Nils Hansen shot a match-best 75 to take top medalist honors and Berthoud finished sixth out of eight Northern Conference schools Tuesday at Boomerang Golf Course in the final tuneup for next week’s 4A Northern Regional tournament at Mariana Butte Golf Course.
The Spartans only took four players to Tuesday’s meet due to a flu bug that has left the team, in head coach Mike King’s words, a little ragged. But even so, Hansen shot his best round of the season, and Luke Whitfield and Nick Monchak, one of those battling the flu, each shot in the low to mid 80s. Jesse Sommers rounded out Berthoud’s scoring with a 93.
“We consider this our fourth quarter, getting ready for regionals,” King said. “Sitting in a meeting with them (Monday) I told them we needed to find a few strokes to come up with to qualify for state. Nils really took that to heart. We’ve been working on our short game, and he found those four strokes we were looking for.”
The 4A Northern Regional meet is set for Tuesday at Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland. Tee time is set for 11 a.m.
Volleyball Win 4 Out of 5 Matches
Kyla Duncan had 35 assists and 11 digs, and Berthoud won for the fourth time in five matches with a 25-20, 25-18, 17-25, 15-25, 15-13 victory over Niwot on Tuesday night at Berthoud High School.
Morgan Woodruff added 27 kills, and Lexie Yates had 14 digs as the Lady Spartans (4-4, 2-4 4A Northern Conference) avoided dropping a match it led two games to none for the second time in a week. BHS led Greeley Central one week earlier before the visiting Wildcats rallied for the 3-2 victory.
Berthoud, which dropped a straight-set decision at Windsor last Thursday, turned things around at Saturday’s Broomfield Invitational, scoring victories over Sand Creek, Broomfield and Broomfield’s JV team. The only loss in four matches there was a straight-set defeat to Roosevelt. But Berthoud bounced back on Tuesday against Niwot.
“I think they are starting to figure out as a team how to play together,” Berthoud head coach Daisha Agho said. “They are beginning to figure out how each player is different and use that to their advantage. It makes my job a little bit easier.”
“I’m impressed with the improvement, but we’ve got a ways to go,” he said. “We need to keep making progress and our confidence level will rise.”
Otto, Divine Lead BHS to Top-10 Finishes
LYONS — Emma Otto finished 18th overall in leading Berthoud’s girls cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the St. Vrain/Lyons Invitational on Saturday.
Otto finished the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 33 seconds. Hannah Kirk, Dillon Fagler and Amy Loberg also finished in the Top 50 of the 90-runner girls field.
In boys, Nick Divine came in 17th in 17:49 as the Spartans placed ninth out of 15 schools. Spencer Golsan was the only other Berthoud runner in the Top 50, finishing 35th.
“We did a great job against conference teams. The weather was a little rainy on Saturday, but everyone showed seasonal improvements,” Berthoud cross country coach Curt Ranweiler said.
Berthoud senior Derek Gwin, in his second meet back since an early-season medical condition, ran a time of 19:36, third best among BHS runners. However, his time was not recorded as part of the team score.
Boosters Club Looking to Add to Membership
The Berthoud High School Athletic Boosters Club is looking for new members.
Cost is $20 per year per family. Membership includes the opportunity to vote on subjects that pertain to the high school sports teams. The Boosters Club is also looking for sponsors.
For more information, contact Boosters Club President Sharon Duncan at 970-581-4274 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Athletic Boosters mission is to support BHS athletics with extra funding needed this is not provided under the normal budgetary process.