Warren JFK senior Katie Rogner qualified for a second time as an individual.
COLUMBUS -- It's been a banner year for the girls golf team at Canfield High School and the biggest challenge for the Cardinals looms right around the corner.
For the first time in school history the Canfield team will compete in the girl's Division I state golf tournament.
The school has fielded a girls team for a decade and has captured the last eight straight Metro Athletic Conference championships.
Joining the Canfield team in the state will be two individuals from the area -- Ariel Witmer of South Range and Warren JFK's Katie Rogner.
Members of the Canfield team are Danielle Gagliardi, Jennifer Hudock, Christine Brown, Jamie Berndt and Samantha Meier.
Perfect in MAC
After posting a 10-0 record in the MAC, the Cardinals won the Pine Lakes Golf Course sectional tournament by 22 strokes over the second-place team.
Last week the Cardinals placed fourth at the Massillon Legends district to qualify for state.
Previously, two Canfield girls qualified for the state tournaments as individuals: Ashley McCall and Felicia Ciotola.
McCall played four years at Ohio University and Ciotola is a junior on the Youngstown State University team.
At the district, the Cardinals collected a team score of 345, trailing Copley 313, Massillon Perry 332 and Hudson 340.
Gagliardi led a balanced Canfield team scoring 42-43--85 while Hudock had a 38-48--86 and Brown turned in a 42-44--86.
Berndt scored 42-46--88 and Meier carded 43-45--88.
Meier is a senior while the other four Canfield golfers are juniors.
Canfield is coached by Diane McCall.
At the district the top five teams and best five individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state competition.
The two-day state tournament gets under way Friday morning at the Ohio State University Gray Course.
There will be 12 teams and 12 individuals playing for state honors.
Warren JFK had a 373, good for 10th place in the district, while Howland placed 14th with 391 and Ursuline took 17th with a 396.
Witmer, a sophomore, was the medalist of the district with a 35-39--74. She is coached by Larry Barth.
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Rogner, a senior at Warren JFK, qualified for the state tournament a second time as an individual.
She placed fourth at the Legends of Massillon district with a 40-39--79.
Par there is 36-36--72.
Despite having four putts circle the hole and spin out, the 79 qualified her for a return trip.
Last fall Rogner finished 13th overall at the state tournament.
She is coached by Tom Rider.