With the top three teams locked into their spots, the only drama was who would get the fourth and final state playoff berth when the Region 12 girls golf teams competed for the final time this season.
The six teams gathered Monday at The Barn Golf Course in Pleasant View for the region championship. Ridgeline, Bear River and Mountain Crest had punched their respective tickets to the state tournament next week at East Bay Golf Course in Provo. Green Canyon will be joining that trio.
The Wolves tied with Mountain Crest for third in the championship and is headed to state.
“We are really excited,” GC coach Terrell Baldwin said.
Once again Ridgeline reigned supreme. The Riverhawks won every region tournament this spring. Their top four scores totaled 341 on Monday, 27 shots better than second-place Bear River (368). Mountain Crest and Green Canyon both finished at 390, while Logan (415) and Sky View (457) rounded out the field.
Ridgeline had five girls finish among the top nine. Like her team, Alexis Wilson stayed perfect by winning medalist honors at every region tournament. Monday was no different as the senior carded an 80, just a couple strokes ahead of Bear River’s Rheagen Hartfiel, who had an 82. Riverhawk Mak Tenhoeve was third with an 84.
“We played decent today,” Ridgeline coach Dan Roskelley said. “So far, we have done what we set out to do. We’ll see how well we can perform on the bigger state next week.”
Ridgeline’s Sara Fujimoto and Mountain Crest’s Jenna Pack tied for fourth at 88. Riverhawk Lucy Lyons was sixth at 89, while her teammate Alyssa Buist tied with Green Canyon’s Samantha Spackman for ninth with 93’s.
Leading the Wolves was Alivia Longhurst with a 92, as she tied with Bear River’s Macy Newman for seventh. Also placing for Green Canyon was Landree Spackman, tying for 11th with Mountain Crest’s Kadi Kendrick and Bear River’s Morgan Rose with 94s.
Logan was led by Jayla Spring with a round of 100.
Sky View’s top golfer Monday was Maddie Jensen with a 113.
Wilson finished with a perfect 84 points on the region season. Each win was worth 12 points. Hartfiel was second with 74 points, followed by Tenhoeve (61), Fujimoto (52), Newman (47), Landree Spackman (38), Buist (34), Lyons (26), Spring (25), Pack (23), Mountain Crest’s Lyndsey Wall (19) and Samantha Spackman (12).
The state tournament begins on May 15.
For the first time in, well, no one is for sure, but the Preston boys are headed to the state tournament as a team. The Indians placed third at the 10-team Great Basin District Tournament on Monday at the Preston Golf and Country Club.
That was good enough to send the team to the state tournament at the Twin Falls Golf Club. The 4A State Tournament will begin next Monday.
Twin Falls won the boys competition with a score of 339. Minico was second at 346, followed by Preston (351) and Pocatello (372). Garrett Kelley led the Indians with a round of 80, which was fourth individually.
Kelley made it to state as an individual last year, but will be joined by his teammates this year. They include Ethan Pearson, Garrett Ward, Jackson Porter and Dixon Alder.
On the girls side, Preston was eighth out of the 10 teams. The Indians had just four players complete their round, so all scores had to be counted for a 502. Twin Falls was first with a score of 336, turning in the top three individual scores.
Sydney Kelley led the Indians with a round of 111.
WASPS 12, RIVERHAWKS 11Ridgeline traveled to Heber City for a pre-state tournament game to stay sharp. It turned into a slugfest against one of the better 5A teams in the state.
The Wasps (18-4) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to end the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Charly Kelson completed a perfect day at the plate for Wasatch with the game-winning hit. Kelson was 5 for 5 on the day.
The Riverhawks (16-11) had rallied in the top of the seventh to get to the bottom of the frame. Trailing 11-8, Ridgeline loaded the bags when Tyler Thornton was intentionally walked with two outs. Brooklyn Anderson came through, clearing the bases with a three-run single to center field. The speedy Thornton made it home from first, behind Izzy Telford and Ellie Mons.
“We played a great team today that will probably win their region,” Riverhawk coach Mike Anderson said. “It is one of those games that hardens you for the state playoffs. I was super happy with our ability to take a punch and still punch back. We are starting to find the fight in this dog.”
Thornton had a lead-off triple to start the game and scored on a Anderson single in the top of the first. Thornton also had a two-run homer in the sixth.
Ridgeline had 14 hits, while the Wasps finished with 13. Aree Kidman led the Riverhawks with three hits.
CHARGERS 6, GRIZZLIES 2
Logan started with a bang at Draper, but couldn’t keep it going against one of the better 5A schools in the state in Corner Canyon.
Cheyenne Weekes took a full-count pitch and hit it out of the park to center field to lead off the game. The Grizzlies (14-10-2) wouldn’t get another hit until Mia Marin had a single in the top of the fifth. Logan didn’t do anything with that opportunity and trailed 6-1.
In the top of the sixth, the Grizzlies got two more hits. Weekes led off with a single. Kammie Laing hit a RBI double to right with two outs. That would be it for Logan as Corner Canyon starter Lexi Parker had 15 strikeouts for the Chargers (16-6).
“Cheyenne and Mia hit the ball well,” Logan coach Kim Laing said. “Pershelle Rohrer pitched great. We are happy to get any and all the extra reps in we can before state.”
Nya Laing and Rohrer both saw time in the circle and combined to strike out nine and allowed eight hits. Weekes and Marin each had two hits.
BOBCATS 8, INDIANS 5
One inning cost Preston and brought the Indians’ season to a close at the district tournament at Burley, Idaho.
Preston had built a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning and still held a 4-1 advantage going to the bottom of the fourth. Burley was able to plate five runs in the fourth and added two more in the fifth.
“We knew it was going to be a tight game,” Preston coach Larry Morrison said. “It was only a one-run difference last time we played. ... We had a tough fourth inning and gave up five and weren’t able to recover. Our bats slowed down and weren’t able to produce enough to make a comeback.”
Preston did load the bags in the seventh, but left them that way.
“It was a very, very tough loss,” Morrison said. “It’s hard as a coach when you know and feel like your the much better team but didn’t get the win. These girls are by far the best group I have ever coached in my days of coaching. They are all so talented and the team unity was something to behold. I am proud of all of these girls. It was an honor for me to get the chance to coach them. I appreciate their great work ethic and competitiveness.”
Sayge Keller, Saydie Larson, Ashlynn Sparks and Megan Johnson each had two hits for the Indians, who finished with 10. Abie Keller scored two of the Preston runs.