Crossroads edges Northern; KVA’s Burnette low medalist

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 10:52 PM

Crossroads Christian held off Northern Vance Thursday at Henderson Country Club to claim a two-day county competition that also featured Kerr-Vance and Southern Vance.

Down a player in last week’s initial meet, Northern Vance nearly completed a rally from 21 strokes down Thursday. But the Colts won the event with a two-day total of 782, edging Northern’s 784.

Kerr-Vance shot 826 and Southern, down a player Thursday, finished with 868.

J.F. Webb was also represented in the area meet by three of its players. The Warriors did not compete in the previous meet at Kerr Lake Country Club.

“While the golf probably wasn’t to the level that it has been in some years, it was still really competitive,” said KVA head coach Dave Carrier. “My team is already getting a lot better. I’m sure the other teams are too.”

Joseph Burnette posted an 86 Thursday on the Spartans’ home course to earn low medalist honors with a two-day total of 170. The KVA sophomore bested his longtime friend, Tommy Alicardi, of Northern.

Alicardi, a freshman, shot 90 Thursday to finish four shots back of Burnette.

Alicardi and Burnette concluded their first high school competition against each other after growing up playing together.

“Joseph is playing well,” said Carrier. “I still expect his scores to keep coming down as the year goes on.”

Champion Crossroads was led by Noah Carlson and Colton Steffensen, who each shot 93. Griffin Martin and Noah Pendergrass each posted 99.

Colts head coach Aaron Hale said the effort out of Steffensen, the team’s No. 4, was key.

“For Colton to shoot the 92, that’s what we know he can shoot,” said Hale. “Some of the guys did today what we’ve been waiting on them to do. I think it’s kind of a breakthrough match going forward.”

Crossroads sits atop the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference standings although Northwood Temple has welcomed back its injured No. 2 that missed some early-season matches.

Northern is in good position for a N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A regional berth. The Vikings, who return to Big Eight Conference action April 28, are in third place in the league standings — and their 14-year-old freshman is a big reason why.

“He has quite a reputation around town and in our conference for his consistency,” Northern head coach Nikki Huber said of Alicardi. “He’s always bringing it every week and he has a really good attitude too.”

Jonathan Byrom had Northern’s top score on Thursday with an 87. Jamie Vaughan shot a 91 and Reid Bridges finished with a 95. Hunter Brummitt added a 115.

Webb was led Thursday by Connor Overby’s 107. The freshman was followed by Zach Porterfield’s 110 and Austin Williams’ 112.

Warriors head coach John Hunt echoed Carrier’s sentiment on higher than usual scores, but the competition being good nevertheless.

“It’s a good way for these young men to learn about the other kids in the surrounding area,” said Hunt.

Southern Vance, of the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference, was led Thursday by Dalton Elliott’s 94.

Carrier said KVA junior Jordan Hogge had his best round of the season Thursday with a 99. Spartan sophomore Alex Barnett had his best score with a 113 and seventh-grader Beau Langston also had his top outing with a 115.


FINAL TWO-DAY TEAM STANDINGS
1. Crossroads Christian 400-382 — 782
2. Northern Vance 421-363 — 784
3. Kerr-Vance 413-413 — 826
4. Southern Vance 424-444 — 868

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