Seneca East places fourth, will make first state appearance

Forehand’s 79 leads Tigers at Stone Ridge

BOWLING GREEN — At different points of this season, when the idea of Seneca East’s team advancing to the Division III state tournament came up, Tigers coach Brad Powers quickly would change the subject.

Seneca East needed to worry about each step, he said, each match.

Now, the next match is state.

The Tigers finished fourth at the district meet at Bowling Green, shooting a 349 for the final team berth.

Seneca East, led by Jake Forehand’s 79, topped fifth-place Pettisville by one stroke.

Forehand was the top area finisher at the tournament, finishing tied with Wayne Trace’s Kaden Sutton for sixth. Temple Christian’s Lincoln Waters and Tinora’s Dylan Von Deylen tied for medalist, each shooting a 75.

Kalida won the team championship with a 328, five strokes better than runner-up Minster. St. Joe also advanced, finishing third with a 339.

For the Tigers, Andrew Kalb shot an 89, one shot better than teammate Turner Bridgford. Andy Bauman registered a 91, while Jon Margraf shot a 107.

The Division III state meet will be next Friday and Saturday, at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University.

The top area finishers — besides Forehand — were Carey’s Ethan Tanner and Old Fort’s Adam Magers. They each shot an 85, tying with two others for 22nd place.

The top four teams, and the top four individuals not on those teams, reached state.

The Stockaders, who edged Seneca East for the sectional title last week at Valley View, finished seventh, with a 357.

Carson Steyer fired an 89 for Old Fort, Andrew Combs shot a 90 and Colin Nutter had a 93. Kaleb Wilkinson rounded out the Stockader scoring with a 96.

The other area team to reach the district meet was Buckeye Central. It finished 17th with an overall score 411. All five Bucks shot in the triple digits. Jarod Mason shot a 101, and Tyler Rose and Logan Niese each put up a 103. Kaiden Vaughn shot a 104 and Alex Kanney had a 111.

Hopewell-Loudon’s Luke Graham shot a 92, tying for 54th.

Montgomery a district champion for third time

ARLINGTON — Brett Montgomery was brilliant at the Division II district tournament at Sycamore Springs Thursday.

To reach state, he needed to be.

Montgomery shot a 75, and was a district champion for a third time.

Just making it to state was going to be a challenge. The district takes only two teams and two players not on those teams to Columbus.

As a team, the Rams finished fourth. Owen Knapp shot an 84, Evan Young shot a 95 and Gavin Carey (102) and Benjamin Latham (103) rounded out the team’s scoring.

Montgomery had to hold off Lima Bath’s Britton Hall and Bryan’s Case Hartman, who each shot a 77. Hartman got the second individual berth by winning a playoff hole.

Top area individual scorers included Bellevue’s Adam Hosang, who tied for 20th with an 88, and teammate Hudson Strayer, who notched a 93 in tying for 34th place. Meanwhile, Lakota’s Colt Dible shot a 94 and Connor Hill put up a 96.

As a team, Bellevue finished ninth with a 381. Alex Martinez shot a 95, Layne Krupp registered a 106 and Aaron Brubaker scored a 112.

The Division II state tournament is next Friday and Saturday on the Gray Course at Ohio State.