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Eagles News · Alumni Spotlight: Lexey Tobel


Hartland grad Lexey Tobel earns Horizon League basketball weekly honor

Lexey Tobel of Hartland has had no problem transitioning from high school to college basketball.

In just her second week playing for the University of Detroit Mercy, Tobel earned the Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor.

Tobel scored 16 points in her second career game and home debut, going 5-for-8 from 3-point range in an 85-81 loss to Bowling Green on Nov. 13.

She also had two blocks, two rebounds and an assist.

Her scoring total was the most for a Titan freshman in her home debut since Grand Blanc graduate Shareta Brown had 24 in 2012.

Tobel is averaging 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in her first two games.

She was the Livingston County Player of the Year last winter, leading Hartland to a 22-2 record.

“I went down to their exhibition game against Lawrence Tech,” Hartland coach Don Palmer said. “They ended up losing that game; Lawrence Tech is very good. What I saw was Lexey fits in very well. She’s not above her head by any means.

“The Bowling Green game, I watched a little bit on ESPN3. She’s just stroking. I think she’s comfortable.”

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Multiple Teams · Alumni Shoutout: Kyle Summerfield to Coach Linden Wrestling


Summerfield takes over Linden’s wrestling program

By David Troppens | Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 1:25 pm 

When Kyle Summerfield was wrestling in high school, he had a successful career.

The Hartland wrestler held a 181-40 career record and was a two-time All-State wrestling performer. He was one of many outstanding wrestlers at Hartland who helped the Eagles maintain their status as one of the state’s finest wrestling programs.

Eight years later, Summerfield is back, beginning a new chapter in his wrestling life. After spending about four years in Texas, Summerfield got married and moved back to the tri-county area this summer. He’s currently working within his family’s business. He’s also Linden’s new varsity wrestling coach, replacing Todd Skinner, who resigned the position in June.

Summerfield will be holding a town hall-format meeting at Linden High School’s gymnasium on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for all students and parents. Summerfield is excited to take over the Linden program.

“Historically they had one of the area’s better programs,” Summerfield said. “Coach Skinner ran a successful program for 20 years  and now I’ll try to build on his foundation, create a new era of Linden wrestling and take it to the next level.”

Linden athletic director Greg Durkac said three candidates were interviewed by a five-member board. Durkac said it was a unanimous decision.

“He was very impressive during the interview,” Durkac said. “It was a unanimous decision to hire Kyle. His energy and organizational skills, his passion for the sport, along with his ability to articulate and focus on family, the athlete’s health and nutrition … were impressive.”

What Summerfield has accomplished since graduating from Hartland High School in 2009 has been pretty impressive as well. He has eight years of youth wrestling experience, including two years with the Hartland wrestling Club, three years with Michigan Extreme, two years with Team Leonidas and one year with the Viking Wrestling Club. His first high school coaching position came at Sparta High School during the 2012-13 season as an assistant wrestling coach, and was the head coach for the Team District champion Northview High School squad in 2013-14.

Summerfield moved to Katy, Texas in July 2014 and became an assistant wrestling coach at Seven Lakes High School, earning assistant coach of the year honor for the state of Texas. He taught social studies while there and was named First Year Teacher of the Year.

For the 2016-17 school year he moved to Lanier High School where he had a team of just five returning wrestlers, but by the end of the season had 40 wrestlers on the squad. The team was successful as well, earning a team district title as well as finishing eight at the state dual championships.

During the summer, Summerfield, married and moved back to Michigan, eventually accepting the Linden wrestling position. He is also creating a new youth program for wrestlers between the ages of 6 and 14 called Summit Wrestling.

“Our high school team will work with the club hand-in-hand, helping out the young men and women in the club,” Summerfield said. “One of the big things in the program is family. We want to build a culture from a young age to high school that these people are part of the Linden team and are part of the Linden family. There are kids who are 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-years old who idolize him and her (the high school wrestlers) and being a face they can talk to makes a world of difference.”

Summerfield said many of the principles he will bring to the Linden program involve those he learned while in youth wrestling while being coached by his father Kelly Summerfield and fellow Hartland Wrestling Club coach Jerry Bommarito.

