Scappoose boys fight to second-place finish at 4A state golf
Last year was an unprecedented success for the Scappoose boys golf team.
The Indians, led by 2017 senior Nathan Mapes and longtime coach Steve Hagen, broke through to win the first state golf championship in school history.
But Mapes graduated, Hagen left the team and the 2018 Indians were left to face perhaps the greatest challenge in program history — how to do it all again.
Scappoose didn't quite make it all the way back to the top of the mountain this spring, but boy oh boy, did they ever come close.
The Indians, competing against the state's best teams in the Class 4A state tournament at Redmond's Eagle Crest Ridge Course on Monday and Tuesday, fought their way to a second-place finish at state, shooting 325 on Monday and 325 again on Tuesday for a team total of 650, trailing only state champion — and Cowapa League foe — Valley Catholic's 630.
"We had an amazing performance at the state tournament," said Scappoose coach Weston Powers. "We finished second overall and the boys all played well."
While the Indians weren't able to catch Valley Catholic for the state title, they were satisfied with how they played and happy they'd held off a challenge from Klamath Union to secure second place.
"It was a nail biter down the back nine as we were tied with Klamath Union through 27 holes," Powers said. "We just barely edged them out and brought home the second-place trophy."
That said, the Indians used strong individual performances from sophomore Chase Elliott and senior Jake Gray to keep the Pelicans at bay and forge the second-best finish in school history.
"We had some phenomenal individual performances from Chase Elliott and Jake Gray," Powers said. "I was also really proud that we counted a score from all five players during the tournament."
Elliott, a sophomore, placed fourth overall after shooting 77 on Monday and a 2-over-par 74 Tuesday to finish at 151, while Gray, a senior, shot 78-78—156 to place sixth.
Also contributing to the Indians' success at state were senior Lucas Elliott (he placed 22nd after shooting 84-86—170), senior Jack Eggers (28th at 87-87—174) and junior Jaden Holmason 35th at 86-94—180).
For Powers, his returning players made his first season at the Indians' helm a memorable and joyful ride.
"All in all, we had a great season. I really enjoyed coaching this group of boys," Powers said. "They all had great attitudes and work ethic and really improved their games over the course of the season. We had great team chemistry and shared lots of laughs and memories."
Scappoose will graduate three seniors from this year's team — Gray, Lucas Elliott and Jack Eggers — who made huge impacts on the program during their tenure.
"(We) will miss them greatly next year, but look to reload with lots of quality players who competed well at the JV level this year," Powers said.
The complete team scoring includes: Valley Catholic 317-313—630; Scappoose 325-325—650; Klamath Union 328-331—659; Mazama 340-328—668; Seaside 331-340—671; La Grande 340-333—673; Stayton 342-344—686; Baker/Powder Valley 347-363—710; Marshfield 358-354—712; Cascade 367-367—734; Sweet Home 380-389—769.
The tournament's top 10 individuals were: Craig Ronne, Klamath Union, 68-66—134; Carter Lee, Tillamook, 72-74—146; Cole Heinsen, Valley Catholic, 76-73—149; Chase Elliot, Scappoose, 77-74—151; Trey Wortman, Mazama, 78-75—153; Jake Gray, Scappoose, 78-78—156; Cole Schmidlin, Valley Catholic, 81-78—159; Derek Williams, La Grande, 80-80—160; Aidan Hill, Stayton, 82-78—160; Nate Beck, Mazama, 83-79—162.