CORVALLIS — The St. Mary's boys golf team took a big step in their quest for a fourth straight Class 3A/2A/1A state championship Monday, shooting a season-best round to open the tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
St. Mary's, getting 1-under-par rounds from co-leaders and brothers Dylan and Josh Wu, turned in a score of 291 and opened a 20-stroke lead on its nearest competitor, crosstown rival Cascade Christian.
The Crusaders are vying to become only the third school in Oregon history to win four straight titles. The other two were Medford in 1982 and Taft in 1987.
The team score bettered by one the 292 St. Mary's shot at the district tournament last week and is only two shots off the school record.
Among the Crusaders' goals was to shoot even par at state. They are 3 over heading into today's final round.
Dylan Wu, the defending state champion, got off to a sluggish start with bogeys on two of his first four holes, then birdied four of the next 10 to right the ship. A bogey at No. 16 was the only other blemish on the senior's card.
Josh Wu, a sophomore, had three birdies and two bogeys.
Senior Tom Thorndike shot 74, and sophomore Jeremy Wu had a 75.
Cascade Christian couldn't stay with St. Mary's, but the Challengers are comfortably in second place, 16 shots ahead of Catlin Gabel.
Brothers Jake and Ben Quast are tied for fifth place with 74s.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — St. Mary's 291, Cascade Christian 311, Catlin Gabel 327, Oakridge 333, Oregon Episcopal 335.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, (tie) Josh Wu, St. Mary's, Dylan Wu, St. Mary's, 71; 3 (tie) Kyle Manning, Kennedy, Ryan Schmidlin, Valley Catholic, 73; 5, (tie) Jake Quast, Cascade Christian, Ben Quast, Cascade Christian, Walter Sherry, Catlin Gabel, Gerry Snyder, Oakridge, Tom Thorndike, St. Mary's, 74.
ST. MARY'S (291, 1st) — T1, Dylan Wu, 71; T1, Josh Wu, 71; T5, Tom Thorndike, 74; 10, Jeremy Wu, 75.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (311, 2nd) — T5, Jake Quast, 74, T5, Ben Quast, 74; T13, Max Davis, 78; T28, Michael Clark, 85.
CLASS 6A — At Banks, South Medford ended the first day at Quail Valley Golf Club in ninth place with a score of 329.
The Panthers had three players who shot 82 — Reese Fisher, Alex Brown and Logan Artner.
North Medford's Daniel Schuler, competing individually, turned in a 75 and is tied for 13th place.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Jesuit 289, Lake Oswego 294, West Linn 305, Sheldon 308, Sunset 310.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, (tie) David Ganz, Jesuit, Ben Stickney, Lincoln, Cole Madey, Lake Oswego, 69; 4, (tie) Jake Reiff, Lakeridge, Danny Terrell, Jesuit, 70.
SOUTH MEDFORD (329, 9th) — T47, Reese Fisher, 82; T47, Alex Brown, 82; T47, Logan Artner, 82; T51, Blake Bartlett, 83.
T13, Daniel Schuler, North Medford, 75; T70, Brian Luther, Grants Pass, 88.
CLASS 5A — At Banks, Ashland's lone state entry, senior Matt Hedges, finished Day 1 in a tie for 13th place with a 77.
He had four birdies in the first 10 holes but also had two triple bogeys in that stretch.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Bend 299, Summit 307, West Albany 308, Sherwood 314, Marist 319.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Kevin Geniza, Crescent Valley, 72; 2, (tie) Jaxson Daskalos, West Albany, Chapin Pedersen, Bend, 73; 4, (tie) Ryan DeCastilhos, Bend, Billy Pollock, Marist, 74.
T13, Matt Hedges, Ashland, 77.
CLASS 4A — At Redmond, Hidden Valley cracked the top five on the first day at Eagle Crest's Ridge Course, getting an 82 from Joseph Baker and an 83 for Austin Johnson.