Summerfield was an outstanding student-athlete himself. He earned Academic All-State honors and was named The State Bank’s Co-Male Athlete of the year in June 2009. He also was a standout football and baseball player while at Hartland.

Summerfield replaces Skinner, who began his wrestling coaching career at Linden in 1999. During his time in the position he led the Eagles to the team state tournament twice, advancing as far as the Division 2 state semifinals in 2007. Skinner won more than 300 dual matches in his tenure. Skinner was placed on administrative leave and initially fought to remain the varsity wrestling coach. However, he eventually resigned the position, opening the door for Summerfield’s hiring.

“As a member of the school district and the community and as the athletic director I’m excited to have Kyle as part of our Linden family,” Durkac said.

 

 

This article is from the Tri-County times and can be found using this link.  

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Eagles News · Alumni in the News: Shaelyn Albrecht


Our twirler from two years ago, Shaelyn Albrecht, was on the jumbotron
Saturday September 2, with the Michigan Marching Band.  Also notable – she
was the named national collegiate twirling champion earlier this
summer

 

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Multiple Teams · Best of the KLAA West: No. 7 boy, Hartland’s Austin Eicher


The realignment of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association means the end of the KLAA West, which was home to Brighton, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney sports teams since the 2008-09 school year.

Brighton, Hartland and Howell will be part of the KLAA Gold along with Grand Blanc, Livonia Stevenson, Northville and Novi in all sports except football, gymnastics, hockey and lacrosse.

Pinckney left the KLAA to join the Southeastern Conference. Milford, which left for the newly formed Lakes Valley Conference, was also part of the KLAA West since its inception. Grand Blanc joined in 2009-10, but was voted out of the league, beginning in 2018-19.

The KLAA West featured some great athletes during its nine seasons of existence. There were state champions, all-staters and others who were just outstanding all-around athletes in multiple sports.

This is part of a series on the top 10 male and female athletes in the history of the KLAA West as chosen by Livingston Daily sports reporter Bill Khan. Unlike our annual Livingston County Athlete of the Year selections, great single-sport athletes are recognized on this list. We will count them down, alternating each between girls and boys.

TOP ATHLETES SO FAR

No. 7 female:Brighton’s Taylor Seaman

No. 8 male: Brighton’s Luke Ready

No. 8 female: Brighton’s Julia Dean

No. 9 male: Hartland’s Matt Poches

No. 9 female: Howell’s Veronica Pezzoni

No. 10 male: Howell’s Bryce Lindberg

No. 10 female: Hartland’s Maddie Pogarch

No. 7: AUSTIN EICHER

  • School: Hartland
  • Graduated: 2014
  • Sports: Wrestling, lacrosse
  • College: Northern Illinois University, Michigan State University wrestling
  • Accomplishments: Of all the great wrestlers who have helped make Hartland a force on the state scene, only Eicher has competed in three individual state championship matches. Eicher finished fourth at 112 pounds in 2011 and second at 119 in 2012 before winning at 130 in 2013 and 135 in 2014. At the time, he was only the sixth two-time state champ in county history. Eicher’s first state championship came at the expense of fellow Eagle Jacob Gorial, whom he beat 5-0 in a rare title match involving teammates. He repeated as a senior, despite a painful rib injury. He went 41-1 during an injury-plagued senior season. Eicher made his presence known immediately, winning 60 matches as a ninth-grader to set a school record for a freshman. He finished with a 205-13 record. Eicher was the first Hartland wrestler to win three KLAA individual titles. Eicher was also a key attack player for Hartland’s lacrosse team. He chose to wrestle in college, going to Northern Illinois University before transferring to Michigan State University. In March, he became the first Hartland graduate to win a match at the NCAA Division I tournament. As a redshirt freshman, he was the Mid-American Conference champion and an NCAA qualifier for Northern Illinois.
  • Comment: “He’s just an incredible, incredible wrestler,” Hartland coach Todd Cheney said. “He’s put his whole life into it. … He’s wrestled since he was 6, and we’ve pretty much all known a ton of that time that he was going to be successful.”
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Multiple Teams · Best of the KLAA West: No. 9 boy, Hartland’s Matt Poches


 

The realignment of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association means the end of the KLAA West, which was home to Brighton, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney sports teams since the 2008-09 school year.

