Prep boys golf: SPASH claims regional title

Prep boys golf: SPASH claims regional title

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Prep boys golf: SPASH claims regional title

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For Stevens Point Area Senior High senior Trevor Thomas, the final hole Tuesday was about grabbing sibling bragging rights over younger brother Taylor.

In the case of D.C. Everest’s Brad Goetsch, his final hole of the day meant whether his season was over, or he got a chance to tee it up again.

Both Goetsch and Trevor Thomas were all smiles when they made their final putt at Stevens Point Country Club.

Thomas earned medalist honors with a birdie on his final hole to card a 1-over 73 and finish a stroke ahead of his brother to help lead SPASH to the team championship in the WIAA Division 1 regional.

The top four teams qualify for sectional competition next Tuesday. Joining SPASH at Wild Ridge GC in Eau Claire will be runner-up Marshfield, Wausau West and Wausau East, which edged D.C. Everest for the final spot by two strokes. Merrill was three strokes out.

However, being at the top of the team standings was important to the Panthers, who shot their third lowest round of the season at 313 to win by 19 strokes.

“Yeah, it’s a big deal, because this is going to be in the trophy case at SPASH,” said Panthers coach Mark Vrieze of the regional plaque. “We were trying to figure it out, but this is something like the third or fourth (regional championship) in a row.

“And it’s another one of those milestones that we’ve reached.”

In addition, the top four individuals not on one of the qualifying teams also advance to sectional play.

Goetsch will be one of those four after fighting off Antigo’s Zach Falk on the first playoff hole for the final individual berth after both finished with rounds of 87.

Also moving on as individuals was Goetsch’s teammate Derek Tomczik with an 82, along with Merrill’s Mike Pagel and Kevin Lee, who fired rounds of 85 and 86, respectively.

While Goetsch had a day to remember from an individual perspective, Wausau West had one of its best rounds of the season when it mattered most.

After competing in relative obscurity throughout much of the Wisconsin Valley Conference season, the young Warriors put things together to grab one of the sectional team berths.

Ben Kostroski paced three individuals in the low to mid-80s for West with an 83, and that proved to be the difference in comparison to the rest of the season.

“Our goal all year has been to get four kids in the 80s, we didn’t quite get there today, but we were really, really close,” West coach Matt Johnson said. “It was a matter of it all coming together for us on the same day, and we picked the right time to do it.”

If anyone has given SPASH a run for its money during the Valley season it was Marshfield.

The Tigers entered the regional knowing it had bested the Panthers on their home course during the second leg of the WVC meet, and Marshfield was hoping to pull off the trick again.

Instead, the Tigers had to settle into their customary spot, right behind SPASH in the team standings, and they’re not complaining about having a chance to compete at the sectional level.

“We’ve had good scores all season, and the thing is, I don’t think we’ve played our best golf yet,” Marshfield coach Paul Foegen said. “All of our players are capable of playing better than they have.

“It would be nice to have all four of them shoot their best at the same time at the sectional Tuesday.”

Team standings: 1. SPASH 313; 2. Marshfield 332; Wausau West 345; 4. Wausau East 352; 5. D.C. Everest 354; 6. Merrill 355; 7. Antigo 365; 8. Rhinelander 393.

Individual sectional qualifiers: Derek Tomczik (DCE) 82, Mike Pagel (Me) 85, Kevin Lee (Me) 86, Brad Goetsch (DCE) 87 (won playoff).

1. SPASH (313): Trevor Thomas 73, Taylor Thomas 74, Sam Hauser and Jake Hofmeister 83; Sam Medo 91.

2. Marshfield (332): Josh Berres 78, Ian Pillai 82, Kyle Hoffman 85, Craig Serchen 87, Derek Michalski 88.

3. Wausau West (345): Ben Kostroski 83, Logan Clemment 84, Sam Radenz 86, Jake Stone 92, Drew Pearson 96.

4. Wausau East (352): Matt Tuman 80, Collin Sturm 89, Jake Wolfgram 91, Landon Dehnel 92, Barrett Stolzman 111.

5. D.C. Everest (354): Derek Tomczik 82, Stephen Weir 110, Brad Goetsch 87, Isaac Flath 95, Jerry Brickner 90.

6. Merrill (355): Mike Pagel 85, Kevin Lee 86, Brett Woller and Ryan Marsceau 92, Philip Guether 96.

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