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Indians lead the entire way, 310-328--638, over Klamath Union (331-331--662) and Valley Catholic (331-333--664)

PHOTO CREDIT: DANNE' GRAY - From left, Indians junior Jake Gray, freshman Chase Elliot, seniors Colton Bush and AJ Miltich, junior Jack Eggers and senior Nathan Mapes led the entire way for Scappoose's first boys' golf state championship with a 310-328--638 on Monday and Tuesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.PHOTO CREDIT: BRENDA LOHMAN - Indians senior AJ Miltich follows through on a putt.PHOTO CREDIT: BRENDA LOHMAN - Indians senior Colton Bush addresses a putt.PHOTO CREDIT: BRENDA LOHMAN - Indians junior Jack Eggers watches a shot in flight.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The Indians' Class 4A boys' golf state championship trophy welcomes visitors to Scappoose High School's athletics office.

The Indians were untouchable in the sprint to their first Class 4A state championship on Monday and Tuesday at the par-71 Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.

Nathan Mapes (80-75--155 for fourth), Chase Elliot (72-88--160, tied for ninth), AJ Miltich (79-82--161, 12th), Jake Gray (79-83--162, tied for 13th), Jake Eggers and Colton Bush (a respective 99 and 96 for a 195 and a tie for 53rd) played to a 310-328--638, the Tribe's first title in the Oregon School Activities Association sport's 75-year history, which bounced Crook County from its throne.

Klamath Union (331-331--662) and Valley Catholic (331-333--664) followed in second and third by no fewer than 24 strokes, an average difference of six strokes per challenger.

"It turned out well," said Mapes, a senior behind Klamath Union junior Craig Ronne (69-68--137), Tillamook junior Carter Lee (70-72--142) and Crook County senior Mayson Tibbs (75-73--148) at state after tying for 10th as a junior and sophomore and going 69th as a freshman. "The forecast was rain, but it was just wind. We were strong on the first day and the guys came through, especially Chase."

The Tribe started hot with a 310 on Monday, their best round of the year, six days after repeating as Region 1 champions at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

"Monday was fun: Me and Jake both played well," said Miltich, a senior.

The Indians also replaced Seaside as Cowapa League champions.

"We're strong as a team," said Elliot, a freshman. "If one of us is bad, another is good."

Mapes and Bush, a first-year varsity golfer, are scheduled to graduate in June, and Scappoose will strive to defend the crown and make its seventh state trip in a row next spring.

Class 4A boys' golf state championships

Monday and Tuesday

Trysting Tree Golf Club, Corvallis

Team scores

1. Scappoose (+70) 310-328--638

2. Klamath Union (+94) 331-331--662

3. Valley Catholic (+96) 331-333--664

4. Marshfield (+118) 340-346--686

5. Stayton (+120) 347-341--688

6. Mazama (+122) 334-356--690

7. Sutherlin/Oakland (+133) 348-353--701

t-8. Crook County (+137) 345-360--705

t-8. Baker/Powder Valley (+137) 352-353--705

10. McLoughlin (+148) 349-367--716

11. Cascade (+164) 368-364--732

Individual scores

1. Craig Ronne, Klamath Union (-5) 69-68--137

2. Carter Lee, Tillamook (E) 70-72--142

3. Mayson Tibbs, Crook County (+6) 75-73--148

4. Nathan Mapes, Scappoose (+13) 80-75--155

5. Trey Wortman, Mazama (+14) 78-78--156

t-6. Matt Black, Sutherlin/Oakland (+16) 78-80--158

t-6. Nate Beck, Mazama (+16) 76-82--158

8. Cole Heinsen, Valley Catholic (+17) 77-82--159

t-9. Jack Larson, Marshfield (+18) 76-84--160

t-9. Aidan Hill, Stayton (+18) 79-81--160

t-9. Chase Elliot, Scappoose (+18) 72-88--160

12. AJ Miltich, Scappoose (+19) 79-82--161

t-13. Jake Gray, Scappoose (+20) 79-83--162

t-13. Peter Boileau, Valley Catholic (+20) 78-84--162

t-53. Jack Eggers/Colton Bush, Scappoose (+53) 99-96--195

CORRECTION: May 19's print edition misidentified Miltich as a junior. The Spotlight regrets the error.

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