Brighton, Hartland and Howell will be part of the KLAA Gold along with Grand Blanc, Livonia Stevenson, Northville and Novi in all sports except football, gymnastics, hockey and lacrosse.

Pinckney left the KLAA to join the Southeastern Conference. Milford, which left for the newly formed Lakes Valley Conference, was also part of the KLAA West since its inception. Grand Blanc joined in 2009-10, but was voted out of the league, beginning in 2018-19.

The KLAA West featured some great athletes during its nine seasons of existence. There were state champions, all-staters and others who were just outstanding all-around athletes in multiple sports.

This is part of a series on the top 10 male and female athletes in the history of the KLAA West as chosen by Livingston Daily sports reporter Bill Khan. Unlike our annual Livingston County Athlete of the Year selections, great single-sport athletes are recognized on this list. We will count them down, alternating each between girls and boys.

TOP ATHLETES SO FAR

No. 9 female: Howell’s Veronica Pezzoni

No. 10 male: Howell’s Bryce Lindberg

No. 10 female: Hartland’s Maddie Pogarch

No. 9: MATT POCHES

  • School: Hartland
  • Graduated: 2011
  • Sports: Football, basketball
  • Colleges: Oakland University, Ferris State basketball
  • Accomplishments: Few athletes in Livingston County history were able to elevate their level of play in the biggest games quite like Poches. As a sophomore, he was a major reason why Hartland reached the third round of the state football playoffs for the only time in school history and the regional final in basketball for the only time. In 2008, he had a total of four touchdown catches in playoff victories over Grand Blanc and Howell. That winter, his layup as time expired gave Hartland a 57-55 victory over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the regional semifinals. He was a four-year varsity basketball player whose potential in football was unknown, because he didn’t play his senior year. In his first varsity football game in 2008, he caught three touchdown passes against Livonia Churchill. He was the county’s Player of the Year in basketball in 2010-11, averaging 24.5 points and receiving honorable mention All-State. That included an average of 29.7 points in three district games after he missed eight games with a concussion. He scored 40 points against Howell in his first game back, then hit the winning free throw with 1.8 seconds left against Walled Lake Central in the district semifinals. He was a rare Division I boys’ basketball signee from this county, playing two years at Oakland University before transferring to Ferris State.
  • Comment: “We want to be looked at as a good team and one that leaves a good legacy at Hartland,” Poches said after his final game at Hartland, a loss in the basketball regional semifinals. “I think we did that. It’s good feeling to know we’re going out as district champs, and that hasn’t been done at Hartland a lot. We’re proud of ourselves, and it just sucks that we had to lose.”

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Multiple Teams · Best of the KLAA West: No. 10 girl, Hartland’s Maddie Pogarch


The realignment of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association means the end of the KLAA West, which was home to Brighton, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney sports teams since the 2008-09 school year.

Brighton, Hartland and Howell will be part of the KLAA Gold along with Grand Blanc, Livonia Stevenson, Northville and Novi in all sports except football, gymnastics, hockey and lacrosse.

Pinckney left the KLAA to join the Southeastern Conference. Milford, which left for the newly formed Lakes Valley Conference, was also part of the KLAA West since its inception. Grand Blanc joined in 2009-10, but was voted out of the league, beginning in 2018-19.

The KLAA West featured some great athletes during its nine seasons of existence. There were state champions, all-staters and others who were just outstanding all-around athletes in multiple sports.

This is part of a series on the top 10 male and female athletes in the history of the KLAA West as chosen by Livingston Daily sports reporter Bill Khan. Unlike our annual Livingston County Athlete of the Year selections, great single-sport athletes are recognized on this list. We will count them down, alternating each between girls and boys, over the next three weeks.

