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Knights finish third in sectional to qualify for regional

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Northview Lady Knights fired a 373 at Saturday's sectional meet at Forest Park to place third and advance to the Martinsville regional. Team members include (front, from left) Hayley Miller, Mandy Thomlinson, (back) Coach Josh Trout, Olivia Oehler, Alli Trout, Savanah Pursell and Coach Bob Treash.

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With a veteran squad returning from last year's regional-qualifying team, it might come as no surprise that the Northview girls' golf team is once again bound for the Martinsville Regional. The Lady Knights fired a 373 Saturday at Forest Park to finish third in sectional.

What is notable about this year's squad, though, is how they did it. Gone is the performance of Mary Beth Tribble, who fired a 79 last year on her way to medalist honors.

Instead, this year's squad relied on solid, consistent play across the board, with the four scorers ranging from 85 to 103.

"That's one thing about our team. We haven't had a real low scorer for the majority of the year, but we've been very consistent and able to get some solid numbers in there," Knights coach Josh Trout said.

The Knight effort was spearheaded by a pair of low rounds for the year from Olivia Oehler and Alli Trout.

"I was very pleased with Olivia Oehler shooting an 85; that's her best of the year. Also, Alli Trout finished with her best of the year (103) for our fourth score. I was very happy for those two, along with Savanah (Pursell) and Mandy (Thomlinson) shooting very solid scores," Coach Trout said.

Olivia Oehler finishes high as her approach shot on No. 9 flies toward the green. Oehler was the Knight's low scorer with an 85.
Thomlinson fired a 90 on the day, while Pursell added a 95. Hayley Miller also had a 105 for Northview.

Any team goes into a sectional wanting to win, but the coach was pleased that his team is surviving another week.

"It's always nice to advance. Even though you don't win, it's nice to move on to the regional," Trout said. "It's a great honor for the school and for these girls. I know they've really been hoping for that. We're excited about next week and we're looking forward to going down to Martinsville."

On Saturday, winning would have been a tall order. Terre Haute South came in the dominant team in the area, and they displayed it on Saturday. Their top three golfers all shot in the 70s, as the Braves tallied a 323, a score 25 shots lower than second-place Terre Haute North.

But from here, it gets even more difficult for everyone. The Martinsville regional is a two-headed monster. Not only is host course Foxcliff extremely challenging, the level of competition is even more fierce.

"It is a very difficult course. The nice part is, four out of these five girls went down there and played last year, which was our first year there, so we have a little more experience going down to this course," Trout said. "Last year was a learning experience, so I expect our scores to improve from last year now that we're a little more familiar with the course.

"It will be very tough competition with Martinsville, Avon and Columbus North all in the top-10 in the state," he continued. "There is quite a bit of competition when you head down there. We're just going to work hard this week and see how things turn out."

The Martinsville Regional begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foxcliff Golf Club.

At Forest Park

Northview Girls' Golf Sectional

Team Results (Top 3 advance)

Terre Haute South 323, Terre Haute North 358, Northview 373, South Putnam 384, South Vermillion 401, Owen Valley 414, Greencastle 432, West Vigo 446, Cloverdale456, Rockville 552

Medalist -- Gosnell (THS) 75

Individuals advancing -- Craft (SV) 82, Hughes (SP) 84, Samuels (G) 85, Langdon (C) 85

Cloverdale (456) -- Langdon 41-44--85, Wiley 553-57--110, Boyette 62-55--117, Looper 73-71--144

Greencastle (432) -- Samuels 39-46--85, Wokoun 59-53--112, Hedge 58-56--114, Hutcheson 65-56--121, Wood 57-67--124

Northview (373) -- Oehler 42-43--85, Thomlinson 44-45--90, Pursell 49-46--95, Trout 47-56--103, Miller 51-54--105

Owen Valley (414) -- Marsh 47-49--93, Kinser 46-52--98, F. Jones 51-49--100, K. Jones 64-59--123, Schroughan61-64--125

Rockville (552) -- Vukovits 62-69--131, Gregg 71-63--134, Harrington 64-75--139, Miller 77-71--148

South Putnam (384) -- Hughes 43-41--81, Aker 44-46--90, Warren 50-50--100, Searles 55-55--110, Dobson 57-55--112

South Vermillion (401) -- Craft 41-41-82, Milam 46-54--100, Bruce 54-49--103, Powell 60-56--116, Gilbert 61-60--121

Terre Haute North (358) -- Welker 40-41--81, Colwell 41-44--85, Kaderak 46-47--93, Helt 47-52--99, Adams 55-48--103

Terre Haute South (323) -- Gosnell 34-41--75, Engle 40-39-79, Fuqua 37-42--79, Whitlock 48-42--90, Walburn 47-46--93

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