La Pine girls golf finishes sixth at state

staff report / The Bulletin /

REDMOND — La Pine improved by eight strokes Tuesday and climbed to sixth place in the final team standings at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A girls golf state championship tournament.

On the Ridge Course at Eagle Crest Resort, the Hawks carded a collective 396 for the second round to finish at an even 800 strokes for the two-day, 36-hole event. Molalla captured the team title with ease, posting a team score of 713 to win by 59 strokes over runner-up Valley Catholic (772).

Central Oregon’s other team entry in the 14-team field, Crook County, held on to ninth place despite slipping to a 433 on Tuesday from an opening-round 413.

Among individuals, Reeds- port senior Monica Vaughn, tied for second place after Monday’s play, fired a 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday — the low round of the day — to earn medalist honors at 4-under 140. First-day leader and 2012 state champion Kaitlin Collom, a sophomore from Henley, shot a 73 for the second round and finished second overall at 141.

The top Central Oregon finisher was La Pine senior Sammie McPherson, whose 83-84—167 was good for 13th place. Trinity Lutheran sophomore Victoria Sample, who qualified for state as an individual, finished tied for 14th at 84-89—173. Crook County’s low scorer for the tournament was junior Caitlin Dalton, who tied for 30th place at 92-107—199.

Ridgeview freshman Tianna Brown, another individual qualifier, improved by four strokes on the second day and finished at 104-100—204, good for 37th place.

In other Tuesday action:

BOYS GOLF

Seeley posts all-state finish at 4A boys tourney: CRESWELL — Ridgeview junior Jimi Seeley earned all-state honors at the Class 4A state championship by tying for 10th place at the 81-man event with an 86-85—171. La Salle ran away with the team title, posting a 334-318—652 over two days. Second-place Baker (362-353—715) finished 63 strokes back, as all five of the Falcons’ golfers finished among the top 10 individuals. Sisters, the only Central Oregon program to field a complete team at the 4A tournament, tied for ninth with Newport as both squads carded scores of 770. Nate Pajutee led the Outlaws with a 13th-place individual effort, carding an 87-85—172. Sutherlin’s Tyler Franke and Mazama’s Bryce Wortman tied for medalist honors at the 4A championship, with each golfer shooting a 158.

SOFTBALL

Cleveland 8, Bend 7: PORTLAND — Bend High rallied to tie the score with four runs in the sixth inning, but Cleveland scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out error, the Lava Bears’ fourth of the game. The contest, played at Delta Park, was a postseason tuneup for both the Warriors (14-11) of the Class 5A Portland Interscholastic League and the Bears (16-9), runners-up in the 5A Intermountain Conference. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Lava Bears. Kaytie Zellner tripled and both Lisa Sylvester and Megan Berrigan doubled to fuel Bend’s sixth-inning comeback. Katie Brown and Berrigan finished with three hits apiece to lead the Lava Bears. Berrigan and Alexis Hill- Gruenberg shared pitching duties for Bend, which hosts Eagle Point in a 5A play-in game Friday at 4 p.m.

BASEBALL

Lake Oswego 5, Bend 3: LAKE OSWEGO — The Lava Bears dropped their final regular-season game, a tuneup before next week’s Class 5A state playoffs. Bend enters the postseason with a 17-8 record.