Lakeview, JFK girls advance

HUBBARD – Two Trumbull County teams advanced out of Wednesday’s Division II girls golf sectional tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Course and are headed to district tournament play next week.

Lakeview finished third and John F. Kennedy fourth, advancing to Canton’s Tam O’Shanter Golf Course next Wednesday for district play.

For Lakeview coach Michael Turco and Kennedy coach Tom Rider, their expectations for their teams were very different, heading into Wednesday’s sectional.

“I’m not really shocked (that we advanced),” Turco said. “We’ve had some highs and lows this season. But this group has played very well together and a couple of them even played beyond their abilities today.”

Rider, on the other hand, had a different reaction to his Eagles advancing.

“Yes (it was a surpise). We were shooting scores (this year) that wouldn’t advance (us beyond the sectional). But, we’ve been playing tough courses all year, and Pine Lakes is a little bit easier.”

The Bulldogs (10-8) have been playing up and down all year, according to Turco, but he believes that if his team continues to show more consistency, and works on its putting game, they’ll have a shot to make a run next week.

On Wednesday, that consistency came through as four Bulldogs finished in the top 19. Kaitlyn Butler, a junior, had a career-best 92, as she placed in a tie for ninth.

“We’re a bubble team right now,” Turco said of his team, heading into the district.

“There’s a group of four or five teams that could make it to state. One of the advantages for us, however, is that we’re very comfortable playing in Canton (Tam O’Shanter).”

Kennedy (9-4) saw two golfers finish in the top 12, as junior Emily Marcavish tied Butler for ninth (92), while senior Nicolette Eddy tied for 12th with a 95. According to Rider, the two had played very hard throughout the year, but much like Lakeview’s golfers, they had struggled to find consistency in each match.

“The year started off with Marcavish shooting really well and Eddy struggling. By the middle of the year, they had flip-flopped, as Eddy began to shoot well and Marcavish began to struggle,” Rider said. “They (Marcavish and Eddy) played like they had to today, and they did a great job.”

As for his club’s district hopes, Rider said the Eagles are glad to be going to Canton, but he remains cautiously optimistic about their chances. Rider believes that his team will have to shoot significantly better than they did on Wednesday to have a chance next week.

“The teams ahead of us were shooting 10 to 12 strokes better than us,” Rider said. “We’re gonna go and have a nice day (in Canton) and send the seniors off the right way. With us making it to districts, I’d say this season has been a success.”

Columbiana was the top team at Pine Lakes, as they scored a 381, which was followed by Poland in second (383).

Mathews’ Emily Koehler had the best day of anyone, as she finished with a 76. She’ll be joined by Cardinal Mooney’s Hadley Spielvogel (82) and Ursuline’s Sydney Heinbaugh (87) at the district next week.