The Nordonia High School boys and girls golf teams are seeking more consistency as they enter the middle of their 2016 schedule.
The boys played a tri-match against Ravenna and Streetsboro at Windmill Lakes on Aug. 22. The Knights beat both opponents, recording a score of 165. The Ravens shot a 210, while the Rockets managed a 212.
Senior Jared Budner was the medalist for Nordonia, producing a round of 39. Behind him were junior Jake Vetrovsky (42), senior Chris Armao (42), and junior Mitch Ehrman (42).
On Aug. 25, Nordonia dropped a 168-171 decision to Suburban League National Conference rival Hudson at Ellsworth Meadows. Vetrovsky led the way this time with a 38, while junior Drake Tobias and Budner both contributed a round of 44 and Armao had a 45.
On Aug. 29, Nordonia battled another conference foe, traveling to Fox Den to face Stow-Munroe Falls. This time, the Knights emerged victorious, downing the Bulldogs by the score of 155-162.
Tobias was the medalist in that match with a score of 37. Vetrovsky was right behind him with a round of 38, while Budner shot a 39 and Armao added a 41.
"We're still growing as a team," said Nordonia boys coach Scott Lawrence. "We're fighting issues with consistency, but we might be turning the corner after our round with Stow. Players are finally able to see what they are potentially capable of shooting together as a team. It lit a fire and sparked some enthusiasm in them that will hopefully carry over into the rest of the season."
The Nordonia girls also played three matches recently, starting with a contest against conference counterpart Stow-Munroe Falls on the road Aug. 24.
The Lady Knights fell to defeat by the score of 177-193. Juniors Delaney Monroe and Sydney Vitt both shot a round of 47 to pace Nordonia's efforts.
On Aug. 5, conference nemesis Hudson visited Nordonia, pinning a 176-196 loss on the Lady Knights. Senior Megan Ryan finished with a 46 to lead the home team, and Monroe was next with a 48.
On Aug. 30, Nordonia hosted conference foe Brecksville-Broadview Heights, sustaining a 190-198 defeat. Senior Bella Zak paced the Lady Knights, shooting a round of 47. Next were Monroe and Vitt, each with a round of 48.
According to Nordonia girls coach Jon Dombroski, the National Conference has lived up to its rough-and-tumble reputation.
"The strength of the conference has been shown with the depth of talent this year, and the scores have reflected it," said Dombroski. "However, the team remains upbeat, as they've continued to progress and even play better than they did at this point last year.
"Unfortunately these strides have not been marked with victories. The lack of depth is showing itself to be the Achilles heel of the team, as we have yet to put together four good scores during a given match. The fact that we have two all-conference players on our team and yet are looking to finish in the bottom half of the conference speaks to the growth of girls golf in Northeast Ohio."