No. 10: MADDIE POGARCH

  • School: Hartland
  • Graduated: 2015
  • Sports: Football, basketball, soccer
  • College: Central Michigan University soccer
  • Accomplishments: Pogarch made the 2015 all-state soccer Dream Team, a compilation of the top 11 players in the state, regardless of division. She is the only Livingston County player in the last 10 years to make that exclusive squad. She received at least honorable mention all-state all four years, making the Division 1 third team in 2013 and first team/Dream Team in 2015. She achieved a statistical milestone by becoming the first Hartland girl to score at least 20 goals and 20 assists when she reached 21 in both categories in 2015. She achieved a different milestone by becoming the first Hartland girl to play on the football team. She decided to come out as a kicker her senior year, because “by senior year … I will never get a chance to play this again,” she said. Pogarch was also a varsity basketball player for two years. She is playing soccer at Central Michigan University, where she made the MAC All-Freshman Team before making second-team All-MAC as a sophomore and junior. Pogarch was Livingston County’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2014-15. In her four-year soccer career, she tallied 56 goals and 45 assists.
  • Comment: “I think the respect she gained from the guys was fun to watch,” football coach Brian Savage said. “There were times she’d be beating guys in sprints and you could tell it was causing them some angst. They’d have to compete harder, at least to make it look good.”
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Boys Junior Varsity Golf, Boys Varsity Golf · Alumni Spotlight: Beau Breault in the Michigan Amateur Golf Tournament


Hartland native Beau Breault reaches championship round of Michigan Amateur

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ADA — Two years ago, former Hartland standout and current Eastern Michigan University golfer Beau Breault entered the Michigan Amateur Championship. He wouldn’t survive past the two stroke-play rounds, his time in the tournament being cut abruptly short.

This year, Breault, 20, entered again, albeit with a different mindset. After having what he called multiple poor summer seasons, he just wanted to advance to match play at the 106th Michigan Amateur Championship at Egypt Valley Country Club.

After that, he knows, “anything can happen,” but believed just qualifying for the match-play round — which he did — would establish a solid base off which to improve and give him confidence in his game moving forward.

Little did Breault know he would not only reach match play, but he would win five of his head-to-head battles, be the youngest player in the final four by 12 years, and advance to Saturday’s championship round again Tom Werkmeister of Grandville, the 2009 champion and 2012 runner-up, who Breault nearly knocked off in the finals.

 

Werkmeister would win, 3-and-1, to claim his second Michigan Amateur title, but Breault, originally down by four holes through the first five, stormed back to cut the deficit to one following the 15th before the 49-year-old marketing salesman locked up his championship on 17.

“This was kind of a breakthrough tournament for me,” said Breault, who ranked this as the top moment in his young and promising golf career. “I won the (Golf Association of Michigan) Junior Invitational in 2014, and since then I’ve played well in a couple of tournaments, but I haven’t had very good summers.

“I’ve been working really hard this summer, though, and for me to finally have a good summer tournament means a lot to me. It proves to me I can finally do it.”

For Breault, it was only the third time he could recall competing in match play.

On Tuesday, in the first round of stroke play, he wasn’t sure if he would get the chance.

“I had to make birdies on the back nine to even get to match play,” said Breault, who shot a total of 149, tying him for 28th and making him the 39th seed in a 64-player bracket.

“But once we got into match play, I felt a lot better, more focused. My goal was to get into match play, and once I did, I felt relieved. I said, ‘I have nothing left to lose now. Just go out and try your best.’”

Breault was trailing by three holes in the opener on Thursday, yet rallied against Chad Johnson to win, 2-and-1. In fact, he would win his first three matches, 2-and-1. He earned his way into the semifinals by downing 2001 champion and No. 2 seed Andy Matthews, 4-and-3, in the quarterfinals, then beat Bret Hudson of Bloomfield Hills, 4-and-3, in the semis.

“On Thursday, I had to come back, but, on Friday, I kind of cruised through,” Breault said.

Werkmeister was all that stood in the way of Breault and the Michigan Amateur title.

The Hartland native teed off with former teammates Bryce Messier and Baker Stevenson, and his girlfriend Hailey Tester, at his side. The three took turns caddying for him throughout the weekend, which he said was a boost.

“It was huge,” Breault said. “Obviously, they know my game probably better than anyone else. … They were able to calm me down and help me read putts and not get ahead of myself. It meant a lot.”

And Breault needed to be calmed early on during Saturday’s final.

