The Crusaders boost their lead to 10 points while Westview and Sunset tie for second
PORTLAND - While Jesuit's boys golf team has pushed out to a 10-point lead in the Metro League race, the race for the league's second state berth is really heating up now.
Sunset's boys edged Westview by three strokes (330-333) in Monday's match at Portland Golf Club, and in doing so, moved into a second-place tie with the Wildcats, both teams with 26 points in the season-long points race.
The Apollos, who finished fourth in the league opener back on March 17 - they played without all-leaguer Tyler Parker in that match, which was held just two days after Parker finished his basketball season at the state tournament - have climbed back into contention since then.
Sunset was second to Jesuit a week ago, beating Westview by six strokes at RedTail Golf Course, then beat the Wildcats again at PGC on Monday.
Apollos sophomore Tudor Bertea led the way for Sunset at PGC, shooting 78 - the fourth-best round of the day, while teammate Logan Gerritz notched an 81, Parker shot an 83 and Morris Kim an 88. Cole Papazian also had a 93 for Sunset.
Westview, meanwhile, got a 79 from sophomore Harry Chang, then added an 81 by John Abercrombie, an 85 from Joshua Barth and an 88 by Sean Daoud. Wildcat Mitch Baines also had a 90 for Westview.
Sunset and Westview's Monday success also increased their lead over fourth-place Southridge to eight points. For the Skyhawks to finish in at least a second-place tie, they would have to beat both Sunset and Westview in each of the remaining four Metro League matches.
Jesuit's boys won for the third time in three Metro League tournaments on Monday, getting a trifecta of medalists in senior Jeff Petroff, senior Sam Kloenne and junior Jake Coleman - all three shot 76s to pace their team to a 19-stroke victory over the Apollos.
Jesuit finished the day at 311, with Adam Strength adding an 83 and Ryan Marx an 87.
Southridge's boys were fourth on Monday at PGC with a team score of 350, followed by Beaverton at 366 and Aloha at 376.
Skyhawk senior Spencer Barnes shot an 80 - the sixth-best round of the day - to lead his team. The rest of the Skyhawk varsity also included Conner Barr at 86, Brennin Barney and C.J. Brooks at 92, and Luke Nelson at 96.
For Beaverton, Christian Boudreau shot an 87, Nate Silva added a 90, Joe Thompson finished at 92 and Cameron Huber at 97.
Aloha, meanwhile, was led by Kyle Memmott's 86, with teammates Kyle Johnson at 94, Justin Ashby at 98, Aaron Bentz at 98 and Bryce Martin at 113.
In upcoming matches, Jesuit plays in the Champions Invitational at Palm Springs, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, while the Metro League is back in action at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Forest Hills Golf Club in Cornelius.