Town Crier Sports Staff
Led by Michael Shedd's 40.4 scoring average, the Manila Lions have racked up four victories this season as the golf team readies for district tournament action.
The Lions began play Aug. 2 in a three team match with Harrisburg and Rector, and the Lions came away with a win, posting a 124 team score. Michael Shedd was the medalist, shooting a low round of 40 while Trey McCormick and Chad Nunnally each fired a 42. Aaron Wallace posted a 47 in the nine-hole match.
The Lions traveled to Walnut Ridge Aug. 6, and faced the daunting task of playing three of the top teams in the area in Pocahontas, Corning and the host Bobcats. The 18-hole match saw Manila finish fourth with Michael Shedd leading the way with an 82. Trey McCormick shot an 85, Chad Nunnally turned in an 86 while Aaron Wallace shot a 91.
Manila came away with a one-shot victory at Brookland over the host Bearcats on Aug. 7, as Michael Shedd shot a one over par 37 to lead the Lions to the win. Chad Nunnally shot a 43, Blaine Lawrence posted a 45 while Trey McCormick came in with a 47.
"This was a big win for us considering two of the teams, Brookland and Corning, are in our conference," said Lion Coach John Deaton.
Buffalo Island Central also participated in the match, with Nathan Whitlow shooting a 51 for the Mustangs.
Rivercrest picked up a nine shot victory over the Lions on Aug. 14 in a four team match which included Riverside and BIC.
Trey McCormick led the Lions with a 48 while Blaine Lawrence and Andrew Nelms were close behind with scores of 49 and 50. Drew Warren finished with a score of 53.
Riverside was led by Dalton Watson, who fired a 52 while Travis Mays and Nathan Eldridge posted scores of 56 and 59 respectively. Aaron Richey shot a 62 for the Rebels.
Nathan Whitlow paced BIC with a round of 47 while Dray Crabtree shot a 55.
The Lions took on Armorel and BIC Aug. 16, and fired a team score of 132 to pick up the win. Michael Shedd was the medalist on the day, shooting a four over 40 to lead the Lions. Drew Warren had a five over 41 while Garrett Scott and Aaron Wallace shot 51 and 52 respectively.
BIC's Nathan Whitlow led his team with a 47 while Dray Crabtree shot a 62.
The Lions posted their fourth victory of the year Aug. 21 at Piggott with a convincing 29 shot win over the Mohawks. Michael Shedd, Chad Nunnally and Trey McCormick each posted rounds of 41 to lead Manila to a 123 team total. Aaron Wallace finished with a 48.
Manila played a four team match Aug. 22 at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro. Justin Kidd fired an impressive one under 35 to lead Brookland to a three shot win over Manila. Michael Shedd topped Manila with a four over 40 while Trey McCormick shot a nice round of 42 and Chad Nunnally posted a 44. Aaron Wallace came away with a score of 53. The Lions tied Pocahontas and Corning with a score of 126.
"We played a really good match," said Deaton. "Brookland was just a little better. It was a good showing for us with Pocahontas being one of the better teams in our league."
The Lions came away with their fifth win of the year on Aug. 28 at Piggott in a two team match with the Mohawks. Manila had a team score of 120, twelve shots better than Piggott. Michael Shedd came away with medalist honors, firing a one over 37, while Aaron Wallace and Trey McCormick posted scores of 41 and 42 respectively.
Pocahontas' Jonathan Madison and Jordan Morrow fired scores of one under 35 to lead the Redskins to an 11 shot victory over Manila and Corning on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Corning. Manila's Michael Shedd also fired a 35 to share medalist honors with Madison and Morrow. Aaron Wallace shot a 40 while Trey McCormick posted a 45.
"Michael Shedd has really played well for us this year," continued Deaton. "Michael qualified for state last year and has a good shot to do it again this season. The rest of the team are all competing for the other top spots. Our lone sophomore, Andrew Nelms, is looking better every day, and I think freshman Garrett Scott will be a good one before his career is over."
The Lions will begin district tournament play Wednesday at Corning, in an attempt to advance to the regional tournament the following week in Little Rock. Manila will be up against four other teams, including Brookland, Piggott, Harrisburg, and the host Bobcats. The top three teams in the tournament will advance to regional play.
"I really think we have an excellent chance to be in the top three and reach the regionals, if we play our game," concluded Deaton.