The Case High School boys golf team didn’t win the first Southeast Conference mini-meet of the season Thursday, but the team’s performance bodes well for the future.
The Eagles got consistent play from its top four players, who each shot 45 or better, and finished second to hot Franklin at Maplecrest Country Club in Somers.
Case totaled 174, led by Zach Shawhan, the reigning All-County Player of the Year. Shawhan shot a 41, the fifth lowest score in the meet, and was followed closely by Josh Weber and Achintya Kristnan with 44s, and Zak Lavassor with a 45.
“We left some shots out there today,” Case coach Jerry Kupper said. “For the first meet of the year, I was pretty happy with the results.”
Horlick finished fourth with 193, led by Connor Vertz with a 45, Zach Romano with a 46 and Matt Barrientez with a 50.
Park was seventh with 206, led by Ryan Fodor with a 45 and Kevin Leslie with a 50.
Franklin ran away with the meet, totaling 154. Three players shot 39 or better, led by medalist Brett Grulkowski with a 36.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 4, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 1: John Huffman and Jimmy Keeker threw a combined three-hitter in the Hilltoppers’ Metro Classic Conference win at Somers.
Huffman, the starter, allowed two hits and the lone run in five innings while striking out five. Keeker came on to pick up the save with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
Charles Robinson went 3 for 3 with a double to lead Catholic Central hitters.
WATERFORD 10, DELAVAN-DARIEN 0: Zachary Guenther shut down the Comets, allowing only one hit in five innings pitched while striking out four and walking one, in a Southern Lakes Conference victory at Waterford.
Boyd Biggs led the way offensively for the Wolverines, driving in two runs.
BADGER 6, BURLINGTON 4: Trent Turzenski threw five innings, surrendered only two runs and struck out eight with one walk, but Badger won a Southern Lakes Conference game at Beaumont Field in Burlington.
After the fifth inning, the Demons (2-1, 1-1 SLC) held a 4-3 lead, but the Badgers came back with a three-run sixth. Turzenski received a no decision.
Christian Brenner and Danny Peterson each had a double, and Peterson led Burlington with two runs.
Trey Krause, Drew Pesick, Brenner and Peterson each had one RBI.
WILMOT 8, UNION GROVE 4: At Union Grove, after taking the lead in with a three-run fifth inning, the Broncos couldn’t hang on against Southern Lakes opponent Wilmot, which scored five in the sixth to seal it.
Owen Erickson had a three-hit performance for the Broncos, going 3 for 4 with two singles and a double, and Todd Manteufel and Guy DeCheck had an RBI a piece.
HORLICK 4, BRADFORD 3: The Rebels started their season on a good note, winning three of the four singles matches and won one doubles match in a Southeast Conference victory at Kenosha.
No. 1 single Michael Shields, at No. 1 singles, got Horlick rolling with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Carlos Lim. No. 2 Aaron Antreassian and No. 3 Sean Steinbach also won their singles matches.
The No. 1 doubles team of Sawyer Schick and Payton Johnstone got the fourth victory of the meet, beating Derek Maika and Ryan Paskiewicz 6-2, 6-4.
OAK CREEK 5, CASE 2: It was the back end of the roster getting the job done for the Eagles against Southeast Conference opponent Oak Creek at Case.
No. 4 singles player Haeden Ford had one of the victories for Case, beating Tim Kent 6-1, 6-4, and the No. 3 doubles team of Omar Lara and Connor Mills beat Ryan Kutchin and Rahul Ravi 6-0, 6-3.
FRANKLIN 7, PARK 0: The Panthers didn’t win a game in a Southeast Conference sweep by the Sabers at Horlick. Park (0-2, 0-1 SEC) had only five entries in the dual meet.
ELKHORN 5, BURLINGTON 2: No. 1 singles player Jacob Ladwig picked up one of two victories for the Demons in their Southern Lakes Conference loss at Elkhorn.
Ladwig beat Nick White 6-0, 6-1 and Burlngton’s No. 1 doubles team of Andrew Zeman and Malik Tiedt beat Nate Chapman and CJ Sperle 6-1, 6-0.
WESTOSHA CENTRAL 6, UNION GROVE 1: The No. 2 doubles team of Ethan Squires and Jeffrey Furner got the lone victory for Broncos in their season opener, beating Jason Olson and Connor Muff 6-4, 6-2 in a Southern Lakes Conference dual meet at Paddock Lake.
BADGER 7, WATERFORD 0: The Wolverines’ No. 2 doubles team of Michael Bose and Max Engoz took Badger’s Charley Giese and Graham Bartal to three sets, but the Waterford duo came up short 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in a Southern Lakes Conference dual meet loss at Waterford.