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GOLF

It was a tough day on the links for West Linn's golf teams last Monday. The girls took to Persimmon where high scores were the norm.

In fact, only six golfers were able to break 50 for nine holes. One of those golfers was West Linn's Sharon Shin, who fired a 40, which was the third lowest score of the day.

The two best scores came from Lake Oswego with Amy Beth Simanton shooting a 35 for medalist honors and Kendall Prince shooting a 39.

All of West Linn's other golfers registered scores in the 50s. Morgan Tompson shot an uncharacteristic 51 as the golfers had to battle tough conditions and cold weather.

Katie Longtain came in with a 56 followed by Josie Sells' 57 in her first tournament of the year.

As a team, those scores were good enough for third place on the day. Lake Oswego won the event by nearly 20 strokes while Lakeridge came in second.

But the West Linn girls are still tied for first place with Lakeridge in the overall standings with Lake Oswego only two points behind in third.

For the boys, consistency ruled the afternoon. As expected, not much separated West Linn's lowest scorer from its highest. The team's top five golfers all shot between 81 and 87 at Stone Creek.

In a close tournament, that was good enough for fourth place as the Lions came in just three strokes behind third-place Clackamas.

Matt Percin had the low score for West Linn with 81. Josh Peterson shot 82 and Jackson Henniger fired an 83.

The Lions are in fourth place in the league standings after two tournaments and will look to make up ground next week at Waverly Country Club.

LACROSSE

The West Linn girls lacrosse team pounded another opponent on Tuesday to move to 4-1 on the year. The Lions drubbed Southridge 13-1, receiving a solid team effort as both the offense and defense dominated.

Southridge was just 1-3 heading into the contest and didn't give the Lions much competition as they continue to gear up for league play.

Two players tallied hat tricks for West Linn. Sam Dewart scored four goals for the Lions while Erika Busch notched three.

Solveig Lee and Kristin Brown each had a pair of goals and an assist while Kelly Bocciolatt and Maddie Eden also got on the board with one goal apiece. Shannon Edwards led the team with four ground balls.

West Linn goalie Emily Ostbo also had a good night with eight saves on nine shot attempts, keeping the Skyhawks at bay.

The Lions take on Glencoe on Thursday and play their first league match against North Clackamas next Wednesday.

The boys team won its first league game on the year on Tuesday 9-3 over Putnam but they had to shake off some rust coming off the spring break lay-off.

'It wasn't pretty but we got the points we needed to,' coach Mark Flood said.

Putnam actually scored the first goal of the game and led 2-1 before the Lions took over.

Defensively, West Linn played admirably but the Lions missed multiple opportunities on offense. They weren't helped by the fact that the Kingsmen goalie came up with a number of stellar saves to thwart shots.

Shannon Sirvaitis had a terrific outing in the game, scoring three goals and picking up 12 ground balls as he helped West Linn control the pace of the game in the second half.

A pair of players also notched their first varsity goals. Freshman Christian Wilson scored on a nice left-handed shot and Jake Forsey also scored to help his team.

The Lions will spend the rest of the week practicing for Saturday's showdown against Oregon Episcopal School, which is, once again, one of the top programs in the state.

'That's a big game. Our teams know each other really well and it will be a great test for us,' Flood said.

TENNIS

The West Linn tennis teams racked up victories earlier this week. The girls won a league match handily 8-0 over Milwaukie and only dropped 13 total games in those eight matches.

Three matches were won 6-0, 6-0 as Danika Tonning swept her opponent at first singles, Taylor Coronel and Catherine Broadhurst did the same at second doubles as did Natalie Smith and Samantha Ing at third doubles.

But, frankly, none of the matches were particularly close. Amanda Wagner won 6-2, 6-3 at second singles and Danielle Meyer and Courtney Moore both won to complete the singles sweep.

Alex Smith and Kellie Kawasaki recorded an easy victory at first doubles as did Ali Vogt and Haley Graham at fourth doubles.

The boys team won a pair of non-league matches, besting Beaverton 4-3 in a rain-shortened bout and beating Barlow 5-3 on Tuesday.

Against Barlow, four matches went to three sets with West Linn winning two of them.

Chris Erbin won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 at first singles and Ken Tsuruta won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 at fourth singles as the Lions took three of four singles matches.

Miles Rifkin, coming off a back injury, picked up a straight sets victory at second singles.

West Linn's two doubles victories were both in straight sets. The No. 1 doubles team of Collin Bundy and Brett Wright received a battled but eventually won 6-4, 7-6. At third doubles, Mark Chipperfield and Grant Beehler won 6-1, 6-3.

SOFTBALL

West Linn's softball team got off to a tough start in league play. After opening the season with a 3-1 loss to a tough Lake Oswego team, the Lions squared off against Putnam, a team that is expected to be among the best in the state.

Putnam ace Lauren Harvey was tough to handle, striking out eight Lion batters while recording a shut-out in the 7-0 victory.

But West Linn has now seen two of the best pitchers the league has to offer and will look to rebound this week.