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Vikings edge Hilltoppers for district title

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Sep 18, 2017 at 8:07 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — After Science Hill took round 1, Tennessee High took round 2.

One week after the Hilltoppers won the conference golf meet, Tennessee High won the District 1, Larger Schools Tournament 300-307 on Monday at Tri-Cities Golf Club. It now sets up a winner-take-all scenario at next week’s Region 1 tournament with only the winning team advancing to state.

Playing under perfect conditions, the Hilltoppers ended with scores of 1-over 73 from Jackson Skeen, a 77 from Sean Anderson, a 78 from Tarun Hoskere and their choice of 79’s by Carter Counts and Gavin Nickels.

But, the Vikings countered with a 72 from individual medalist Jet Tickle, a 74 from Stone Cozart, a 75 from Jack Tickle and a 79 from Davis Hall.

Science Hill coach Kevin Vannoy said Tennessee’s High score of 300 was his team’s goal since they felt it would win the tournament.

“Our guys have been pretty consistent all year, although there were some days we went lower,” Vannoy said. “But, hats off to Tennessee High with a 72, 74, 75 and 79. It’s not that we played bad. They just played better today. We said 300 was a goal and today it won it.”

Dobyns-Bennett was the third and final team that qualified for region with a 324.

Daniel Boone finished fourth at 340, but improved 40 strokes from the previous week with No. 1 player Casey Whiting back in the lineup.

“We would have liked to have gotten that third spot,” Boone coach Scott Martin said. “Earlier in the year, we felt like we had a chance, but we’ve been struggling lately. Today, we played the front nine really well and gave me hope. I’m proud of them and we’ve improved a lot over the last week.”

Whiting with an 82 and Noah Little with an 85 qualified as individuals, along with Ethan Mays and Randy Warren from Sullivan East and Jacob Cox from Sullivan South.

Other Boone efforts included Hunter Adams with an 86, Cam Anderson with an 87 and Nick Brock with an 89.

David Crockett also showed improvement, down 24 strokes from the conference tournament. Luke Larkins, Zeke Adams and Seth Bible all broke 100 for the Pioneers.

“We’ve gotten better every week,” Crockett coach Drew Pettit said. “We had personal bests out there and that’s what you want on the last day of the season.”

It won’t be the last day of the season for Daniel Boone’s girls Abby Yarbrough, McKenzie Miller and Baylor Padgett, who qualified for next week’s regional tournament as individuals. The same was true for Science Hill’s Lillian Qin who shot an 82, the low score for any individual not part of the top three teams, and Kim Gibson from Volunteer.

Dobyns-Bennett took the girls’ championship with a 153, getting a 74 from individual medalist Isabella Vanderbeist and a 79 from Katrina Scott. Tennessee High finished 12 strokes back with an 81 from Lily Self and an 84 from Ivy Foran. Sullivan South’s Kara Carter and Karli Goff combined for a 171 to finish third.

The teams and qualified individuals now move on to Morristown Country Club next Monday for the Region 1 tournament.

High school results

District 1, Larger Schools Tournament

Tuesday

At Tri-Cities Golf Club, Blountville

x-Individual regional qualifiers

BOYS

(Top 4 scores count towards team total)

TENNESSEE HIGH (300)

Jet Tickle 72, Jack Tickle 75, Stone Cozart 74, Evan Jones 83, Davis Hall 79

SCIENCE HILL (307)

Jackson Skeen 73, Sean Anderson 77, Tarun Hoskere 78, Carter Counts 79, Gavin Nickels 79

DOBYNS-BENNETT (324)

Zac Fletcher 79, Spencer Correll 79, William Karst 86, Tucker Holt 81, Taylor Kilgore 85

DANIEL BOONE (340)

Cam Anderson 87, x-Casey Whiting 82, Nick Brock 89, Hunter Adams 86, x-Noah Little 85

SULLIVAN EAST (355)

x-Ethan Mays 80, x-Randy Warren 81, Carson Tate 99, Joey Snyder 100, TC Dillard 95

SULLIVAN SOUTH (360)

Drew Creech 90, x-Jacob Cox 85, Chase Bowery 94, Riley Hobbs 98, Ben Kiser 91

SULLIVAN CENTRAL (371)

Tyler Jones 94, Noah Vaughn 102, Jacob McMurray 92, Blake Lucas 92, Ben Williams 93

DAVID CROCKETT (392)

Dylan Allen 110, Zeke Adams 96, Seth Bible 97, Luke Larkins 93, Zack Ford 106

ELIZABETHTON (392)

Cooper Tipton 95, Dalton Mullins 107, Colby Dugger 101, Garrett Barnette 124, Padraig Murphy 89

VOLUNTEER (401)

Jacob Stewart 89, Tyler Evans 101, Jonah Fisher 107, Brady Cloud 104, Jordan Hammonds 115

UNICOI COUNTY (526)

Ty Thelen 124, Caleb Adkins 126, Noah TIlson 147, Nicholas Hensley 129, Nicholas Lynch 160

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GIRLS

(Top 2 scores count towards team score)

DOBYNS-BENNETT (153)

Isabella Vanderbiest 74, Katerina Scott 79, Elizabeth Schnede 87

TENNESSEE HIGH (165)

Lily Self 81, Isabella Adkins 93, Ivy Foran 84

SULLIVAN SOUTH (171)

Kara Carter 80, Karli Goff 91

DANIEL BOONE (179)

x-Abby Yarbrough 87, x-Baylor Padgett 93, x-Mackenzie Miller 92

SCIENCE HILL (180)

x-Lillian Qin 82, Grace Smith 98

VOLUNTEER (214)

x-Kim Gibson 93, Tieran Whalen 126, Ellie McClain 121

DAVID CROCKETT (221)

Sadie Bowles 107, Gracie Garland 119, Madison Day 114

UNICOI COUNTY (226)

Alana Peel 106, Grace Ann Clark 120, Kaitlyn Higgins 130

ELIZABETHTON (261)

Hannah Williams 110, Hannah Colbaugh 151

SULLIVAN CENTRAL (264)

Makenzie Coffey 128, Morgan Davenport 136

SULLIVAN EAST (N/A)

McKayla Torbett 96

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