There was good news and bad news for Greater Spokane League golfers at the 3A regional tournament at Downriver Thursday afternoon.
The boys didn’t fare too well, with only two placing in the top 10 to advance to the state tournament next week.
The girls, on the other hand, did quite well, led by freshman sensation Savana Bezdicek. The Mt. Spokane standout shot a 1-under-par 72 to win by eight strokes.
The GSL is sending six girls to state, with Jaein Yoo of Shadle Park second at 80 and East Valley’s Jenni White tying for third after an 84.
Others advancing were Mt. Spokane’s Hillary Susz, and Morgan Williams and Ashley Olson of EV.
West Valley-Yakima snagged the top boys spots, with sophomore Eric Gravbrot earning medalist honors after a 2-under 70. The Rams also had four of the first six spots and Hanford grabbed the other two before getting to North Central’s Brady Dixon and Connor Richards at 78.
•District 7 1A: Freeman swept everything at Hangman Valley Golf Course.
Behind Dylan Maine and Tyler Barrong, the Scotties easily won the boys title. Maine was the medalist with a 147 for the two rounds. Barrong was three strokes back, leading Freeman to 111.5 points, well ahead of Lakeside’s 60. Ten golfers qualified for state, with Freeman advancing five.
Alyssa Maine tallied 177 for an 18-stroke win among girls. The Scotties had 24 points to Lakeside’s 17. Only four advance to state.
Track and field
District 7 2A: Regular-season leaders mostly led the way as the two-day meet began at Cheney.
Cheney long jumper Nathan Youmans continued his late-season surge with a leap of 21 feet, 11 inches to win the title by the slimmest of margins. Pullman’s Lee Colby added 2 inches to his personal record but fell one-half inch short of Youmans. Colby was 2 inches ahead of season leader DeAngelo Jones of Cheney. Two advance to state.
Mikaela Young of Cheney PR’d by 2 feet, soaring 36-9½ to beat West Valley’s Bailey Wold by a foot in the triple jump. Wold also advanced in the pole vault, winning at 10-0.
The girls high jump was also tight as three jumpers cleared 5-2. Freshmen Tasha Luu of Colville and Jennifer Nakata of Pullman advanced to state, edging out junior Shaley Ham of Cheney.
Medical Lake senior Bryce Dressler had a 5-foot PR in the boys javelin with a throw of 166-1 to join champion Hovhannes Melkonyan of West Valley (173-0) at state.
The meet at CHS continues at 3 p.m. today.
•District 9 2B: In Pullman, Warren Miller of St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna had a season best by more than 3 feet in winning the triple jump (41-7), and he needed all of it as Steve Trevino of Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia had a PR of almost 3 feet (41-1¼). The top two advance to state. The Waitsburg-Prescott boys built a dominating lead, 93-26 over DeSales.
Desee Chappell of TOR won the javelin (109-8). Asotin’s girls lead Pomeroy 44-42. The meet concludes today.
District 7 2A: Pullman and Colville advanced to the title game with dramatic wins.
Erica Hanson struck out 20 Clarkston batters, but it was her bat that gave the Greyhounds (17-3) a 4-3 win.
The visiting Bantams (11-10) scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but Hanson had a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth and singled in the winning run in the seventh. Katie Guettinger drove in the tying run.
At Colville, Indians pitcher Alison Holston had a perfect game with two outs in the seventh before settling on a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over Deer Park (9-13). Colville (18-3) didn’t score until the sixth. Jennica Ebel led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. Holst struck out eight.
The tournament moves to University HS on Saturday. Deer Park meets Cheney (6-14) and Clarkston faces West Valley (13-7) in loser-out games at 10 a.m., with the winners meeting at noon in another survival game.
Pullman and Clarkston play for the championship and state berth at noon.
The final game for the second state spot is at 2 p.m.
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