It was Cleveland High School’s best golf match of the season Thursday, but the Raiders still didn’t have quite enough firepower to put down a good Soddy-Daisy boys’ team.
The Trojans got a 3-under-par 33 from medalist Jake Hester at Cleveland Country Club for a 155-158 win over Blue Raiders. Bradley Central dropped both sides of the three-way match with a team total of 168.
The Soddy-Daisy girls captured two wins with two-time state champion Jessica Cathey running out of the gate and hiding for medalist honors. Starting on the difficult par-4 16th, Cathey went birdie, birdie, birdie on her first three holes and finished up with a 1-under-par 35. She had a bogey at No. 12, a double bogey at 13 and finished her play at 15 with a fourth birdie.
The 15th and 16th holes are considered the most difficult at the country club, with Cathey scoring birdies on both.
The Soddy-Daisy girls are unbeaten in six matches this season, with Cathey getting medalist honors in all six matches.
Cara Conner had a 44 and Dallas Young a 48 for the Lady Trojans, and their team score of 79 was well ahead of Cleveland’s 95 and a 100 by Bradley Central.
Heidi Barringer carded a 41 and Megan Kalb a 54 for the Lady Raiders. Sloane Rakestraw scored a 44 and Kierstyn Blair 56 for the Bearettes.
Despite the three stroke loss by the Cleveland boys, coach Nick Cantrell was delighted with his team’s best performance of the year.
It was the first time the Cleveland boys have had more than one golfer below 40. Conner Caprara, Zach Barringer and Carson Griffin had a trio of 39s in a very balanced performance.
Cantrell also got respectable scores from his other three players. Ben Simar turned in a 42, which counted on the team total; Seth Goza turned in a 44; and Chris Bryant shot a 46.
Without Hester sensational 33, Cleveland could have beaten the talented Trojans in Thursday’s play.
Jake Tallent had a 40, and Jake Clark and Hunter Shell matched 41s for Soddy-Daisy’s team score. Wyatt Beavers scored a 42 and Garrett Gamble 48 for the other Soddy-Daisy scores.
Bradley Central coach Jim Kibler was not pleased with his team’s production. After beating Cleveland earlier at the country club, the Bears fell by 10 shots this time around.
Jordan Whitmire topped the Bradley Central team total with a 39. Hunter Chastain had a 40, Chase Montgomery 43, Matt Whitmire 46, Corey Bandy 47 and Mitchell Hudson skidded to a 61.
’Stangs pay back Tribe
DAYTON —Walker Valley’s boys got revenge for their only loss this season when they turned the tables on McMinn County Thursday at the Dayton Country Club.
After the Cherokees blistered the Chatata Valley course for a 3-under 141 and an eight-stroke win over the Mustangs Monday, Coach Bob Williams’ crew returned the favor with a season-best 145 for an eight-stroke win Thursday.
The host Rhea County squad shot a 167 to round out the three-way action.
“This was a good win for us to let us know we can play with these guys (McMinn),” expressed coach Williams. “Our guys stayed focused and played great.”
Senior Corey Evans once again led the Mustang stampede taking low medalist honors with a 3-under 33, while classmate Clark Metlon shot even par (36). Bryson Riggs carded a 1-over 37 while Hunter Carrol rounded out the winning score with a 39.
Will Zabo, Drew Mayes and Will Thompson all fired 38s for the Cherokees, while Ryan Thompson added a 39.
Logan Vincent shot par (36) for the hosts while Zack Madewell was at 1-over.
In the girls match, the Lady Mustangs lost three-time state tournament participant Avery George after the first hole of the match but Katie Bishop picked up the slack with her best round of the season to take the low medalist crown and give the “fillies” the victory.
“Avery started feeling light-headed and dizzy after the first hole so I told her mom to go ahead and get her in the air-conditioning and take her home,” coach Williams explained. “Katie (Bishop) really stepped it up with her lowest score of the year. She was 2-under before she double-bogeyed the final hole to finish even.”
Brittani Pederson added a 48 to Bishop’s 37 (women’s par is 37 at Dayton CC) to secure the eight-stroke win over the Lady Eagles.
Rhea’s Julie Keener was a stroke behind Bishop with a 38, while her teammate Lindsey Travis shot 55.
Haley Johnson and Destiny Watson ech fired 53s for the Lady Cherokees.
— Banner sports writer Joe Cannon contributed to this story.