Street of Dreams
By last Saturday, the Street household had one district golf champion.
Three days later, a second title was added, and who knows, a couple more years and the youngest and final sibling bearing the Street name may add to the dynasty.
But for now it's the Alex and Aubrie Street show. Younger brother Will, 13, will have to wait his turn.
Alex Street, a junior, and his younger sister Aubrie, a sophomore, achieved a rare sibling feat when the two St. Mary's High standouts each won medalist honors at their respective District 6 tournaments.
Alex Street shot a 153 over the two-day event to nail down his second straight championship, while Aubrie finished with a 162 over both days on the girls side to claim her first.
The Streets move on to play in the state tournament — Alex will compete in the Class 3A/2A/1A at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell and Aubrie in the 4A/3A/2A/1A at Eagle Crest Resort Ridge Course in Redmond. Both tournaments start today and conclude on Tuesday.
"Talk about awesome genes," says Crusaders' boys coach Kimberly Wood. "Other than athleticism, which they both have, you also have to have intellect, and they are both very intelligent. That says a lot for golf because you have to be mentally in the game."
Girls golf coach James Joy, also the school's athletic director and volleyball coach, has seen his share of top-notch athletes roam the St. Mary's halls, but none in the brother-sister category have gone to the heights the Streets have.
"It's really pretty unheard of in terms of a brother and sister each winning a district title," says Joy. "Both are solid golfers. It's impressive to see what they've done."
There is no rivalry between the two. Both claim to be the biggest fan of the other.
"We support each other," says Aubrie Street, "and we feed off each other. I help him and he helps me."
"I thought it was pretty cool we both won," Alex Street adds. "We both have put a lot of hard work into it, so it's nice to see it work out."
Alex Street has had the tougher road of the two.
The 17-year-old had microfracture surgery on his left knee, a procedure that helps restore knee cartilage and usually puts athletes on the shelf for several months.
The injury occurred during a basketball game in early February.
"I was on a fastbreak and somebody tripped me into a wall," Alex said. "I knew I did something when I hit the wall and could not move my knee. I couldn't walk for two days after it and I had to get crutches."
"I worked on my short game a lot while I was out," Street adds. "My swing coach Ed Fischer has helped me a lot."
The older Street, who was fourth at last year's state tournament, missed a majority of the golf season while recovering from the procedure but returned in time to play in one tournament before districts.
He fired an opening-round 77 at districts and followed that up with a 76.
"I'm not surprised at all with how he did," Wood said. "He took a couple months off and, even though he couldn't swing, he's still got it mentally. As soon as they said he could putt he was out there working on it."
Aubrie Street, meanwhile, was sharp throughout the campaign.
The 15-year-old shot a career-low 70 at Stewart Meadows Golf Course on April 18 and, at districts, fired a 77 at StoneRidge Golf Course on the opening day.
"I think I'm playing pretty well right now," says Aubrie Street. "I've worked a lot on my putting and my short game, and I've worked hard on my swing with my brother, my dad and my swing coach Ed Fischer."
Joy pointed to one instance in particular that showed Street may be in for big things.
In a practice round prior to the season, Street let loose with a mammoth tee shot on No. 7 on the inside at Rogue Valley Country Club.
"It was getting near dark," Joy recalled, "and we looked and looked but couldn't find her ball. We kept looking further and further ahead and finally, like 100 yards ahead of where we were looking, we found her ball. It was an amazing drive. She just cranked on it, that's for sure."
At districts, Joy estimates Street powered through a 250-yard drive on the par-4 No. 13 hole at StoneRidge.
"She is long off the tee, but she's also pretty accurate," says Joy. "She rarely gets into trouble. A lot of times her tee shots are pretty awe-inspiring.
"That's what she's been able to do this year. Instead of playing to save par she goes for it and tries to score with a birdie or maybe a tap-in par."
Both Streets get a majority of their golfing chops from their dad, David, who played for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif.
"We all play together, my dad, Alex and my little brother," Aubrie Street says. "It's a pretty nice foursome. Mostly it's between my dad and Alex for who wins."
"Maybe some day I'll get in there," she adds with a laugh.
At state, both St. Mary's squads will have plenty of depth to contend for a trophy.
The boys, who took eighth at state last year, have picked up big contributions this season from sophomore Matt Gervais, who has shaved nearly 20 strokes off his game this season.
The Crusader girls, the state runner-up a year ago, have also gotten strong play this season from district runner-up freshman Cassandra Carothers and seniors Laura Thompson and Whitney Adderson.
Aubrie Street admits to feeling the nerves at last year's state tournament.
"It was a little intimidating," Street says. "I wasn't as focused last year. Not like I was at districts. I know more what to expect and I think I'll be a lot more focused this time."
And who knows, maybe the Streets will have a couple more pieces of hardware come Tuesday evening.
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