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CORVALLIS — South Medford senior Noah Brooks and North Medford senior Joey Walker put themselves in contention among a packed first-round field at the Class 6A boys golf state championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club on Monday.
A total of 24 golfers are within four shots of the lead, shared by a foursome that includes Sheldon's Ben Wanichek at 1-under-par 71, with Brooks not far back in a tie for 37th with a 78. Walker's 79 put him in a tie for 41st but only eight shots off the leaders.
Brooks opened his round on the back nine with three straight bogeys and finished with seven overall against 10 pars and one birdie.
Walker also started on the back nine and carded nine bogeys but birdied two of his final holes to complete his round.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Lake Oswego 289, Westview 297, Jesuit 298, Central Catholic 304, Roseburg 311, Glencoe 311, Canby 311.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — T1, Nick Baines, Westview, 71, and Harry Kim, Sunset, 71, and Clayton Madey, Lake Oswego, 71, and Ben Wanichek, Sheldon, 71; T5, Ben Bellman, Lincoln, 72, and Jacob Henderson, South Eugene, 72, and PJ Hummelt, Jesuit, 72, and Trevor Warner, Central Catholic, 72, and Alex Wrenn, Lake Oswego, 72.
T37, Noah Brooks, South Medford, 78; T41, Joey Walker, North Medford, 79.
CLASS 5A — At Corvallis, Ashland junior Matt Hedges shot a 3-over-par 75 to finish the first of his two rounds in sixth place in the state championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
Hedges stands six shots off the pace set by West Albany's Conner Kumpula, who fired a 3 under 69. Not far off the pace either is Eagle Point senior Glenn Linder, who is tied for 14th after carding a 78.
Hedges began his round on the back nine, opening with a bogey and then a birdie. Bogeys on hole Nos. 13-14 were offset by a birdie on the par-5 15th hole as Hedges made the turn at 1 over. On the front nine, a bogey and double bogey on the third and fourth holes, respectively, were countered by a birdie on the par-4 sixth hole to steady his round.
Linder also started on the back nine and a pair of double bogeys made for a slow start as he made his turn at 5 over, but he regrouped to post six pars and a birdie on the sixth hole to finish 6 over for his first round.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — West Albany 305, Bend 310, Summit 312, Pendleton 324, Willamette 328.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Conner Kumpula, West Albany, 69; 2, Hogan Arey, Corvallis, 71; 3, Walker Hoolehan, Pendleton, 72; 4, Kevin Geniza, Crescent Valley, 73; 5, Ryan Crownover, Bend, 74.
6, Matt Hedges, Ashland, 75; T14, Glenn Linder, Eagle Point, 78.
CLASS 4A — At Creswell, Phoenix senior Austin Sawchuk posted an opening-round 88 to land in a tie for 19th place overall and nine shots off the pace of leader Bryce Wortman of Mazama, who shot a 7-over-par 79 in the state championships at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
Hidden Valley is fifth in the team standings entering today's final round with a 365 but is only three shots out of third place. The Mustangs were led by an 89 from Tanner Hanks and 90 from Austin Johnson.
North Valley stands seventh in the team race at 380 after Cody Bearisto scored an 89 to lead the way.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — La Salle Prep 334, Scappoose 351, Baker 362, Seaside 362, Hidden Valley 365.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Bryce Wortman, Mazama, 79; 2, Tyler Franke, Sutherlin, 81; T3, Brandon Ellwanger, Baker, 82, and Kyle Gordon, Brookings-Harbor, 82, and Nick Nguyen, Scappoose, 82.
HIDDEN VALLEY (365) — T21, Tanner Hanks, 89; T26, Austin Johnson, 90; T30, Derek Boice, 92; T37, Jarod Rydell, 94.
NORTH VALLEY (380) — T21, Cody Bearisto, 89; T43, Kade Toledo, 95; T50, Taylor Cole, 97; T56, Cole DeCourcey, 99.
T19, Austin Sawchuk, Phoenix, 88; T26, Robert Ferguson, Henley, 90.
CLASS 6A — At Banks, Crater freshman Daniele Giles moved into a tie for 16th place after first-round play with an 11-over-par 83 in the state championships at Quail Valley Golf Course.
Giles managed five of her eight pars on the front nine, where she also had her only double bogey, and finished with nine bogeys in her round.
