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WL-Salem opens with tourney title at Allen East

West Liberty-Salem’s boys golf team began its season in sparkling fashion Tuesday by winning the 20-team Allen East tournament at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima.

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“It was exciting to see our confidence grow,” said WL-Salem head coach Darrin Leichty. “But the best part was hearing the players talk about areas that need fixed in their game. I think that speaks volumes about the expectations for the year and the level of commitment the players have.”

The Tigers shot a 321 to win by five strokes over host Allen East (326). Lima Shawnee was third (335), Van Buren took fourth (338) and Miami Valley rounded out the top five with a 345.

Jacob Rutan fired a 77 to lead the Tigers, while Nick Sims was one shot back with a 78. Rutan was fourth individually in the tournament and Sims was fifth.

Ethan McBean carded a round of 82, which was the 10th-best score recorded on the day.

Also for the Tigers, Casey Gay shot 84, Kannon Stillings had 84, Dilon Callicoat had a 93 and Trevor Davis finished with a 107.

The Tigers are back in action next Tuesday at the Champaign County tournament.

Pirates fall to Jackson Center in season opener

The Riverside boys golf team opened up the season Tuesday with a 238-193 loss to Jackson Center in a dual match.

Landon Kelsey was the low golfer for the Pirates with a 51. Ross Stevens was next with a 55, Luke Lowery had a 62, Derek Kobylack had a 70, Andrew Wright shot 78 and Jared Trabert had an 86.

Jackson Center’s Brew Sosby was medalist with a 45. 

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