“My guys didn't play great today but also didn't play badly. Sometimes that's just enough to get a win,” commented Raider coach Nick Cantrell. “East Hamilton was above their average today. A lot of teams struggle more here at the (Cleveland) country club than other places, which is an advantage to us. Especially those teams that don't play it often.”
The Lady Raiders remained perfect on the season with an 88-113 difference for their seventh straight win, while the CHS boys were without junior Cade Caprara but still managed a 165-176 victory to improve to 5-2 on the campaign.
Along with Bradley Central, Walker Valley and Polk County, Cleveland is in Manchester today to participate in the WillowBrook Invitational. “It will be a good opportunity for them to see the course where the state tournament is played,” stated Coach Cantrell.
Lady Raider senior Heidi Barringer got her half round off on the right foot when she holed out from 100 yards away for an eagle on No. 8 at CCC. “That was the first hole she played,” Coach Cantrell explained of the shotgun start. “That was definitely the shot of the day.”
Despite the strong start, Barringer had to settle for a 4-over-par 40, which tied East Hamilton’s Tyson Venable for the best score of the day.
Freshman Rheagan Hall had the highest tally of her short varsity career with a 48 to round out the Lady Raider scoring. “Rheagan struggled today,” related Coach Cantrell. “She shot a 48 which is well above her average.”
Madalyn Hembree topped the Lady Hurricanes with a 52, while Janie Henry added a 61.
In the boys’ competition, Cleveland got a trio of 41s from juniors Tucker Jones and Cade Thacker, as well as freshman Drew Linkous. Sophomore Allen Swetman rounded out the winning total with a 42.
The Hurricanes added a 43 from Alec Leffew, a 45 from Tucker Venable and a 48 from Taylor Venzant to go with Tyson Venable’s 40.