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Golf: Youth carries Scappoose golf at state, teams fail to place

The Indian boys' qualify a youthful team for the state championships without a senior in sight and take 13th


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Both the Indian girls' and boys' golf teams qualified for the state championship tournament, the girls as Cowapa League champions.A week after finishing as champions of their district, the Scappoose girls' golf team posted a solid score on the first day of the small-school girls' state tournament but faded a little down the stretch, eventually falling to an 11th place tie that puts a bow on an impressive 2014 season.

After the first round, in which the Indians shot a combined 411 and were led by junior Syrina Revis' 96, Scappoose sat comfortably in seventh place. Revis, who was 19th overall on the individual leaderboard through the first day, was the lone Indian to shoot a score under 100 in either round but gave Scappoose just enough in the first outing to tie Bandon at 258 after 36 holes of golf at Trysting Tree in Corvallis.

Senior Lexi Schlosser led Scappoose on the second day, posting a team-best 101 as the Indians fortunes dimmed slightly, adding 36 strokes from their first round to the second. Revis shot a 113, followed by junior Baylee Maloney at 115, who was the only Tribe golfer to improve as the tournament wound on.

Molalla, who won their fifth consecutive girls state title in golf, was next to untouchable as a group. Four of the five golfers posted scores of under 200 as the Molalla Indians won by nearly 100 strokes over Heppner. Valley Catholic, whom Scappoose will see in Cowapa League play next season, came in third with 777 strokes. Seaside was the only other Cowapa League representative and took 13th with a score of 888, but were highlighted by a fourth-place finish from senior Katy Kawasoe, who shot a 159 and led all but one Molalla entry.

A young, senior-less Scappoose boys' team also had a strong showing, especially given their youth. Junior Tyler Lukinbeal led the Tribe in both rounds, combining an 82 and an 86 for a team-best 168 at the tournament.

Freshman Nathan Mapes shot a 95 on the first day and broke into the top 70 with a 196 through 36 holes by the tournament's end. Braxton Sue, adding to the team's youth as a sophomore, entered a 210, followed by fellow sophomore Andrew Kercher at 229 and junior Avi German at 277.

Overall, Scappoose fell just behind Stayton for 13th place with a score of 803 at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.

Seaside won the boys' golf title, beating out La Salle by six points after finishing the first round in third place behind La Salle and Ridgeview. Baker's Brandon Ellwanger won the individual title, shooting an even-par 144.

BOYS' SUMMARY

Scappoose (803):

11 Tyler Lukinbeal; 82 86 – 168

9 Nathan Mapes 95 101 – 196

10 Braxton Sue 96 114 – 210

10 Andrew Kercher 116 113 – 229

11 Avi German 146 131 – 277

TEAM SCORES

Seaside 649

La Salle 655

Ridgeview 661

Marshfield 662

Hidden Valley 672

Baker 683

Estacada 688

Sweet Home 690

Henley 695

Sutherin 707

Cottage Grove 728

Stayton 736

Scappoose 803

Taft 843

GIRLS' SUMMARY

Scappoose (858)

12 Lexi Schlosser 201

11 Syrina Revis 209

11 Baylee Maloney 224

10 Isabel Jory 224

11 Molley Landin 234

TEAM SCORES

Molalla 688

Heppner 772

Valley Catholic 777

Ontario 779

Henley 780

Ridgeview 794

North Valley 802

Blantchet Catholic 834

Crook County 835

Newport 837

Scappoose 858

Banton 858

Seaside 888