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Old Town High School Wins PVC Class B Championship, Dauphinee 2nd In Individuals

The Old Town High School Coyote golf team traveled to JaTo Highlands GC today looking for a ‘ticket to the dance.’ They got their ticket and also brought back a little bit of hardware along with it, defending their PVC Championship Crown, and are headed to the Maine State High School Team Championship for the third straight year.

The Coyote’s team score of 326 was 15 strokes better than their winning score a year ago. Senior Alex Blackie led the way for the Old Town, firing a 6-over-par 78. Junior Chris Kauppila held things together and overcame a late triple bogey with a birdie-par finish to come in with 80. Defending conference champion Cole Daniel finished with 82 while Wes Kauppila rounded out Old Town’s team scoring with 86.

The 2016 Penobscot Valley Conference Champion Old Town Coyote's. Wes Kauppila, Chris Kauppila, Austin Soucy, Alex Blackie, Cole Daniel, Dillon Leland, Samantha Dauphinee

The 2016 Penobscot Valley Conference Champion Old Town Coyote’s. Wes Kauppila, Chris Kauppila, Austin Soucy, Alex Blackie, Cole Daniel, Dillon Leland, Samantha Dauphinee

Qualifying for the Maine State Individual Boys and Girls Championship is held in conjunction with the team qualifying, and Old Town will be well-represented in that tournament as well.

The hardware!

The hardware!

Senior Samantha Dauphinee finished second in the Girls PVC Individual Conference Championship, shooting 102 and just missed first place by only three strokes. For the Boys PVC Individual Conference Championship, Blackie’s 78 put him in third place and Kauppila’s 80 was good enough for fifth place. Daniel, Wes Kauppila and Dillon Leland, who struggled to a 90, also qualified. Junior Austin Soucy came oh-so-close to making it to the big dance, but fell just short with a score of 93.

Alex Blackie bombs a tee shot on #6.

Alex Blackie bombs a tee shot on #6.

The Team Championship will be held on Saturday, October 8th, and the Individual Championship will be held on Saturday, October 15th, with both competitions being held at Natanis Golf Course in Waterville. The Coyote’s placed second last year in the team championship, and Daniel tied for third in last year’s individual competition.

Samantha Dauphinee chips onto the first green at JaTo. She finished in second place for Girls State Individual qualifying.

Samantha Dauphinee chips onto the first green at JaTo. She finished in second place for Girls State Individual qualifying.

Way to go everyone! I am very proud of how all of you played. Every one of you carry yourselves like champions and Old Town High School is honored to have you representing their school on the golf links. On to State!

Cole Daniel prepares to hit his tee shot on #2 at JaTo.

Cole Daniel prepares to hit his tee shot on #2 at JaTo.

Chris Kauppila watches his tee shot on #14 at JaTo.

Chris Kauppila watches his tee shot on #14 at JaTo.

Dillon Leland prepares to pitch onto the 15th green at JaTo Highlands.

Dillon Leland prepares to pitch onto the 15th green at JaTo Highlands.

Wes Kauppila on #6 at JaTo.

Wes Kauppila on #6 at JaTo.

Chris Kauppila and Cole Daniel 'warm up' before their qualifying round at JaTo. It was a little bit nippy before the tournament started!

Chris Kauppila and Cole Daniel ‘warm up’ before their qualifying round at JaTo. It was a little bit nippy before the tournament started!