Incline girls golf team swings to 5th-straight state championship |

Incline girls golf team swings to 5th-straight state championship

The Incline girls golf team poses with its NIAA Class 2A state championship trophy on Tuesday at Incline Village Championship Course. Pictured, left to right, are: Coach Joe Humasti, Karyss Thompson, Haley Carlson, Scarlet Thompson, Kennedy Cohn, Christine Schwartz, Coach Chuck Jensen.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline girls golf team felt right at home Tuesday — in more ways than one.

Playing on its home Incline Village Championship Course, the Highlanders captured their fifth-straight NIAA Class 2A state championship in convincing fashion.

Incline carded a two-day score of 872, topping runner-up Sierra Lutheran by a whopping 84 strokes. West Wendover finished third at 961.

“I am very proud of our team play as we played extremely well the second day on a extremely difficult golf course, which required excellent course management,” Incline coach Joe Humasti said.

Leading the charge were seniors Kennedy Cohn, the individual state champion, and Christine Schwartz, the state’s runner-up finisher. The seniors bagged matching 88s in the final round to fuel Incline’s championship-clinching performance.

Cohn finished with a 178 (90-88), capping her Incline career with an 8-foot putt to save par on hole No. 18. Schwartz followed closely behind with a 183 (95-88), draining a 10-foot putt to save par on her last hole as a Highlander.

“They both ended their career on a high note,” Humasti said.

Incline’s Haley Carlson carded a 239 (124-115) to finish in ninth individually, while Karyss Thompson took 12th with a 272 (145-132) and Scarlet Thompson nabbed 19th with a 306 (158-148).

“The second day I was really impressed with our total team effort,” Humasti said. “Everyone improved quite a bit. I’m just really proud of the way we responded to the pressure as a team.”

After Monday’s opening round, the Highlanders led West Wendover by 30 strokes (453 to 483) before pulling away during Tuesday’s final 18 holes.

“The girls were really excited about winning on their home course,” said Humasti, noting that the Incline golf programs are now 3-0 when playing for a state title on their home course. The Incline boys team won state titles at home in 1993 and 2014.

Volleyball: Incline tops Battle Mountain

The Incline volleyball team gritted past Battle Mountain 3-2 in a 2A Northern League match Friday at Battle Mountain High School.

The Highlanders won in scores of 30-28, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-7.

On Saturday, Incline was on the opposite end of a five-setter, falling 3-2 to host Lovelock.

The Highlanders were ousted 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 15-9.

Incline (5-5, 5-4) travels to West Wendover on Friday for a 6 p.m. showdown.

Boys soccer: Incline tops Elko, Spring Creek

Victor Herrera buried a goal with minutes left in the game, lifting the Incline boys soccer team to a 3-2 3A Northern League win over Elko on Saturday at Incline High School.

On Friday, the Highlanders pulled away for a 3-1 league win over Spring Creek.

Incline (9-2-4, 4-1-4) travels to South Tahoe and Lowry this week.

Girls soccer: Highlanders edged by Indians, Spartans

The Incline girls soccer team suffered back-to-back losses at home by a one-goal margin last week.

The Highlanders were outdone by Spring 4-3 on Friday before falling to Elko 3-2 on Saturday.

Incline (4-5-1, 4-5-1) takes on South Tahoe and Lowry this week.

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