East Palestine perfect in ITCL

HUBBARD – East Palestine’s perfect regular season translated well into the Inter-Tri County League upper tier tournament on Wednesday at Pine Lakes Golf Club.

The Bulldogs shot 338 as a team to claim the ITCL upper tier crown. East Palestine posted a 14-0 league record as well as a 17-0 overall match record in the regular season.

“It was a long day but a rewarding day,” East Palestine coach Bob Hall said. “The course was playing tough but our guys hung in there and did a terrific job.”

For the Bulldogs, Ryen Kemp led the way with an 82, Alec Dumbauld 83, Andy Ellis 86 and Phil Gerner 87. Of the low scorers, only Dumbauld is a senior.

“It’s been a team effort for us all season long,” Hall said. “We don’t have guys that will shoot really low scores, but we won’t shoot any really high ones either. We’ve just been very consistent week in and week out.”

The Bulldogs have lost one regular-season match in the last two years. The Bulldogs begin sectional play on Tuesday at Elms Country Club in Massillon. Sixteen teams will compete, with the top four advancing to districts.

“These kids have done a great job building this program the last few years,” Hall said. “When I started four years ago there weren’t many kids out for the team, but interest has grown and these guys did a great job working during the summer to improve their games. The results have shown.”

It was East Palestine’s first league title in the eight years of the ITCL.

United senior Bradley Miller took medalist honors for the second straight season with 6-over-par 78.

Jackson-Milton topped the lower tier teams in Tuesday’s tournament, but Western Reserve took second to capture its third league title in four years.

Western Reserve went 13-1 in the regular season and 16-1 overall.

The Blue Devils shot a 350 on Tuesday, one stroke behind Jackson-Milton.

Western Reserve’s Nolan Snyder topped all golfers with a 75.

See Thursday’s Morning Journal for complete tournament results.