Vikings finish third at MSL-Buckeye match

Bloom-Carroll claimed no worse than a share of the Mid-State League Buckeye Division boys golf championship on Thursday by winning the “second” league match of the season at Turnberry Golf Club.

The match was technically labeled as the second one this season for the MSL-Buckeye since it was originally rained out with three holes to play on Aug. 20. The schools started from scratch on Thursday and have now completed three of the four league matches, with the final one slated for next Thursday at Denison Golf Club.

Bloom-Carroll, which has a perfect 15-0 league record, would have to finish last at that match to open up the possibility of sharing the title, something that is extremely unlikely.

Led by match medalist Jake Fruth’s round of 74, the Bulldogs topped the six-school field with 324, followed by Fairfield Union (331) and Teays Valley (338).

The Vikings were consistent on the links, with James Bush, Vance Hanger and Tristen Nester each shooting a round of 84. Caden Sherman followed with an 86. Also playing for the Vikings were JD Lathem (87) and Ashton Roberts (94).

“I felt we played real solid today,” Teays Valley coach Brian Barnett said. “Our scores are getting better each tournament and that is what you are looking for in a young team.

“James Bush has been real solid all year as well as sophomore Vance Hanger. Sophomore Caden Sherman has had a good year and has shown great improvement all season long. I am looking forward to watching these guys as we start to wind down our season.”

Circleville finished fourth with 362.

Garrett Brooks led the way with 84, Reid Seimetz had 86, Michael Fernandez carded 91 and Liam McConnell turned in 101. Also playing for the Tigers were Avery Ferrell (116) and Andrew Siembida (130).

Logan Elm finished fifth with 369, led by Grant Cline finishing third overall in the field with an 82. Will Higginbotham shot 91, Graham Williams tallied 96 and Mason Gentry fired 100. Also playing for the Braves were CJ Jones (109) and Justin Marcum (126).

The Vikings follow the Bulldogs in the overall league standings heading into the final match with a 10-5 record, Fairfield Union and Circleville are tied for third at 8-7 and Logan Elm is fifth at 4-11.

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