GIRARD - The target on the backs of the Girard boys golf team got a little bigger on Thursday. Lakeview, which only lost to the Indians by one stroke a week ago, was gearing up for a rematch at Mahoning Country Club, Girard's home course.
Led by rounds of 37 by Evan, Jimmy and Mark Standohar, Girard remained unbeaten at 11-0 with a team score of 151. The Bulldogs shot a 160. On Aug. 26 at Walnut Run, the Indians edged them, 162-163.
"Lakeview is a great team," Jimmy Standohar said. "Any match, we don't want to take lightly, you don't get anything good out of that."
Girard coach Josh Marsh stresses that. Just because the team has won 33-straight All American Conference National Division matches doesn't mean the wins are guaranteed.
"Everybody knows, 'Hey Girard's won 33 league matches in a row,' " Marsh said. "Everybody roots for the underdog. They always want to be the team that says we beat you. I remind them every time that people are coming for you. People want to beat Girard."
Lakeview's Buster Thomas was the medalist on Thursday with an even par 35 - one of his better rounds of the year as the senior has a 38 average.
"I felt alright," Thomas said "I putted really well and I like the greens here."
Brandon Reed shot a 40 for the Bulldogs Eric Rohrbaugh had a 42 and Nick Durst shot a 43. For Girard, Christian Bello had a 40 and Zane Chase shot a 41.
"We've been gunning for them the last three years," Thomas said. "We've come close, we just haven't put it all together."
Champion was the last team to beat Girard in an early season match from 2011. On Aug. 21, the Indians set a school record by beating Champion at Mahoning Country Club by shooting a 136. Evan had a 32 on that day, while Mark had a 33.
Girard has four more league matches remaining and Lakeview (9-4, 8-4) faces Liberty and Jefferson next week.