Bridges Leads West Branch to Third-Place Finish at West Liberty Invite

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Ellie Kouba shot a 47 to earn medalist honors while lifting West High to a win over City High in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual meet between cross-town rivals at Pleasant Valley Golf Course.

Kouba finished four strokes in front of runner-up medalist Kaylee Paulsen of City High who shot a 51 to help West High shoot a 211.

Riley Fay shot a 53 and Rylee Goodfellow a 55 for West High.

Alexa Fredericks fired a 54 and Emily Knoche a 57 for City High as the Little Hawks carded a 244 as a team.

West High (211) – Ellie Kouba 47, Rilee Fay 53, Rylee Goodfellow 55, Claudia Chia 56, Julia Austin 60, Jessica Lowman 70

City High (244) – Kaylee Paulsen 51, Alexa Fredericks 54, Emily Knoche 57, Maisie Snyder 82, April Wilson 83, Anna Knoche 86

Rocha Helps West Branch Edge Wilton

Aleah Rocha shot a 46 to earn medalist honors as West Branch shot a 202 to edge Wilton by four strokes in a River Valley Conference dual at Wahkonsa Country Club in Wilton.

Annika Olson shot a 51, Lexi Clemens a 52 and Savannah Sexton and Lauren Nalan each carded a 53 for the Bears.

West Branch (202) – Aleah Rocha 46, Annika Olson 51, Lexi Clemens 52, Savannah Sexton 53, Lauren Nalan 53, Drew Perkins 54.

Wilton (206) – Eleany Owens 50, Annabel Grings 51, Tatum Oveson 51, Riley Hamann 54, Taylor Garvin 56, Tessa Bartel 63.

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Bridges Runner-up at West Liberty Invite

West Branch junior Ted Bridges fired a one-under-par 71 on his way to a runner-up finish at the West Liberty Invitational at the West Liberty Country Club in Tuesday.

Bridges finished one shot back of individual champion Kaleb Hagge of Winfield-Mount Union and helped West Branch to a third-place team finish at the 11-team meet.

Cade Aspelmeier shot an 81 as West Branch finished with a 323 to place third.

Central DeWitt shot a 313 to win the team title by seven strokes over Winfield-Mount Union.

Sophomore Brandon McCarty fired a 34 on the back nine and finished with a

74 to place four to pace Clear Creek Amana.The Clippers finished eighth with a 363 while Regina was ninth with a 364.

Sophomore Mark Schomer shot an 84 to lead Regina.

West Liberty Invitational

Team scores – 1. Central DeWitt 313; 2. Winfield-Mount Union 320; 3. West Branch 323; 4. Wilton 330; 5. Mid-Prairie 331; 6. Tipton 342; 7. Durant 357; 8. Clear Creek Amana 363; 9. Regina 364; 10. North Cedar 404; 11. West Liberty 418.

Individual medalists – 1. Kaleb Hagge (WMU) 34-36 – 70; 2. Ted Bridges (WB) 35-36 – 71; 3. Tanner Steffens (CD) 36-38 – 74; 4. Brandon McCarty (CCA) 40-34 – 74; 5. Rielly McGranahan (CD) 38-37 – 75; 6. Nolan Leaton (WIL) 37-41 – 78; 7. Noah Schlaubaugh (MP) 38-41 – 79; 8. Nolan Ross (WMU) 40-40 – 80; 9. Cade Aspelmeier (WB) 41-40 – 81; 10. Collin Gingerich (MP) 43-38 – 81.

Regina (364) – Mark Schomer 42-42 – 84; Nic Hein 46-44 – 90; Brady Wallace 47-47 – 94; Jake Phillips 48-48 – 96; Steve Sehl 50-51 – 101; Zach Seaman 53-55 – 108

West Branch (323) – Ted Bridges 35-36 – 71; Cade Aspelmeier 41-40 – 81; Matt Whaley 43-41 – 84; Trevor Thein 43-44 – 87; Brady Lukavsky 49-40 – 89; Kaleb Sexton 49-48 – 97 

Clear Creek Amana (363) – Brandon McCarty 40-34 – 74; Ryan Navara 47-45 – 92; Isaac Quinn 46-50 – 96; Ethan Fairholm 50-51 – 101; Graham Sanders 56-51 – 107; Kaden Gisleson 61-55 – 116