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Finishing with a flourish

Jesuit's boys shoot 606 to secure the Class 6A state title
by: Miles Vance STATE STAR – Jesuit senior Steven DaSilva watches his drive fly from the 17th tee at Quail Valley Golf Course on Tuesday in the Class 6A boys state tournament.

BANKS - It wasn't that long ago - just two months back, in fact - that most of the Metro League boys golf coaches predicted that Jesuit would finish second in the league race.

Or maybe third.

On Tuesday, the Crusaders finished their re-write of that story, shooting a two-day total of 606 to win the Class 6A boys state tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course. The win was the fifth in Jesuit school history and its first since winning back-to-back big-school titles in 2007-08.

'We didn't get much respect at the start of the year, but we knew we were going to be good,' said Jesuit junior Trey Johnson, the Metro League medalist who shot 72-80-152 at state to finish in a tie for 13th place overall.

The Crusaders had to earn their win too, thanks to challenges from Lake Oswego (second at 610), Southridge (third at 619) and South Eugene (620). But after shooting 309 on Monday and taking a two-stroke lead, Jesuit came back with a tournament-best total of 297 on Tuesday to secure their championship.

'This feels great,' said Jesuit senior Steven DaSilva, who finished third overall at 71-76-147. 'I wouldn't want to end my year, my career, at Jesuit any other way.'

'I'm glad we were able to pull it out for our seniors,' added junior Eric Cech, who recovered from a first-

round 82 to shoot 68 on Tuesday and finish tied for eighth overall at 152. 'They deserve it. I'm glad we were able to edge LO to win it.'

It wasn't easy, though. Lake Oswego, led by Max Carter's 77-71-148 and Adam Ruben's 77-74- 151, pushed Jesuit the whole way on Tuesday, and it took the efforts of Cech, senior Thomas Arand's second-day 73 and DaSilva's 76 to keep the Lakers at bay.

'I just made a lot of putts,' Cech said explaining his 4-under-par 68. 'I hit fairways and greens and was able to make putts - that definitely helped my round out.'

'I wasn't comfortable with my swing today. I was fighting it,' DaSilva admitted. 'But I scrapped it around, made a few putts here and there, and played pretty solidly.'

And along with Arand's 85-73-158 and Joe DaSilva's 84-82-166, that was good enough.

'It was a blast. It was a lot of fun,' Johnson said.

'Everyone individually just wanted to go out and play our best - that was our goal,' DaSilva added. 'We did and we ended up on top.'

Southridge, the Metro League co-champion, was tough too, shooting 318 on Monday and 301 Tuesday to place third - the best finish in school history - at 619. Still, because their goals and expectations were so high, the Skyhawks were disappointed with the result.

'We definitely had a shot,' said junior Nigel Lett, who tied for 13th overall after shooting 80-72-152. 'It was just that one round for me shooting an 80, and Conner (Barr) shooting a 79 today - if we would have shaved four or five strokes off, we would have done better. It was a little disappointing, not winning.'

'We played really well today, but we had a 79 and an 80, and if you're going to come back, we all needed to be around par and we weren't,' said Barr, a senior who shot 76-79-155 to tie for 21st. 'I thought we were in a good spot, we just didn't play as well as we could have.'

In addition to Lett and Barr's efforts, sophomore Matt Hanna went 79-77-156, Justin Lee shot 85-73-158, and Andrew Mohr carded a 83-80-163.

'We thought we were in a really good position' after Monday, Barr said. 'But I guess it was just too much to overcome. We just got beat out. Lake Oswego and Jesuit just played better than us.'

Also at state from the Metro League was Sunset junior Trey Pflug, who tied for 15th after shooting 79-74-153. Lincoln senior Adam Bean won the individual crown at 70-73-143, edging West Linn's Zach Foushee who took second at 73-73-146.