Crusaders win boys golf title, West Linn defends girls title
A third-place finish by senior Steven DaSilva and a stunning round of 68 by junior Eric Cech helped Jesuit win the Class 6A boys golf state title Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
DaSilva finished at 147 overall, four strokes behind Lincoln senior Adam Bean, while Cech rallied from a 10-over 82 with a 4-under round of 68 at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires-sponsored event. Cech's round pushed the Crusaders past runner-up Lake Oswego by four strokes: 606-610.
The team title is Jesuit's sixth this year following titles in girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls basketball.
West Linn cruised to its second-straight the girls title, beating Jesuit by 25 strokes. Senior Morgan Thompson shot even par 144 for the individual title.
In other finals, Corvallis edged West Albany by two strokes to win its second-straight Class 5A boys title, while Summit cruised to the 5A girls title - it's fifth in the past six years.
La Grande, led by a closing-round 71 from junior Mavric Goss, won its second boys golf title, edging Klamath Union for the Class 4A boys championship. The 1-under-par round by Goss boosted the Tigers to a 2-stroke win.
Molalla defended its Class 4A girls title with a 39-stroke win over St. Mary's of Medford.
St. Mary's won the Class 3A boys title - its first - with a team of all underclassmen.
The state's spring high school sports championships began Monday and Tuesday with golf tournaments across the state, and Lake Oswego and Corvallis carried the day by winning their first titles - both on the Trysting Tree course in Corvallis. The state gets back to prep title action this weekend with tennis and 3A/2A/1A track and field.
The golf highlights:
6A BOYS Lake Oswego, powered by a standout effort from senior Tye Gabriel, expanded its two-stroke lead to a 10-stroke win over Redmond to win its first title since 1972. Gabriel rebounded from a round of 76 to shoot even-par 72 and close at 148, which tied for the individual title. Senior Landon Moore shot 150 to lead the Panthers to second place, the second time it's finished there in three years. Gabe Robles-Elles, a senior from Westview, also shot 148 to tie for the individual title.
6A GIRLS West Linn shot the low round of the tournament and overcame first-day leader Jesuit to win its first title by 14 strokes over the Crusaders. Junior Morgan Thompson led the second-day surge by shooting 1-over 73 to finish at 145, two shots form the individual title. Junior Sharon Shin shot 147 to back Thompson's score. Jesuit had three scorers under 80 on the first day, but no one under 80 on Tuesday. Tualatin senior Seshia-Lei Telles, the first-day leader at 71, shot 72 and won the individual title at 1-under 143.
5A BOYS Corvallis held its 7-stroke lead from day one and won its first team title, while Summit finished second. Senior Roan Dickey shot 148 - three strokes off the individual title, to lead the Spartans, who also got a 149 from freshman Hogan Arey. Wilsonville senior Jesse Salzwedel shot 145 for the two days for the individual title.
5A GIRLS Summit of Bend won its fourth title in five years with a 7-stroke cushion over Crescent Valley, which trailed by just two strokes after the first day. Sophomore Kristen Parr led the Storm with a 157. Churchill sophomore Caroline Inglis shot 1-under 143 to win the individual title by one stroke over Wilsonville sophomore Juhee Lee. Summit's title run includes a win in the final year of four classifications, when it beat Jesuit by 20 strokes.
4A BOYS Marist maintained its eight-stroke lead from the first day to beat La Salle and win its third title in five years. Sophomore Brent Pollock shot 152, which tied for second, to lead the Spartans. Gladstone junior Austin Landis shot 150 for the two days to win the individual title. Senior Kyle Dearing of Henley also shot 152.
4A GIRLS Molalla blew up from its first-day lead, but still won by three strokes over St. Mary's. The Indians led by 15 strokes after the first day after shooting 339, but shot 356 on the second day. St. Mary's dropped from 354 to 344 to make the margin exciting. Junior Lindsay Harmon of Valley Catholic won the individual title at 149.
3A BOYS Catlin Gabel turned its 10-stroke lead from Day 1 into a 25-stroke win to defend its title, alb by senior Matt McCarron, who won the individual title at 147.