Beaverton's Gigi Stoll and Forest Grove's Hannah Swanson set the standard on Day 1 with each shooting 73, while Sheldon took a 14-stroke lead in the team race.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Sheldon 318, West Linn 332, Lincoln 338, Beavertno 346, St. Mary's Academy 355.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — T1, Gigi Stoll, Beaverton, 73, and Hannah Swanson, Forest Grove, 73; 3, Haleigh Krause, Sheldon, 74; 4, Deanna Salvatori, Sprague, 75; T5, Sarah Archuleta, West Linn, 77, and Helen Davis, Jesuit, 77, and Hayley Mortensen, Tualatin, 77.
T16, Daniele Giles, Crater, 83.
CLASS 5A — At Banks, Summit's Madison Odiorne shared the first-day lead with Crescent Valley's Brenna Murphy at 5-over-par 77 and, along with an 83 from Storm teammate Madi Mansberger, helped her team open an 11-shot advantage in the team race over the Raiders in the state championships.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Summit 343, Crescent Valley 354, West Albany 366, Bend 376, Willamette 383.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — T1, Brenna Murphy, Crescent Valley, 77, and Madison Odiorne, Summit, 77; 3, Kalyn Thayer, West Albany, 79; 4, Madalyn Ardueser, Willamette, 80; 5, Madi Mansberger, Summit, 83.
CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A — At Redmond, Henley sophomore Kaitlin Collom put herself in position for a second straight state title with a 4 under 68 while twin sister Kylie Collom stands fourth at 74.
Mazama senior Hannah Reynolds is one shot off the lead in a two-way tie for second at 69, while Illinois Valley freshman is tied for 23rd after carding a 95.
North Valley posted a 442 to stand 13th in the team race, with St. Mary's in 14th at 458. Tristin Vandehey finished with a first-day 96 to pace the Knights, while Taylor Holton had the Crusaders' top score with a 102.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Molalla 356, Valley Catholic 378, Taft 382, Seaside 391, Ontario 394.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Kaitlin Collom, Henley, 68; T2, Hannah Reynolds, Mazama, 69, and Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, 69; 4, Kylie Collom, Henley, 74; T5, Sydney King, McKenzie, 76, and Lindsie LaBonte, Valley Catholic, 76.
NORTH VALLEY (442) — T24, Tristin Vandehey, 96; T61, Emma Staples, 113; T64, Baylee Duncan, 114; 73, Tessa Petropolous, 119.
ST. MARY'S (458) — T37, Taylor Holton, 102; T56, Lilli Knudsen, 110; T71, Bella Yaeger, 118; 76, Madison Irving, 128.
23, Kynan Nordal, Illinois Valley, 95.
ST. MARY'S 5, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 4 — St. Mary's managed only one hit but took advantage of four errors by UVC and some other miscues to earn the nonleague victory at St. Mary's High.
The Crusaders (17-8) scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning when Sam Hough walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a hard grounder to the shortstop that was misplayed for an error.
Daniel Seus had the lone hit with an RBI single during a three-run fifth inning for St. Mary's that also included a couple runs scoring on wild pitches.
Christian Aviles struck out 10 and walked one to earn the win over UVC (21-5).
Umpqua Valley Christian 202 000 0 — 4 7 4
St. Mary's 010 031 x — 5 1 1
Forrester and Suhrstedt; Aviles and Seus. W — Aviles (3-2). L — Forrester. 2B — UVC: Mesa 2, Tharp.
CRATER 12, ASHLAND 1, 5 inn. — At Ashland, Katelyn Britton went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs for Crater, which capped its regular season with the nonleague win at North Mountain Park. The game ended in five innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Comets (8-16) will try to keep their season alive today by hosting a Class 6A play-in game against Gresham at 4:30 p.m.
Britton had a two-run double in the second inning and plated two more in the top of the third with a single.
Dana Lowder also helped the Comets in the third inning with a pinch-hit two-run single.
In the last at-bat of her Ashland softball career, senior Kim Corey hit her first career home run over the left field wall. It was one of only three hits the Grizzlies (7-17) were able to muster.
Crater 264 00 — 12 10 0
Ashland 000 01 — 1 3 4
Sheperd, Berryhill (3), Fisher (5), Berryhill (5) and Doggett; Lenthe, Howson (2) and Lehman, Corey (4). W — Sheperd. L — Lenthe. 2B — C: Britton; A: Thornton. HR — A: Corey (1).