North edges East

The Columbus North and Columbus East boys golf teams are getting their last tune-ups in before the beginning of sectional play June 3.

The match was delayed for 90 minutes as rain moved through early Thursday afternoon. It did not have a huge impact for either team. North took home the 307-318 victory against East on senior night.

North’s Bryce Turner captured medalist honors with a 74.

“I did not hit the best but my putts starting going in late in my round, which was nice,” Turner said.

Derek Alexander led the Olympians by firing a 76.

“I felt good around the greens with my putting but my long iron and driver couldn’t find the fairways today,” Alexander said.

Spencer Fairbanks finished with a 77. Jared Imlay shot a 78. Matt Vorndran scored a 78 to round out the scoring for the Bull Dogs.

Imlay, the lone senior on the Bull Dogs squad, has enjoyed every moment this season.

“I enjoyed this season a lot because being the only senior, I was teaching the younger guys things that I learned from past years,” he said.

Imlay has committed to play golf at Cincinnati Christian University next year.

Other Bull Dogs scores include Zachary Schiavello with an 84. Drew Smith added an 88. Jake Hill carded an 88. Henry Kiel finished with an 89.

For Olympians, Austin Proffitt shot a 79. Thomas Ruch finished with an 81 and Mark Mayhew completed the scoring with an 82.

Other scores for the Olympians included Nathan Cesarski with an 85. Sam Thomasson finished with a 92 and Avery Frost scored a 98.

Based on Thursday’s results, both teams are optimistic about their chances at going far in the state tournament.

“We are heading in the right direction,” said East coach Tom LaBarbera. “Our younger guys played well on a course they hadn’t played before. That is always encouraging. This was a great match for us. Our three upper classmen played pretty decent but they left a few holes out there. Overall, it was a great result.”

“Sectionals are coming up quickly, and I hope these guys use their time wisely to prepare themselves better with school being out,” North coach Doug Bieker said.

“Our season is not focused on the result of this match but to focus and be prepared to be in the top three and advance. It’s going to be a tough test but this team is capable of making it to the finals,” he said.