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Boys golfers win state championship
The Mount Si High School boys golf team easily blew out the competition in the 3A boys state tournament to take the school's first state sports title since 1997.
The Mount Si team scored 113 points, while second place Camas High School managed only 79.5 points during the two-day competition on Wednesday and Thursday, May 27 and 28, in Kennewick.
"It's awesome!" an elated Wildcat coach Mike Johnston said. "The kids have worked really hard this season, and it’s a culmination of a great season.”
This is Johnston's first state title as Mount Si golf coach.
Mike Rutledge led the 'Cats with rounds of 75 and 69. The senior finished second in individual competition with a combined score of 144, three shots behind Camas' Daniel Snoey.
Mount Si's Jack Kelly and Bradley Harrelson also finished in the top ten. Kelly tied for seventh, shooting 76 and 72 for a combined 148.
"I don’t think this season could have been any better,” Kelly said.
Harrelson shot rounds of 76 and 73 to finish one shot behind Kelly in a tie for ninth.
"It was good. I was consistent," Harrelson told the Record by phone after the first round.
Matt Prewett also had a key effort, tying for 35th with rounds of 80 and 81. Only Mount Si and Seattle Prep had four competitors on both days.
Mount Si’s foursome was not the only ones to see improved scores; most competitors’ scores improved from day one to day two.
A fifth Wildcat, Luke Dietsch, was sidelined by an injury before the tournament.
Prewett, Harrelson and Kelly are all expected to return next season.
"I think were going to have a good team next year,” Prewett said.