Lady Vikings Win League

Photos courtesy DAVE BERTHOLF

ABOVE: Winfield High School sophomore Carley Littell watches a tee shot Tuesday afternoon at the AV-CTL D-III & IV Championships at Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado. Littell finished second in the meet but won the Division III title, helping the Lady Vikings to the league title.

RIGHT: The WHS girls golf team poses with the league plaque.

FROM LEFT: Celine Mendoza, Chaney Littell, Savanna Nickum, Clover Maples and Carley Littell.

EL DORADO — The Winfield High School girls golf team took the first step toward defending their Class 4A State championship Tuesday afternoon, rolling to the title at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III & IV Championships at Prairie Trails Golf Course.

Well, it could be deemed the “next” step.

The Lady Vikings, who have won every team title in which they have fielded a full team this season but one, rolled to the league title with a 361, beating league runner-up Buhler by 29 strokes.

In fact, the only team title that Winfield did not win this season was the humongous Hutchinson Invitational on Oct. 1 against almost exclusively Class 6A and 5A teams. Oh, and the Lady Vikings only lost that one by two strokes.

How competitive was that Hutch meet? The Lady Vikings shot a team score of 340. They won the league title despite needing 21 more strokes.

The Lady Vikings have shown steady improvement in scores from top to bottom this season. Tuesday afternoon was no exception.

Winfield placed four golfers in the top 10 on the leaderboard.

In years past, Divisions III and IV combined their scores into one meet. However, this season they split between the two divisions.

Thus, WHS sophomore Carley Littell turned in her best showing of the season and captured the Division III title. Though her score of 85 was two more than she shot last week at both the Hutchinson Invitational and the Buhler Invitational, it was enough to nip her big sister, senior Chaney Littell, by two strokes and push her down to second place.

“Carley played extremely well. She is just a sophomore and has been playing very well as of late,” WHS coach Dave Bertholf said. “Chaney has been our No. 1 player this year, but got off to a horrible start. She was 8-over through the first three holes. I was proud of how she fought back. A lot of kids would have given up, but she sucked it up for the team and helped us to a league title. I was very proud of her effort.”

Margaret Ulrich of Wichita Collegiate won the Division IV league title with a 3-over 74.

Winfield senior Celine Mendoza tied for fifth with a 91, just one stroke off of her career best at Buhler.

Junior Savanna Nickum was just one stroke and one place behind her teammate, carding a 98 to place seventh. Nickum also recorded her career low of 83 at Buhler.

“Savanna Nickum also got off to a slow start, but kept on fighting and made All-League,” Bertholf said. “Celine Mendoza played a solid round and was also All-League. Neither girl played their best, but played well enough to make All-League. I was happy with the effort and attitudes.”

Freshman Clover Maples has played just six 18-hole meets and after opening the season with back-to-back 140s has shown marked improvement. She got down to a 125 on Sept. 23 at the Arkansas City Invitational before hitting a milestone 111 the next day at the Ark City meet before struggling to a 131 last week at Hutch. However, she is headed back in the right direction with a 126 at the league meet.

The Lady Vikings now turn their attention to the Class 4A Regional Championships with a 10 a.m. Tee time next Monday at Stone Creek Golf Course in Chanute. In addition to the host Lady Blue Comets, Winfield will compete alongside Fort Scott, Girard, Independence, Labette County, Mulvane, Parsons and Wellington.

The top four teams, along with the top six individuals not on those teams, qualify for the two-day KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships, set for Oct. 18-19 at Salina Municipal Golf Course.

“We hope to continue our winning streak in Chanute next Monday,” Bertholf said.

AV-CTL D-III & IV Championships

Monday at El Dorado

Prairie Trails Golf Course

Yards: 4,939. Par: 71.

Team Scores — 1. Winfield 361; 2. Buhler 390; 3. Wichita Collegiate 405; 4. Towanda-Circle 410; 5. Wellington 422; 6. Augusta 423; 7. Andale 435; 8. Mulvane 441.

Leaderboard

Division III

    1.    Carley Littell, Win    85

    2.    Chaney Littell, Win    87

    3t.    Mikayla Phillips, TC    90

    3t.    Callie Cooper, Buh    90

    5t.    Alexa Zweifel, Aug    91

    5t.    Celine Mendoza, Win    91

    7.    Savanna Nickum, Win    98

    8t.    Adie White, TC    99

    8t.    Taylee Hummel, Buh    99

    10.    Marlie Cooper, Buh    100

    11.    Elise Gover, Buh    101

    12t.    Kyra Carrell, Aug    107

    12t.    Crislyn Frank, Buh    107

    12t.    Jocelyn Edwards, TC    107

    15.    Brooke Miller, Buh    108

    16.    Autum Hubbard, Aug    110

    17.    Emma Hinton, TC    114

    18.    Jordyn Simpson, Aug    115

    19.    Kimber LaFever, Aug    118

    20t.    McKenzie Bowman, TC    123

    20t.    Elise Richardson, Aug    123

    22.    Emma Kern, TC    125

    23.    Clover Maples, Win    126

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Division IV

    1.    Margaret Ulrich, WC    74

    2.    Laney Dillon, Well    91

    3.    Hyemin Choe, WC    97

    4t.    Jorja Knodel, Mul    101

    4t.    Hillary Niemann, And    101

    6t.    Kasiah Richmond, Well    106

    6t.    Macey Hensley, And    106

    8.    Elly DeJarnett, Well    107

    9.    Payton Fox, Mul    108

    10t.    Arabella Clevenger, And    110

    10t.    Brooklyn Loveless, Mul    110

    12.    Adelaide Fitzwater, WC    114

    13t.    Hannah Goff, And    118

    13t.    Keoni Cabalquinto, Well    118

    15.    Trinity Goodwin, And    119

    16t.    Addison Seiler, And    120

    16t.    Aubrey Hunt, Well    120

    16t.    Ellie Schulte, WC    120

    19.    Kaia Moore, Mul    122

    20.    Marley Bowker, Mul    144

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