Roland-Story boys fall to Hawks, win home quad meet

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Norse boys’ golf team went up against a good South Hamilton club last Tuesday (April 19) at the Jewell Golf and Country Club. West Marshall also joined the meet. The weather was great and it provided for a perfect night for golf. The Hawks took advantage of an off night by the Norsemen, defeating their rivals 165-171. It was Roland-Story’s first loss of the season (5-1). West Marshall wasa close third with a 176 team score.

Cole Matheason led the Norse with a 40, good for runner up medalist honors. Grant Waline turned ina round of 42, followed by CJ Arnold at 44, Tyler Risdal shot a 45 and Will Halstead and Will Larson each carded 46s. Nathan Sogard was the meet medalist with a 38 for South Hamilton.

The R-S J.V. managed to win their portion of the meet with a 177 total, defeating South Hamilton (187) and West Marshall (205). Max Halstead led the Norse junior varsity with a 43, while Ben Carlson followed with a 44, Alex Retallick and Dylan Matheason each shot 45s, Carson Ehrenberg carded a 46, Charlie Fournier came in with a 48, Zach Hartzler turned in a 51 and Wyatt Erickson and Derek Hartzler each posted 63s.

The Norsemen boys returned home on Friday (April 22), hosting Greene County, North Polk and CMB at River Bend.

“It was a great night for golf and the kids played really well,” said Coach Tyler Frederiksen. “It was good to see after not playing great earlier in the week at Jewell.”

The Norse shot their best team score of the season, posting a 156 to defeat their opposition handily. Greene County was second at 201, followed by North Polk (209) and CMB (226).

Grant Waline was the meet medalist with a 38. Will Larson won the card back over teammate Cole Matheason to take runner up medalist honors. Both Will and Cole shot rounds of 39. And Tyler Risdal had a season-best score of 40. Other varsity scores were turned in by Will Halstead with a 44 and CJ Arnold posted a round of 51.

The R-S J.V. also performed well, defeating Greene County and North Polk 169-237-265, respectively. CMB didn’t have enough golfers for a J.V. team.

The J.V. was led by Dylan Matheason’s 41. John Barclay followed at 42, with Carson Ehrenberg and Ben Carlson each posting 43s. Alex Retallick had a 44 and Max Halstead shot a 51.

The Norsemen boys closed out their week with an early rise on Saturday morning (April 23), as they traveled to Grundy Center for the 18-hole Spartan Invitational. An annual tradition, the weather finally provided this tourney with a near-perfect day for golf.

“It was the best weather we have had at this tournament since I’ve been the coach,” said Coach Frederiksen, “even (better than) when I played for Roland-Story and went to this same tournament. We have been snowed on, had frost delays, 40 mph winds, rain, you name it. It got a little windy toward the end of the day, but overall, it was great weather.”

The Norse performed well too, finishing in the runner up spot in the team standings, losing by just one stroke to the host school Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck 332-333. Grant Waline was the tournament medalist, carding a 78 (39-39), one shot in front of runner up Jake Bangasser of GC/G-R. Other Norse scores included Cole Matheason’s 83 (40-43), Will Larson had an 85 (43-42), Tyler Risdal carded an 87 (44-43), Will Halstead posted a 90 (46-44) and CJ Arnold came in with a 98 (51-47).

Rounding out the team scores were Union (361), BCLUW (371), Hudson (397), GMG (430) and Waterloo Christian (497).

“I was happy with how the kids played,” concluded Frederiksen, “especially since none of them had played this course before.”