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Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy was 1A-2A boys medalist and Oxford won its first ever sectional in girls golf in 6A; complete scores

Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy (R) shot an even par 70 on his home course and edged Westbrook Christian’s John Hilliard Catanzaro (L) and William Wethington by two for sectional medalist. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By East Alabama Sports Today

Jacob LeCroy took advantage of his local knowledge to shoot the best round of the day and Buddy Ray shot the best round of his career in helping Donoho make a run at two-time state champion Westbrook Christian before finishing second in the Class 1A-2A Section 3 tournament at Anniston Country Club.

LeCroy managed the course and the wind to shoot even-par 70 and win medalist honors by two shots over Westbrook’s John Hilliard Catanzaro and William Wethington. Ray shot 73 and finished fourth overall.

The Falcons shot their best score of the year (300) and finished five shots behind the Warriors, which bodes well for their chances going forward. Section and Valley Head also qualified their teams for the sub-state tournament next week at Gadsden Country Club.

“It was pretty tough out there today, the wind was howling,” Oxford coach Garrett Burgess said. “It wasn’t easy for those guys. I think it was definitely three or four shots harder than a normal day on the course.”

In addition to LeCroy and Ray, the Falcons counted a 77 from Jack Svensen and an 80 from Holden Abernathy. Harrison Hughston (84) completed the team. Their previous best this year was a 306 at Oxford’s tournament.

Donoho’s John Hutto (88) qualified as an individual, as did Cedar Bluff brothers Mark (74) and Nick (82) Sawyer.

LeCroy’s round had no wild swings nor did it get blown around by the fierce winds of the day; he had one birdie and one bogey. He had a putt for eagle on the par-5 17th and three-putted No. 8 with a hard lip-out.

“The wind definitely played a factor today,” LeCroy said. “It was blowing really hard and it was tough getting it close; I was leaving myself a lot of 20-footers. I putted and chipped really good today; that’s where it all came together. I have been hitting it good lately and I’m finally getting my putts together; that would be the kicker.

“This is my home course. I played there ever since I was a kid. I know what everything does there. I just had to go out there and do it.”

Ray, a junior, had two birdies (10 and 1) and five bogeys. He was glad to help.

“It definitely was my best round; I never played that good in my life,” he said. “I was kind of talking to my friends out there just trying to pull for the team. It didn’t look like they were playing well and I felt this was my chance to step up.”

“If we could ever have everybody play good on the same day it would be kind of neat to see what we’d shoot,” Burgess said. “If they shot 300 both days (at state), they would have a legitimate chance to win.”

CLASS 6A SECTION 2 GIRLS: Oxford won its first-ever sectional title in girls golf, placing all three of its players in the top five on the way to its best tournament score of the season (261) at Indian Pines GC in Auburn. The Lady Jackets won by 42 shots over runner-up Helena.

Brooke Samson of Park Crossing shot 69 to win medalist, but the Lady Jackets had three of the next four finishers. Kayla Huckeba shot 82, Anna Bolton 83 and Kaylee Reeves 96.

“They just played really, really solid,” Oxford coach David Weeks said. “Our scores have been coming steadily down since March. … I expected us to be either first or second. I really didn’t know anything about one of the schools there and they ended up having a 120, so that wrecked their score pretty bad.”

This will be their third trip at a team to the sub-state tournament, where they will be seeded No. 2 at their home course Cider Ridge behind Spanish Fort.

“I think it’s huge (playing at Cider Ridge),” Weeks said. “You’ve got to think your way around a lot those holes and it’s pretty challenge to walk, but we get to practice and play there pretty much every day. We’ve had some really good matches there right here at the end of the year (beating White Plains an Alexandria), so there’s an advantage because of the course.”

CLASS 4A BOYS SECTION 3: White Plains shot 338 to finish second in the sectional at Limestone Springs behind champion Oneonta.

The Wildcats counted an 80 from Colman Hayes, an 83 from Cameron McCareeth, an 87 from Josh Davis and an 88 from Nathan Griffin. The also qualified P.J. Sotelo (82) and Gavin Burrage (88) individually.

