by Gregg Meadows
For just the second time in school history, the Tri-Valley golf team is headed to the holy grail of high school golf in the Buckeye State – the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Golf Tournament.
Tuesday afternoon at the D-I, East-Southeast District Tournament at Eaglesticks Golf Course in South Zanesville, Coach Aron Dotson’s Scottie golf squad rode the hot round of senior Drew Johnson’s one-under-par 69 – and three solid rounds from his teammates – to capture the 7-team District title, earning the Dawgs a spot in next weekend’s State Golf Tournament at The Ohio State University’s famed Scarlet Course.
Tri-Valley won the District title with a total score of 316, edging out runner-up Marietta (320) and third-place Warren (330) in the 7-team field.
“I couldn’t be happier for our team.” said a proud Coach Doston. “The boys worked hard and have been consistent all year. I’m especially proud of them for not getting down after a tough loss last week at the regular-season ending Muskingum Valley League Tournament; they stay focused and performed like I knew they could in the post-season.”
Scottie senior Drew Johnson earned medalist honors at the District Tournament with his sizzling 69, followed by key state-qualifying assistance from his teammates, in the form of TV linksters Jaret Talbot (80), Daniel Sparks (82), and Braden Smith (85). Caden Pieper also fired an 88 for the winners.
The 2020 Tri-Valley golf team joins TVHS Athletic Hall of Fame Coach Larry Welch’s 1996 Scottie links team of Adam and Ryan Lescalleet, Tim Cook, Justin Reed and Lucas Slate as the only other TVHS golf squad to qualify for the OHSAA State Golf Tournament.
The 2020 OHSAA State Golf Tournament will be played October 23/24 at the OSU Scarlet Course.
Pictured below are the 2020 D-I East-Southeast District Tournament golf champions – and state bound – Tri-Valley golf team: Left to right: Coach Aron Dotson, Braden Smith, Jaret Talbot, Daniel Sparks, and Cadan Peiper. Kneeling with the District Title trophy, is District Tournament medalist, TV’s Drew Johnson. Congratulations fellas – and Good Luck at the State Tournament!