Westside golfers win state
It was virtually a foregone conclusion.
The Westside Christian High School boys golf team hasn't had much competition within its own 3A classification this year.
The contingent has gone toe-to-toe with considerably larger schools this year so it was no surprise that the Eagles beat their closest competitors at Eagle Crest Ridge by 45 strokes.
'We've been scheduling tournaments with some of the bigger teams and I think that paid off,' Westside coach Roger Allcroft said.
It marked Westside's third straight state championship with the same foursome, Alex Harding, Trevor Harding, Nathan Smith and Ryan Jesenik.
The only real mystery in the tournament was to see who would win medalist honors.
As it turned out, Alex Harding, the team's only junior shot a two-day total of 146, tying Casey King from McKenzie after sinking a short putt on the 18th green.
'Alex has played so well this season it was great to see him get that,' Allcroft said.
The other three scorers for Westside are seniors and couldn't have ended their high school careers on a much higher note.
'They have some memories that will last a lifetime,' Allcroft said.
Trevor Harding finished alone in second place with a two-day total of 158 while Smith was only one stroke behind in a tie for fourth.
Completing the scoring was Jesenik's 162, good enough for eighth place, meaning that all four Westside players cracked the top-10.
It has been a truly remarkable run for the Eagles who qualified for their fifth consecutive state tournament. With only Alex Harding returning, that streak may be difficult to keep going but Harding will be ready to defend his title next spring.