Times Sports Editor
SPENCER -- The Northview Knights weren't quite able wrestle the sectional team championship away from defending champion Terre Haute South, but they will get another crack at the Braves in the Washington Regional.
The Knights shot a team score of 305 to finish a slim two strokes behind Terre Haute South, but earned a berth in the regional that will be played at Country Oaks Golf Course in Daviess County on Thursday. Terre Haute North shot its best round of the season and will advance as the third qualifier after carding a 310.
"Overall I was very pleased," coach Scott Buell said of the Knights' play. "But the emotions are a little mixed. It's tough for the competitor in me to lose by a couple of strokes."
Senior Kade Baker came away with medalist honors after shooting a 3-under par, 69 to edge past Terre Haute North's Jeff Ackman, who shot a 71.
The Rend Lake golf recruit lit up the back nine with a 33, which was one stroke better than last year when he shot a 73 for the Knights in a runner-up finish.
The Braves placed all four of their scoring golfers in the 70's led by defending medalist, Thomas Goss, who shot a 73.
The team title came down to the final hole as No. 5 golfer, Brock Welch of the Braves, needed to stay away from a double bogey to finalize the title. Welch did just that in recording a par as South repeated as sectional champs. Northview won the 2007 title on the same course.
The round was played under a mix of sun and rain throughout the day, but didn't seem to affect the top teams. Despite a steady, light rain at times, the Knights trailed by a single stroke through the first nine holes and led through 14 holes before the Braves made a strong run by getting back-to-back eagles and a birdie on the back nine.
"Those eagles changed things in a hurry. A team having three eagles on you doesn't happen very often," Buell admitted,
The Knights coach didn't use the changing weather as an excuse for the momentum change in the sectional.
The Braves also got some standout efforts from their top two golfers as Goss shot a 35 on the back and Zach Hosking carded a 36 on the way to a 75.
Northview remained close as Drew Snyder came through the front nine with a 35 and finished off his round of 76 with a 41 on the final nine holes. Ryan Turner scored a 79 for the Knights with senior Austin Akers shooting an 81 and Daniel Eaglin capping Northview with a 79.
The Clay City Eels placed sixth as a team with a round of 355, but will send senior Kyler Rhodes on to the regional as an individual after he shot an 83. He joins Linton's Jordan Bradbury (81) and Sullivan's John Gilham (82) as the three lowest scoring individuals not on a qualifying team. West Vigo's Jordan Blystone shot an 83 to tie Rhodes along with Owen Valley's Kyle Jackson and all ties advance to the regional as well.
Braxton Griffith shot an 88 for the Eels for second on the team followed by a 91 from Darius Farmer, a 93 from Zach Boggs and a 98 from Austin Sinders.
Terre Haute South also counted a 77 from Shelby Stewart along with Welch's 78.
South's winning score was four strokes off last year's winning team score of 299.
In last year's regional, Northview had an off day and placed 10th with a round of 370, but Buell feels that the Knights can use last year's experience to their advantage on Thursday.
"(The experience) should help a lot," Buell said. "We played in a tournament down there this year and we'll get a practice round (today). Overall our one through five guys probably have more experience than Terre Haute South so hopefully that will help."
Owen Valley Boys' Golf Sectional
At Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Top-three teams advance to regional
Team scores -- *Terre Haute South 303, *Northview 305, *Terre Haute North 310, Sullivan 343, Linton 344, Clay City 355, West Vigo 369, Owen Valley 387,
North Central 410, Shakamak 418, Bloomfield 419, White River Valley 474, Union incomplete.
69 -- Kade Baker (N) 33-36
71 -- Jeff Ackman (THN) 35-36
73 -- Thomas Goss (THS) 38-35
75 -- Zach Hosking (THS) 39-36
76 -- Drew Snyder (N) 35-41
77 -- Shelby Stewart (THS) 35-42
78 -- Brock Welch (THS) 39-39, John Pollock (THN) 37-41
79 -- Ryan Turner (N) 39-40
80 -- Ryan Sneddon (THN) 38-42
81 -- *Jordan Bradbury (L) 39-42, Austin Akers (N) 42-39, James Kaperak (THN) 40-41, Nick Parham (THN) 39-42
82 -- *John Gilham (S) 38-44
83 -- Eric Gertz (THS), *Kyler Rhodes (CC) 43-40, *Kyle Jackson (OV) 38-45, *Brandon Blystone (WV) 41-42
84 -- Chase Rhoten (L) 41-43, Derek Andre (S) 46-38, Jordan Gilbert (S) 45-39
85 -- Caleb Gilman (NC) 41-44
Northview (305) -- Kade Baker 69, Austin Akers 81, Drew Snyder 76, Ryan Turner
79, Daniel Eaglin 86.
Terre Haute North (310) -- Jeff Ackman 71, James Kaperak 81, Nick Parham 81, Ryan Sneddon 80, John Pollock 78.
Sullivan (343) -- John Gilham 82, Derek Andre 84, Dreyson Boyd 93, Jordan Gilbert 84, Reed Jackson 105.
Linton (344) -- Jordan Bradbury 81, Chase Rhoten 84, Derrick Barker 90, Brandy Stefancik 89, Luke Jerrells 99.
Clay City (355) -- Zach Boggs 93, Kyler Rhodes 83, Braxton Griffith 88, Austin Sinders 98, Darius Farmer 91.
West Vigo (369) -- Jacob Feasel 104, Brandon Blystone 83, Josh Leek 95, Adam Thompson 90, Kyle Lasecki 103.
Owen Valley (387) -- Sam Garvin 89, Kyle Jackson 83, Woody Worland 99, Tyler Lowe 125, Nathan Rice 116. North Central (410) -- Caleb Gilman 85, Aaron Woodard 94, Matt Hinesley 107, Bobby Swaby 124, Isaac Turner 127.
Shakamak (418) -- Jon Wildin 98, Garrett Scott 92, Nick Harris 117, Dylan Phipps 138, Ethan Coakley 111.
Bloomfield (419) -- Justin Bennett 118, Chad Mead 96, Andrew Bladen 88, Bradley Seymore 121, Joel Oliphant 117.
White River Valley (474) -- Matt Crowe 108, John Ashcraft 109, Eric Gregg 125, Cody Hershman 132, Dylan Emmons 149.
Union -- Taylor House 89.