Madison Ardelean and Alexis Green lead the Vikings to a runner-up finish in Tuesday's Division I district tournament at The Legends. GlenOak's Jessica Hahn also qualifies for the state tournament as an individual.
MASSILLON There were no restless moments for the Hoover girls golf team on the eve of the Division I district tournament at The Legends. The Vikings simply went out and dined on sushi.
"That's our superstition," junior Madison Ardelean said.
You can bet the Vikings will feast on Japanese cuisine at least one time. The biggest stage of the season awaits them.
Hoover shot 320 on Tuesday to earn their first state tournament berth in five years and fourth overall. The Vikings finished second, six strokes district champion Solon. Hathaway Brown and Magnificat earned the other state berths.
Ardelean led the Vikings with a 75. Alexis Green shot 76, Grace May fired an 83 and Bailey Burgess finished at 86 to round out the scoring. Heather Novak also played Tuesday and shot 89.
The 320 comes on the heels of another 320 Hoover shot to win last week's sectional tournament. The Vikings won their last seven Federal League matches to claim the league title.
"There's like no feeling to describe it," Ardelean said of earning a state berth. "It's amazing. It's crazy to come this far. I bet we go in the bus and cry. We are such a close team ... I'm getting emotional right now thinking about it.
"We have five more days together. We didn't know if today was going to be our last day. It's our family, and we're going down together."
After the morning fog finally lifted, Hoover wasted little time in securing a state qualifying spot. The Vikings shot 154 on the front nine.
"For awhile I thought we were going to break 310," head coach Scott Snyder said. "We were lighting it up for a long time. I don't know if they got tired or just kind of realized they had it and put it on cruise mode.
"The way we started out today, for the longest time I was driving around in the golf cart floating on cloud nine. We were playing real good. ... At that time I felt real, real good about advancing, if not winning."
It looked like Hoover's 320 would hold up. Solon, one of the final teams to finish, chopped 25 strokes off last week's sectional round and edged the Vikings for the team title.
"It's all the same. We just wanted to move on to state," May said. "That was the big picture today, just moving on."
Burgess, Green and Novak are seniors who will make their first state appearance in their final high school tournament. May helped the Vikings reach state in her first season. The freshman was Hoover's top finisher at the sectional tournament with a 78.
"Grace, I'm telling you straight up, she's not a freshman on the golf course," Snyder said. "Her ability is fantastic. It took a little bit of growing pains early on, but she has so much confidence in her swing. She feels comfortable in what she's doing."
GlenOak junior Jessica Hahn will also play in the state tournament for the third time next Friday and Saturday at Ohio State's Gray Course. Hahn shot 73 to earn one of the district's four individual state berth. She finished fourth overall.
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