Walker Valley still dominated the competition, but Bradley Central was able to edge Cleveland High for second place in the girls’ battle, while the Blue Raiders once again claimed second among the boys teams.
After a four-stroke win last week at Chatata Valley, the Mustangs were able to stretch the margin of victory to 11 strokes Tuesday at the Cleveland County Club.
Coach Bob Williams’ Stallions fired a combined 9-over-par 153, while Cleveland was second with a 164 and the Bears carded a 176.
In the girls tallies, the “Fillies” inverted their margin of victory from last week’s 12 strokes to 21 Tuesday, while the Bearettes avenged an eight-stroke loss in the first meeting to a two-stroke (100-102) win over the Lady Raiders.
All three teams will take today off before Walker Valley and Cleveland hit the road Thursday for District 5-AAA matches at McMinn County (Springbrook) and Ooltewah (Champions Club) respectively.
The Mustang teams were led by seniors Katie Bishop and Jordan Leggett, along with junior Kyle Limburg, who each fired a 1-over-par 37 on the CCC back nine to earn low-medalist honors.
“When you get three players shooting 1-over, you’re going to win some matches,” proclaimed coach Williams. “Katie and Jordan have been playing great all season. Kyle has been consistently in the upper 30s and low 40s, but this was his best (half) round of the year.”
With Leggett and Limburg leading the herd, Walker Valley got strong support from sophomore Dylan Lillard with a 3-over 39 and senior Garrett Cantrell adding a 40 for the final tally.
Cleveland had four scores within three strokes of each other, but all were in the 40s.
Senior Conner Caprara and freshman Allen Swetman led the Raider charge with 4-over 40s, while Cade Caprara, also a ninth-grader, was right on their heels with a 41 and senior Chris Bryant helped out with a 43.
“Conner and Tucker (Jones, Cleveland’s No. 2 who had a 45) struggled off the tee. Conner didn’t hit a fairway and had to scramble to shoot 40,” commented Raider coach Nick Cantrell.
“I was very pleased with my two freshmen. Cade and Allen both played well. They are improving as the season goes on and getting more and more comfortable playing in matches,“ he praised.
Bradley Central senior Chase Montgomery had a strong half-round, firing a 2-over 38, but was the only Bear to break 40 on the day.
Tyler Parris (43), Baylor McGowan (46) and Matthew Maynard (49) rounded out the score for the “southsiders.”
In the girls’ match, Bishop paired with fellow Lady Mustang senior Kassey Gregg, who carded a 42, for the winning total.
Bradley linksters Olivia Williams and McKenzie Randolph both improved their scores by a stroke from the week before, shooting a 49 and 51 respectively Tuesday to edge into second place.
Cleveland junior Heidi Barringer posted the second-best total in girls’ play with a 4-over 40. “Heidi had a double bogey on No. 12 but then turned around and birdied 14,” stated coach Cantrell.
Freshman Shinduri Vijaykuma, who has been playing the game for less than a year, rounded out the Lady Raider total with a 62.