CLASS 5A SECTION 3 BOYS: Eli Antisdel and teammate Gage Ledbetter shared medalist honors with 74s and led Etowah to sectional team title. The Blue Devils had the top three finishers and four of the top seven. Alexandria finished seventh as a team, nine shots out of a qualifying spot, but Hunter Watts (84) qualified individually.

CLASS 3A SECTION 3 BOYS: Logan Forrester shot 70 to win medalist honors by six strokes over teammate Brandon Bright and together they led Geraldine to a runaway win at Twin Bridges.

The Bulldogs put all four of their counters among the top 12 and won by 31 shots over North Sand Mountain. Glencoe and Brindlee Mountain also qualified their teams for the sub-state tournament. Piedmont’s Will Bedwell (78) and Pleasant Valley’s Ethan Johnson (83) were among the four individual qualifiers.

Buddy Ray shot a career-best 73 to help Donoho challenge two-time state champion Westbrook Christian for the sectional team title Monday at Anniston Country Club. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

At Anniston Country Club
Team scores
x-Westbrook Christian 295
x-Donoho 300
x-Section 385
x-Valley Head 391
Cedar Bluff 395
West End 395
Skyline 499

Individual results
Jacob LeCroy, Don 70
John Hilliard Catanzaro, WC 72
William Wethington, WC 72
Buddy Ray, Don 73
y-Mark Sawyer, CB 74
Jackson Bowman, WC 75
Jared Patterson, WC 76
Jack Svensen, Don 77
Holden Abernathy, Don 80
Matt Wilson, Sec 82
Lane Ingram, VH 82
y-Nick Sawyer, CB 82
J.P. Pirani, WC 83
Harrison Hughston, Don 84
y-John Hutto, Don 88
Colby Smith, Sec 89
yz-Payne Stancil, WE 91
Hunter Blanton, WE 91
Ridge McHugh 96
Manning Morris 96
Ethan Harrison, VH 98
Hunter Wilson, Sec 103
Hunter Tucker, WE 103
Justin Blansit, VH 104
Braden Henderson, VH 107
Ross Johnson, CB 107
Phillip Wall, WE 110
Korey Kipp, Sec 111
Garrison Woodall, Sky 118
Hunter Comeau 120
Gavin Arnold, Sky 125
Seth Chapman, Sky 126
Austin Wade, Sky 130
Ryne Burt, CB 132
x-team qualifiers
y-individual qualifiers
yz-won on first playoff hole for final individual spot

At Limestone Springs GC, Oneonta
Team scores
x-Oneonta 302
x-White Plains 338
x-Hokes Bluff 360
x-Cherokee County 387

Individual scores
S. Miller, One 72
C. Davidson, One 73
W. Patrick, One 75
C. Hayes, WP 80
L. McCracken, One 82
x-P.J. Sotelo, WP 82
C. McCareeth, WP 83
y-T. Winchester, Tall 85
J. Davis, WP 87
N. Griffin, WP 88
J. Black, HB 88
J. Jones, HB 88
y-G. Burrage, WP 88
y-P. Wynn, CC 88
C. Contris, HB 89
A. Miller, WP 90
B. McGatha, CC 91
T. Marsh, HB 95
J.R. Young, CC 96
H. Miller, One 96
L. Goss, CC 97
M. Jones, HB 101
C. Garner, CC 103
E. Atkison, CC 106
x-team qualifiers
y-individual qualifers

The Oxford girls golf team of Kayla Huckeba, Anna Bolton, Kaylee Reeves and coach David Weeks display the plaque that goes with the school’s first sectional title in girls golf. (Special photo)

At Indian Pines GC, Auburn
Team scores
x-Oxford 261
x-Helena 303
x-Benjamin Russell 335

Individual scores
y-Brooke Samson, PkCr 69
Kayla Huckeba, Ox 82
Anna Bolton, Ox 83
Lindsey Oxley, Hel 85
Kaylee Reaves, Ox 96
Adaia Washington, Hel 96
y-Adi Argent, Chil 100
y-Emma Zaintz, Chel 102
Karlie Royster, BR 110
Logan Johnson, BR 111
y-Aleah Hayes, Pel 112
Keegan Wendling, BR 114
Mally McInnis, BR 121
Sarah Rabenau, Chel 121
Chandler Atkins, Hel 122
x-team qualifiers
y-individual qualifiers

