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Cougs claim second straight state title
by Tribune Staff
Oct 24, 2013 | 1351 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
contributed photo/David Becker LVRJ - Spanish Springs junior Katrina Prendergast chips out of the sand during her round Thursday in Day 2 action of the NIAA D-I Girls State Golf Championships in Las Vegas. Perndergast was the individual medalist and her Cougars repeated as state champions.
contributed photo/David Becker LVRJ - Spanish Springs junior Katrina Prendergast chips out of the sand during her round Thursday in Day 2 action of the NIAA D-I Girls State Golf Championships in Las Vegas. Perndergast was the individual medalist and her Cougars repeated as state champions.
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If there was an award for most dominant prep sports team in Nevada, the Spanish Springs girls golf team would win that, too.

The Cougars won their second straight state title Thursday, outclassing the field at Bear’s Best in Las Vegas.

“It was a good day. It was pretty stressful but I’m happy for the girls,” an exhausted Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said on the bus ride back to Sparks Thursday night.

Spanish Springs led Coronado 320-335 after the first day and turned in a final score of 646, 26 strokes ahead of second-place Coronado.

Katrina Prendergast won the individual state title, shooting a 70 Wednesday and a 78 Thursday. Prendergast was tied with Douglas’ Koko Terada after the final hole Thursday and won a one-hole playoff with a birdie. Terada finished with a par.

Senior Trae Jones finished the final high school golf tournament of her career in ninth place out of the 49 participants with a 160. Jones shot an 83 Wednesday and a 77 Thursday.

The Cougars also counted the scores of Sami Sorensen, who shot an 80 Thursday (168 overall) and Emma Gilmore who shot a 91 (182 overall). Sorensen and Gilmore’s scores were not used Wednesday, marking the first time this season the Cougars used all six players’ scores in a tournament this season.

“I think that was a great way to end the season,” Bosco said.

Jada McAllister shot a 95 Thursday (176 overall) and Krist Settas fired a 99 (185 overall).

The Cougars also won the Academic State Title with a 3.93 team grade-point average.

“You hear everything that’s going wrong with schools. People want to bash what’s wrong, and as a teacher it’s disheartening,” Bosco said. “I want people to realize what Spanish Springs is doing right, not just as a golf team, but within a community. We’re doing it right. Students and faculty are excelling. I’m proud to be a teacher at this school and proud of these girls. We’re doing things the right way and it shows.”

The state title is Bosco’s second in as many years as the Cougars’ head coach but he is not taking any of the credit.

“It’s not me. It’s the girls that know how to play golf. That’s what it is,” Bosco said. “I’m just happy to be along for the ride.”

The state title capped an absolutely dominating season for the Cougars. Spanish Springs won all but one High Desert League tournament (which they actually won but settled for second after two scores were disqualified) and it won the Div. I North Region Tournament last week.
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