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Girls golf: Avon Lake keeps rolling, advances to district with second-place finish at sectional; Amherst's Elena Zaborniak makes it as an individual

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    Avon Lake's Taylor Hubert lines up a putt during Tuesday's Division I sectional tournament at the Legacy Course at Sweetbriar in Avon Lake. The Shoregals finished second to advance to districts as a team.


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    Avon Lake High School's Emma Davies putts for par on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Amherst Steele High School's Rosalyn Friend putts on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Avon Lake High School's Marissa Hall looks after a ball she hit on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Amherst Steele High School's Ayalis Vicens looks after a ball she hit on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Avon Lake High School's Maggie Owen looks after a ball she hit towards the green on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Amherst Steele High School's Emily Eischen putts on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Amherst Steele High School's Cece Iliff reacts after putting on Tuesday morning, October 3.


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    Avon High School's Darby Slunski smiles as her ball lands on the green on Tuesday morning, Oct. 3.



AVON LAKE — For Avon Lake, making out of Tuesday’s Division I girls golf sectional at the Legacy Course at Sweetbriar wasn’t a reason for celebration. It was more of an expectation.

Amherst senior Elena Zaborniak, on the other hand, was elated to know she gets to play high school golf for at least one more week.

The Shoregals shot a 346 to finish second as a team and Zaborniak’s 83 earned her the fourth and final individual qualifying spot in next Tuesday’s district tournament at The Legends of Massillon.

Avon Lake junior Paighton Masterson shot a 5-over 77 to tie for medalist honors with Highland’s Alicia Porvasnik and Aly Kovach of Magnificat, which won the team title with a 332.

“It wasn’t my best round but it was OK,” said Masterson, who shot a 74 on the same course less than a week ago at the Southwestern Conference championship. “I got up-and-down a lot which was nice. “I had some weird holes today. I made some dumb mistakes that shouldn’t have happened but I also made some good putts and I put the ball where it needed to be close. If feels good to have a round like this and still be medalist because I know I can do better.”

Juniors Maggie Owen and Emma Davies shot 88 and 90 and senior Taylor Hubert had a 91 to round out the Shoregals’ lineup.

“I was a little nervous coming into today,” Avon Lake coach Krystine Frisch said. “I’m glad we made it out and I’m really excited that we took second. Last year we were third and the year before fourth. You’re always looking for that improvement. I’m looking forward on getting back to play at Legends next week.

“We’ve had a couple of practice rounds down at Legends the last two Saturdays to get the girls more comfortable with the course. We’re excited to get back down there. We want to improve on what we did last year and maybe we might be able to sneak through. The district tournament has a lot of tough competitors.”

The Shoregals finished 15th at districts a year ago.

“We have a week to work on our putting and our short game,” Masterson said. “Most of us are good at getting the ball off the ground and getting near the green. It feels good to be headed back to districts. We’ve put in a lot of work this year so to be able to get out of districts would be amazing.”

Medina (353) and Highland (363) earned the final two team qualifying spots.

For Zaborniak, who has shown consistent improvement the past four years, advancing to district is the perfect ending to her high school career.

“I knew I had to gather myself together and try to make it out because this was my last chance and I was able to do so,” Zaborniak said. “This means a lot to me because I’ve worked hard and made so much progress. The last three years I never thought I’d be a district qualifier. This summer I saw my scores dropping and I thought, well, maybe I might be able to do it this year.”

Rocky River’s Iris Shin and Wadsworth’s Secilia Ho shot 80s to earn individual qualifying spots, while Strongsville freshman Samantha Webb made it with an 82.

Although no individual awards are given at sectionals and both girls had already qualified for districts, Ohio High School Athletic Association rules mandated that Shin and Ho have a playoff for the top individual position. Shin, a three-time district qualifier, won.

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Team scores (Top four teams advance to district tournament at Legends of Massillon): Magnificat 332, Avon Lake 346, Medina 353, Highland 363, Wadsworth 372.Strongsville 385, Olmsted Falls 391, Rocky River 397, Amherst 408, St. Joseph Academy 425, Brunswick 430, Avon 445, North Olmsted 452.

Individual qualifiers (Top for not a qualifying team advance to districts at Legends of Massillon): Iris Shin, Rocky River, 80; Secilia Ho, Wadsworth, 80; Samantha Webb, Strongsville, 82; Elena Zaborniak, Amherst, 83.

Medalists: Paighton Masterson, Avon Lake; Alicia Porvasnik, Highland; Aly Kovach, Magnificat; 77.

Amherst (408): Elena Zaborniak 83, Rosalyn Friend 98, Ayalis Vicens 109, Emily Eischen 129, Cece Iliff 118.

Avon (445): Julia Porchetta 102, Kavita Nanda 116, Amanda Holtzman 113, Darby Slunksi 114, Makayla Lawrence 126.

Avon Lake (346): Paighton Masterson 77, Emma Davies 90, Maggie Owen 88, Marissa Hall 100, Taylor Hubert 91.

Bay: Maggie Williams 97, Larissa Strouse 129

Brunswick (430): Ericka Marano 92, Morgan Briley 101, Morgan Lutch 114, Lilly O’Cpnnell 123, Lauren Jenkins 123.

Buckeye: Lilly Porta 141.

Elyria: Danielle Marsh 101.

Highland (363): Alicia Porvasnik 77, Tiffany So 94, Chelsea Mann 95, Bridget Waldo 97, Tess Myers 98.

Lakewood: Courtney Ribar 97, Sydney Heckler 111

Lorain: Kala Carrion 96.

Magnificat (332): Aly Kovach 77, Rachel Hetman 81 , Sullivan Shannon 81, Ellen O’Leary 93, Anna Schramko 111.

Medina (353): Alyssa Drehs 82, Maddie Debnar 90, Erin Frey 91, Alexandria Wiedemann 100, Rebecca Prandi 90.

North Olmsted (452): Kaitlyn Kwait 121, Grace English 116, Alyssa Kell 109, Natalie Ellis 106, Lauren Willis 146.

North Ridgeville: Heather Gerome 108, Kayleigh Shafer 124, Zoe Monyak 128.

Olmsted Falls (391): Samantha Torres 91, Kayla Kippes 106, Lindsay Rowe 101, Alyson Veverka 95, Nikki Egel 104.

Rocky River (397): Iris Shin 80, Makayla Sheehan 89 , Lexi Aguilar 111, Bella LoParo 119, Maggie Rodgers 117.

St. Joseph Academy (425): Elizabeth Poole 103, Madeline Macala 110, Mollie Tirpak 104, Sarah Skodny 108, Samantha Soucie 121.

Strongsville (385): Rosemary Zaleski 104, Samantha Webb 82, Molly Duperow 88, Erin Toth 113, Veronica Palmer 111.

Wadsworth (372): Secilia Ho 80, Alanna Knight 93 , Emily Dennison 100, Kelsey Palmer 99, Maddie Kritzell 111.

Westlake (368): Emily Fankhauser 91, Charlotte Button 92, Lauren Akers 92, Alexa Prexta 93, Sophia Peck 115.

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