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Believe in Weaver: No. 1 player shoots 84, helps Valley girls golf advance to regional


Sports Editor, RTC

The Tippecanoe Valley girls golf team shot a 355 to finish second at the Warsaw sectional Friday and advance to regionals for the second time in school history.

The top three teams advanced. Culver Academy won the sectional with a 324. Warsaw was third with a 362 and also moved on.

Madelyn Weaver fired an 84 and was the low Valley scorer. Lily Ault had an 88, Kaydence Mellott had a 90, Molly Moriarty had a 93, and Maddie Thompson had a 116.

Valley’s score was nine strokes higher than their score on the same Rozella Ford course at the Three Rivers Conference tournament six days earlier but still good enough to advance over a Warsaw team that won the Northern Lakes Conference title last weekend.

Valley’s previous regional appearance was in 2020. Seniors Weaver, Ault, Mellott and Moriarty were also on that team.

Among other RTC area teams, Culver shot a 494 and finished ninth in the 11-team field. Kaitlyn Stacy led with a 115, Alisa Hinds carded a 117, Addison Crippen had a 126, and Mickenzie Beach had a 136.

NorthWood’s Sophie Kitson (84), NorthWood’s Riley Kitson (86) and Plymouth’s Madeline Borden (86) had the three lowest scores among players on non-advancing teams, and they also earned regional berths.

Culver Academy had the three lowest individual scores. Lynne Zhang was the medalist with a 75, Eleanor Teglia had a 77, and Karilyn Teglia had a 79.

NorthWood, the four-time defending sectional champion, shot a 367 and finished fifth. They had advanced to every regional since 2010.

East Noble will host the regional at 8:30 a.m. next Friday at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville.

at Rozella Ford Golf Club, Warsaw, Friday (par 71)

Culver Academy 324, Tippecanoe Valley 355, Warsaw 362, Plymouth 366, NorthWood 367, Columbia City 392, Whitko 453, Wawasee 458, Culver 494, Bremen 495, Manchester (incomplete team)

CULVER ACADEMY (324): Zhang 75, E. Teglia 77, K. Teglia 79, Curtis 93, (Markle 94)

VALLEY (355): Madelyn Weaver (44-40) 84, Lily Ault (47-41) 88, Kaydence Mellott (47-43) 90, Molly Moriarty (46-47) 93, (Maddie Thompson (59-57) 116)

WARSAW (362): Robinson-Gay 83, Peterson 84, Reust 96, Davis 99, (Graney 101)

PLYMOUTH (366): Borden 86, Hutchings 90, Rozycki 92, McDonald 98, (LaFree 98)

NORTHWOOD (367): Richmond 84, Kitson 86, Rowe 95, Slone 102, (Schrock 105)

COLUMBIA CITY (392): Fowler 90, McCammon 96, Hall 96, Clifford 110, (Johnson 113)

WHITKO (453): Krieg 107, Ross 107, Starkweather 117, Burnworth 122, (Ocken 136)

WAWASEE (458): Firestone 101, M. McDonald 112, Tom 122, F. McDonald 123, (Pohl 131)

CULVER (494): Kaitlyn Stacy (56-59) 115, Alisa Hinds (56-61) 117, Addison Crippen (60-66) 126, Mickenzie Beach (68-68) 136

BREMEN (495): Ton 116, Woodward 124, Z. Price 127, A. Price 128, (Buck 134)

MANCHESTER: Henderson 108, Gearheart 117

Top three players on non-advancing teams: 1. Sophie Richmond (NorthWood) – 84, 2. Riley Kitson (NorthWood) – 86, 3. Madeline Borden (Plymouth) – 86

Medalist: Lynne Zhang (Culver Academy) – 75

The Tippecanoe Valley girls golf team shot a 355 and finished second out of 11 teams at the Warsaw sectional at Rozella Ford Golf Club Friday. By finishing second, Valley advanced to regionals for just the second time in school history. From left – Madelyn Weaver, Lily Ault, Kaydence Mellott, Maddie Thompson, Molly Moriarty.

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