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Potters finish 6th at state golf tournament

October 14, 2012
Morning Journal News

COLUMBUS - The Potters are proud of their accomplishments, but disappointed in the finish.

While eight of the 12 teams at the OHSAA Division II state golf tournament bested their Day 1 scores in the final round on Saturday, East Liverpool was one of the teams that went the wrong way.

The Potters finished sixth overall on Ohio State University's Scarlet Course after entering the day just three shots out of second place.

"I think our youth and inexperience got to us today," East Liverpool coach Ben Wright said. "Most of the teams ahead of us had been there before, and I think our kids just kind of ran out of gas a little."

Dayton Oakwood won the tournament with a two-day total of 639. They were followed by Canton Central Catholic (658), Chagrin Falls (671), Kettering Archbishop Alter (673), St. Clairsville (679), East Liverpool (685), Chesapeake (694), Wauseon (696), Kirtland (706), Bryan (719), Chilocothe Unioto (722) and Pepper Pike Orange (735).

"Their initial reaction is disappointment," Wright said. "They started the day in contention and just didn't catch any breaks. I think in a day or two, they'll be able to step back and realize what they've accomplished."

East Liverpool opened play on Friday with a team score of 340, but dropped to 345 in Saturday's final round.

Junior Blake Prince entered the final round just three strokes off the individual leader after posting a 78, but was ten shots higher at 88 to finish with a team-best 166.

"Blake had a rough day," Wright said. "He had some trouble in the traps and couldn't seem to get anything going. Anytime he'd have one or two good holes, he found himself back in trouble again."

Senior Alex Watson finished one stroke off his first round pace with an 86 to finish at 171.

Juniors Joey Cilone and Ryian Burson were the only two Potters to better their Day 1 score. Cilone (179) dropped three strokes for an 88, while Burson (180) was 14 shots lower with an 83.

Freshman Isaac Davidson posted a 90 on Saturday to finish at 176.

"For four years we've been trying to get down here," Wright said. "If you'd have told me three months ago that you finish sixth at states, I'd have taken it."

Eaton freshman Cameron Willis won the individual title with a 151 (75-76) which was six strokes better than second place.

The Potters were second only to Wauseon as the youngest team in the tournament with only one senior.

"We've got a solid part of our team coming back," Wright said. "These guys will keep working at it. Just the experience here will help. The guys will get a little bigger and stronger and if we're able to get back down here, we'll be one of the teams with experience."



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