When members of the Racine Lutheran High School boys golf team return to their alma mater in the coming years, they will see something in the gymnasium that they earned: A banner commemorating their 2018 Metro Classic Conference championship, the first in the school’s history for golf.
Led by senior Jack Manna, who shot a team-low 85, the Crusaders finished second in the MCC Major Meet on Tuesday at the Ives Grove Golf Links. Combined with their results in five mini-meets during the regular season, the Crusaders finished with 107 points.
Prairie was second in the final nine-team standings with 96 points, Greendale Martin Lutheran was third with 92 and St. Catherine’s was fourth with 92. Catholic Central was seventh with 32.
Lutheran, which finished fifth in the overall standings last season, had a consistent team effort. David Voss was second to Manna with an 86, followed by Scooter Molbeck (89), Brent Ogden (90) and James Gehne (93).
Martin Lutheran won Tuesday’s meet with a score of 343, followed by Lutheran (350), Prairie (352) and St. Catherine’s (367). Catholic Central had a 474.
Prairie’s Brian Eitel shot a 75 to share medalist honors with Martin Lutheran’s Austin Ramos.
“For the seniors, it’s great,” said Lutheran coach Josh Kratochvil, referring to Manna, Ogden and Gehne. “A lot of these guys have been in that gym for four years and they never saw a conference banner up their for golf.
“We talked about that before I took on the coaching job at Racine Lutheran (prior to the 2017 season) and it’s great to see the seniors go out with something that’s monumental in school history for them.”
Joining Eitel as top scorers for Prairie were Cooper Sludak (90) and Luke Herndon (91). St. Catherine’s top scorers were Grant Wininger (86), Tyler Monosa (87) and Mitchel Schaefer (90).
Luke Sassano was Catholic Central’s low scorer with an 88.
- Manna, who averaged 43.50 strokes, was joined on the first team by Eitel (39.33), Wininger (42.00), and Martin Luther’s Joe Immakus (40.83) and Austin Ramos (41.33).
Earning second-team honors were Voss (44.83), Molbeck (45.00), St. Catherine’s Tyler Monosa (44.67) and Schaefer (45.00). Also earning second-team honors was George Wong (45.33) of Whitefish Bay Dominican.
SOUTHERN LAKES CONFERENCE MEET: Union Grove finished with a 324 to place fourth in the meet at Browns Lake Golf Club.
Connor Brown led the Broncos with a 75.
“Connor had his short game working today and putted really well to get 15 pars,” Union Grove coach Eric Swanson said.
Waterford finished sixth with a score of 352. Josh Koszarek led the Wolverines with a 74, which tied him for second among individuals.
Burlington finished eighth at 407. Ben McDermit led the Demons with a 97. Lake Geneva Badger won the tournament with a 307.
ST. CATHERINE’S 10, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 9: The Angels overcame six errors to win a Metro Classic Conference game at Horlick Field.
The Angels (6-9, 5-5 MCC) took a 9-2 lead in the third inning. The Angels added another run in the fifth inning, helping them withstand Shoreland Lutheran’s rally.
Noah Rogers went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and also scored two runs. Orlando Moncayo went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Zach Kaisler earned the victory after giving up five hits and two earned runs in five innings. He struck out eight. Tony Ortiz earned the save with two strikeouts.
WATERFORD 7, UNION GROVE 6: Trailing 6-0 in the fifth inning, Waterford rallied for seven runs, including three in the bottom of the seventh in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Waterford.
Waterford (13-4, 10-3 SLC) trailed 6-4 with two outs in the seventh when Brendon Snyder doubled him home Aaron Chapman. After the next two batters reached base, Patrick Goldammer singled to right field to drive them home.
“The will to win in this team is something I haven’t seen in years,” Waterford coach Lance Bestland said. “I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been down late and we’ve come back to win it.”
Union Grove (11-7, 6-6 SLC) was led by Alec Spang, who went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Jack Clark drove in two runs.
BURLINGTON 3, WILMOT 2: The Demons scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to edge Wilmot in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Wilmot.
Trey Krause went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Demons (11-6, 7-4 SLC). Grant Tully went 2 for 4 and scored two runs.
Trent Turzenski earned the victory in relief after striking out six in two innings.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 4, ST. JOSEPH 3: The Hilltoppers scored four runs in the last two innings in a Metro Classic Conference win at Beaumont Field.
Catholic Central (10-5, 9-2 MCC) pulled to within 3-1 in the sixth inning and then scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Swanson drove in the winning runs.
Charles Robinson went 3 for 4. Chad Zirbel earned the victory in relief after pitching two shutout innings.
INDIAN TRAIL 8, CASE 2: Leading 2-0, Case allowed seven runs in the fifth inning in a Southeast Conference loss at Kenosha.
Colton Coca went 2 for 3 for the Eagles (2-13, 2-9 SEC) and Seth Sanchez and Tyler Robbins each drove in a run. Brady Brenner added a double.
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 4, PRAIRIE 3: Prairie split the singles matches in a nonconference loss at Milwaukee.
No. 2 Pranav Bajaj defeated Cameron Strawn 6-3, 6-0 and No. 4 Kethan Bajaj defeated Simon Affi 7-6 (6), 6-3. Also winning for Prairie was the No. 2 doubles team of Anthony Babu and Wesley Eaton, which defeated Almos Elekes and Alex Strunets 7-5, 6-4.
EAST TROY 4, BURLINGTON 3: Max Meier persevered for a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 14-12 victory at No. 3 singles to lead the Demons in a nonconference loss at East Troy.
No. 2 singles Pablo Colorado-Garcia won 6-2, 7-5, while Jack Ludwig and Andrew Zeman teamed up at No. 1 doubles and won 6-1, 6-0.
ST. JOSEPH 4, UNION GROVE 3: The Broncos’ victories came at singles in a nonconference match at Kenosha.
No. 2 singles Jeff Furner defeated Sam Specca 6-3, 6-1, No. 3 singles Ethan Squires defeated Mario Matteucci 6-3, 2-6, 12-10 and No. 4 singles Finn Hourigan defeated Connor Rhey 6-2, 6-1.