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October 1, 2013

Beavers take another title

Geneva’s Nicholson advances to district individually as well

Another year, another sectional championship for the Riverside boys golf team.

Steve Siko’s Beavers won the Division I sectional title at Quail Hallow as all five Riverside boys cracked 80, totaling an impressive 300.

“It was awesome to shoot our number, probably the lowest round I’ve ever coached,” Siko said. “And to do that on a big stage is great. We set little goals all year like go undefeated in the PAC, win the PAC tournament, win sectionals. Now the next goal is to make it to Columbus.”

To this point, Riverside has accomplished all its goals.

On Monday it was a total team effort led by Brian Irish, who shot a 71.

He was followed by Eric Jeddy’s 75, Matt Thomas (76), Jake Poyar (78) and Nick Thomas (79). The top four scores count towards a team’s overall score.

“(Irish) played really awesome,” Siko said. “He hit 14 out of 18 greens. He totally bounced back from the PAC tournament where he didn’t play too well. Everybody just looked really focused this morning and throughout the day. It was a great team effort.

“They all really played one shot at a time, all five of them. They never got ahead of themselves and plugged along.”

Riverside now looks forward to next Wednesday’s district tournament at Pine Hills.

The Beavers have the experience of playing Pine Hills last year, something Siko said they’ll use to their advantage.

“Well, we have the experience to look back on from last year and it played really difficult, the temperatures were in the 40s and the greens were super fast and firm,” he said. “It’s supposed be a little nicer next week. We were a little overmatched, hopefully we can compete. There are a lot of good schools there but we should be able to complete to get there.”

For Siko, the strength of this year’s team is its ability for any of his five players to go low.

“I think one through five all five have a chance individually (to make it to state) if we don’t make it as a team,” he said. “They’re all capable of shooting a low round and getting out. Hopefully, we’ll make it out as a team, but it would be terrific to make it as an individual.”

Also at Quail Hallow on Monday, Lakeside’s Anthony DeGeorge qualified for the district tournament as an individual. DeGeorge shot a 78, which was second among individual qualifiers.

Other area teams that competed on Monday but didn’t qualify were Geneva, which shot a 342 led by Ryan Nappi’s 81, Lakeside with a 347 and Madison (396) led by Spencer Patterson’s 82.

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