At Chesley Oaks GC, Cullman
Team scores
x-Etowah 303
x-Hayden 323
x-Fairview 346
x-Springville 357
West Point 359
Corner 360
Alexandria 365
Mortimer Jordan 437

Individual scores
Eli Antisdel, Eto 74
Gage Ledbetter, Eto 74
Tee Brown, Eto 76
A.J. Jarman, Hay 76
Jake Hall, Hay 76
Garrison Smith, Hay 77
Alex Argo, Eto 79
Josh Barnes, Fair 79
Hunter McKelvey, Fair 80
y-Hayden West, Curry 82
y-Austin Bush, Cor 82
y-Hunter Dailey, Moody 83
y-Hunter Watts, Alex 84
Alex McFarland, Eto 86
Nate Harbuck, Spr 86
Logan Goble, Alex 87
Jack Hobbs, Spr 87
Brandon Farley, WP 87
Graham Nelson, WP 87
Alex Edge, Eto 87
Ryan Harbuck, Spr 88
Hunter Yeager, Fair 90
Carter Robertson, Fair 91
Chandler Sickafoose, Cor 92
Alex Barton, WP 92
Dave Doss, WP 93
Cade Reeder, Cor 93
Will Harding, Cor 93
Brent Wilson, Cor 93
Colin Holt, Hay 94
Braden Venable, Spr 95
Sam Strickland, MJ 95
Bradley Madaris, Spr 96
Andrew Kilgore, Alex 97
Zack Nichols, Alex 97
Jacob Allen, Fair 97
Devan Jennings, Fair 99
Connor Lesley, Spr 107
Ethan Johnson, Fair 100
Ethan Deloney, MJ 105
Carson Dean, MJ 105
Sage Snow, Alex 111
Jake Wood, WP 112
Will Bowden, Alex 118
Jacob Sample, MJ 132
Luke Archibald, MJ 139
x-team qualifiers
y-individual qualifiers

At Twin Bridges GC, Gadsden
Team scores
x-Geraldine 319
x-North Sand Mountain 350
x-Glencoe 356
x-Brindlee Mounain 399
Pleasant Valley 404
Piedmont 432
Weaver 478

Individual scores
Logan Forrester, Ger 70
Brandon Bright, Ger 76
Brock McNeely, Glen 77
y-Will Bedwell, Pied 78
Ethan Womack, Glen 79
y-Adam Shavers, Pisg 80
Hunter Vest, NSM 82
Hunter Hill, NSM 84
Tanner Stone, NSM 82
x-Ethan Johnson, PV 83
Casey Reeves, Ger 85
Riley Sisk, Ger 88
Blake Maxwell, Glen 88
Cory Clayborn, Ger 92
y-Jake Duvall, Pisg 92
Eddie Ferguson, Ohat 92
Triston Cantrell, BM 93
Dylan Kelley, BM 95
Dalton Epps, Well 95
Hunter Green, BM 99
Ethan Floyd, Pied 100
Brooks Davis, PV 101
Kristian Walsh, NSM 101
Noah Higdon, NSM 102
Gabe Tonogan, Wea 104
Terry Holley, NSM 107
Brock McSheridan, PV 109
Jordan Yancey, Glen 110
Dylan Roberts, Wea 111
J.T. Barthell, PV 111
Colby Gaines, PV 112
Sawyer Knight, BM 112
Garett Fairley, Glen 112
Nick Coheley, Pied 114
Brock Murphy, Wea 114
Brandon Martin, Glen 119
Evan Marshall, PV 137
Colton Harris, PV 138
Draven Lipscomb, Pied 140
Nolan Howie, Wea 149
x-team qualifiers
y-individual qualifiers

To see more B.J. Franklin photos from the Class 1A-2A sectional at Anniston Country Club, go to www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

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