It has really been a duel between rivals Berlin and Ripon on the golf courses this season.
At the Eastern Valley Conference meet, the Indians got the better of the Tigers.
Berlin took home the EVC title, shooting a 332, 12 strokes better than Ripon at Thornberry Creek on Wednesday,.
“It’s really exciting to win especially when the year has been frustrating with the weather and lack of practice time,” Berlin coach Conrad Falk said.
Even with the frustrating schedule, Berlin seems to be rounding into shape at the right time. The Indians were paced again by Drew Dretske, who earned medalist honors at the meet, shooting a 79.
“Drew has been rock solid all year,” Falk said. “You need one guy at the top that can be consistent to be a good team and he has been a big part of our success without a doubt.”
Berlin added scores of 82 from Michael Falk, 83 from Alec Huggins and 84 from Sam Marks to Dretske’s low number to take the title.
Ripon just couldn’t match the firepower from Berlin at the meet and finished with a score of 344. Michael Lueptow and Ross Shohoney each fired 82s to lead the Tigers to a second place finish.
Winneconne placed fifth at the meet, shooting a 362 and finished behind Berlin, Ripon, Xavier and Waupaca. The Wolves were led by 89s from Adam Sitter and Brandon Whitford.
With one goal out of the way now, Berlin can now focus on keeping their momentum rolling into the WIAA tournament.
“I think the most important thing is that confidence level,” Falk said. “It’s really important to have that confidence and our team is showing consistency and getting better each time they play.”
At Thornberry Creek GC, Par 72
Team scores: Berlin 332, Ripon 344, Xavier 346, Waupaca 348, Winneconne 362, FVL 368, Little Chute 373, Freedom 378, Clintonville 473.
Medalist: Drew Dretske (BER), 79.
Berlin: Michael Falk 82, Alec Huggins 83, Sam Marks 84.
Ripon: Michael Lueptow 82, Ross Shohoney 82, Michael Birschbach 88, Sam Vander Plas 92.
Winneconne: Adam Sitter 89, Brandon Whitford 89, Andrew Lichtman 91, Jack Lines 93.