SOUTHSIDER VOICE PHOTO BY AL STILLEY Former Southport High School baseball player and hitting facility donor Jim Fernandez (right) accepts his framed No. 19 Cardinals jersey that he wore playing for coach Scott Whitlock, who made the presentation at Saturday’s formal opening of the Ruben and Marge Hernandez Memorial Hitting Facility at the school. Several Hernandez family members and former Cardinals players were on hand. Hernandez’s sons, Danny and Nick, played baseball at Southport. The 2,880-square-foot facility features two batting cages and pitching areas. It also showcases banners that honor Cardinals coached by Whitlock, memorabilia and a wall featuring team and individual achievements.
By Al Stilley
Senior staff writer
Center Grove finished third in the boys state golf finals June 14 and 15 at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.
The Trojans, led by runner-up medalist Noah Gillard, fired a team total of 592 strokes, seven behind runner-up Hamilton Southeastern and 11 behind state champion Westfield.
Gillard, a sophomore, shot a 70-69 – 139 and trailed medalist Cedric McAree of Hamilton Southeastern by only two strokes over the rain-interrupted 72-hole state finals. Gillard was 3 under par June 15. His 69 included three birdies and no bogeys on a consistent final day. McAree tied the course record with an opening-round 65.
Center Grove’s individual scores were: senior Jackson Williams, 80-74–154; junior Ethan Shepherd, 73-78– 151; sophomore Sam Jean, 77-75–152; and senior Tyler Rankel, 76-83 – 159. Williams had four birdies in his improved final round.
Perry Meridian junior Nick Osterburg fired 1-under 71s each day to finish in a fourth-place tie with Westfield senior Thomas Lewis.
Osterburg was the medalist at the Providence Regional with a 35-35 – 70 on the Champions Pointe golf course June 10 in Henryville and at the Southport Regional with a 33-34 – 67 on The Legends Golf Course June 3 in Franklin.
Center Grove claimed the Providence Regional with a 292: Jean, 35-36 – 71; Gillard, 36-36 – 72; Rankel, 38-36 – 74; Shepherd, 38-37 – 75; and Logan Anderson, 39-37 – 76. Perry Meridian missed the team cutoff by finishing eight strokes behind third-place Bedford North Lawrence.
The Trojans won the Southport Sectional with a 287, seven strokes ahead of Perry Meridian. Roncalli (313) and Southport (344) were fourth and fifth, respectively.