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BLANCHARD — The Twin Falls High School golf teams regained their state supremacy, and they gave their coach the perfect sendoff.

The Bruins left StoneRidge Golf Club on Tuesday with three first-place trophies. The boys and girls teams captured both of the 4A state tournament team titles, and senior Tayllore Ward was the girls medalist.

“Our girls played the best two rounds they’ve played all year long,” Twin Falls head coach Steve Meyerhoeffer said over the phone. “Our boys were very disappointed with how they finished last year. … They wanted to finish their careers on top.”

Meyerhoeffer will not return as the Bruins’ coach next season, he told the Times-News on Tuesday night. His son Preston is about to graduate from Twin Falls, along with his nephews Drew Meyerhoeffer and Brandon Stotts. All three helped the Bruins win the title on Tuesday.

Those impending departures contributed to Steve Meyerhoeffer’s decision to call it quits, but they weren’t the main factors, he said.

“It’s kinda run its course,” he said. “I’m just ready to do other things in the spring.”

He couldn’t have imagined a much better way to end his seven-year Twin Falls career.

The Bruins obliterated the girls field with a final score of 652, 109 strokes ahead of second-place Middleton. The boys race was much closer, with Twin Falls edging Bishop Kelly 606-607.

Ward shot a 1-over 72 on Monday and a 74 on Tuesday, finishing three strokes ahead of Moscow’s Makenna Rauch for first place.

“It’s probably the best memory from high school,” said Ward, who recently signed with Dixie State University.

Ward said both rounds this week were the best she’s posted in a tournament. Not just a state tournament, any tournament. Her previous tournament-best was 75, she said, and her top mark at state before Monday was 79.

Ward finished seventh at state as a freshman, second as a sophomore and fourth last year. Those close state tournament finishes were frustrating but not discouraging. This week, she said, her putting was strong and her driving was accurate.

“I knew I was close, I just had to put the pieces together,” she said. “I just focused on keeping it in play and staying calm, even if I had a bad hole.”

Minico finished fourth in the boys team standings and had the second-place individual golfer. Joey Gibson was tied with Bishop Kelly’s Nick Roberts going into Tuesday after both shot opening-round 67s (4-under). On Tuesday, Roberts shot a 70, and Gibson shot a 76.

Twin Falls’ Daniel Gaspar (73-72) finished third and Drew Meyerhoeffer (73-74) placed fourth among boys individuals. Minico’s Peyton Orr (73-77) was fifth, Wood River’s Johnny Radford (79-73) was eighth and Jerome’s Alex Dilucca (75-78) was ninth.

After Ward, three other Bruins finished in the top 10 among girls individuals. Brinlee Stotts (82-80) was third, Kaylee Jones (85-85) was fifth and Morgan Harr (87-87) was eighth.

Twin Falls won the boys and girls titles in 2016, but the girls were second and the boys were third last spring in Idaho Falls. In Steve Meyerhoeffer’s seven seasons, that was the only time the boys didn’t finish first at state. This week’s girls title was their second under his watch.

“I’ve enjoyed this,” Meyerhoeffer said. “I had an opportunity to win eight state championships since 2012. That’s been a nice run, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Buhl girls, Crossland repeat 3A state titles

RATHDRUM — The Buhl girls golf team won its second consecutive 3A state championship, and it was led by another individual title-winning performance by junior Kylie Crossland.

The Indians shot a team score of 759 (381-378) to finish 17 strokes ahead of Weiser and 24 strokes ahead of Kellogg at Twin Lakes Village Golf Course.

“Our girls gave everything they had,” Buhl head coach Chris Tarter said over the phone. “The course was playing tough. The scores were up across the board for the girls and the boys, but they stuck with it.”

Crossland shot an 81 on Tuesday after firing an 85 the day before to win the individual title by one stroke over Shelley’s Nicole Nelson.

“I was unaware of where (Nelson) was all day,” Crossland said. “I just tried to play my normal game. I knew she was close to me yesterday, so I felt a little pressure.”

Though she said she struggled a bit with layups and putting, Crossland said her driver put her in a good position for the win.

“The course is really tight,” she said. “There are a lot of trees and bunkers in almost every fairway, so it helps to drive well.”

It was Crossland’s second state title in a row, and though she was confident about her game headed into the tournament, she felt some pressure to play her best for the team standings.

“We knew that we could do it again, but it’s the pressure of not knowing what the other teams have,” she said. “Weiser showed up and we didn’t know they had girls that were that consistent.”

Two Indians backed her up with top 10 performances: Zara Weaver (95-88) and Sage Eckert (98-100). Reina Elkin rounded out the team score with rounds of 103 and 112.

Tarter said the team was in a good spot this year, as the majority of his team had played at state before.

“The only girl not there last year was Reina, and she played best round of her life yesterday,” Tarter said.

Buhl will only lose one senior next year, Eckert, who Tarter called “a leader of the team.” The 2019 3A state tournament will be held in the Twin Falls area, though the course has not been announced yet by the Idaho High School Activities Association

The Kimberly girls team finished fourth (850), led by AliBelle Hopkins with a 205.

On the boys side, the Bulldogs took third place with a team score of 705. Trey Garey topped the individual scores for Kimberly, falling one stroke short of the top 10 with a 175, rebounding from a Monday score of 97 with a 79 on Tuesday.

The Buhl boys team placed sixth with a team score of 810. A.J. Armitage led the way for the Indians with a 191.

