By Rob Kiser
Editor’s Note: Versailles scores were incorrectly reported in Thursday’s paper.
The Versailles, Miami East and Russia boys golf teams continue to play well, taking the top three spots at the Dan Kendig Invitational at Echo Hills Wednesday.
After losing to Russia by one stroke the day before, Versailles took the team title with 319.
Miami East was second with 325 and Russia was third with 326.
Newton was eighth with 345, Covington was 14th with 380 and Houston was 16th with 398.
Griffen Reigle and Kyle Cotner led the Tigers, shooting 76 and 77.
Jacob Watren carded an 81, Nicholas Litten Stonebraker had 85, Connor Custenborder shot 94 and Alec Ahrens came in with 96.
“We have four guys back who are really solid,” Versailles coach Pete DiSalvo said. “When those guys all play well, we are going to do well. Russia is a really good team. I think they have a shot at state. Anyone of our four guys can be medalist. It just depends which one plays the best that day.”
Miami East was led by Kley Karadak, who carded a one-over par 73 to finish a stroke behind medalist Alex Jenkins of Graham.
Karadak, starting on the 11th hole, had birdies on 12 and 16 for a 36 on the back and added birdies on one and nine on the front nine for a 37.
“I made some birdies,” Karadak said. “I chipped in on a couple holes — one of them was to save par.”
Karadak was trying his best not to think about his score on his final nine holes.
“That (how well he was playing), is exactly what I didn’t want to think about, because I usually finish with a bad hole,” Karadak said. “This gives me a lot of confidence. I am looking forward to the CCC matches next Monday and Tuesday.”
Other Miami East scores were Scot Kirby 82, Dylan Martinez 83, Ryan Haney 87, Walker Henley 96 and Devyn Carson 101.
Miami East coach Terry Henley was pleased with his team.
“Dylan Martinez was really solid,” Henley said. “Devyn Carson was coming off injury. This was the first time he has played and he hasn’t practiced at all. The other guys all played well.”
Russia was led by Jonah Counts 74 and was coming off wins in the SCL Preview and New Bremen Invitational Monday and Tuesday.
Also for the Raiders, Zach Sherman shot a 79, Jack Dapore 86 and Connor Monnin 87. Dylan Cordonnier added an 89 and Gunnar Young had a 105.
“The guys are playing really well,” Russia coach Terry Daugherty said. “We had three kids shoot personal best today. I would say that is pretty good. They have probably exceeded my expectations so far.”
Newton was led by Brock Jamison’s 75.
Other Indian scores were Chet Jamison 88, Grant Bayer 91, Wade Ferrell 93, Drew Thiesing 95 and Nate Zielinski 108.
Covington scores included Andrew Slusher 82, Levi Winn 83, James Grilliot 93, Braden Miller 122, Ryan Gengler 131, Jack Shell 155.
Houston scores were Nick Shoemaker 96, Tristan Stangel 98, Cameron Via 100, Zach Freytag 104, Zach McKee 106 and Deion Booher 107.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.