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BL boys grab district berth

Raiders take runner-up spot in Division II sectional tournament

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Indian Lake’s Randall Henson watches a putt during Thursday’s Division II sectional tournament in Springfield. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Benjamin Logan’s boys golf team kept its season alive Thursday by placing second in the Division II sectional tournament at Reid Park in Springfield.

The Raiders shot a 325 to finish two strokes behind champion Springfield Shawnee.

“It was a long day and I am just happy we made it out,” said Ben Logan assistant coach Nick Sieg. “Our goal is not just to make it to districts. We have higher goals, but you can’t make it to state without getting to districts first.”

The top four teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team earned spots in the district tournament, which is next Thursday at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown.

Kenton Ridge (329) and Versailles (338) claimed the other two district berths.

Indian Lake also participated Thursday and finished 12th with a 379.

Senior Blaine Ricketts led Ben Logan with a 76. His brother Grant Ricketts followed with a 79, Jordan Sosby carded an 82 and Cole Saylor had an 88. Ed Kenoyer had a 92.

“I thought Blaine and Grant played exceptionally well in the conditions we had to play in,” said Sieg. “To break 80 on a day like (Thursday) was a good accomplishment. There were not many golfers that broke 80.

“Grant had never broken 80 at Reid North and that was his big goal. He played the last five holes in one under to do it, so I was really happy for him.”

Ben Logan now turns its focus to the district competition at Weatherwax. Only the top two teams and the two lowest scorers not on a qualifying team will advance to state.

“I think it will take a 310 to 315 to get out,” said Sieg. “If you are in that range, you can pretty much guarantee yourself a spot. If you shoot a 325 or 330, you are putting yourself in more of a gray area.

“We are very capable of shooting in that 310 to 315 range. I was talking to (BL head coach Shawn Bechtel) and we both agreed that our guys have yet to have that night when they were all firing on all cylinders. If we do that, I have no doubt that we will be able to get through.”

For Indian Lake on Thursday, Caleb Meadows had the team’s low round with an 87. Randall Henson followed with a 90, Quenten Staley shot a 94, Jake Frost had 108 and Timmy Arvin added a 115.

Springfield Shawnee’s Clark Engle, the defending Division II state champion, was the medalist with a 73.

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