K-P girls win, boys 2nd at golf meets
The Kingsley-Pierson golf teams had their best showings of the season up to this point on Thursday as the girls won their meet at Quimby and the boys finished second at Holstein.
The girls team took first place out of six varsity teams with a score of 193. That was four strokes better than runner-up Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto and six ahead of Westwood.
Haylee Halbur of MVAO was the overall medalist with a round of 39, but Rachel Stewart finished as runner-up with a 41.
“I am very pleased with how well the girls played,” K-P girls golf coach Val Sitzmann said. “Rachel Stewart medaling with a 41 was probably the highlight of the night. I can always count on her to be my “Steady Eddie” on the team, but all of the other girls on the team showed improvement as well.”
Stewart was indeed steady throughout the game with all of her hole scores being either fours or fives.
Abbie Kraft added a 48 for the Panthers while Jena Schmid closed with a 50.
“Abbie Kraft has been struggling a bit off the tee box and started out the first hole with an OB on her tee shot, but she was able to overcome that with a double bogey. She finished her round very strong,” Sitzmann said. “Jena Schmid came in with a 50, which is a great score for her. She has been working hard on her short game at practice and on her own time.”
Bradi Bohlke and Alex Thompson each had 54s on the day.
The boys team came just six strokes shy of Westwood as the Rebels won with a 164.
“This was by far our best meet of the season,” K-P boys golf coach Tim Dirksen said. “I’m very happy with their performance the last two meets. The addition of Jordan to the team and the good play from the the rest of the varsity has bumped us up a couple notches as a team.”
Jordan Utesch and Kaden Schroeder each had 41 scores to lead the team. Logan Wenzel and Alex Martensen turned in scores of 44 to round out the scoring for the team.
Both teams return to action on Monday with the boys at Moville and the girls at Sloan for Western Valley Conference meets.
Team Scores (boys): Westwood 164, KP 170, Ridge View 174, MVAO 205, River Valley 218
KP: Jordan Utesch 41, Kaden Schroeder 41, Logan Wenzel 44, Alex Martensen 44, Kyler Kreig 47, Cale Schweitzberger 52
Team Scores (girls): K-P 193, MVAO 197, Westwood 199, River Valley 202, Woodbury Central 213, Ridge View 262
Medalist: Haylee Halbur, MVAO 39
Runner-up: Rachel Stewart KP, 41
KP: Abbie Kraft 48, Jena Schmid 50, Bradi Bohlke 54, Alex Thompson 54