DEMOTTE | Andrean might just have to bring assistant football coach Chris Skinner with the team more often.
Skinner was filling in for coach Dennis Pokropinski, who was attending his son’s First Communion and couldn’t be with the team at the Kankakee Valley Invite on Saturday at Sandy Pines Golf Club.
Times No. 10 Andrean shot a 324 for the title, finishing eight strokes ahead of runner-up No. 9 Boone Grove.
“I’ll have to come back for sectionals or another tournament I guess,” Skinner said.
He didn’t know when the last time the Niners won a tournament.
“I don’t even know how long it’s been,” Skinner said. “It’s been awhile.”
Sophomore Jacob Thorsen carded a 78 to lead the way, while seniors Jack Musgrave shot an 80 and Brendan Mulshine a 78. Patrick Howard’s 85 rounded out the scoring.
“I’m sure they’re going to want me to come back for some of the tournaments. I’m a good luck charm,” Skinner joked. “I didn’t really offer any critiques on form or technique or anything like that. I was basically there for moral support.”
Thorsen thought he should’ve done better but managed his way through the back nine.
“I’ve been shooting mid- to high-30s in nine (holes), but that hasn’t translated to good 18-hole scores,” he said. “I felt like I’ve been really close, and I finally put it all together, sort of, today.
“It’s good for these seniors to get something before they leave. We’re looking to get a lot more this year though.”
Boone Grove’s Brad Bobrowski took medalist honors with a 3-over-par 75 on a sunny but windy day.
Bobrowski felt the key was keeping the ball in play.
“I didn’t use the driver too many times,” he said. “Off the tee I was in play. If my irons weren’t on the green, I was getting up and down.”
Jeremy Shaffer shot an 83 to contribute to the Wolves’ effort.
Jordan Henson carded a 78 to help Portage finish third with a 338. Highland’s Tayler Peters also shot a 78.
Peters finished the back nine with a 38, including two birdies.
“The kid played the last four holes two-under par,” Highland coach Dan Richardson said. “I’m really proud of the guy.”
Andrean is hoping it can work some magic in a few weeks at the Northwest Crossroads Conference tournament, which will be played at Sandy Pines.
“Hopefully, I can bring back what I found today and even do better than 78,” Thorsen said.