Ponca tops Cedar, HPS in triangular

Cedar Catholic’s Eric Kruse sets up to putt out during action in last week’s triangular here. Ponca topped Cedar to win the title. Kruse finished the day in fourth place with a 41.

HARTINGTON — One of the state’s best golf teams came to town last week, and beat highly-rated Cedar Catholic in a golf meet.
Ponca beat Cedar by 10 strokes here last Monday. This marks the first time in several years that Cedar has not come out on top at the local course.

“We didn’t play as well as we did in our first triangular of the season, and Ponca played very good golf,” Cedar Catholic Coach Mike Johnson said.
Hartington Public High School finished the event in third place.
Coach Ken Kneifl said his team needs to work on being more consistant.
“Overall, we simply need to work on our consistency. We play pretty well and then we have a couple of bad holes. This is not altogether unusual for early in the year.”
Cedar will need to learn from its mistakes at this meet said Coach Johnson.
“The best thing about this triangular is that now we can see where we need to get to in order to compete for one of the top three spots at districts.”
Cedar Catholic juniors Kyle Klug and Eric Kruse both had good days again for the Trojans.
Right now those two have been our most consistent golfers in practice and in meets,” Johnson said.
The Cedar JV team performed very well at the meet, as well, Johnson said. The team fired a 185 to easily top Ponca, which ended the day at 213.
“I was real happy that the JV team won their triangular,” he said.
The team has got some work to do if the Trojans hope to return to the state tournament again this year.
“We need to continue to become more consistent golfers on a daily basis, and stop throwing strokes away by hitting the ball out of bounds or into the trees,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, the weather can start to improve so we can get more consistent practice time.”
Cedar was slated to compete in the Laurel Invitational last week. But that event has been cancelled due to the weather and will not be made up.
The Trojans have a busy week on tap, weather permitting.
The Cedar JV team is scheduled to travel to Wausa’s Rolling Hills Golf Course Wednesday for the Osmond Invitational.
The Cedar varsity will then compete Thursday at the always tough O’Neill Invitational. Cedar wil try to defend its MidState Conference championship April 25 in Albion.
Varsity Division
Ponca, 157;     Cedar, 167;    Hartington Public, 212.
Junior Varsity Division
Cedar JV 1, 185; Ponca, 213; Cedar JV 2, 216.
1. Alex O’Neill, Ponca, 35;  2. Eric Watchorn, Ponca, 37;  3. Kyle Klug, Cedar, 39; 4.  Eric Kruse, Cedar, 41; Tyler Leise, Cedar,  43; Derek Klug, Cedar, 44;  Alex Heithold, Hartington, 46; Zach Hamilton, Hartington, 47; Aaron Hamilton, Hartington,  59; Ethan Steiner, Hartington, 60.
Junior Varsity 1
1. Dalton Lammers, 44; 2. Grant Howell, 45; 3. Josh Anderson, 46; 5. Jason Wintz, 50.
Junior Varsity 2
Jared Burbach, 51; Logan Schumacher, 53; Andrew Walter, 55; Steve Herbolsheimer, 57.