Waterford girls dominate home invitational

BEVERLY — Waterford High’s girls continued their winning ways on the links.

The Wildcats, who will be seeking a third straight trip to the state tournament this season, dominated their home Waterford Invitational Wednesday at Lakeside Golf Course, beating second-place Logan High by 77 strokes, 336-413. Rounding out the rest of the field were Gallia Academy, River, Eastern and Warren.

“I’m happy we won, but I know and they know that they can shoot better,” said WHS girls coach Cris Baker. “I was looking at last year’s scores, and we’re 10-better overall.”

Leading Waterford, Ashley Offenberger carded a 78 to earn medalist honors. Kenzie Dietz shot an 80, and made the all-tournament team.

“Ashley has really worked on her game this summer,” Baker said, “and has really improved. She was a good golfer last year, but she’s worked on the little things.

“Now, Kenzie’s our number one, but she and Ashley are very close.”

Waterford’s other golfers were Abby Eichmiller (90), Liz Leach (88), Bri Hart (90) and Alicia Dickinson.

“I’m proud of what our girls did,” Baker said. “We have the same team back from last year, and we’re very optimistic this season.”

On the Waterford Invite boys side in the large school division, Marietta High A with 313 points finished runner-up to winner Coshocton’s 303. Warren A finished with a 330 score.

Gage Herb led the Tigers with a 73, and made the all-tournament team. Also scoring were Caleb Scharff (79), Heath Hill (81) and Matt Earley (81).

“We played at the Pick Central invite Monday, and we finished sixth out of 19 teams, and they’re the big boys,” said second-year MHS golf coach Chad Deem. “We were consistent today, too.

“Gage shot 79 at Pickerington, so he was playing number one.”

The Warriors were paced by Nick Ward and Seth Dennis, who carded a 72 and 76, respectively. Both were all-tournament honorees.

Ward said that he’s now shot a 72 three straight years at the Waterford Invitational.

Wheeling Park’s Jacob Nickell had a 67 to earn medalist honors.

Coshocton had two golfers — Reese Andrews (72) and Kolten Foraker (72)– make the all-tournament team.

In the small school division, Barnesville was first with 336 points, and Southern second with 357. Host Waterford finished with a score of 363; Fort Frye 375; Morgan, 378; and Belpre, 479.

Davey Wells shot an all-tournament team score of 73 to lead the Shamrocks.

Wes Jenkins was Waterford’s top golfer with an 82, followed by Travis Pottmeyer’s 86.

“Today’s session went pretty well,” said Wildcats boss Brandyn Offenberger. “We started off with a little bit of fog issues, but today you couldn’t ask for much better weather.

“As for the team, it’s still early in the season, and I’m not worried. We’ve just got to keep practicing hard, and we’ll get there.”

Ben Wagner led the Cadets with an 89.