The Mustangs are only 13 shots off the lead shared by Ridgeview and La Salle.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Ridgeview 326, La Salle 326, Seaside 340, Marshfield 335, Hidden Valley 338.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Brandon Ellwanger, Baker, 71; 2, Tyler Franke, Sutherlin, 72; 3, (tie) James Seeley, Ridgeview, Byrce Wortman, Mazama, 73; 5, Ben Crumley, North Marion, 74.
HIDDEN VALLEY (338, 5th) — T22, Joseph Baker, 82; T28, Austin Johnson, 83; T39, Tanner Hanks, 86; T42, Jacob Fields, 87.
CLASS 6A — At Creswell, freshman Kiana Oshiro of North Medford is in fifth place following a 75 at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
Oshiro is within five shots of leader Haleigh Krause of Sheldon despite playing her final five holes in 3 over.
Crater's Daniele Giles is in 14th place with an 81.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — West Linn 323, Sheldon 337, St. Mary's 341, Jesuit 347, Central Catholic 374.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Haleigh Krause, Sheldon, 70; 2, Sarah Archuleta, West Linn, 72; 3, Hannah Swanson, Forest Grove, 73; 4, Jenny Krause, Sheldon, 74; 5, Kiana Oshiro, North Medford, 75.
5, Kiana Oshiro, North Medford, 75; 14, Daniele Giles, Crater, 81.
CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A — At Corvallis, St. Mary's freshman Staesha Flock is tied for fourth place with an 82 at Trysting Golf Club.
Flock had double bogeys on her second and third holes to go to 5 over, then she played the ensuing 15 holes in 5 over.
North Valley is sixth in the team race.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5) — Molalla 348, Heppner 386, Valley Catholic 387, Ontario 394, Henley 394.
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (Top 5) — 1, Kylie Collom, Henley, 77; 2, Janelle Ferlan, Molalla, 78; 3, Katie Collom, Henley, 79; 4, (tie) Staesha Flock, St. Mary's, Riley Helmick, Ontario, 82.
NORTH VALLEY (402, 6th) — T17, Emily Taormino, 95; T22, Baylee Duncan, 99; T25, Tristin Vandehey, 100; T48, Tessa Petropoulos 108.
T4, Staesha Flock, St. Mary's, 82; T52, Bella Yaeger, St. Mary's, 109.
GLIDE 1, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 10 inn. — At Glide, Jacob Fricke knocked in Evan Freeman on a squeeze play in the bottom of the 10th inning as Glide nipped Cascade Christian in a nonleague contest.
Kyle Ferguson didn't get the decision, but was superb at the mound for the Challengers (18-5). He pitched nine shutout innings, allowing seven hits and four walks and striking out 10.
He was locked in a pitcher's dual against Fricke, who allowed three hits and struck out seven over five innings. Bryson Belloir got the win for Glide, throwing five scoreless frames of his own.
Cody Coggins went 2-for-5 for the Challengers while Cory Finlay went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats.
Cascade Christian 000 000 000 0 — 0 7 1
Glide 000 000 000 1 — 1 8 1
Ferguson, Sha (10) and Jones; Fricke, Belloir (6) and Beard. W — Belloir. L — Sha (0-1). 2B — CC: Ferguson; G: Finlay.
GRANTS PASS 9, CRATER 1 — At Grants Pass, Amy Robinson tossed a one-hitter as Grants Pass took care of Crater in a nonleague affair.
Robinson's no-hitter was nixed by the Comets' Tristin Fisher, who singled over the head of the Cavers' third baseman to lead off the sixth inning. Fisher would later score for the Comets (5-20) on a Grants Pass error. Robinson walked one and struck out five to improve to 17-6 on the season.
Halee Rose doubled, tripled and drove in four runs for the Cavers (18-8) while Taylor Thomas added a home run.
Crater 000 001 0 — 1 1 2
Grants Pass 053 001 x — 9 14 2
Beck, Fisher (4) and Doggett; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson (17-6). L — Beck. 2B — GP: Rose, Doman. 3B — GP: Rose. HR — GP: Taylor.