Prep roundup: Grizzlies win county tournament
by From staff reports
March 28, 2013 12:35 AM | 413 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in school history the Creekview boys’ golf team won the Cherokee County Championship at Bradshaw Farms.

Not only that, but the Grizzlies’ Jared O’Kelley shot a 74 to win the individual title — another first for Creekview.

The event, which was held over two days began with nine holes on Tuesday and concluded with the back nine on Wednesday. The top three teams after the front nine —Creekview, Etowah and Sequoyah —advanced to play the second day.

O’Kelley shot a 37 on the front nine — the only player to shoot under 40 — and matched his total on the back nine a day later. Also contributing to the Grizzlies total of 326 were Kip Denison (82), Damon Powers (83), and Marshall Richard (87).

The win solidifies Creekview as one of the teams to beat in the upcoming Region 7AAAAA meet, which will factor into which teams will compete for a state title.

The Eagles finished two strokes behind Creekview with a 328. Nick Budd shot a 71 to lead Etowah, while Adam Cross (81), Jake Forbes (84) and Jason Hammaker (84) also counted toward the team total.

Etowah coach Phil Dutko said his players performed better on Wednesday as the weather conditions improved from the previous day. Budd, Cross and Hammaker each carded a 39 on the back nine.

“I’m definitely pleased with the boys’ effort,” Dutko said. “However, when you come in two strokes down on Day 2, our goal was to win and we didn’t accomplish that goal. I’m pleased with their effort, but not the outcome. Creekview was the better team and they deserved it.”

Dutko wasn’t surprised to see Creekview on top.

“We knew they had three really good players and it was all about the fourth person and he did well,” said Dutko. “They happen to put it together over the two days and shot a couple of scores in the 30s over those two days in tough conditions.”

The Eagles now turn their focus to the region meet where they will face some of the top teams in the state including Walton, Lassiter and Milton.

“Our work is cut out for us, but I think that we can finish in the top four and make it to sectionals,” said Dutko.

Nick Vogel led Sequoyah with a 79. Lex Lauletta (87), Ryan Koprowski (90) and Connor Deihl (94) factored into the team total of 349.

Sequoyah coach Curtis Williams said it was good preparation for the Region 7AAAAA meet.

“I don’t feel we played quite as well as we could have,” said Williams. “My No. 1 (Vogel) played solid. He did well.”

River Ridge finished fourth, followed by Woodstock and Cherokee.


Late Tuesday

n Sequoyah 6, North Springs 0: Victory Rivera recorded a hat trick as the Chiefs dominate the Region 7AAAAA match.

Jonathan Guy, Kostya Benton and Diego Ruiz also scored for Sequoyah (7-5, 4-2).

Ruiz, Rivera, Benton, Guy and Kirkland all had assists.
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