By Kelsie Hoitomt
RICE LAKE — Five young men headed to the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison for the Division 3 Team State Championship Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4.
The last time a team went to state for the Hilltoppers was in June of 1999 when Jeremy Lyons, Bo Standaert, Jordan Barringer, Peter Johnston, Tony Obermueller and Will Ohman took second at the Sectional meet with a 347 total.
As of Tuesday morning the team was sitting in seventh place with freshman Garret Schemionek leading the team after a first round score of 88 and he was plus one in the second round.
Jake Hierlmeier had the team high in the first round with an 87, but was sitting at 11 over in the second round. Nick Mrdutt and Zach Schemionek each had a 91 in the first round and Nathan Mrdutt rounded out the team with a 98.
The team was bouncing back and forth between sixth and seventh place against Weyauwega-Fremont.
The second round started at 7:00 a.m. for the Division 3 teams on Tuesday (June 4). Monday’s competition began at noon with the last of the Hilltoppers teeing off around 2:00 p.m.
Journey to State
It was last Tuesday, May 28 that Hierlmeier, Nick Mrdutt, Nathan Mrdutt, Zach Schemionek and Garret Schemionek shot a team score of 330 to land them in second place at the Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. First place went to Osseo Fairchild with a 319.
It was a nailbiter of a day as the Toppers fluctuated in the standings, going from fifth to third and back as the results poured in, but they never fell beyond the top ten.
Hierlmeier led the team in the 18-hole show down with a score of 40 in each round. One point behind was Nick Mrdutt with an 81 after shooting a 42 in the first nine and a team best round of 39 to end the day. Zach Schemionek finished with an 83 with a first round of 40 and a second of 43. Then it was Garret Schemionek with a 86 after shooting a 42 and 44. Lastly, was Nathan Mrdutt with an 89 after shooting a 46 and 43.
Full results from the championship tournament can be found online at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) website.