By MC WEEKLY SPORTS STAFF
No. 2-ranked Columbus North won the 15-team Rochester Invitational golf tournament on Saturday at Round Barn with a 336. Peru (344) edged Maconaquah (345) for second place with Huntington North (352) and Tippecanoe Valley (352) rounding out the top five.
"It was very windy and cool early on. The scores don't show that we played extremely well, but the placing does," Peru coach Doug Muzzillo said. "Give kudos to Maconaquah. They played very well. They made a nice jump from [the previous] week at our invitational."
Peru's Isaac Badry and Winamac's Adam Gruenit finished as co-medalists with 9-over 81s. Peru's Cameron Smith followed with an 82.
Also for the Bengal Tigers, Kyle Emelio had an 87 and Austin Finicle had a 94.
"Each week, we're getting a little better," Muzzillo said. "[Badry] was solid for us last year. He struggled a little bit early [this year], but this is a good break-through for him."
Jake Jones (84) and Ray Sausaman (85) led Maconaquah to its third-place finish.
Maconaquah 17, Eastern 6, 5 innings
The Braves improved to 1-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference with the win Thursday at Bunker Hill, busting out for five runs in the first, four in the second and eight in the fourth to overwhelm the Comets.
Taylor Lamble led Maconaquah at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs. Will Feller doubled, homered and drove in three runs. Josh Holmes tripled and added three RBIs. Nick Love added three singles and an RBI. Kade Dennis singled and doubled. Jorge Cortez had a double, and Josh Fewell and Vince Taylor both added two singles in a robust offensive day for the Braves.
Maconaquah dropped its conference opener, 8-2 to Northwestern on April 29.
Eastern and Maconaquah shared the boys title in the Northwestern Relays on April 29.
The co-winners finished with scores of 62, Hamilton Heights was third with 56, Northwestern was fourth with 45, Cass and Tipton tied for fifth with 41, and North Miami was seventh with 23.
Maconaquah senior K.J. Walton was named the Bob Rodibaugh Award winner as the meet’s outstanding performer. He had two first-place finishes and two seconds.
For the co-champ Braves, Nate Robinson, James Wilkinson, Cody Hicks and Walton won the sprint medley in 1:40.4. The same quartet won the 400 relay in 46 seconds.