Nicole Jones

Shelby's Nicole Jones tees off during last week's Division II sectional tournament at Valley View Golf Course in Galion. 

FINDLAY — Nicole Jones is going back to state and this time the Shelby senior will have some company from north central Ohio.

Jones shot a 74 to take medalist honors at the Division II district tournament Monday at Sycamore Springs Golf Course. She will be joined at state by Colonel Crawford, which earned the fourth and final qualifying spot with a team total of 387.

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team earned bids to next week’s Division II state tournament at Ohio State’s Gray Course. The two-day event tees off Oct. 15 and concludes Oct. 16.

A week after claiming her third straight Valley View sectional title, Jones won her first district crown by two strokes over Hicksville’s Kenzie Schroeder.

Jones was fifth at last year’s district tournament with a 78 and sixth with a 77 as a sophomore in 2019. She will be making her fourth straight appearance at the state tournament.

Colonel Crawford, meanwhile, will be making its first-ever trip to Columbus.

The Eagles, who won the team title at last week’s Valley View sectional by a whopping 31 strokes over runner-up Edison, were led by sophomore Lucy Myers (80). Junior Sophie Beck shot a 97, followed by senior Katie Reynolds (98) and senior Katie Hanft (102). Senior Chelsea Daubenspeck had a drop score of 116.

St. Peter’s senior Danielle Powell tied for ninth with an 86. Powell was making her third appearance at the district tournament.

The Wynford girls finished 15th with a 449. Junior Jordyn Alspach led the Royals with a 95. Fellow juniors Melanie Johnson and Kyliana Bennett carded matching 116s, while freshman Addison Lust had a 122 and senior Abi Chester had a 135.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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