VIROQUA — The Platteville golf team placed all five golfers in the top 12 at last Wednesday’s Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championships at Viroqua Hills, but it still wasn’t enough to chase down conference champion River Valley.
The Blackhawks shot a combined 320 to hold off the Hillmen (335) by 15 strokes to claim the conference tournament title as well as the overall SWC championship. Platteville finished second in the final standings with 41 points, six back of River Valley (47). Richland Center (26) was third.
“From the outset of the season Coach Temperly and I knew this was a special group,” said Hillmen head coach John Sponsler. “The team chemistry was apparent on day one and has only gotten better throughout the season. We gave River Valley everything they could handle for the conference title. In the end we finished a little short of our goal but we learned and are optimistic for the future.”
Freshman Isaiah Altfillisch shot an 83 at conference to tie for sixth-place and earn first-team All-SWC honors by virtue of his fifth-place finish in the season-long individual SWC points standings.
Fellow freshman Cade Rohrbach and sophomores Ethan Suits and Zach White tied for eighth at conference with 84s. Junior Alex Traxler carded an 87 to finish 12th. Rohrbach and Traxler finished sixth and seventh in the season-long individual points standings to earn second-team All-SWC honors. Suits and White received honorable mention recognition.
The Hillmen will next compete in the WIAA Division 2 Prairie du Chien regional today.
(from Wednesday, May 18 @ Viroqua Hills Golf Course, par 71)
Team scores — 1.River Valley 320, 2.Platteville 335, 3.Richland Center 368, 4.Dodgeville 379, 5.Lancaster 391, 6.Lancaster 400.
Top individuals — 1.Josh Hentrich (Lan) 74, 2(tie).James Frank (RV) 77, 2(tie).Derek Wedige (RV) 77, 4.Isaac Lange (RV) 78, 5.Fynn Geiges (RC) 79.
Platteville (335) — 6(tie).Isaiah Alfillisch 83, 8(tie).Cade Rohrbach 84, 8(tie).Ethan Suits 84, 8(tie).Zach White 84, 12.Alex Traxler 87.
Final SWC team standings — 1.River Valley 47, 2.Platteville 41, 3.Richland Center 26, 4.Dodgeville 21, 5.Lancaster 18, 6.Prairie du Chien 15.
First-team All-SWC — James Frank (RV) 228.5, Josh Hentrich (Lan) 222.5, Derek Wedige (RV) 208.5, Isaac Lange (RV) 192.5, Isaiah Altfillisch (Pla) 184.5.
Second-team All-SWC — Cade Rohrbach (Pla) 179.5, Alex Traxler (Pla) 178, Haydn Ring (RV) 174.5, Cody Kintz (RC) 173, Fynn Geiges (RC) 171.
Honorable mention All-SWC — Mike Mackinnon (D) 165, Sam Peterson (PdC) 137, Ethan Suits (Pla) 132, Zach White (Pla) 127.5, Dillon Marshall (Lan) 120.5.