By JOHN VRANCIC
For The Daily News
ESCANABA - Most area prep sporting events were rained out Thursday.
The elements, however, didn't stop golfers from five Central Upper Peninsula high schools from competing at the Escanaba Country Club.
Many of Esky's golfers were on a marching band trip to New York City, but that didn't prevent them from sweeping this season-opener.
Despite having only four on hand for this meet, the Esky girls won in convincing fashion with 212 strokes. Runner-up Gladstone had 225, followed by Iron Mountain 236, Marquette 260 and Kingsford 261.
"Before the meet, I told the girls 'this is our team for today,'" said Esky coach Brian Robinette. "'There's the feeling that there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.' The girls knew they had to focus. I felt that if we stayed focused, we'd be fine. I think knowing all their scores were going to count motivated them."
In the boys' standings, the Esky black team carded a 333, followed by Gladstone 344, Kingsford 350, Marquette 352, Esky Orange 357 and Iron Mountain 373.
The girls played nine holes. Gladstone senior Callie Jensen earned medalist honors with 45, a stroke better than Esky senior Abbey Strom.
Esky sophomore Dylan Gauthier and Marquette junior Scott Frazier shared boys' medalist honors with 78 through 18 holes. Escanba's Nick Aird and Kingsford's Joe Linn tied for third at 80.
This marked the first time Marquette hit a ball off grass this year.
"We still have snow on our course (Marquette Golf Club's Heritage Course)," said Frazier. "I wasn't used to the green speed. I was coming up short on everything. During the first nine holes, the wetness wasn't a factor. Then, my gloves started to get wet. The towels weren't working and my hands were cold, which made it hard to grip the clubs."
At Escanaba Country Club
Boys (18 holes)
Escanaba Black (333) - Nick Aird 80, Nick LeMire and Nick Laviolette 83, Storm Fournier 87.
Gladstone (344) - Max Strasser 84, Adam Scheeneman 85, Kyle Pouliot 86, Bryce Douglas 89.
Kingsford (350) - Joe Linn 80, Marcus Andrews 86, Luke Wahoviak 88, Brady Nettell 96.
Marquette (352) - Scott Frazier 78, Brett Specker 85, Brock Smith 92, Mike McGee 97.
Escanaba Orange (357) - Dylan Gauthier 78, Mike Mayville 90, Chris LeMire 92, T.J. Myrick 97.
Iron Mountain (373) - Matt Opolka 88, Kyle Johnson 93, Nick Jacobs 95, Joe Berglund 97.
Girls (nine holes)
Escanaba (212) - Abbey Strom 46, Amanda Bink 47, Payton Shelafoe 53, Paige Rau 66.
Gladstone (225) - Callie Jensen 45, Summer Demeuse 55, Paige Tardiff 60, Erin Quinn 65.
Iron Mountain (236) - Cassie Fiera 54, Marti Pirkola 55, Kathyrn Brown 59, Lexi Verette 68.
Marquette (260) - Leah Anderson 59, Hanna Crampton 61, Janae Peterson 69, Hailey Peterson 71.
Kingsford (261) - Taylor Jacobson 56, Katie Oberthaler 57, Hailey Bourgeois 70, Courtney Filizetti 78.