2017-09-13 / Sports

Adriance's 75 propels CV past Wellsboro

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By Chris Manning

Sports Writer

By Chris Manning

Sports Writer

TOWANDA — Different course, same story.

For the second straight NTL match, Cowanesque Valley edged Wellsboro by three strokes (346-349) to get the sweep.

“I told the kids on the way down that we need to play a little bit better,” CV coach Larry Moon said. “It was tight.”

The win was crucial for the Indians as this was the hump match — fourth course out of seven — and, having swept the first four matches, this means Wellsboro will need some help from other teams to pull off the upset. CV currently has a 4-match lead on the Hornets.

“I realized if we were to win again today that their chances were getting slim,” remarked Moon. “They need some help — Sayre, Towanda, some other school — and they’re not getting it.”

Tanner Adriance’s 75 was the difference for the Indians.

“It felt pretty nice,” Adriance said. “It wasn’t my best round, but I think I just pushed through when I had bad shots and kept going.”

He shot eight strokes better than the nearest golfer and made up for some high scores on the back end of CV’s line-up. Despite the nice day, Towanda Country Club had some bite on the greens as players struggled with their fast speed.

“I just pictured the hole three feet shorter and just putt to an area,” Adriance explained for his success. “I just kind of two-putted everything.”

Adriance had one birdie and 12 pars on the day, but finished his final hole with a double-bogey, his only of the round.

“It was definitely an impressive score,” Moon said. “He’s had some great rounds. He’s learning how difficult it is to finish the round of golf. It spoiled the ending, but 75 is a great score.”

Towanda on their home course came in third with Sayre fourth. They were tied at 378 after four golfers, but the Knights’ fifth — Jon Hoffman at 102 — was better than Sayre’s fifth — Nick Allis at 109.

Athens (394) was fifth, North Penn-Mansfield (422) was sixth and Sullivan County (439) joined the NTL teams and took seventh.

After Adriance’s 75 came Sayre’s Ryan Murrelle (83) and Wellsboro’s Brandyn Tuttle (83). CV’s Austin Outman (84) and Tyler Vargeson (85) rounded out the top five.

Wellsboro’s Ben Barnett (86) was sixth overall, while teammates Taynton Reppard and Joseph Propheta, along with Athens’ Anthony Peterson, tied for seventh with a 90 each.

Sayre’s Gavin Blair and Towanda’s Connor Wilcox both shot 91 to tie 10th spot of the day.

The Hornets had all four scorers in the top 10, but Adriance’s 75 gave the Indians the win.

“I felt the scores would be higher,” remarked Moon. “I knew that we were still OK but it left the door open a little bit.”

Rounding out CV’s line-up was Christian Kemp (102), Kurtis Easton (105) and Skylar Smith (111) while Wellsboro’s other two scorers were Ty Morral (103) and Brock Hamblin (108).

For Towanda, after Wilcox was Bob Farley (93), Dawsan Manning (96), Tyler Hawley (98), Jon Hoffman (102) and Kourtney Dunn (106).

Rounding out Sayre’s line-up is Nate Sweet (101), Ben Harding (103), Nick Allis (109) and Garrett Osman (111).

For Athens, Nate Kennedy shot 96, Dylan Krise had 100, Chase Minnick shot 108, Michael Cook notched a 111 and Brady Smith scored a 113.

Reece White shot 100 to lead North Penn-Mansfield while Andrew Everetts shot 105. R.J. Farrell scored a 107, Ethan Weiskopff shot 110, Katrina Toth-Penner notched a 111 and Curtis Craig scored a 115.

John Saxe led Sullivan County with a 99 while Nathan Hansen shot 101. Alex Baumunk scored a 109 while Braeden Bedford shot 130.

Troy’s Hayden Dewey scored a 102.

In 9-hole exhibition action Athens’ Sean Lane shot 64, CV’s Joel Heck scored a 51 and Josh Whalen shot 56, NP-Mansfield’s Alex Stein had a 56, Towanda’s Cody Griffith notched a 66 and Wellsboro’s Daniel Mitchell scored a 50.

The NTL will meet up once again on Monday at Tioga Country Club in Nichols, New York.

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