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Boilers defend home course over Hall, Fulton

KEWANEE — Junior Ryan Hansen stepped onto his home course and fired a 3-over-par 38 on the front nine at Baker Park as he medaled for the fourth time in four tries this season at his home course.

“This wasn’t my best round… After the sixth hole I was one over and then I had a double on my eight hole so I was glad to par the next hole to finish out with a 38,” Hansen said.

Kewanee went on to win the triangular with a team score of 167.

Fulton was a close second with 171 points followed by Hall with 181.

“We were looking to shoot better than we did tonight we’ve already played down here one time this year so I was anticipating being about 10 or shots better than we did but I saw some bright spots tonight,” Hall coach Tom Bauer said. “We’re not real deep so we have to have our top guys play great every time and our three and four guys were OK tonight. They shot 44 and 46 but we’re still having trouble finding our fifth and sixth guy right now we have three or four guys battling for that spot and they’re going to work hard to improve.”

Placing in a tie for third place were two sophomores, Hall’s Matt Hoscheid and Kewanee’s Logan Bennison with 7-over-par 42s.

“There were a couple of bright spots. Matt Hoscheid has been playing some good golf. He started out pretty poor tonight. He was 6-over after four holes and then had four pars in 5 holes and really brought his round back together,” Bauer said. “So I was proud of him.”

Hoscheid saved his round after struggling through the first four holes. He credits an approach shot on the ninth hole, his fourth of the day, with his 5-iron that he dropped within 15 feet as being the turning point in his round.

“At first it was a real rough start. I started with a double then I pared and tripled. So I wasn’t too happy with that but I finished with a par so I was happy with that,” Hoscheid said.

Kewanee’s Hansen and Hall’s Hoscheid echoed each other as they each expressed a desire to grab a sectional birth.

As a sophomore, Hansen was part of the sectional qualifying Kewanee team after winning they took home a regional championship on their home course.

“I’d like it make it to state but I’d like our team to make sectionals again, we did last year. I’d also really like for the team to win the conference,” Hansen said.

Although a state berth may be in the cards for Hansen, Hoscheid and Bauer are focused on becoming better as a team as the season goes on.

“I just hope we can make the sectionals as a team, it’d be awesome,” Hoscheid said.

Other varsity scores counting for the Red Devils were seniors Zach Vanderpool 44, Aaron Mitchell 46 and Ryan Ott 49.

Notes: The Red Devils’ junior varsity team also finished third in the triangular with a score of 225 behind Fulton at 210 and Kewanee 199. Hall’s JV was led by junior Dominic Marenda as he fired a 50.

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