“I’ve never really had a lot of tournament experience going this far into match play,” he said. “Definitely some nerves through the first five or six holes. I was really shaky off the tee. I was trying to steer the ball a little bit and being cautious instead of aggressive like I was in other matches. I was down after five holes, but I said, ‘OK, you can lay down or be aggressive and try to win some holes.”

Breault would win the seventh, tie the eighth, and began to gain some momentum as he went to the back nine, where he knew he was strongest.

“I birdied 14, parred 15, and I was 1-down after 15,” Breault said.

But Werkmeister took 16, putting Breault behind by two and making 17 and 18 must-win holes.

It wouldn’t get to 18, as Werkmeister finished him off another impressive run.

“It shows that hard work does pay off,” Breault said. “And it’s a confidence booster knowing that I can excel even when times are getting tough, and when it counts.”

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EMU Leads the Way as Five Golfers Selected Academic All-MAC

Breault, Multer, Rodes, Ross, and Weppernig announced to the All-MAC Academic team

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University golf team saw five Eagles selected to the 2017 Mid-American Conference All-Academic team, as Beau Breault (Harltland, Mich.-Hartland), Jared Multer (Battle Creek, Mich.-Lakeview), Kyle Rodes (Plymouth, Mich.-Plymouth), Nic Ross (Dundas, Ontario-Highland Secondary), and Philippee Weppernig (Lucerne, Switzerland-Kantonsschule Alpenquai Luzern) received the honor. For Breault, Multer, and Weppernig it was the first time they were named to the Academic All-MAC team, whereas Ross and Rodes earned the honor for the second and third times, respectively.

EMU led the conference with five Eagles named to the 21 student-athlete team, closely followed by Akron, Ball State, and Toledo with three honorees each.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Beault, a finance major holds a 3.93 cumulative GPA. The sophomore is ranked 23rd in program history for best scoring average of 73.9, while posting the 19th lowest scoring average in the MAC this season. During his 2016-17 campaign, he took part in 11 tournaments, of which he had two top ten finishes and 12 rounds that were par-or-better.

Multer maintained a 3.83 GPA in the Accounting 150 hour program, a program which earns him both a bachelor’s (B.B.A.) and Master’s (M.S.A) degree in Accounting. During his senior campaign, the Michigan native competed in all 34 rounds for EMU, posting an average of 73.56 per round and scoring par-or-better for nine total rounds. He earned MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week, March 22, following his personal-best score of 204 (69-66-69) including his career-best round of 66 at the GCU Invitational.

A communication major, Rodes earned his Academic All-MAC position holding a 3.69 GPA. The Michigan senior, was also recognized for Second Team All-MAC, as well as two-time MAC Golfer of the Week (Sept. 26, 2016 and March 2, 2017) this season. Rodes finished his career with the program’s best single-season scoring average of 72.1 and ranked 365th overall according to Golfweek rankings. This season he competed in 11 events, posting 17 rounds of par-or-better and seven top 10 finishes, including four inside the top five spots.

Ross, a junior with a 3.59 grade point average in Business Administration, had a season average of 73.59 strokes per rounds. During the season, he earned a trio of top 10 showings including third-place finish at the Loyola Intercollegiate where he posted six birdies and an eagle on the way to his career-low of 64. The Canadian native is ranked 727nd according to the Golfweek rankings.

Switzerland native, Weppernig, achieved a 3.70 GPA while majoring in finance. The senior played in 22 rounds for the Eagles this season with an average of 75.36 strokes per round, and a season-low of 71 in the final round of the Loyola Intercollegiate. Weppernig finished off the season tying for 26th at the MAC Championships with a total score of 306 (75-75-78-78).

