Boys second with Taft in Val-Co golf

The boys golf team tied with Taft for second in a Val-Co League tournament Tuesday, April 14, at Agate Beach.

Host Newport won the tournament with a 329 as all five of its golfers shot 92 or better behind individual medalist Ross Martin’s 73 and runner-up Tom Graves (80).

Sweet Home and Taft tied for second with 361 and Central was fourth with 394.

Travis Ramoz shot 81 to take third and lead the Huskies. Sweet Home’s other scorers were: Jake Riggs, sixth with an 87; Paul Kim (91); Jason Rice (102) and Mike Fontenot (110).

Coach Tom Horn said he sees Kim’s continuing improvement as the key to the Huskies district hopes.

“Paul’s coming along,” he said. “He’s getting better and if he continues to improve, that will make the difference.”

Horn said Sweet Home and Taft are “dead even” right now and, although Newport is doubtless the best team in the league,

the second-place team slot in the state meet is definitely a possibility for the Huskies.

“Whoever improves the most between now and districts will go to state,” he said.

The Huskies host the league Wednesday, April 22, at Mallard Creek, beginning at noon.

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The girls golf team had a difficult day as they hosted their own tournament Wednesday, April 15, at Mallard Creek.

With temperatures in the low 50s and a sopping wet course, the Huskies struggled all day, Coach Kendra McCaslin said.

Tanna Tyler was the low scorer, shooting 58-57-115. Leah Gates, playing her first 18-hole round of golf in her life, was second for the Huskies, with 63-69-132.

Rounding out the Sweet Home scoring was Julia Bosso with 137, Brittany Savage (168), Emily Peabody (170) and Stephanie Szuch (183).

Sisters, the defending state champion, was the team winner with a 354, followed by Newport (417), Cottage Grove (460) and Sweet Home (554). Stayton only had three players, who shot a total of 236.

The individual medalist was Kate Bigelow of Newport, the defending state individual co-champion, who shot 76.

Despite the difficulties, the Huskies persevered, McCaslin said.

“They came off the 18th hole after a seven-hour day and they still had smiles on their faces,” she said.

Sweet Home played Tuesday afternoon, April 21, at Middlefield Golf Club in Cottage Grove.