Who says you have to take your lumps as an expansion franchise?
In its first year, Tekoa-Oakesdale’s boys golf team recently finished third at the Ritzville Tournament and second at Harrington.
“We’re real excited,” coach Lyle Wagner said. “The boys have been just unbelievable to me.”
At Ritzville, T-O finished behind St. George’s and the host Broncos.
At Harrington, the Nighthawks were behind Class A Chewelah. Junior Trevor Fox was two shots back of the medalist and freshman Keith Patrick was three back.
Wagner, a 1984 Oakesdale graduate who lives in Farmington, had a turnout of 18, 12 of whom were boys. It takes six players to field a team.
The Nighthawks are guests of the Bi-County League, making for long road trips, but obviously the newcomers have fared quite well.
“The thing about the invitationals is, they have given us so much encouragement, golfing right along with our district foes. Not knowing where we fit, where we’re at, this gives us an idea. And it’s given the team a shot in the arm knowing they can compete.”
Wagner, a part-time teacher at Oakesdale, said the players had the equipment they needed, the booster club helped with a fund-raiser that allowed the team to get matching shirts and the student body helped come up with money for new balls and driving-range time.
GSL, Frontier tourneys coming up
The Greater Spokane League ends its regular season this afternoon and jumps into tournament play the next day.
The all-league girls tournament begins at noon Friday at Esmeralda. The second round to qualify nine for state is Tuesday at Downriver.
The boys Inland Empire Tournament is Monday at Indian Canyon with most teams in Eastern Washington entered. The second round to qualify eight for state is Wednesday at Wandemere.
The Mead girls enter tonight’s last league matches with a 13-1 record, with Ferris at 12-2 and Shadle Park 13-3.
Mead, led by Britney Holt, the medalist in all seven league matches so far, meets Shadle Park and Lewis and Clark (12-4) at Downriver. Mead and Ferris swapped wins, but the day the Saxons lost to the Panthers, they also lost to Gonzaga Prep.
On the boys side, Ferris has a 13-1 record with Mead at 12-2. Both CV and Shadle Park are two matches back. Ferris and Mead split, but Mead lost a match on its home course, Wandermere, to Shadle Park, midway through the season.
The Frontier League playoffs begin next week with the boys at Hangman on Wednesday and the girls at The Fairways on Thursday. Seven advance to the state tournament after the second round.