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MHS golf teams host tourneys

After plenty of practice, the Madras boys' golf team opened its season Thursday.
   The White Buffalos hosted a five-team Madras Invite at Crook River Ranch Golf Course. Madras started practice on Feb. 18.
   Intermountain Conference squad Summit won the event by a 300-311 margin over Sisters. Stayton, a 4A school from Western Oregon, combined for 334 to finish third with Madras fourth at 365 and La Pine at 404.
   Nathan Gerhardt led the Buffs with a 78. He was seven shots behind the medalist, Michael Reeve of Sisters.
   Also for Madras, Chance Squiemphen shot an 87 followed by Jasper Gerhardt at 94, Derek Ceciliani at 106 and James Mikkelson at 108.
   Madras has another home match, hosting a multi-team Madras Invitational on April 10 at Eagle Crest Resort Golf Course.
   Girls
   The young Madras girls continued to improve with lower scores at their portion of Thursday's Madras Invite.
   Sisters, coming off a 4A state trophy season, combined for a 346-551 victory against the Buffs. Lindsay Reeve earned medalist honors with a 74.
   Courtney Freshour led Madras with a 114, opening with a 51 on the front nine. The Buffs' other scores by first-year players were: Rachel Simmons at 141, Mystina Spino at 145, Rachael Vargas at 151 and Moriah Pugh at 157.
   "Four of these girls (not including Freshour) have played golf right at one month," Madras coach Spud Miller said. "They are improving rapidly and I expect the scores to come down really fast."
   The Buffs will play in junior varsity tournaments the next two Mondays at Crooked River Ranch (this Monday) and at Meadow Lakes (April 7). The team will also host its portion of the Madras Invite on April 8 at Eagle Crest Resort.