St. Helens fights its way back from a slow start

The St. Helens Lions surged in their second day of the district NWOC golf tournament to take third place overall.

The Lions were 11 strokes behind Parkrose after one day, but made that up on the second day of competition.

“Nathan Hunter made up 15 strokes in two days to tie for sixthinthe league, just out of the top five individuals who qualifty for state,” coach Dave Lawrence said.

Hunter shot a pair of 78s on the two courses at The Reserve.

“Cody Teyema played very well on Monday and had a 38 on the first nine holes before struggling on the back nine,” Lawrence said.

“Jacob Roxey had just enough wayward shots to derail two very good rounds. Michael Hewlett had a 12 stroke improvment on Tuesday and was key to us overtaking Parkrose for third,” Lawrence added.

He said Eric Alridge played well after returning from a physics trip, and Charlie Pense filled in well the first day.

Sherwood would handily win district with a 614 total. Their top three golfers finished in 70s each day.

Lawrence noted that in the 12 5A and 6A conferences the Lions would have gone to state in seven of them.

St. Helens results:

Team scores: Sherwood 614, Wilsonville 648, St. Helens 661, Parkrose 671, Liberty 682, Milwaukie 728, Sandy 733.

St. Helens Individuals: Nathan Hunter (78-78) 156; Cody Teyema (81-84) 165; Jacob Roxey (87-85) 172; Michael Hewlett (92-80) 172; Charlie Pense 89; Eric Aldridge 84.

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