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Mounts go 2-4 in Section One opener
The Ephrata High School golf team opened its season last Thursday with the Section One opener hosted by Penn Manor at Crossgates Golf Course in Millersville.
The Mounts, who went 23-19 a year ago in their first year in Section One, got out of the gates a little slowly Thursday, finishing 2-4 on the day.
Ephrata, led by Nick Hatch’s 85, turned in a team score of 360 to defeat both Warwick (377) and Conestoga Valley (389).
Individually, in addition to Hatch, Mitchell Storb was next for Ephrata with an 88 while Matt Kreider (93) and Anthony Embisusco (94) closed out the top four for the Mounts.
Walker Kirk of Manheim Township was medalist for the day, shooting a two-under-par round of 70. The Blue Streaks also were low team of the day with 297 strokes. Cedar Crest was next at 325, followed by Hempfield (330) and Penn Manor (335).
As for Cocalico, the Eagles were in action in a pair of matches this past week, including Tuesday afternoon in a Section Two match hosted by Garden Spot held at Hawk Valley.
On Tuesday, the Eagles went 2-4 on the day with a team score of 380.
Junior Brett Kupp was low man for Cocalico on the day, shooting a round of 89. Garrett Strunk followed with a 93 while both Daniel Fieger and Mitch Stauffer rounded out the top four for the Eagles with a pair of 99s.
Solanco, led by medalist Conner Sheehan (68), went a perfect 6-0 to up its season mark to a perfect 12-0 with a team score of 332. Manheim Central was second with 351, while L-S (358) and Garden Spot (369) placed third and fourth respectively. Cocalico came in in the fifth position while E-town (382) and Lebanon (463) were sixth and seventh.
In addition to Tuesday, Cocalico also hit the links last Thursday in the Section Two season opener at The Highlands of Donegal.
The Eagles finished an even 3-3 on the day with a team score of 347 strokes. Strunk was low man for the Eagles, carding a round of 80 to lead the way. Kupp was next at 87, while Ethan Miller and Daniel Fieger rounded out the top four with a pair of 90s.
Manheim Central and Solanco finished in a tie for first place as each squad ended with 312 strokes. The Barons, though, won the tiebreaker as Haley Goodling led all golfers with an even par round of 72.
E-town placed third with a score of 344, which was just three strokes ahead of the Eagles. Lampeter-Strasburg (354), Garden Spot (379) and Lebanon (459) all placed behind Cocalico.
Ephrata will return to action with a pair of Section One matches Wednesday (noon, Four Seasons) at Hempfield and Thursday (10 a.m., Overlook) at Warwick.
Cocalico returns to the course on Thursday as all of Section Two will square off at Tanglewood (Solanco), beginning at noon.
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