Jesuit, Cards take Metro state berths

by: Miles Vance ROLLING — Sunset's Angela Han (shown here on May 3) won one of the Metro League's three individual berths to the Class 6A state tournament.

HILLSBORO - Like two great fighters, the Westview and Lincoln girls golf teams went down swinging in Monday's 2011 Metro League finale at Meriwether National Golf Club.

The Cardinals, in their first season in the Metro League, held a two-point lead over the Wildcats going into Monday's match and needed to beat them one more time to avoid seeing the league's second Class 6A state tournament berth settled by a tiebreaker.

And Lincoln did just that, scoring 225 points in the league's modified Stableford scoring system to edge Westview (which scored 222) for second place and secure the Metro's second seed to state. The Cardinals finished with 64 points in the season-long points race, while Westview took third with 60.

Westview got another brilliant round from senior Nicole Smith - she finished second to Jesuit's Tess Jennings in the season-long race for Metro League medalist - on Monday, finishing with the second-best total of the tournament at 67 points. Smith will also advance to the state tournament as an individual.

Teammate Jennifer Ko added 54 points, Rachel Hershey had 52, Stephanie Smalley scored 49, and Joan Hong had 46, but on this day, it wasn't enough.

Lincoln freshman Audrey Horn stepped up to post her best round of the year with 63 points, senior Kaija Perkiomaki added 61 more, Phoebe Nguyen tacked on 54, Lauren Caffee had 47, and Lauren Hval went for 42 to lift the Cardinals to state.

Jesuit won its seventh tournament in seven tries, finished with 84 points in the season-long points race, and sealed up the league's No. 1 berth to state. The Crusaders' efforts were led by junior Tess Jennings' 72 points, an effort that was the league's best and also helped lift Jennings to Metro League medalist honors for the second straight season.

Jennings' teammates were dynamite too, with senior Casey Briggs adding 70 points, Katie Craven and Helen Davis tacking on 56 more each, and Amelia Karakas finishing with 49.

Also headed to state as individuals will be Sunset senior Angela Han (who scored 63 points Monday and finished fourth in the season-long points race with a scoring average of 60.3 points per round) and Southridge senior Hailey Speck (who scored 64 points Monday and finished fifth in the season-long points race with a scoring average of 59.2 points per round).

Other top scores from around the league were: Sunset's Kathryn Joseph, 60 points; Beaverton's Kylie Martens, 48 points; and Aloha's Tracy Brown, 38 pts.

The all-league first team included Jennings (67.0 points per round), Smith (65.7 points), Briggs (64.8 points), Han and Speck. Second teamers were Craven (58.7 points), Perkiomaki (58.2 points), Davis (55.2 points), Joseph (53.3 points), and Nguyen (52.3 points).

The Class 6A state meet is set Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Eugene.