The HDL title was an important goal for Spanish Springs. A year ago, when the Cougars captured a Div. I state championship, they did so without winning the league or region titles.
"I'm pretty pleased with the day because we clinched an outright league title," Cougars coach Mike Bosco said. "That was nice, but it was rough out there. It was windy and the scores were elevated a little bit. The fairways are open but the greens are small, so I was just happy to come out with a win."
Spanish Springs posted a team score of 332, besting second-place McQueen by seven strokes.
Two-time defending North individual champion Katrina Prendergast paced the SSHS scoring effort with a 76. That mark was good enough to tie her for medalist honors with McQueen's Alice Duan.
"I know Katrina was a little upset with herself because she missed some putts or she could've easily been lower. But I'm not sure how you can be upset with a 76 on that course. Plus she played with Alice. They played head to head and I know Alice got out to few stroke lead early, but Katrina came back."
Spanish Springs also counted the scores of Trae Jones (83), Sami Sorensen (85) and Jada McAllister (88). Teams, which can put six players out on the course to compete, need only count their top four scorers. The SSHS squad threw out the 97 and 98 of Kirstie Settas and Emma Gilmore respectively.
Reno finished third in the team race with a total of 403 while the other Sparks school, Reed, was fourth with a 432.
Reed's scoring contingent was comprised of Leighton Lee (97), Angela Vranken (107), Holli Smith (111) and McKenzie Howren (117). The Raiders did not count the scores of Stephanie Haigney (130) and Denae Padilla (138).
"It was really windy," Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. "It was a challenge. The course always plays long and then you've got dime-sized greens. That's one thing, Washoe is not an easy course. You think it's wide open and forgiving but it's not. That wind adds a tough twist. It was just another thing for the girls to think about.
"I was pleased with our girls. Leighton and McKenzie played well. Those would be the two I'd single out."
The HDL rivals will compete again next week at Reno's Lakeridge Golf Course. That will be the final league tournament of the fall season. It's also the final competitive tune-up before the two-day North Region Championships, scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course in east Reno.