WYOMING – A three-stroke loss to Madeira and a one-stroke loss to Mariemont thanks to phenom Will Grimmer shooting a 30 cost Wyoming High School a third consecutive Cincinnati Hills League regular season championship.
However, the Cowboys didn’t simply ride away.
In the CHL tournament, Sept. 20, Wyoming beat the regular season champ Madeira by 16 shots. Led by senior Johnny Hughes at 75, the Cowboys rolled to a team score of 320. Madeira was second at 336, Taylor had 337 and Indian Hill 338.
Coach Rod Crider’s boys in blue used that momentum on Sept. 24 at the Division II sectional at Sharon Woods to move on to the district tournament. McNicholas shot 317 with Wyoming and Madeira finishing at 318 to advance to the Southwest District event at Weatherwax Oct. 2 along with Indian Hill (327).
Junior Sam Marty led Wyoming with a 75, followed by sophomore Cooper Hausfeld with a 78 and Hughes with an 80.
“That loss to Mariemont killed us; it really did,” Crider said. “I was proud of the way the kids came back. They could have packed it all in. But, they came back and won the CHL tournament and move on to bigger and better things.”
Much like previous years, Crider’s Cowboys hovered around the league leaders. Marty, Hausfeld, Hughes and junior Brendon Madden were all in the top 10 in the CHL. Sophomore Jack Fischer and seniors Sam Wiethe and Greg Theile were in the top 20 and senior Beau Brewer was No. 33.
“We have a good core group of kids,” Crider said. “I’m proud of the way they finished the year, that’s for sure.”
As with many of the schools of CHL-size, Wyoming relies on multi-sport athletes to help them on the links. Off the top of his head, Crider mentions Sam Marty and Cooper Hausfeld, who will go from golf to basketball to baseball, and Brendon Madden, who also swings at a ball in stitches in the spring.
In other words, despite having his guys for only a three-month span, the Cowboys fare pretty well.
“It’s not like a Division I situation where the kids are doing just one sport,” Crider said. “That’s the challenging part of it.”
At the district tournament last season, Wyoming was fourth and six shots from making the state gathering in Columbus. Two years ago, they were third and again missed by six shots.
On Oct. 2 at Weatherwax, the Cowboys were fourth, just a shot behind Alter, but 10 shots behind district champion McNicholas and Oakwood. Hausfeld and Marty had Wyoming’s two best scores at 78 and 80, respectively.
Again, the Cowboys were in the hunt around some of the best teams in southwest Ohio.
“The state champion for Division II golf has come through our district six times in the eight years I’ve coached here,” Crider said.