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CRESWELL — North Medford freshman Kiana Oshiro showed that she'll be a force to be dealt with for a few years to come when she shot the day's best round and placed second in the Class 6A golf state championships Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
Oshiro's 1-under-par 71 was highlighted by an eagle on the 400-yard, par-5 13th hole. The result got her to 1 over for the tournament and into contention with first-day leader Haleigh Krause of Sheldon, who was several holes behind Oshiro.
But Krause answered with an eagle of her own at No. 13 and went on to a two-stroke victory.
Krause shot 74 on the second and final day to finish at even-par 144. Oshiro was at 146, two shots better than third-place Hannah Swanson of Forest Grove.
"It was OK for being here only the second time," Oshiro said of the course. "It was a little stressful, but in the end it wasn't. Normally, the second days are always better than the first."
Sophomore Daniele Giles of Crater placed 17th, shooting 83 for a 164 total.
After opening with a 75 on Monday, Oshiro birdied the second and third holes but gave the strokes back with bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5.
She was still even for the day when she got to No. 13. A big drive left her with only a 6-iron to the green, and she knocked the 150-yard shot to within 20 feet and made the putt.
Her only blemish the rest of the way was at No. 18, where she was caught near the lip of a fairway bunker and couldn't take much club to get out.
Oshiro, who finished second to the senior Krause at the Southwest Conference district tournament, said she didn't set goals for state.
"I wasn't really focusing on anything," she said, "just warming up for the summer."
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — West Linn 323-325—648, St. Mary's Academy 341-337—678, Sheldon 337-344—681, Jesuit 347-365—712, Lincoln 375-369—744.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Haleigh Krause, Sheldon, 70-74—144; 2, Kiana Oshiro, North Medford, 75-71—146; 3, Hannah Swanson, Forest Grove, 73-75—148; 4, (tie) Sarah Archuleta, West Linn, 72-79—151, Gigi Stoll, Beaverton, 77-74—151.
1, Kiana Oshiro, North Medford, 75-71—146; 17, Daniele Giles, Crater, 81-83—166.
CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A — At Corvallis, St. Mary's freshman Staesha Flock shot a 9-over-par 81 on the second day and finished fifth overall at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
Flock posted a 36-hole total of 163.
North Valley placed seventh in the team standings.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Molalla 348-340—688, Heppner 386-386—772, Valley Catholic 387-390—777, Ontario 394-385—779, Henley 394-386—780.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Kylie Collom, Henley, 77-80—157; 2, (tie) Katie Collom, Henley, 79-79—158, Janelle Ferlan, Molalla, 78-80—158; 4, Katy Kawasoe, Seaside, 83-76—159; 5, Staesha Flock, St. Mary's, 82-81—163.
NORTH VALLEY (802, 7th) — 18, Emily Taormino, 95-94—189; 20, Tristin Vandehey, 100-93—193; T32, Baylee Duncan, 99-107—206; 47, Tessa Petropoulos, 108-106—214.
5, Staesha Flock, St. Mary's 82-81—163; T30, Bella Yaeger, St. Mary's, 109-96—205.
CLASS 6A — At Banks, North Medford senior Daniel Schuler finished tied for 16th and South Medford was eighth in the 12-school field at Quail Valley Golf Course.
Schuler followed a 75 opening round with an 8-over par 80 for a 155 total.
Freshman Reese Fisher was the Panthers' top performer, finishing in a six-way tie for 24th with a 160.
South Medford posted a 656 team score.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Lake Oswego 294-301—595, Jesuit 289-325—614, West Linn 305-323—628, Sunset 310-320—630, Sheldon 308-324—632.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Cole Madey, Lake Oswego, 70-73—143; 2, Joseph Kuehn, Sheldon, 73-72—145; 3, (tie) Jake Reiff, Lakeridge, 70-76—146, Danny Terrell, Jesuit, 70-76—146; 5, Riley Elmes, Lake Oswego, 76-71—147.
SOUTH MEDFORD (656, 8th) — T24 Reese Fisher 82-78—160; T40 Blake Bartlett 83-81—164; T46 Logan Artner 82-83—165; T53 Alex Brown 82-85—167.
T16, Daniel Schuler, North Medford, 75-80— 155; T56, Brian Luther, Grants Pass, 88-82—170.
CLASS 5A — At Banks, Ashland senior Matt Hedges triple-bogeyed the second hole and shot a 5-over 77 to finish tied for ninth at Quail Valley Golf Course.
Hedges, the 2013 state runner-up, also shot a 77 in Monday's opening round. He had a total of 154.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Bend 299-318—617, Sherwood 314-313—627, Summit 307-320—627, West Albany 308-321—629, Marist 319-330—649.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Kevin Geniza, Crescent Valley, 72-75 — 147; 2, Ryan DeCastihos, Bend, 74-75 — 149; 3, Jaxson Daskalos, West Albany, 73-77 — 150; 4, Richie Mikesell, West Albany, 76-75 — 151; 5, (tie) Billy Pollock, Marist, 74-78 — 152, Joe Reed, Sherwood, 76-76 — 152.
T9, Matt Hedges, Ashland, 77-77 — 154.
CLASS 4A — At Redmond, Hidden Valley shot four strokes better on the second day but didn't move up in the overall standings and finished fifth at Eagle Crest's Ridge Course.
The Mustangs were paced by sophomore Joseph Baker (163) and junior Austin Johnson (166).
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Seaside 328-321—649, La Salle 326-329—655, Ridgeview 326-335—661, Marshfield 335-327—662, Hidden Valley 338-334—672.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Brandon Ellwanger, Baker, 71-73—144; 2, Tyler Franke, Sutherlin, 72-75—147; 3, Bryce Wortman, Mazama, 73-75—148; 4, Austin Yeo, La Salle, 76-77—153; 5, (tie) Kasey Banks, Marshfield, 76-78—154, Johnny Hunts, Junction City, 76-78—154.
HIDDEN VALLEY (672, 5th) — T20, Joseph Baker, 82-81—163, T25 Austin Johnson, 83-83—166; T38, Jacob Fields, 87-84—171; 40, Tanner Hanks, 86-86—172.