Truckee golf: Wolverines finish third in 3A state championship
SPRING CREEK, Nev. ” Truckee finished a disappointing third behind Faith Lutheran and Lowry in its bid to win back-to-back 3A state championships.
Faith Lutheran won the state title with a combined score of 820 in the two-day tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at the 6,302-yard, par-71 Spring Creek Golf Course.
Lowry posted a team score of 823 and Truckee finished at 836. The top-three teams were followed by Spring Creek (854), Moapa Valley (892) and Yerington (914).
“It was very disappointing,” Truckee head coach Jeff Froelich said of the Wolverines’ third place.
“If we would have shot the same as we did two weeks ago at Spring Creek ” on the same course with the same conditions ” we would have won by 20 strokes. But we just didn’t play well.”
Individually, Yuki Kato of Faith Lutheran earned tournament medalist and state champion honors firing a 3-under-par 69 and 1-under 70, for a 139 overall. Yerington’s Vinnie Arrighi was second (76-70″146) and Lowry’s Joey Dendary third (77-71″148).
Truckee junior Allan Nousiainen placed sixth in the field of more than 45 golfers, shooting an 84 on Day 1 and a 78 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 162.
Truckee’s Ethan Harman tied with two others for seventh place with an 81 and 82 (163). Teammates Daniel Gelso tied for 12th (83-83″166), Will Collin tied for 17th (83-88″171) and Cian Sullivan placed 23rd (88-86″174).
Most of the Wolverines’ scores were well above their averages during the regular season, in which Truckee finished in a tie with Lowry for first place. Individually, Truckee golfers posted five of the top 10 regular-season scoring averages, while the team won the final four tournaments leading up to state.
“I felt like the kids might have been playing a little tired, because they were so far away from their scoring averages from the season it was unbelievable,” Froelich said.
The Wolverines got off to a rough start in the tournament, falling to fourth place after posting a team score of 419 on the first day. Truckee improved its score by two strokes on Day 2, overtaking Spring Creek for a top-three finish.
Faith Lutheran led both days, posting a 407 on the first day and 413 the second. Lowry performed consistently both days, following a first-day score of 409 with a 414 on Day 2.
Among the regular-season scoring leaders, Nousiainen and Gelso ranked third and fourth, respectively, with averages of 79.14 and 79.71. Collin was sixth at 81.14, Harman seventh at 81.83 and Bryce Poulin 10th at 84.29.
1. Faith Lutheran, 407-413″820
2. Lowry, 409-414″823
3. Truckee, 419-417″836
4. Spring Creek, 414-440″854
5. Moapa Valley, 452-440″892
6. Yerington, 464-450″914
1. Yuki Kato, Faith Lutheran, 69-70″139
2. Vinnie Arrighi, Yerington, 76-70″146
3. Joey Dendary, Lowry, 77-71″148
4. Ryan Baeza, Virgin Valley, 78-80″158
5. Aiden Sullivan, Virgin Valley, 77-84″161
6. Allan Nousiainen, Truckee, 84-78″162
7. Chad Kaercher, Faith Lutheran, 82-81″163
7. Ethan Harman, Truckee, 81-82″163
7. Trevor Ensign, Faith Lutheran, 81-82″163
10. Zach Cordova, Spring Creek, 78-86″164
11. Dillon Bryan, Lowry, 77-88″165
12. Daniel Gelso, Truckee, 83-83″166
12. Homer Andrae, Spring Creek, 78-88″166
14. Jerry Jackich, Lowry, 82-85″167
14. Dayton Scott, Spring Creek, 80-87″167
14. Jon Oglesby, Moapa Valley, 79-88″167
17. Grant Miller, Lowry, 86-85″171
17. Will Collin, Truckee, 83-88″171
19. Travis Haslem, Spring Creek, 87-85″172
19. Dean Vetter, Lowry, 87-85″172
19. Ryan Roundtree, Boulder City, 86-86″172
19. Anthony Lucero, Virgin Valley, 83-89″172
23. Cian Sullivan, Truckee, 88-86″174
24. Bracken Brown, Moapa Valley, 90-85″175
24. Lucas Palmer, Dayton, 90-85″175
26. Cody Kelly, Moapa Valley, 87-89″176
26. Charley Berry, Faith Lutheran, 85-91-176
28. Mike Peterson, Dayton, 87-91″178
28. Will Smith, Yerington, 84-84″178
28. Justin Cascadden, Virgin Valley, 83-95″178
31. Jeff Peterson, Dayton, 92-87″179
31. Alex Vance, Faith Lutheran, 90-89″179
33. Travis Causey, Moapa Valley, 100-86″186
33. Eric West, Yerington, 94-92″186
33. Cobe Moe, Spring Creek, 92-94″186
33. Skylar Schmitt, Spring Creek, 91-95″186
37. James Zaldivar, Fernley, 91-96″187
38. Alex Schumacher, Lowry, 94-95″189
39. Marcus Delgadillo, Moapa Valley, 96-95″191
40. Andrew Anderson, Moapa Valley, 100-92″192
40. Braden Bennett, Faith Lutheran, 94-98″192
42. Bryce Poulin, Truckee, 97-98″195
43. Connor Conroy, Dayton, 102-94″196
44. Jordan Barrington, Yerington, 107-95″202
45. Trever Smith, Yerington, 104-100″204
46. Clint Veil, Yerington, 106-99″205
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