Raiders golf team peaking as WIAA play nears, Red Hawks in the mix

The Arcadia High School boys’ golf team is peaking at the right time.

The Raiders posted their best score of the season last Tuesday with 157 strokes as a team in their home meet at Arcadia Country Club, their second conference win in as many days after winning Onalaska Luther’s meet on Monday.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau placed third in both meets and had golfers with scores in the top five on both days. The teams competed in an invitational in Nekoosa last Wednesday, but results were not available to the Times.

Both Arcadia and G-E-T were set to visit Black River Falls for a conference meet on Monday before Arcadia will attempt to retain the top spot in the conference at the Coulee Conference Championship meet on Thursday at Drugan’s Castle Mound in Holmen.

Luther Meet

Arcadia’s Sid Halvorsen was one stroke off the top score on Monday as the Raiders and Red Hawks kicked off a series of three meets in three days.

Halvorsen shot a six-over-par 41, bested only by Black River Falls’ Mike Antonelli, who sat atop the individual conference season rankings as of Monday morning. Arcadia won the team competition, edging Black River Falls by six strokes.

Arcadia (171) added scores of 43 from Cole Sobotta and Dustin Klonecki to a 44 from Joey Theis and Halvorsen’s 41 to take the top spot. The Raiders also got a 45 from Connor Lisowski and a 50 from Caleb Pronschinske.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau finished with a 190, led by a 43 from Christopher Wagner and a 44 from Caleb Lightfoot. Ethan Burmeister contributed a 51, and Lance Jumbeck and Boden Bratberg each shot a 52.

Nick Jumper rounded out G-E-T’s scores with a 63.

Luther placed fourth with a 192, followed by Westby/Viroqua at 201, West Salem with a 216 and Hillsboro at 283.

Arcadia Meet

The host Raiders made the most of knowing their surroundings on Tuesday, as Sobotta raked in the top spot with a 1-over-par 36. 

Sobotta’s day was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 third hole and a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole.

Halvorsen came in with a 4-over-par 39 to tie for second and help Arcadia hold the top spot before the Raiders closed the event with top 10 scores from Klonecki and Lisowski, each at 41.

The Red Hawks got a 40 from Lightfoot to tie for fourth, while Bratberg (42, ninth) and Wagner (43, T-10th) also cracked the top ten. The Red Hawks also got a 48 from Jumbeck to get a score of 173, which was one short of second-place Black River Falls.

Luther and Viroqua/Westby tied for fourth with 189, and West Salem was at the bottom of the scores with a 199.

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