Record-Courier staff report
KENT ROOSEVELT 5, RAVENNA 0
Rough Rider first-singles player Alex McDaniel fought back from a 0-5 second-set deficit to lead her team to a 5-0 victory over Portage Trail Conference rival Ravenna on Thursday afternoon in Kent.
After dropping a well-contested first set 4-6, Raven Ann Smith gave McDaniel all she could handle, taking five games straight. But the Roosevelt tri-captain refused to fold.
"Alex told me she didn't want to play a third set, and that was motivation enough," said Kent Roosevelt coach Kim Uhlik. "(McDaniel) is a very confident, centered personality, who never doubts herself."
Ravenna's second singles and first doubles also challenged Kent Roosevelt's resolve, forcing third sets in both matches.
"Coach Hanna always brings well-prepared teams, forcing us to earn every point," concluded Uhlik.
The win raises the Riders' record to 2-0 (2-0 PTC).
At Fairways of Arrowhead - Par 70
The Kent Roosevelt boys golf team leaped into third place in a tough field at the Hoover Invitational held Thursday at The Fairways of Arrowhead in Canton.
The Rough Riders' Mike Kenney fired a 4-over-par 74 to take home third place. Kenney shot an even-par 35 on the back nine and missed medalist honors by four strokes.
The medalist for the tournament was Jason McQuown of Poland, who carded an even-par 70.
The Rough Riders' Cole Smith started with a 41, but improved his pace on the back nine and scored a 38 to help push the Rough Riders into third place with a final individual score of 79.
Roosevelt received a balanced attack from the rest of the team, including a pair of 83s from Ryan Crossen and Paul Silver and an 84 by A.J. Stronz.
MOGADORE 157, GARFIELD 192
At Paradise Lake Golf Course - Par 34
The Mogadore Wildcats got back on track with a victory over Garfield.
Collin Whitmyer's even-par 34 was the best of the match, with Ryan Hostetler adding a 36 to give the Wildcats the victory.
Matt Kozniakowski topped Garfield, firing a 44.
Mogadore now is 4-1 in the PTC County Division while Garfield has three losses in as many starts.
WATERLOO 184, ROOTSTOWN 186
At Paradise Lake - Par 34
The Waterloo Vikings had their first match in two years at their home course Paradise Lake Golf Course, in Randolph.
Jacob Flarida led the home team, shooting his way to a 5-over-par 39. Flarida was the best of the match as the Rovers and Vikings traded scores for the rest of each team.
It was close, as Rootstown's final two golfers -- Greg Moore (45) and Evan Chapple (48) -- shot scores that counted in the contest that brought the Rovers within two strokes of the Vikings.
Nait Elkins also fired a 45 for the Rovers.
For the Vikes in their first match of the season, Brad Wise fired a 46, Brad Curry a 48, Dylan Begue a 53, Ryan Kovacich a 51 and Natalie Wolford a 73.
COVENTRY 209, CRESTWOOD 238
At Turkeyfoot Golf Course - Par 36
The Coventry Comets picked up their second victory of the young season in five starts, beating the Crestwood Red Devils in a PTC Metro Division match.
Danny Jones had one of his best matches of the season for the Red Devils, carding a 3-over-par 39.
Parker Derrig carded a 47 for the Comets on his home course.
RAVENNA 174, FIELD 184
At Windmill Lakes Golf Club - Par 35
The Ravenna Ravens got past the Field Falcons, winning the match at Windmill Lakes by 10 strokes.
Ravenna's Morgan McIntire fired a 41 in the PTC Metro Division contest. Nick Holt added a 43 to help the Ravens earn the victory at home.
Brady Adelman fired a 43 and Jake Curtiss a 44 to lead the Falcons.
WALKER JONES CLASSIC
At Red Tail Golf Club - Par 72
The Aurora Greenmen finished 10th of 18 teams at Red Tail Golf Club in Avon on Monday.
Connor O'Callaghan fired a 78 for the Greenmen, while Alex Avalon and Chris Sloe each finished with 79s on the tough Red Tail layout.
"It wasn't bad, but we need to get better," said Gus Mehallis, coach of the Aurora Greenmen.
Walsh Jesuit junior Chase Johnson, a Kent State University recruit, was the medalist for the tourney, shooting an outstanding 65.
KENT ROOSEVELT 160, CRESTWOOD 246
KENT ROOSEVELT 156, CRESTWOOD 248
At Sugar Bush Golf Club - Par 36-36 72
Mike Kenney was the medalist in back-to-back rounds for Kent Roosevelt against Crestwood, as the Rough Riders swept both nine-hole matches against the Red Devils on Monday.
Kenney warmed up with a 3-over-par 38 in the first match, then came back to fire a 1-under-par 35 in the second.
Ryan Crossen, A.J. Stronz, Paul Silver and Cole Smith were strong for the Rough Riders over the 18 holes.
Danny Jones finished with 40-44 in the two matches as the best for the Red Devils.
Kent Roosevelt remains undefeated in the PTC Metro Division and overall, winning five straight in the Metro and holding onto a perfect seven-match streak against all opponents.
KENT ROOSEVELT 149, HATHAWAY BROWN 167, BEAUMONT 184
At Highland Park Golf Course - Par 35
Kasey Nielsen continued to lead the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders to victory as she scored a 2-under-par 33 at Highland Park Golf Course in Highland Hills.
The match marked the first-ever league contest for the Kent Roosevelt girls team, which played an independent schedule the first two seasons of its existence.
Now in their third year, the Rough Riders have joined the Northeast Ohio Independent Schools Girls Golf League.
With the wins, Kent Roosevelt starts its league play undefeated with a 2-0 record and is currently 5-0 overall.
Kelly Nielsen fired an even-par 35, making difficult putts and picking up a few birdies on her way to even par.
Kory Nielsen, the youngest of the Nielsen sisters, finished with a 3-over 38.
"Kory's round was solid," said Roosevelt coach Bryan Harvey. "She drove the ball very well, but missed a couple of putts down the stretch or she could have shot even par as well."
Coreena Wise provided the fourth score for the winning team, a solid 43.
"Coreena had to bounce back from a double-bogey on the second hole," said Harvey.
Harvey praised the girls, including Chloe Wise and Jocelyn Kohl, for the great team effort in winning their first league match in program history.
"It's been a wonderful start to the season," said Harvey.
SOUTHEAST 183, NORTON 222
At Loyal Oak Golf Club - Par 36
The Southeast Pirates remained undefeated with an impressive 6-0 record in the Greater Akron Girls Golf League by defeating Norton.
Southeast's Macie Hysell, one of the best golfers in the league, continued on her roll as match medalist, firing a 41 to lead all golfers.
Jenna Fesemyer, Miah Brawley and Hannah Pennington rounded out the scoring for the Pirates with scores of 47, 47 and 48, respectively.
Alyssa Gresning was the best for the Panthers with a 52.