Union boys golf

The Union boys secured the dual victory over Denver by the final score of 169 to 190 Thursday afternoon. The Knights will look for win number two in as many meets today when they host Dike-New Hartford at 4:15.

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LA PORTE CITY - After a postponement earlier in the season, the Knights hosted a girls and boys golf meet Thursday afternoon against Denver. It was the season opener for the Knights, but that didn’t stop both teams from coming out on top.

“For the first meet, I was pleased with our short game and it was great to get the win, but we will need to continue to improve our overall game and shoot lower scores to compete with others in our conference,” said Head Girls Coach Melanie Barz.

The Union girls ended up defeating the Cylcones by the final tally of 260 to 292. Their 32 stroke victory was influenced by the play of medalist, sophomore Kaylin Brustkern, who totaled a 59. Runner-up, sophomore Brystal Bergmeier, was not far behind her teammate with a 62. Other scorers included sophomore Ellie Moore (63), freshman Sydney Bucknell (76), and freshman Emma Deaton (87). 

“The weather has not cooperated for us to have any consistency with our practices, but the girls have already shown some great improvements since the first day,” added Coach Barz.

Hoping to find themselves in the winning column as well, the Union boys came into Thursday with a lot of enthusiasm after finally being able to compete outdoors. That excitement showed as they not only picked up the dual victory, but beat their best team score from last season by one stroke to win 169 to 190.

“It’s been a long wait to play our first meet of the year, but our guys played very well. Our best nine hole score last year was 170 at the Conrad Invitational, but we bested that by one stroke already in our first meet,” said Head Boys Coach Ryan Slater. 

Coming up just three strokes behind Denver’s medalist, Blake Steege (38), was runner-up sophomore Caleb Reel with a 41. Posting rounds of 42 were senior Kyle Cowell and sophomore Devin Reel, while freshman Lincoln Mehlert scored a 44 in his first high school meet. 

“In the past few years, we have been lacking in depth and would generally rely on our top four players for the team score. However, I don’t feel we will have that problem this year based upon some of the other scores that players brought in,” stated Coach Slater. “Our JV team shot a 189, which is its lowest score in quite some time. Collectively, if there was one area we could improve on is lag putts. That is simply a matter of concentration, but it is something we need to clean up if we want to contend for the conference championship.”

Following Steege for the Cyclones was Zach Miller (42), Zach Thraser (51), and Parker Smith (59). As the case for many, if not all area golf teams, both teams were scheduled to host Columbus Catholic yesterday, but was postponed due to the weekend weather. That dual has now been moved to May 4th. 

The Knights will hope for warmer weather this week as they attempt to host Dike-New Hartford today at 4:15 before traveling on the road for the first time to Aplington-Parkersburg on Thursday for the same start time. 

 

LA PORTE CITY - Following a strong 9-0 victory over South Hardin on the road to begin their season, the Knights faced a tougher challenge Thursday afternoon at home against the Sailors. Despite very good efforts by Union, Waterloo Columbus proved to be too much as they claimed victory, 7-2.

“Waterloo Columbus is a perennial powerhouse in tennis, so I think we accorded ourselves okay. Rhett (Peters) had a great match with Cole Weber, but came up short. Hunter (Fleshner) also had a good match and together, the number one doubles match was very exciting,” said Head Boys Coach Bruce Wigg. 

H. Fleshner won individually and as a doubles unit with Peters, but the remainder of the matches went in favor of the Sailors. The results are below with Union’s players listed first:

Number one singles: Peters 7 Weber 10.

Number two singles: H. Fleshner 10 Joseph Haag 5.

Number three singles: Sam Ollendieck 2 Dillon Mack 10.

Number four singles: Tyson Fleshner 4 Eli Olmstead 10.

Number five singles: Ben Rempe 4 Alex Buser 10.

Number six singles: Mason Thomsen 2 Devin Ohrt 10.

 

Number one doubles: Peters/H. Flesher 10 Weber/Mack 8.

Number two doubles: Ollendieck/Rempe 3 Haag/Olmstead 10.

Number three doubles: T. Fleshner/Thomsen 7 Ohrt/Larsen 10.

With the loss, the Knights move to 1-1 on the young season. Union’s scheduled match yesterday versus Grundy Center was postponed and moved to April 27th. Barring the weather, they return to the court today at home against Independence. Start time set for 4:15.

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