Led by Lierz's 1-over-par 72, Golden Eagles best conference newcomer KC: St. Pius X by seven strokes in Monday's Midland Empire Conference Tournament at St. Joseph (Mo.) Country Club. Chillicothe fifth.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Led by one of the state’s best small-school golfers, St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond repeated as Midland Empire Conference boys’ golf champion Monday (April 15), holding off the loop’s newest member.
In a battle between two private, Catholic high schools, Bishop LeBlond’s Golden Eagles – led by conference medalist Hank Lierz’s 1-over-par 72 – topped Kansas City: St. Pius X 321-328 for the 2019 MEC team crown at the St. Joseph Country Club course.
The five best individual rounds of the tourney came from either BLHS or SPX players, with Golden Eagles holding the third- and fifth-place spots – all with 18-holes scores in the 70s.
Chillicothe did not have any avoid triple digits, resulting in a distant, fifth-place finish in the team standings with a low-4 score of 432. That was 35 strokes behind fourth-place Savannah, which itself was 39 shots in arrears of third-place Maryville.
Chillicothe’s best round in the conference tourney was produced by lone junior C.J. Williams. He had 52s on both sides of the SJCC course for a 104, 22nd among the 38 participants.
Close on Williams’ heels, score-wise, was CHS freshman Gage Leamer with a 53-53–105. Also included for the Hornets’ composite total were the 111 (54-57) of Colby Gillespie and 112 (52-60) of fellow sophomore Keagan Valbracht.
Rounding out the Chillicothe lineup was another 10th grader, Spencer Shira. He shot a 60-57–117.
None of the Hornets shot below or equal to his prior average for the season.
Lierz, the Class 1 state runnerup each of the past two years, had a 37 on the front side and 35 on the back, giving him a 3-strokes cushion over St. Pius X’s Cole Elling. Each is their team’s top player.
Having hosted Trenton yesterday in their first of only two home competitions this season, the CHS golfers are slated for the second and last tomorrow when the annual Chillicothe Invitational Tournament is to be played at Green Hills Golf Course, beginning at 9 a.m.
Due to tomorrow’s tournament, GHGC will be closed to public play until approximately 3 p.m. Thursday.