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Cougar golfers second at Lakeridge, Reed third
by Dan Eckles
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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela  - SSHS golfer Jake Keady stares down a shot during his round Monday at Lakeridge.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - SSHS golfer Jake Keady stares down a shot during his round Monday at Lakeridge.
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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed's Garrett Marchese watches a tee shot sail down the fairway during the Raiders' HDL tournament Monday at Lakeridge.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed's Garrett Marchese watches a tee shot sail down the fairway during the Raiders' HDL tournament Monday at Lakeridge.
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RENO -- The Spanish Springs boys golf team turned in a season-low team total Monday afternoon at Lakeridge Golf Club. Unfortunately for the Cougars, when league rival Reno turned the same trick, it was the RHS squad that took home a tournament title in the final High Desert League tourney of the spring.

Spanish Springs posted a 408 team score, two strokes better than its previous best of 410 set three weeks ago at Somersett Golf and Country Club in northwest Reno. However, the 408 was only good enough for second place when Reno turned in its 400, also a season best.

Reno won five of the six HDL tournaments this spring. The only tournament the Huskies did not win came when the Cougars won at Sierra Sage amid wintry conditions two weeks ago.

"I actually feel really good about our day," Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said. "Considering Tommy (McAlister), who has been one of our best golfers all year, was super sick and he shot an 86, and then some of our lower guys put up 82 and 84, that should be a good sign for us going forward into regionals."

Cole Shirley and Anthony Decker paced the Spanish Springs scoring contingent with a pair of 78s. Next up were Owen Bartlett and Jake Keady with scores of 82 and 84 respectively. McAlister's 86 was the final counting score for the SSHS crew. The Cougars threw out the 90 of Matt Perera.

"Owen had struggled the last few weeks," Wirshing said. "He played really well today. He was consistent and seemed to be real focused. Jake Keady hasn't even been one of our top six (tournament qualifying) guys most of the season. For him to go 84, we're really excited about that."

David Hinitz of Reno garnered individual medalist honors with a 75. Decker and Shirley finished in a three-way tie for second with Reno's Jeffery Heathmen. The three other scores that counted toward Reno's team total were an 80, 81 and 86.

The conditions at Lakeridge, in southwest Reno, could not have been better. Local coaches praised the course's pristine setup.

"The weather was great. The course is in good shape. I was actually surprised some guys didn't play even better," Wirshing said. "It was setting up for great scoring. Hopefully, it's a good introduction going into regionals next week. We're supposed to see good weather there too."

Reed coach Nick Nemsgern had similar sentiments.

"The scores were good. Lakeridge was nice to play. It was in fantastic shape," Nemsgern said. "It's probably in the best shape of any course in town. It was great. I thought there might even be some scores in the lows 70s, if not under par. The golf was good. We are all happy to be out there. When you're playing golf and the weather warms up, your body feels good, you feel better and play better."

Reed continues to play better. The Raiders, who set a new team low a week ago at Washoe Golf Course, went 10 strokes better Monday, turning in a 429.

Junior Trevor Wood was Reed's low scorer, carding an 80, despite putting up an eight on the par four ninth hole. Nate Daylo (81), Wyatt Koskie (85), Garrett Marchese (91) and Will Rizzuto (92) comprised the remainder of the Raiders' scoring contingent.

"We've taken our team average down 28 stokes from the first two tournaments to the last two," Nemsgern said. "I think we may have some boys who can qualify for state. It will be tough to get in those top two team spots. That's kind of a dream, but maybe we can get a couple guys to be in the Top 5 guys who aren't on qualifying teams."

The Division I North Championships are set for May 6-7 at Red Hawk Golf Club, the home course of Spanish Springs. The top four HDL teams, Reno, Spanish Springs, Reed and McQueen will all compete along with the top four schools from the Sierra League, a group that includes North powers Manogue and Galena.

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