The Northview golf program got a solid grade on their first big test of the early season by finishing sixth at the Spring Preview Tournament at The Legends Course in Franklin on Saturday.
Competing against a 24 team field that included some of the state's perenially best prep squads, the Knights shot a 324 as a team, behind tourney champion Zionsville's 303.
The Eagles were paced by medalist Ryan Saycheck who shot a one-under, 71 for the tournament.
However, the Knights got some strong play of their own as Tyler Akers shot a score of 80 to lead the team. He was followed by teammates Austin Schutte and Caleb Edington who each carded an 81 while Adam Thiemann shot an 82 and Austin Staley added an 87 for the round.
"I was really pleased with the way we played," said coach Scott Buell of his Knights. "We played against some of the state's top teams, teams that make the state finals each year."
According to Buell, the Knights shot exceptionally over the first 11 holes, finishing at five over-par as a team for those holes. Though the team struggled through a couple of holes, they rebounded to finish strong in sixth place.
The Knights will visit Cloverdale this afternoon before returning home to host Owen Valley on Tuesday night.
Spring Preview Tourney
At The Legends Course, Franklin
Team Scores: Zionsville 303, Warsaw 314, W.Washington 314, Richmond 315, Center Grove 316, Northview 324, Concord 325, Bloomington North 327, Marion 328, Southridge 328, Homestead 329, Columbus North 331, Jasper 339, Evansville Central 339, Franklin 342, Bloomington South 345, Seymour 345, Lawrence Central 347, Washington 349, Terre Haute South 353, Greenwood 347, Lafayette Jeff 365, Evansville Harrison 368, Franklin Central 369
At Patriot Challenge
Several Northview athletes had good showings at the Patriot Challenge last weekend which included some of the state's best athletes.
Nikki Royer placed first in the pole vault by clearing 9-6 and Brit Hoffman was second in the longjump with a leap of 14-11 and was sixth in the 200 meters for the Knights.
Emily Pugh placed second in the 3,200 meter run with her time of 12:25 while Hannah Hunter was 10th in the 400 meters and 11th in the high jump. Teammate Mallory Pugh was 15th.
For the boys team, Matt McClellan and Ryan Thompson each qualified for the finals in the 100 meters, but had better finishes in other events.
McClellan was sixth in the 200 meters, running a 23.5 and Thompson ran a 53.53 in the 400 meters which was good enough for eighth.
Neil Vanatti placed 15th in the discus and 10th in the shotput for the Knights who compete Tuesday at South Vermillion in a three-way meet including Riverton Parke.