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Scappoose boys' golf second at Cowapa League Championships

Defending Class 4A state champion Seaside (350) wins league title over Indians (366)

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Nathan Mapes, AJ Miltich, Jake Gray, Liam Bliss and Andrew Kercher (not pictured) were second with a 366 behind returning Class 4A state champion Seaside (350) at the Cowapa League Championships on Monday at the Astoria Golf and Country Club.None but defending state champion Seaside could best the Indians for Monday's Cowapa League championship at the Astoria Golf and Country Club.

Scappoose came up with a 366 to the Seagulls' 350.

Nathan Mapes led the Indians with a third-place 46-40—86, and AJ Miltich's 48-42—90 was good for seventh.

Jake Gray came away with a 49-45—94, Andrew Kercher shot a 53-43—96 and Liam Bliss turned in a 52-46—98.

"It was kind of rough with the conditions, but you have to grind and do your best given the circumstances," said Mapes, a junior. "I liked the weather. There's improvement in my front side to backside, and I'm hitting the ball pretty solid."

Seaside senior Aaron Richardson (39-37—76) led all individuals as the Seagulls dethroned Valley Catholic for the league title. Valiants junior Joey Braun (45-40—85) was second.

"It was a tough day to play with the wind blowing," Scappoose coach Steve Hagen said. "The greens were pretty fast — it was probably a two-club wind."

The Region 1 Championships, in which Cowapa League teams meet Corbett, Crook County, Estacada, Gladstone and Molalla of the Tri-Valley Conference, are scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 9 at Meriwether Golf Course and for 9 a.m. on May 10 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

The top three teams and top five individuals advance unless any of the five individuals are part of the top three teams.

The Indians came up well ahead of third-place Valley Catholic (383) on Monday after having fallen 347-331 to the Valiants on Thursday, April 28, at Quail Valley.

Mapes led Scappoose with an 82 on April 28, Kercher carded an 86, Miltich fired an 88, Gray registered a 90 and Braxton Sue finished with a 91.

"We could putt better, and actually all parts of our game could improve," Hagen said.

Cowapa League Championships


at Astoria Golf and Country Club

Team scores

1. Seaside 350

2. Scappoose 366

3. Valley Catholic 383

4. Tillamook 392

5. Banks 406

6. Astoria 418

Top 10 individuals

1. Aaron Richardson, Seaside, 39-37—76

2. Joey Braun, Valley Catholic, 45-40—85

3. Nathan Mapes, Scappoose, 46-40—86

t-4. Berkley Posalski, Seaside, 47-41—88

t-4. Kirk Fausett, Astoria, 45-43—88

6. Tai Martinez, Banks, 44-45—89

7. AJ Miltich, Scappoose, 48-42—90

t-8. Jackson Kunde, Seaside, 48-43—91

t-8. Trevor Geraci, Banks, 46-45—91

t-8. Cole Schmidlin, Valley Catholic, 46-45—91

t-8. Nik Thoma, Valley Catholic, 45-46—91

Scappoose scores

Nathan Mapes, 46-40—86; AJ Miltich, 48-42—90; Jake Gray, 49-45—94; Andrew Kercher 53-43—96; Liam Bliss 52-46—98