’s Harrison Vonderau shot 180 (87-93) for St. Ignatius, which took eighth.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

Boys
Team standings: 1. Dublin Jerome 641, 2. Pickerington North 646, 3. Cincinnati St. Xavier 647, 4. Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 648, 5. Cincinnati Moeller 655, 6. Springboro 659, 7. Walsh Jesuit 670, 8. St. Ignatius 671, 9. New Albany 672, 10. St. Edward 682, 11. Findlay 707, 12. Twinsburg 710.
St. Edward: Joey Krecic 164 (82-82), Anton Krecic 171 (84-87), Wil Bethune 171 (82-89), Danny Zahn 177 (85-92), Jack Glending 178 (84-94).
Girls
Team standings: 1. Dublin Jerome 622, 2. Massillon Jackson 632, 3. Magnificat 640, 4. Dublin Coffman 646, 5. Mason 656, 6. Kent Roosevelt 665, 7. Cincinnati St. Ursula 668, 8. Cincinnati Sycamore 676, 9. Highland 689, 10. Toledo St. Ursula 693, 11. Canfield 703, 12. Perrysburg 747.
Magnificat: Jillian Hollis 150 (74-76), Ali Nageotte 157 (77-80), Cara Kelley 161 (8-83), Caroline Bello 174 (81-93), Lauren Winterhalter 192 (101-91).
Area individual: Niki Schroeder (Avon Lake) 153 (78-75).