The Marietta High boys golf team takes a picture with the Crown Hill Golf Club sign after winning a sectional championship on the course Thursday.
WILLIAMSPORT — The Marietta Tigers beat out rival Warren by six strokes Thursday at Crown Hill Golf Club to capture a Division I sectional golf championship.
Both the Tigers and Warriors advanced to the district tournament next Tuesday at EagleSticks, as did third-place Sheridan and fourth-place Chillicothe. Athens’ Nathan Shadik, who shot 77 and finished second overall, was the top finishing individual not on a qualifying team and earned a district berth as well.
Marietta’s Grayson Herb took home Medalist honors with an outstanding round of 73. Fellow Tigers AJ Graham and Liam Ritter finished tied for seventh after shooting 81 each, while Logan Offenberger and Aiden Herb both carded an 86 to finish tied for 12th. Overall, Marietta shot 321 as a team compared to Warren’s 327.
MHS head coach Bryan Whittekind said the Tigers were stronger on the front nine than the back nine Thursday.
“We made the turn at 152 and ended up shooting 321, so we let off on the back a little bit,” he said. “But Crown Hill plays kind of tough. On the back, the wind’s more effective because of all the hills, and it spit rain on and off all day.”
On Herb’s performance, Whittekind said, “He had a good round. He actually made the turn at three-under par. The last half of the season, he’s come on strong. He’s had a lot of rounds at even par or under par. He’s playing well right now.”
Caleb Davis was tied with Shadik for runner-up honors at 77 to lead Warren. Nathan Heft was a stroke behind in fourth at 78, Edward Kehl tied for 10th at 84 and Cole Hungate tied for 14th at 88. Rounding out the day for Warren was John Wharton, who shot a 95 and finished tied for 22nd place.
All four golf programs at Warren and Marietta will be represented at the district level, as the Warren girls were sectional champs while Marietta’s Saylor Wharff was the sectional Medalist. The girls will compete in the district tournament Monday at EagleSticks, a day before the boys compete on the same course.
“Ultimately, the goal is Tuesday,” Whittekind said. “The district tournament, that’s the one we’ve been eyeballing, but you’ve got to get through sectionals to get to districts.
“We stack up well, but it’s still golf and it’s still anybody’s game on any given day.”
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