The Sherwood boys roar to victory at NWOC tourney

by: DAN BROOD - WATCH IT FLY -- Sherwood sophomore Joe Reed watches his tee shot on the first hole during Monday's NWOC tournament held at Quail Valley. Reed claimed tourney medalist honors with a round of 70. BANKS — They’re consistent.

They’re spirited.

They’re ready to take on some competition, and they have some high hopes.

The Sherwood High School boys golf team is looking to accomplish some big things as the 2013 season goes on.

“Our goal as a team is to win every time out,” Sherwood junior Gabe Reed said Monday prior to playing in the Northwest Oregon Conference tournament held at Quail Valley Golf Course. “To do that, we all have to play well.”

“We want to try and get back to state,” Sherwood sophomore Joe Reed said. “We want to win league and then see how well we do at state.”

Going into Monday’s league tourney, Sherwood held the top spot in the NWOC season point standings.

“So far, so good,” Joe Reed said prior to Monday’s tourney. “We’ve played pretty solid for the most part. It could be better, but it could be worse.”

The Bowmen took things up a notch for the better in Monday’s tourney, as they won the NWOC event with a team score of 310 strokes. That put Sherwood nine shots ahead of second-place Wilsonville, which shot a 319. St. Helens was third at 336.

Joe Reed helped lead the Bowmen to victory at Monday’s event, as he earned tourney medalist honors with a two-under-par round of 70. He carded a total of five birdies while shooting a 35 on both the front nine and the back nine.

Gabe Reed carded a 75, putting him in a tie for third place in the individual standings for Monday’s tournament.

Sherwood junior Blake Peterson shot a 79, placing him sixth in the individual standings. Also for the Bowmen, sophomores James Nappe and Justin Schwarm each had a round of 86.

“One of our strengths is consistency,” Gabe Reed said. “We all shoot about the same.”

“This is a talented team, a young team and, most importantly, a team of student-athletes who manage their academic responsibilities alongside their athletic ones,” Sherwood coach Jeff Stirling said. “Besides that, they are wonderful young people, and I have enjoyed coaching this team immensely.”

Prior to their victory in Monday’s league tournament, the Bowmen triumphed at the North Coast Classic, held Saturday at Astoria Country Club.

Sherwood took the top spot at that six-team tournament with a score of 328. Catlin Gabel and Wilsonville tied for second place, each shooting a 343.

Joe Reed also claimed tourney medalist honors at that event, shooting a 75.

Peterson was right behind him in second place with a score of 78. Gabe Reed placed fifth with a round of 81.

Also for the Bowmen, Nappe shot a 94 and Schwarm had a round of 103.

The Bowmen will be back in action Monday when they compete at a Northwest Oregon Conference tournament set to start at 1 p.m. at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg.

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