Golfers finally get in the swing

IRON RIVER—Winter hung on to the very last, but West Iron County’s golf teams finally got their seasons started last week, competing in meets at Pine Grove in Iron Mountain and at Escanaba.
    The nine-hole meet in Iron Mountain on May 7 saw the Wykon boys take first place and the girls finish second.
    The boys team was led by Nathan Thomson, who shot 39 for medalist honors, followed by brother Noah, runner-up with a 40.
    They had plenty of support: Trey Bociek, 41; Robbie Quayle, 45; Peyton Williams, 46; Brayden Nelson, 47; Dylan Berlinski, 52; Kameron Fritsche, 62; and Erik Froblom, 64.
    WIC’s boys won the meet with a team score of 165, followed by Iron Mountain (190) and Kingsford (206).
    The Wykon girls were led by Mya Grubbs, whose 66 was second-best score of the day. Brianna Kemnppainen shot a 67, and Stephanie Wiegand fired a 74.
    Four freshmen made their high school debuts: Tori Bociek, in her first time on a golf course, shot a 75; Ella Maloney, 79; and Lexi Gervae and Stephanie Wiegand, both 83.
    ● On May 10, the Wykons played 18 holes at Escanaba against many of the Great Northern Conference schools.
    Nathan Thomson led the Wykon contingent, shooting a 79 to take fourth place. Noah Thomson was fifth with an 80, and Bociek’s 83 tied him for 10th place. Other WIC scores were Quayle (90) and Williams (93).
    West Iron’s boys finished in third place, 20 strokes behind first place Gladstone. Coach Mark Martini liked his team’s competitiveness, its ability and depth, and feels the team should contend for conference and U.P. honors this season.
    The girls were led by Kemppainen, whose score of 112 earned a seventh place finish. Bociek finished at 129, followed by Grubbs (140), Stapleton (141) and Maloney (145).
    The girls finished fifth in a field of seven teams on a cold, windy day.
    ● This week, the Wykon golfers take on some West Pac Conference opponents at Portage Lake (Houghton) on May 15. Then they host the George Young Invitational on May 16 (girls) and 17 (boys). Action starts at 9 a.m. both days.