The Columbus Academy boys golf team rallied on the second day of the Division II state tournament to win the eighth state championship in program history.
The Vikings shot 295 on Oct. 14 at NorthStar to cruise past Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 596-606 for the title. Academy trailed NDCL 297-301 after the first round Oct. 13.
Sophomore Ali Khan shot 78 on the first day and 67 on the second for a team-best 145. He tied for fourth of 71 golfers behind medalist Charlie Toman (137) of NDCL.
Senior Cole Walter, who competed on the Vikings’ 2014 Division III state title team, finished with a 146 to place sixth. Khan earned first-team all-state honors and Walter was second-team all-state.
Sophomore Griffin Mitchell shot 151 to tie for ninth and earn second-team all-state.
Senior Sam Vogel (154) and sophomore Kahmar Byers (163) rounded out Academy’s effort.
“(Both championships are) pretty special, this one a little more so because of the seniors that are on this team,” said coach Craig Yakscoe, who also led the Vikings to the state title in 2014. “That was Cole’s first year and my first year, and he has bookend state titles in his back pocket and I’m so proud of all those seniors that I started with four years ago.”
Academy also won state titles in 1983 (Class A), 1991 (Division II), 1995 (Division III), 1997 (Division III), 1998 (Division III) and 1999 (Division III).
The Vikings have nine state runner-up finishes.
Hartley’s Trent Tipton competed as an individual and finished third (144) to earn first-team all-state.
“It was about my ‘B’ game, but I feel like I put together a pretty solid week,” Tipton said. “I didn't have my stuff, but I’m OK with the fact that I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in the last year, which is really what it’s all about.”
Newark Catholic girls finish fifth
In the Division II state girls tournament Oct. 13 and 14 on Ohio State’s Gray Course, Newark Catholic finished fifth (692) behind champion Independence (652) from northeast Ohio.
Eaton’s Sarah Willis was medalist (139) and Johnstown’s Gabby Thomas tied for eighth (152).
For the Green Wave, Patricia Windholtz tied for 20th (165), Rachel Beichler was 28th (172), Anna Crumrine tied for 29th (173), Emily Tyack tied for 42nd (182) and Kylee May tied for 45th (185).
It was Newark Catholic’s first appearance at state.