For the second time in three days, the Cleveland High golf teams completely dominated a District 5-AAA opponent for a strong start to the new TSSAA season.
After a 45-stroke victory in a tri-match Tuesday, the Blue Raiders came back out strong Thursday at the Cleveland Country Club for a 160-180 win over Soddy-Daisy, while the Lady Raiders were 14 shots better than the Lady Trojans in an 84-98 final.
Also for the second time in a three-day span, Bradley Central’s link squads split a three-way district match.
The Bears, who had fallen to the Raiders Tuesday and beat Ooltewah, once again topped the Owls 196-212, but fell to the host McMinn County squad, who posted a 159 at Springbrook Golf Club.
The Bearettes did the same, dropping the Lady Owls 94-131, but coming up seven strokes shy of the Lady Cherokees, who carded an 87.
Both Bradley and Cleveland will return to the CCC course Tuesday when Walker Valley joins them for a countywide tri-match.
Off to a 3-0 start, the Raiders had a surprise leader as junior Cade Thacker earned low-medalist honors with a 3-over-par 39.
“Cade Thacker played much better today. He was playing in the sixth spot and to come in with a 39 is always nice,” commented Cleveland coach Nick Cantrell.
Sophomore Cade Caprara and junior Tucker Jones both helped out with 40s on the CCC front nine, while freshman Drew Linkous was just a stroke behind them. Sophomore Allen Swetman was just outside the Top 4 with a 42.
“Cade Caprara played well again today with a 40. His play has improved significantly since last year,” assessed Coach Cantrell. “Drew Linkous shot a 41 with only 1 par.”
Brandon Noland topped the Trojan effort with a 40, while Trevor Brown and Wes Wheaton both shot 46. Trevor Walker rounded out the visitors scoring with a 48.
In the girls’ match, senior Heidi Barringer posted the low score of the day with a 2-over 38 to lead the Lady Raiders victory. Freshman Rheagan Hall, who shot even-par on the same holes Tuesday, slipped to a 46 Thursday.
“Heidi was back in form today with a 38. We are still looking for Heidi and Rheagan to both play their best on the same day. They have both helped each other out in the first two matches.” expressed Coach Cantrell.
Up in Niota, McMinn County had a trio of boys break 40 with Matt May earning the low-medalist honor with a 1-over 37, while Paul Houk and Tanner Harris both carded 39s. Chance Smith capped the Cherokee scoring with a 44.
Tyler Parris and Matt Maynard led the way for Bradley with matching 45s, while Jake Durgin and Bailey Timmons helped out with a 52 and 54 respectively. Austin Martin was just a stroke back at 55.
Logan Grider and Trey Stutzenberger paced the Owls with 46s.
In girls’ play, Lady Cherokee Mason Jewell fired an even-par 36, while Haley Johnson added a 51 to the winning tally.
Sophomores Olivia Williams and MaKenzie Randolph carded the Bearette score with a 42 and 52 respectively. Alexis Johnson and Jasmine Bowe posted a 65 and 66 for the Lady Owls.