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Sabers, Warriors duo advance to district golf

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

MAQUOKETA - After a year hiatus, the Central DeWitt boys golf team will return to familiar territory.

The 3A district golf meet.

The Sabers earned their fourth trip to the meet - this year held at Manchester - in five years with a second-place finish at Friday's sectional meet at Maquoketa.

With three golfers in the top 10, Central shot a 310 to finish second behind champion Benton, but 31 strokes ahead of third-place Vinton-Shellsburg.

Two Benton golfers took first and second, but Central followed with the third- and fourth-place finishers - junior Rielly McGranahan and senior McGwire Eden.

Both golfers had strong front nines, Eden, in fact, shot an even-par 35 on the front with a birdie on No. 3 to offset a bogey on No. 4.

McGranahan had two birdies as part of a 36 and then shot a 38 on the back nine for a 74. Eden added a 40 after the turn to finish a stroke back with a 75.

Sophomore Tanner Steffens had a balanced day with 40s on both sides to tie for sixth with an 80.

Senior Brad Gannon shot a 39 on the back nine and finished Central's 310 with an 81, while Tucker Kinney shot an 82 and Jacob Brainerd an 86.

The Sabers will be one of four teams vying for a spot at state in Friday's meet at Pin Oak Links.

Along with the Sabers and Bobcats, host West Delaware and Charles City will compete in the team competition.

The Sabers boast the best 18-hole average with a 315, but Benton (318) and West Delaware (321) are close behind.

The top two teams will advance to state, and that number will increase to three if West Delaware - since it plays its home meets at the course - is one of the top two.

Looney, Lawson earn individual bids; Warriors finish fourth

WYOMING - Just two strokes kept the Calamus-Wheatland boys golf team from qualifying for Thursday's 1A district golf meet.

But the Warriors will still be represented as juniors Jacob Looney and Hunter Lawson both qualified as individuals.

With Looney earning runner-up medalist with an 83 and Lawson snagging the final spot with an 89, the Warriors shot a 395 - just two strokes behind Lisbon.

Looney rolled through his back nine, parring six straight holes at one point, and carded a 38 to go with a 45 on the front for his 83.

Lawson did his best work on the front nine, shooting a team-best 42 that included three pars, and added a 47 on the back nine for his 89.

The duo will be part of a talented field at Thursday's meet in Iowa City. Reigning state champion East Buchanan is the host, and three of the top 12 players in the class will be competing.

Sophomore Tyler Rowold added a 111 for the Warriors, while Jaden Jacobsen was just a stroke back.

Rebels finish eighth at 2A sectional

DURANT - An unfamiliar course did the Northeast boys golf team no favors during Friday's 2A sectional meet at Wahkonsa Country Club.

Behind a 108 from senior Clint Lamar, the Rebels finished eighth at the meet with a 462.

Lamar parred a pair of holes during his round to finish two strokes ahead of teammate Cole Lee, who had his own par on No. 15.

Ethan Ruchotzke parred the par-five 10th hole and shot a 116, while Ty Cain finished off the Rebels' team score with a 128.

Sabers girls stay hot, sweep tri

The Central DeWitt girls golf team continued its hot play Thursday with a dominant triangular sweep of Solon and Maquoketa.

Fresh off a second-place finish at the WaMaC super meet, the Sabers shot a 201 on their home course to rout the Spartans (235) and Cardinals (237).

Fittingly, senior Ellie Besst earned medalist honors in her final home meet with a season-best 46.

Freshman Kara Duffy was four strokes back with a 50, while sophomore Emily Swanson and freshman Alyssa Eden wrapped up Central's team score with rounds of 51 and 54, respectively.

"We are going in the right direction at the best possible time," head coach Troy Steffens said. "I hope it carries over into tournament play."

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