Lava Bears, Storm boys golf in title contention at state

staff report / The Bulletin /

CORVALLIS — Bend High and Summit are both within striking distance of a title after the first day of the Class 5A boys golf state championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club after the first round on Monday.

The Lava Bears finished the first day in second place with a team score of 310, five strokes behind leader West Albany (305). Summit sits in third place after finishing with a 312.

Ryan Crownover led the way for Bend, carding a 2-over 74 on a breezy day when the wind gusts reached 30 mph, according to Bend coach Rusty Clemons.

“I just kept it in play and made some putts,” said Crownover, who is in fifth place going into today. “We’re in a good position for (today).”

West Albany’s Conner Kumpula shot the low score of the day with a 3-under 69.

Stephen Drgastin led Summit, carding a 4-over 76. He is tied for seventh with three other golfers, including Bend’s Chapin Pedersen.

“I was happy with how we played,” Pedersen said. “I feel really confident. I feel like we can gain a lot of strokes and make it up for (today).”

Also scoring for Bend were Jaired Rodmaker (77) and Ryan DeCastilhos (83).

“We’re putting things together here at the end of the year,” Clemons said. “We know that West Albany is very, very good. They know the course really well. But we know it pretty well, too.”

Other scorers for Summit were Declan Watts (77), Jack Loberg (78) and Tyler Bahn (81).

“It wasn’t very pretty on the front nine,” Summit coach Mark Tichenor said. “But the kids showed some resiliency and played a strong back nine. I’m really proud of the way they came back.”

In other Monday action:

Girls golf

Odiorne leads Summit to top spot: BANKS — Madison Odiorne, the reigning Class 5A state champion, carded a 5-over 77 to tie Crescent Valley’s Brenna Murphy for first place after the first day of the Class 5A state championship at Quail Valley Golf Club, helping guide the Storm to an overall 343. That team score tops the 11-team standings and is 11 strokes ahead of second-place Crescent Valley. Madi Mansberger sits in fifth place for Summit after recording an 83, and Alyssa Kerry joins her teammates in the top 10 with a 91 that tied her for ninth with one round to play. Bend, which stands in fourth with a 376, was paced by Heidi Froelich’s seventh-place 87 as well as Madeline Rice’s 93, putting her in a tie for 15th. The final day of the state championship begins today at 12:15 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

Sisters 11th at championship: CRESWELL — Sisters wrapped up the first day of the Class 4A state championships at Emerald Valley Golf Club in 11th place with an overall 394. Nate Pajutee led the Outlaws with a 15-over 87, putting the senior in a tie for 17th with one round to play. Ridgeview’s Jimi Seeley carded an 86 to tie for 14th in the 81-player field. Bryce Wortman of Klamath Falls’ Mazama sits atop the leaderboard with a 7-over 79, and La Salle leads the team standings with a 334. The final round of the state championship tees off today at 12:15 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Ridgeview 2, Sisters 1: REDMOND — Erin Ware hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning to propel the Ravens in the nonleague regular-season finale for both teams. The Outlaws managed just one hit in the game, a Cassidy Edwards double. Sisters (17-6 overall) hosts Scappoose on Thursday in the 4A play-in round. Ridgeview (16-9) is at Yamhill-Carlton in the play-in round, also on Thursday.

Western Mennonite 9, Culver 8: SALEM — The Bulldogs rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth inning and added another in the sixth, but the Pioneers shut Culver down in the seventh to take the Class 2A/1A Special District 3 win. The Bulldogs end the season 3-21 overall and 2-10 in conference play.

Baseball

Sisters 14, Ridgeview 8: REDMOND — Joey Morgan went 4-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Outlaws to a nonconference win in both teams’ regular-season finale. Morgan knocked in six runs, and Justin Harrer added a 2-for-2 performance with a homer and four runs scored for the Outlaws (23-2). For Ridgeview (13-12), Collin Runge was 3-for-5 with a home run, and George Mendazona went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.