With a little bit of a breather between now and basketball season, We're bringing back All-Area teams.
First, starting with golf. The 2017 season was trying for some, but with golf, that's expected with the ups and downs of the game. West Union saw a lot of success on both the boys' and girls' side with Elijah McCarty and DeAnna Caraway leading the Dragons and Lady Dragons to SHAC titles. McCarty walked away with consecutive SHAC titles after beating the field by 11 strokes in the end of season tourney. The success didn't stop there as he won a district title and placed second in the sectional, qualifying for the state tournament, where he finished 31st. McCarty was also chosen as Southeast District Division III Player of the Year. Caraway beat out teammates Lindsey Daniel and Alex Clark for the girls' SHAC title. The Lady Dragons junior was also named to the Southeast Division III All-District first team.
Georgetown's Lance Sininger wasn't too far off, winning Player of the Year in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference, recording an average score of 1-under par during the season. Here are the 2017 Ledger Independent All-Area Golf Teams.
Boys' 2017 All-Area Golf team
Player of the Year: Elijah McCarty, West Union (SHAC player of the year, won district and placed second in the sectional, named Southeast District Division III Player of the Year )
Lance Sininger, Georgetown (player of the year in the SBAAC with an average score of 1-under, finished sixth in the district)
Jordan Hughes, Fleming County (finished runner-up at Region)
Logan Hayslip, Manchester (finished 3rd in the SHAC)
Robby Draper, Lewis County (finished fourth at Region)
Bryan Walton, Mason County (finished tied for 4th at Region, consistently Mason County's No. 1 golfer during the season)
Bostin Robinson, Peebles (finished tied for 4th in the SHAC)
Dylan Colvin, Manchester (finished 6th in the SHAC)
Logan Liles, Lewis County (finished tied for 6th at Region, qualified for second round of state as an individual)
Mason Butler, Mason County (The Royals No. 2 golfer on the season, fired a season low 75 on Sept. 16 at Grant County Classic)
Jacob Pell, West Union (finished 8th in the SHAC)
Peyton Fyffe, Ripley (had the lowest scoring average for the Bluejays, tied for 13th in SHAC)
Brian Dunn, Ripley (second lowest average for Ripley, tied for 13th in SHAC)
Alex Zurbuch, Georgetown (finished 2nd in SBAAC standings during regular season)
Sam Appleman, Augusta (fired the lowest score for the Panthers at Region)
Girls' 2017 All-Area Golf Team
Player of the Year: Deanna Caraway, West Union (won the SHAC tourney, Southeast Division III All-District first team)
Lindsey Daniel, West Union (finished runner-up in the SHAC tourney)
Alex Clark, West Union (finished 3rd in the SHAC tourney)
Whitney Broughton, Eastern (finished 4th in the SHAC tourney)
Charity Arn, Mason County (Mason County's no. 1 golfer, finished tied for 13th at Region)
Haley White, Mason County (Mason County's no. 2 golfer, finished tied for 19th at Region)
Nicole Burns, Peebles (finished 7th in the SHAC tourney)
Caitlyn Helton, Eastern (finished 8th in the SHAC tourney)
Anna McElwee, Peebles (finished 10th in the SHAC tourney)
Look out for more All-Area teams in the coming weeks. Soccer will be next week, followed by volleyball, cross country and football.