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Cougar girls go low at WildCreek
by Nathan Shoup
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs freshman Jada McAllister watches a fairway shot sail toward the green during her round Wednesday at WildCreek.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs freshman Jada McAllister watches a fairway shot sail toward the green during her round Wednesday at WildCreek.
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One week after the disqualification of its two top scorers resulted in exchanging a tournament title for second place, Spanish Springs rebounded in a big way, winning Wednesday’s High Desert League girls golf tournament at WildCreek, posting a score of 312.

Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said it is the best team total his girls have finished with in his two years as head honcho.

“It is just one more tournament but it’s a tournament we needed to win,” Bosco said. “In order to get back to state, we need to win league.”

Bosco said that his team did not suffer any backlash from last week’s drama that resulted in settling for second place to McQueen.

“I told the girls that number (312) will win any tourney,” Bosco said.

The Cougars’ team goal is to shoot 300, meaning the top four scorers each need to shoot a 75 or better. Bosco believes that number is within reach.

“We want to do that on a consistent basis,” Bosco said. “It’s not impossible. It’s doable.”

Katrina Prendergast held her usual place as tournament medalist with a 72. Sam Sorensen (77), Jada McCallister (80) and Trae Jones (83) were the other top scorers for Spanish Springs.

Bosco said WildCreek played short Wednesday afternoon, which allowed his girls to drive the green on a number of par fours.

McQueen, which snuck into first place last week, finished in second with a 335. Reno shot a 426 and finished in fourth place.

•The other Sparks school in action, Reed, finished in third with a team score of 415.

Coach Danielle Fleiner said finishing in third place is her team’s goal each week and she calls that a “realistic” one, playing in the same league as Nevada girls golf powers Spanish Springs and McQueen.

After disappointing scores last week, Fleiner was pleased with her team’s effort Wednesday.

“The girls are totally excited and so am I,” Fleiner said.

Leighton Lee (92) and Holli Smith (95) each finished with the best scores of the their careers at WildCreek. Angela Vranken (102) and Mackenzie Howren (126) rounded out the top scorers for the Raiders.

Fleiner said last week her players were too concerned about other players but did a good job of “only worrying about themselves,” which resulted in the lower scores.

The HDL girls golf season continues Tuesday at the Resort at Redhawk at 1 p.m.
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