'Skins prevail in tri-match against Shawnee, Russia

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The Wapakoneta Redskins managed two wins in their home finale Thursday, as seniors Shelby Kohler and Zoe Rayburn played in their final varsity event at the Wapakoneta Country Club.

Wapak shot 210, while the Russia Raiders scored 213 and the Shawnee Indians tallied 232 in varsity girls golf action Thursday.

The win made Wapak’s season record 11-5 overall in match play.

Kohler led the Redskins with a 47 one day after winning the Western Buckeye League quad match in Defiance.

The Redskins’ next lowest score came from the final group, as Haley Kinstle posted a 53 to back up Kohler.

“This team has done a great job of picking each other up each time we tee it up,” Wapak varsity coach Dawn West said Thursday. “Tonight it was the five-spot, Haley Kinstle, who came in with a low round to move us ahead in the scoring.

“All year we have given a total team effort and we know we are never out of a match until the sixth player’s score is in.”

Emily Klopfenstein and Sierra Sammons each carded a 55 to conclude Wapak’s scoring Thursday.

“We definitely got away with two wins tonight,” West said Thursday. “We came out flat and not ready to go but managed to do just enough to get the job done. It has been a long week with two regular matches and all day yesterday in Defiance for the WBL tournament. We had a little bit of a let down both mentally and physically.

“It may not have been pretty but it’s a two-win night, so we will take it,” she said.

West commented on Thursday being her two seniors’ final home event.

“It was bittersweet tonight for the seniors as I know Shelby and Zoe both would have liked to have played better at their last Wapakoneta High School home golf match but these two ladies have been an integral part of this team no matter what they shoot,” West said. “We are blessed to have two great ladies as seniors who have done a great job of making this team a family and have helped the underclassmen learn this game and become better golfers.

“We will definitely miss them next year but we are going to enjoy this chemistry for as long as we can in the next few weeks, hopefully, all the way to state,” she said.

The Redskins will play Lima Central Catholic in a road match Monday for their next event.

Shawnee’s Jennifer Mitchell was the match medalist at 42 on Thursday.