Lake boys golf team wins NBC championship (9-17-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 19:48
Rossford's Ryan Niese (right) and Lake's Ian Johnson (left) follow the ball after a drive by Niese. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
CLYDE — Lake’s boys golf team had a goal this season to win the Northern Buckeye Conference championship.
The Flyers turned their dream into a reality Tuesday afternoon at Green Hills Golf Course.  PHOTO GALLERY
They shot a 332 total to finish second in the NBC tournament and earn enough points to overtake Eastwood in the standings for the conference championship.
The NBC champion is determined by points awarded during the conference’s four shootouts and the conference tournament.
Points in the NBC tournament are doubled.
The combined points system also is used to determine the NBC’s player of the year and all-conference teams.
In the shootouts, only the top three finishes by each team are counted towards the NBC championship.
Lake won the championship with 40 points to edge Eastwood and Woodmore by one point, and Rossford by three points.
Woodmore won the tournament with a 315 total, while Rossford was third with 336 and Eastwood was fourth with 349.
The league title was Lake’s first in boys golf.
“We thought coming into today that we were going to have to win the tournament to win the league championship and then hopefully someone else would beat Eastwood,” Lake coach Dory Boggs said.
Entering Tuesday, Eastwood held a three-point lead over Lake, a four-point lead over Rossford and a six-point lead over Woodmore.
“We didn’t think we’d win the league without winning the tournament,” Boggs said. “We’re pleased with the way we played. You can always look back and say we should have shaved a stroke here or a stroke there, but we’re definitely happy with the way the day turned out.”
Lake has played consistently well this season, finishing second or third in every jamboree.
“As long as you don’t play yourself out of the championship during the season, you give yourself a chance on the last day and that’s what we did,” Boggs said. “We never played ourselves out of it and things worked out in our favor today.”
Ian Johnson led Lake with a 77, one of only four rounds under 80 in the tournament.
The junior finished behind Woodmore junior Alex Gedert, who shot a 2-under-par 69; and Woodmore senior Devin Fisher, who had a par 71.
The Flyers’ other counting scores were: senior Michael Kranz, 82; freshman Owen Johnson, 86; and senior Jeff Wilson, 87.
Also for Lake, senior Lucas Zeh had a 90 and junior Dylan Mauder shot an 85.
Ian Johnson and Kranz were first-team All-NBC, while Owen Johnson was second-team and Wilson was honorable-mention.
“We really worked hard during the offseason and it paid off today,” Ian Johnson said.
Lake was second in the NBC last season and returned Ian Johnson, Kranz, Wilson and Mauder from that team.
Ian Johnson said the team played a lot on Lake’s indoor simulator and lifted weights during the offseason, and then played regularly during the summer.
“We started talking about winning the league last winter,” Ian Johnson said.
Boggs didn’t become the team’s coach until late July when long-time head coach Terry Tansel resigned to become an assistant principal at Fallen Timbers Middle School in the Anthony Wayne district.
Boggs was Tansel’s assistant coach.
“We knew we had some pretty good players coming back, so we had high expectations,” Boggs said.
Rossford’s Mason Robinson was the player of the year. The junior was fourth in the tournament with a 79.
Ian Johnson and Gedert tied for second in the player of the year voting, just 1.5 points behind Robinson.

(Combines points awarded in
shootouts and conference tournament)
1) Lake, 40; 2), tie, Eastwood, Woodmore 39; 4) Rossford, 37; 5) Genoa, 25; 6) Elmwood, 16; 7) Fostoria, 13; 8) Otsego, 7.
1) Woodmore, 315; 2) Lake, 332; 3) Rossford, 336; 4) Eastwood, 349; 5) Genoa, 368; 6) Elmwood, 391; 7) Fostoria, 406; 8) Otsego, 416.
(Par 36-35—71; Wood County schools only)
LAKE: Ian Johnson, 40-37—77; Michael Kranz, 38-44—82; Owen Johnson, 44-42—86; Jeff Wilson, 44-43—87; Lucas Zeh, 41-49—90; Dylan Mauder, 47-48—85.
ROSSFORD: Mason Robinson, 42-37—79; Ryan Niese, 40-42—82; Jackson Murphree, 44-41—85; Mack Miller, 44-46—90; Brian Burks, 48-49—97; Chris Saffer, 51-48—99.
EASTWOOD: Steven Bruning, 44-40—84; Kyle Waynick, 45-42—87; Matt White, 40-47—87; Nick Coffman, River Redman, both 44-47—91; David Krukemyer, 48-46—94.
ELMWOOD: Trevor Robbins, 43-48—91; Nate Ramsey, 49-45—94; Jay Graham, 48-53—101; Marc Day, 59-46—105; Nate Sterling, 53-53—106; Evan Houtz, 52-59—111.
OTSEGO:  Samson Dunmyer, 45-43—88; Colin Bigenho, 52-53—105; Brian Frail, 47-62—109; Mitchell Miles, 58-56—114; Tanner Greenhagen, 60-63—123.
Medalist: Woodmore’s Alex Gedert, 36-33—69.
NBC player of the year: Robinson.
All-NBC first-team: Bruning, Ian Johnson, Kranz, Robinson, Woodmore’s Devin Fisher and Gedert.
All-NBC second-team: Coffman, Waynick, Genoa’s Ben Bricker, Owen Johnson, Niese and Murphree.
All-NBC honorable-mention: Krukemyer, White, Fostoria’s Trey Yates, Wilson, and Woodmore’s Matt Hartford and Myles DeStazio.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:03

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