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CHS Boys Golf wins 1st Regional Championship

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The Chesterton Trojans didn’t find themselves in an unfamiliar position as they headed to the back nine of the IHSAA Regional at Beechwood on Friday afternoon -- they’d been here before.

Last year, the Trojans earned a trip to the State Finals with a great final five holes after a long rain delay. This time, they started on the 10th tee box and even mother nature couldn’t stop it.

The Trojans played the back nine in two-over par and cruised to the school’s first Regional Championship with a 307 team score. Mishawaka Marian was second (314) and LaPorte was third (322).

“On the front nine, things were looking a little rough,” Chesterton coach John Sparks said. “These guys are winners and they just kept clawing back.”

Rough might have been a slight exaggeration because the Trojans found themselves tied for the lead with LaPorte (158) after nine holes, but it wasn’t in their normal solid form as they carded two 38’s, a 39, a 42 and a 43.

“Kyle (Grassel) and Ryan (Grassel) don’t shoot 42 and 43 very often,” Spark said.

Things changed on the back nine led by Nick Stasil’s three hole birdie run on 15, 16 and 17 on his way to medalist honors with an even par 72.

“I’ve shot 76 every time we’ve come here this year and I was really frustrated with that,” Stasil said. “After shooting 38 on the front, I didn’t want to do it again.”

Stasil started his birdie run on 15 when he hit it close on the par 3 and finally rolled in a putt.

“I couldn’t get a putt to drop and then I made three straight,” Stasil said. “When I made the one on 15, I thought I could get home in 74 and maybe birdie 17.”

“Nick’s 72 is fantastic,” Sparks said. “He’s learning how to win and keeps getting it done day after day. He can be streaky and when he gets on these birdie runs, he’s fun to watch.”

The Trojans got a much needed 78 from Pat Herrod as well.

“Pat’s 78 is outstanding,” Sparks said. “If this was the first time, I’d be surprised. But, it’s happening over and over. Somebody struggles and Pat is right there to carry us in.”

Kyle and Ryan Grassel both shot even par 36’s on the back nine after front nine struggles to card 78 and 79.

“They decided they were going to finish strong and to shoot even par on the back is outstanding,” Sparks said. “It’s just what we needed them to do.”

The Trojans final score was an 80 from Josh Kalita, a score everyone else in the field would have loved to add to their team score.

“Josh did fine,” Sparks said. “He had a tough day, but he kept his head in the game and an 80 easily wins any tiebreakers if we need it. Most teams here would have loved to have that score.”

Next up for the Trojans is the IHSAA State Finals at the Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin. Chesterton will tee off between 8:36 and 9:08 central time and are paired with Carmel, Bedford North Lawrence and Evansville North.

“It’s a course that fits our game pretty well,” Sparks said. “They had success there last year on a really challenging day. I expect good things.”

The Trojans now have reached their final destination in a season that included a 17-0 regular season record.

“We’ve never lost sight of our long-term goals, but they did a great job all year of focusing on each day,” Sparks said. “Our mantra has been ‘one shot at a time’ all year and I think we’ve really done a good job of staying true to that.”


Team Results

(Top 3 teams advance to IHSAA State Finals)

1. Chesterton 307, 2. Mishawaka Marian 314, 3. LaPorte 322, 4. Penn 323, 5. Boone Grove 323, 6. Michigan City 331, 7. Andrean 333, 8. Valparaiso 338, 9. Munster 338, 10. Lake Central 341, 11. Crown Point 354, 12. Griffith 372.

Individual Results

Medalist -- Nick Stasil (Chesterton), 72.

Andrean -- Will Gogolak 80, Scotty Morrison 81, Matt Lynch 86, Nate Svihlik 86, Mike Schneider 89.

Bishop Noll -- Aaron Amick 80, Luke Fornacairi 90.

Boone Grove -- Taylor Noel 73, Tyler Nicol 81, Jimmy Kraushaar 81, Drake Deveraux 88, Rick Gayda 89.

Chesterton -- Nick Stasil 72, Pat Herrod 78, Kyle Grassel 78, Ryan Grassel 79, Josh Kalita 80.

Crown Point -- Nick Grubnich 76, CJ Balmes 89, Scott Rykovich 93, Ryan Qualizza 96, Matt Moehl 96.

Gary Roosevelt -- Aaron Mercer 95.

Griffith -- Justin Phillips 88, Anthony Solivais 90, Zachary Kisfalusi 96, Josh Ashenbaugh 98, Nicholas Stassin 106.

Highland -- Seth Peters 92.

Hobart -- Garrett Bianchi 92.

Knox -- Christopher Newbauer 84.

Lake Central -- Thomas Cameron 79, David Rossi 81, Vince Barker 89, Bernard Prisby 92, Kam Caldwell 106.

LaPorte -- Kyle Bowden 79, Jordan Lenard 79, Gabe Struss 81, David Sales 83, Tony Nastase 84.

Merrillville -- Matt Neese 89.

Michigan City -- Michael Timm 79, Joseph Debald 83, Drake Edmond 83, Blake Jankowski 86, Robert Russell 93.

Mishawaka -- Ryan Bonk 84.

Mishawaka Marian -- Adam Sumrall 74, Bryant Demeter 79, Nicholas Fitzpatrick 79, Kevin Killingsworth 82, Christopher Paluf 85.

Munster -- Tony Rubino 80, Ryan Watrobka 84, Nikola Tatic 85, Danny Falloon 89, Danny Johnson 91.

Penn -- Joe Bella 77, Robert Brown 78, Kyle Burrow 82, Shane Eagan 86, Grant Spiritoso 87.

South Bend Adams -- Tom Hauch 85.

South Bend St. Joe -- Tyler Bilha 79, Max Fredlake 87.

Valparaiso -- Brian Bartholomew 81, Logan Bertalan 85, Steve Bowker 85, Dan Seipol 87, Jeff Lenz 90.

Wheeler -- Lilja Labovic 78, Julian Redondo 80.

(Top 3 Individuals from non-qualifying schools advance to IHSAA State Finals)

Taylor Noel (Boone Grove), 73; Nick Grubnick (Crown Point), 76; Joe Bella (Penn), 77.


Posted 6/15/2009