2017 Men’s Golf Academic All-MAC Team
George Baylis, Akron, Junior, Psychology, 3.254 GPA
Jacob Appleby, Akron, Sophomore, Public Relations, 3.711 GPA
Zach Gollwitzer, Akron, Senior, Corporate Finance, 3.863 GPA
Timothy Wiseman, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.729 GPA
Michael VanDeventer, Ball State, Junior, Exercise Science, 3.429 GPA
Johnny Watts, Ball State, Finance, Junior, 3.417 GPA
Jose Narro, Bowling Green, Senior, Supply Chain Management, 3.391 GPA
Pablo Heredia Iglesias, Bowling Green, Economics, Sophomore, 3.700 GPA
Beau Breault, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore, Finance, 3.93 GPA
Jared Multer, Eastern Michigan, Senior, Accounting 150 Program, 3.83 GPA
Kyle Rodes, Eastern Michigan, Senior, Communication, 3.69 GPA
Nic Ross, Eastern Michigan, Junior, Business Administration, 3.59 GPA
Philippe Weppernig, Eastern Michigan, Senior, Finance, 3.70 GPA

Ian Holt, Kent State, Junior, Business Management, 3.325 GPA
Chase Johnson, Kent State, Junior, Communication Studies, 3.446 GPA
Salvador Rocha, Northern Illinois, Sophomore, Business, 3.550 GPA
Peyton White, Ohio, Senior, Finance, 3.670 GPA
Ben Sattler, Ohio, Sophomore, Finance, 3.382 GPA
Colin Joseph, Toledo, Junior, Supply Chain Management & Finance 3.683 GPA
Spencer Shoemaker, Toledo, Sophomore, Finance, 3.791 GPA
Stephen Watts, Toledo, Junior, Exercise Science, 3.518 GPA

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Boys Junior Varsity Golf, Boys Varsity Golf · Alumni in the News: Hartland’s Bryce Messner named first-team All-GLIAC golfer


 

, Livingston DailyPublished 7:43 p.m. ET May 4, 2017 | Updated 8:33 p.m. ET May 4, 2017

HARTLAND – After being named the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2016 and then leading his team to a conference championship this season, Hartland native and Grand Valley State University sophomore Bryce Messner has earned first-team conference honors in 2017.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced it in a press release last week, with Messner and his teammates – junior Domenic Mancinelli and sophomore Alex Scott – making up three of the seven entrants while head coach Gary Bissell was named Coach of the Year.

“Oh, it’s a tremendous honor,” Messner said Thursday. “It’s really an underrated conference. There are so many good players, and probably about half of the guys could have played Division I. We all compete. It’s really competitive out here, so it’s a real honor to get the award and be with this group of guys.”

Messner followed up a fantastic freshman campaign after averaging a 75.36, 18-hole score – second on the team to Mancinelli. He was also chosen second-team All-GLIAC, the only freshman on the top-two teams.

This year, however, he had hoped to take it a step further.

“Just every day I was training to get better as a player,” Messner said. “I was just trying to grow my intelligence for the game and find my craft and fine-tune my swing, stuff like that. I did a pretty good job of that, but I did get off to a shaky start.”

Messner wasn’t thrilled with the early returns following a long offseason of work, he said. He didn’t provide much a reason for the sluggish – in his mind – start, but simply said he believed things could have gone better.

“I honestly didn’t play as well as I wanted,” he said. “But I managed my game well, and grinded it out.”

By the regular season’s end, Messner had delivered a 74.30 average through 20 rounds, third on a stacked Lakers squad behind Scott (73.95) and Mancinelli (74.00). And those top-three scores were good enough to net GVSU a GLIAC title.

The Lakers won it by 11 strokes, crushing the 13-team field by carding three rounds below 300. Messner posted the second-best score of the meet with a 222, leading Grand Valley to its seventh conference championship and first since 2012-13.

Now the Lakers head to Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Nebraska, for NCAA Men’s Golf Central/Midwest Super Regionals on Monday. They are projected as the No. 2 team and appear to have a great shot at making the top-four cut for nationals.

Other teams heading to Nebraska include the University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Indianapolis, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Saginaw Valley State University and Tiffin University among the 10-team field.

“Both regions are really competitive, but I feel like we have a really good chance,” Messner said. “We’re played very well right now.”

Regardless of what happens, Messner has another busy summer planned as he looks to improve on his sophomore year. The former Livingston Daily Golfer of the Year and Hartland standout said he will try to enter the Michigan Amateur and play in a host of Golfers Association of Michigan events.

“Just try to do as many tournaments as I can to stay fresh,” Messner said.