Stenberg, Eichhorn secure medals at George Young

IRON RIVER – There would be no stopping the Forest Park boys and girls on their home course at George Young, Monday during the Skyline/Central U.P. Conference Meet. The Trojan boys and girls easily each captured first by at least eight strokes.

A couple area athletes were able to make statements however as Savanna Stenberg of Bark River-Harris and Hunter Eichhorn of Carney-Nadeau were medalists. Stenberg shot a 94 and Eichhorn carded a 78 on a mild sunny day with slght wind.

The Broncos girls, led by Stenberg and runner-up Hannah Starnes (96) placed second as a team with 443, nine strokes behind Forest Park’s 434. Also for BR-H, Emily Johnson placed seventh overall, shooting 113, but the Trojans proved to have more depth with Annie Taylor rounding out their top-five at 121, good for 10th overall.

“I was very pleased. Savanna has been steady all year and Hannah was runner-up. They both played well. It was good to see and hopefully it continues with U.P.’s around the corner,” said Broncos head coach Scott Farnsworth.

“We get to play this course once a year, and it’s a tough course. The greens are huge. But it was nice that the girls could go out there without a hat and gloves today.

“I was very pleased with how well all my kids did today. Three out my four girls did very well. Payton (Bozzo) had a tough day, especially on the front nine, but we still have a few more meets before U.P.s.”

Though Eichhorn was medalist for the Carney-Nadeau boys and led them to a runner-up finish, the freshman phenom wasn’t satisfied with his score, according to his coach Randy Severinsen. The Wolves were also helped by Mason Linder’s career-best round, carding an 85 and Brett Langenfeld’s 90.

“Hunter wasn’t too happy. He double-bogeyed a couple early on, but he straightend it out,” said Severinsen. “No doubt he’s gifted. I’ve never coached anyone who works as hard at his sport as Hunter does. After the game you’ll always find him working on his game out on the chipping green. He’s a unique talent who is as good as he is consistently because he works at it.”

Munising won this meet last season by one stroke over the Wolves. Though Carney-Nadeau improved its score, it wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced Trojans this year, who at 349 edged the Wolves (357) by eight strokes.

“Mason Linder and Brett Langenfeld had their best rounds ever, it just wasn’t good enough today,” said Severinsen. “I’m proud of them. They’ve been working hard and it’s a good group of guys. We brought home some trophies this year, but not this one.”

The Munising boys (368) and girls (510) were each third with the Big Bay de Noc boys (434) and girls (516) each fourth and Mid Peninsula boys (484) and girls (558) each fifth.

The North Central boys did not receive a team score after Tyler Polfus was disqualified, leaving the Jets with three golfers.

BOYS TEAM SCORES

1. Forest Park, 349; 2. Carney-Nadeau, 357; 3. Munising, 368; 4. Big Bay de Noc, 434; 5. Mid Peninsula, 484.

Top 10 overall

1. Hunter Eichhorn, Carney Nadeau, 78; 2. Colin Immel, Munising, 81; 3. Brett Smithson, Forest Park, 84; 4. Mason Linder, Carney-Nadeau, 85; 5. Kevin Stankewicz, Forest Park, 86; 6. Tyler Tweedale, Munising, 87; 7. Dennis Mitchell, Forest Park, 88; 8. Brett Langenfeld, Carney-Nadeau, 90; T9. Steve West, Forest Park, 91; T9. Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 91.

Forest Park (349) – 1. Brett Smithson, 84; 2. Kevin Stankewicz, 86; 3. Dennis Mitchell, 88; 4. Steve West, 91.

Carney Nadeau (357) – 1. Hunter Eichhorn, 78; 2. Mason Linder, 85; 3. Brett Langenfeld, 90; 4. Keenan Lampinen, 104.

Munising (368) – 1. Colin Immel, 81; 2. Tyler Tweedale, 87; 3. Izzak Mahoski, 91; 4. Quintin Tarason, 109.

Big Bay de Noc (434) – 1. Brett LaLonde, 104; 2. Alec Bloom, 109; 3. Jake Nedeau, 110; 4. Keenen Adams, 111.

Mid Peninsula (484) – 1. Max LaCosse 110; 2. Trey Branstrom 122; 3. Wade Tryan 128; 4. Chad Branstrom 134.

North Central (NTS) – 1. Seth Polfus, 88; 2. Justin Linder 108; 3. Ryan Whitens 117.

Bark River-Harris (NTS) – 1. Matt Sundling, 98; 2. Max Krachenski, 106.

All-conference – Hunter Eichorn, Mason Linder and Brett Langenfeld; Colin Immel, Tyler Tweedale and Izaak Mahoski, Mun; Brett Smithson, Kevin Stankewicz, Dennis Mitchell and Steve West.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES

1. Forest Park, 434; 2. Bark River-Harris, 443; 3. Munising, 510; 4. Big Bay de Noc, 516; 5. Mid Peninsula, 558; 6. Carney-Nadeau, 576.

Top 10 overall

1. Savanna Stenberg, Bark River-Harris, 94; 2. Hannah Starnes, Bark River-Harris, 96; 3. Lexi Gussert, Forest Park 98; 4. Hannah Marinoff, Forest Park, 111; 5. Toni Santi, Forest Park, 111; 6. Hunter Branstrom, Mid Peninsula, 111; 7. Emily Johnson, Bark River-Harris, 113; 8. Kaitlyn Bradley, Forest Park, 114; 9. Bailey Downs, Munising, 115; T10. Caitlin Sefcik, Big Bay de Noc, 121; T10. Annie Taylor, Forest Park, 121.

Forest Park (434) – 1. Lexi Gussert, 98; 2. Hannah Merinoff, 111; 3. Toni Santi, 111; 4. Kaitlyn Bradley, 114.

Bark River-Harris (443) – 1. Savanna Stenberg, 94; 2. Hannah Starnes, 96; 3. Emily Johnson, 113; 4. Payton Bozzo, 140.

Munising (510) – 1. Bailey Downs, 115; 2. Marissa Immel, 128; 3. Frankie Mattson, 129; 4. Megan Murray, 138.

Big Bay de Noc (516) – 1. Caitlin Sefcik, 121; 2. Ariel Cousineau, 123; 3. Holle Potvin, 130; 4. Patience Harris, 142.

Mid Peninsula (558) – 1. Hunter Branstrom, 111; 2. Marissa Westlund, 129; 3. Marissa Ledgerwood, 144; 4. Sarah Hanson, 174.

Carney-Nadeau (576) – 1. Breanne Bedgood, 134; 2. Morgan DuPont, 136; 3. Nicole Arkens, 140; 4. Samantha Charlier, 166.

All-conference – Savanna Stenberg, Hannah Starnes and Emily Johnson, BRH; Lexi Gussert, Hannah Marinoff, Toni Santi, Kaitlyn Bradley and Annie Taylor, FP; Hunter Branstrom, MP; Bailey Downs, Mun; Caitlin Sefcik, BB.