Nine area boys and girls golf teams are one step away from advancing to the state tournament, as districts will be held in the next few days.
The Division II boys district will be held Tuesday at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna, the Division II girls will be Tuesday at Tam O'Shanter's Hills Course in Canton, and the Division III boys will be Thursday at Seven Hills Country Club in Hartville.
The area girls teams alive for state tournament berths are Lakeview, Hubbard and Poland, while the boys teams are Girard, John F. Kennedy, Poland, Hubbard, Newton Falls and Mineral Ridge.
Area individual girls players who have a chance to move on to state are Brittany Schneider (South Range), Ashley Lydic (Champion), Rachel Marchese (Struthers) and Cait Butler (Mooney). The boys individuals are Chandler Verhas (Grand Valley), Kurtis Kassay (Grand Valley), Gerry Booze (LaBrae), B.J. Schmitt (South Range), Steve Gill (Lordstown), Payton Snyder (Western Reserve) and Stephen Politano (McDonald).
Girard concluded an undefeated regular season in dual matches and kept the momentum going at sectionals, shooting a 308 to win by 14 shots over Poland. The top four teams and individuals advance to state from districts, which will be held at the par-72 Windmill Lakes course.
"When it comes down to it, we've been pretty consistent," Indians coach Josh Marsh said. "Every time we've played a team event we've got better each time. I hope we can stay that consistent."
The Kennedy boys have a smaller margin of error than the schools in the other districts, as only the top two teams and individuals advance from Seven Hills Country Club, a par-72 course.
"We're playing our best golf at the right time," Eagles coach Jim St. George said. "It's going to be a little adjustment from 6,100 yards at Riverview to 6,700 yards at Hartville. It's a lot of elevation change, a lot of sand and a lot of water. We shot 326 at the Gran Invitational there earlier this season, so there's room for improvement."
On the girls side, Lakeview defeated Hubbard by four strokes at the sectional tournament, and the two teams will have a rematch at districts. Tam O'Shanter's Hills Course will play at par 72 and the top three teams and individuals will move on.
Lakeview coach Mike Turco and Hubbard's Al Tribby were asked how they rate their teams at this point in the season.
"I would say we are playing the best golf we've played this year," Turco said. "It's a different course, played a little longer. If we play like we played at our sectional tournament, we'll have a chance."
"We're playing fairly well," Tribby said. "It was a tough day at sectionals, rainy and windy. We survived and hope to play next Tuesday."