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Boone retains Musket Cup on the links

Daniel Boone and David Crockett high school golfers competed in the annual two-day Musket Cup beginning Sept. 4 at Graysburg Hills.
The tournament concluded on Sept. 11 at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.
Boone once again retained the Musket Cup over rival Crockett after winning all but one match of the competition.
The yearly event, structured much like the Ryder Cup, pits Pioneer and Blazer golfers against each other with the first day of competition using an alternate shot, match play format and the second day pairing Boone and Crockett golfers one-on-one.
“The Musket Cup is a really neat event for the kids,” Boone Head Coach Scott Martin said.
“They love it, look forward to it and get excited about it every year. I’m a little bit jealous. I’d love to play in a similar format.”
On the first day, Boone swept the Pioneers to take a 6-0 lead.
In the first match, Boone’s Billy Smith and Seth Jones gave the Blazers their first points, winning 5 and 4 against Crockett’s Brady Autrey and Mitchell Kern.
Boone’s Kaleb Stone and Aaron Boyd followed suit, winning by the same margin over Pioneer pair Robbie Isbell and Andrew Meredith.
In match three, Boone’s Grayson Clark and Cole Keck added another point to the Boone total by defeating Eli Fagan and Gibson Miller 3 and 2.
Due to an odd number of participants, two matches in the first day paired Boone and Crockett singles against one another.
Boone’s Jeremiah Ledford and Kathryn Branum each added a point to the Blazers one-day total by taking matches over Crockett’s Dallas Hill 5 and 4 and Rebecca Saylor 5 and 4.
In what Martin called the most compelling match of the day, Blazer pair Hayley Wagner and Anna Perry overtook the Alonzo sisters, Caroline and Hannah, of Crockett, 2 and 1.
“Caroline and Hannah have worked hard and become very good golfers,” Martin said. “They pushed Haley and Anna all the way.”
Boone’s shutout on the first day left the Blazers only needing two-and-a-half points out of 10 on day two to retain the cup.
On the final day of competition, Boone once again turned in a dominant performance.
Clark defeated Crockett’s Fagan 2 and 1; Boyd defeated Autrey 3 and 1; and Stone defeated Kern 4 and 3 in the first matches of the day to secure the Musket Cup for the Blazers.
Boone’s boys added to their total with wins from Keck, Jones and Smith over Crockett’s Miller 4 and 3; Isbell 2-up; and Meredith 4 and 2.
Tanner Ackerman notched another victory for the Blazers over Crockett’s Hill 5 and 4 as the Boone boys remained perfect in the event.
In girl’s action, Wagner shot past Caroline Alonzo 5 and 3, and Perry defeated Crockett’s Rebecca Saylor 2-up to give Boone nine points in day two action.
Crockett’s lone win of the event came from Hannah Alonzo over Boone’s Branum 1-up.
Overall, the Blazers secured 15 of 16 total points to retain the Musket Cup.
“We’ve not been clicking on all cylinders but we’ve been working hard and hopefully we will be playing our best golf when we get to the district tournament,” Martin said.
“(This) was a good step in the right direction. I’m very proud of my kids. They are a fun bunch to work with and they have great attitudes.”