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Swan song success

Senior Alexa Weber follows through after hitting her second stroke on the first hole at Willowbrook Golf Club Thursday. The Lady Spartanswelcomed New Castle and ran their record to 6-1 on the season, following a 198-214 victory. Weber celebrated senior night on the course by shooting a career-best 43.

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

Whether you see it coming or not, time catches up with you eventually.

For a high school athlete, that’s just a part of the game. Eventually, you will be playing for the final time at home.

The Connersville High School girls golf team experienced that first-hand on Thursday night, hosting New Castle for one final nine-hole round at Willowbrook Country Club.

Most of the team went into Thursday, aware that they would finish off this season, work out through the summer, and then return for another high school campaign late next summer.

There was one exception to that rule, however, as the team teed off against the Lady Trojans.

For Alexa Weber, the tee shots she took were her last, competitively, on the local course with the Lady Spartans.

The lone senior on the team, Weber celebrated her final trek around the course. For her, you might say that senior night was a save-the-best-for-last kind of thing.

Weber, CHS’ No.1 on the depth chart, started strong and never backed off, finishing with a personal-best round of 43 to lead the Spartan girls to a 198-214 victory.

“She played very well, I was very proud of her effort,” Connersville High School coach Chris Bell said. 

The Spartan girls were able to pull out the win, despite some confusion earlier in the day, prior to the start of the match.

“I was told that they were not coming, and that they would see us instead at a three-way match with Richmond on Monday,” Bell said. “Then, while we were out there on the course, their bus pulled up. It was a little strange.”

Four Trojan golfers climbed off that bus, enough to field a team, and the challenge was on.

Lydia Powell wound up as the runner-up medalist in the dual, the CHS golfer finishing with a round of 48. Following her on the Spartan leaderboard was Baylee Schneider (50), Kelli Caldwell (57), Maddie Newman (62), Kaylynn Mohr (62) and Alivia Lynn (66).

But the day was a celebration for Weber, and the upperclassman said she was aware of that throughout the evening.

“It was really sad for me knowing it was last time golfing on that course,” she said. “It was also sad that I was on this course with my team for the last time, but those two things pushed me to do better, to get a good final score

“I really think that it will probably be one of my favorite memories golfing here.”

For the team, Thursday’s score marked the second trip below the 200 mark. The first ocurred on Aug. 27 at Rushville.

The improved play is coming at a good time for the Spartan girls.

The Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference tournament is scheduled to tee off one week from today. The sectional meet is two weeks away.

The victory lifted CHS to 6-1 on the season.

Connersville travels to Greenfield-Central for a double-dual against the Lady Cougars and Hagerstown on Tuesday.