Instead, Spanish Springs had to settle for a second-place finish behind Reno. That means which ever team finishes higher at next week's final league tournament will capture a conference crown. That tournament is scheduled for Tuesday at Red Hawk Golf Club, the Cougars' home course.
Reno finished with a 418 at Somersett Wednesday to top the 424 of Spanish Springs by six strokes. McQueen wound up third with a 428 and Reed was fourth at 470. The 424 and 470 were the highest team totals of the year for Spanish Springs and Reed.
"I actually felt OK with it," SSHS coach Nick Wirshing said. "It was the first time most of these guys have played Somersett. Only two had played this course before. It was really windy the second half of the day so I'm really not that upset with the result."
Spanish Springs junior Jordan Gilmore won individual medalist honors by posting a score of 77. Gilmore was three strokes over par after four holes but he settled in and was just two over the rest of the way.
Anthony Decker shot an 81 for Spanish Springs, good for fifth overall. The rest of the Cougars' scoring contingent was comprised of Carson Cooke (86), Dylan Ernst (87) and Tommy McCallister (91).
"Somersett is a hard course, and with the wind, I don't feel like it was our worst performance even though it was our highest score," Wirshing said. "The conditions led to the higher scores."
It was a long day for the Reed golfers. Jake Nelson carded a round of 82, a score that left him in sixth overall, but that was about the only bright spot for Reed. The Raiders' team total was made up of an 89 by Colton King, a 96 by Anthony Shelton, a 98 by Jake Day and a 105 from Shane Pinkston.
"I'm not making excuses but we were not into it," Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. "Our kids were tired. They were a little distracted with some other stuff from school. They were tired from playing Dayton Valley on Monday. With the wind and weather, and then walking Somersett, it wears on you. That's the biggest problem. We lost focus."
Reed's 470 was discouraging for the RHS crew because it had turned in a 409 last week at D'Andrea, its lowest score in more than two years.
Both Reed and Spanish Springs players are now looking to end the HDL's regular season on a positive note at RedHawk before going to the Northern 4A Championships May 9-10 at Dayton Valley Country Club.
"We want to finish strong on our home course and go into regionals strong," Wirshing said.
Fleiner had similar sentiments.
"We'll regroup, take time off and try to get things cleared up and then come back with 100 percent focus to get ready for regionals," she said.