Hornets, Lions finish strong at 2A tournament

WORLEY — The Declo boys and the Lighthouse Christian girls both finished third at the 2A state tournament, which concluded Tuesday at Circling Raven Golf Club.

Cole Valley Christian finished first in the boys field with a two-day score of 634, and Grace was second at 634. Declo’s final score was 699 (359 on Monday, 340 on Tuesday), and Community School (377-334—711) placed fifth in the 12-team field.

Cole Valley also won the girls title with a score of 786, followed by Grace (813) and Lighthouse (844). The Lions followed up a first-round 429 with a 415.

Declo (449-453—902) finished seventh in the eight-team field.

The top local boys individual was Declo’s Trey Smyer, who followed up a first-round 74 (2-over) with an 80 to place seventh. He finished 13 strokes behind medalist Jack Curran of Cole Valley.

Lighthouse Christian’s Jordy Williams jumped from 13th to sixth in the girls individual standings. She rebounded from a first-round 103 with a 90 on Tuesday, and she finished the tournament 46 strokes behind medalist Tyler Erickson of Soda Springs.

Williams’ teammate Maycee Holloway finished tied for ninth after shooting a 101 on Monday and a 100 on Tuesday.


4A state tournament

Boys team scores: 1. Twin Falls 606, 2. Bishop Kelly 607, 3. Ridgevue 627, 4. Minico 630, 5. Century 649, 6. Skyview 653, 7. Lakeland 664, 8. Skyline 712

Boys individuals (top 10): 1. Nick Roberts, Bishop Kelly, 67-70—137; 2. Joey Gibson, Minico, 67-76—143; 3. Daniel Gaspar, Twin Falls, 73-72—145; 4. Drew Meyerhoeffer, Twin Falls, 73-74—147; 5. Peyton Orr, Minico, 73-77—150; 6. Matt Steidley, Blackfoot, 74-78—152; 7. Trey Fullmer, Century, 78-81—159; 8. Johnny Radford, Wood River, 79-73—152; 9. Alex Dilucca, Jerome, 75-78—153; 10. Logan Forester, Ridgevue, 78-76—154

TWIN FALLS (606): Daniel Gaspar 73-72—145, Drew Meyerhoeffer 73-74—147, Preston Meyerhoeffer 74-81—155, Brandon Stotts 85-74—159, Tanner Schultz 87-82—169

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MINICO (630): Joey Gibson 67-76—143, Peyton Orr 73-77—150, Gage Skaggs 82-77—159, Tate Tominga 92-87—179, Trajan Rodriguez 91-94—185

Girls team scores: 1. Twin Falls 652, 2. Middleton 761, 3. Bishop Kelly 770, 4. Lakeland 788, 5. Canyon Ridge 799, 6. Pocatello 830, 7. Skyline 912

Girls individuals (top 10): 1. Tayllore Ward, Twin Falls, 72-74—146; 2. Makenna Rauch, Moscow, 75-74—149; 3. Brinlee Stotts, Twin Falls, 82-80—162; 4. Lizzy Godinho, Bishop Kelly, 89-81—170; 5. Kaylee Jones, Twin Falls, 85-85—170; 6. London Hall, Idaho Falls, 87-86—173; 7. Emalie Wood, Middleton, 87-87—174; 8. Morgan Harr, Twin Falls, 87-87—174; 9. Emili Elliott, Ridgevue, 87-87—174; 10. Madeline Neff, Lakeland, 87-88—175

TWIN FALLS (652): Tayllore Ward 72-74—146, Brinlee Stotts 82-80—162, Kaylee Jones 85-85—170, Morgan Harr 87-87—174, Dominique Gaspar 107-97—204

CANYON RIDGE (799): Jade Higley 89-91, Mackenzie McBride 95-97—192, Kelbie Standley 101-97—198, Avery Schutte 116-113—229, Amelia Jensen 120-131—251

3A state tournament

Boys team scores: 1. Kellogg 653, 2. Fruitland 667, 3. Kimberly 705, 4. Homedale 727, 5. Snake River 728, 6. Buhl 810, 7. Teton 837, 8. Timberlake 893.

Boys individuals (top 10): 1. Jake O'Neil, Fruitland, 75-76—151; 2. Jonas Bickenese, Fruitland, 72-80—152; 3. Chase Jerome, Kellogg, 78-77—155; t-4. Lucas Rynearson, Fruitland, 77-83—160; t-4. Daniel Uranga, Homedale, 82-78—160; 6. Tyler Gibbons, Kellogg, 80-84—164; 7. Taylor Bush, Kellogg, 82-84—166; 8. Cade Finlay, Kellogg, 83-85—168; 9. Noah Watt, Snake River, 90-82—172; 10. Corbin Parsons, Payette, 84-90—174.

KIMBERLY (705): Trey Garey 97-78—175, Kirby Heider 92-84—176, McKade Huft 93-85—178, Connor Murphy 93-85—178, Gage Burnham 95-92—187.

BUHL (810): A.J. Armitage 94-97—191, Bing Ford 93-100—193, Joe Armitage 108-105—213, Jaxon Tews 95-118—213.

Girls team scores: 1. Buhl 759; 2. Weiser 776; 3. Kellogg 823; 4. Kimberly 850; 5. Timberlake 874; 6. Shelley 920; 7. Marsh Valley 925; 8. Parma 949.

Girls individuals (top 10): 1. Kylie Crossland, Buhl, 85-81—166; 2. Nicole Nelson, Shelley, 86-81—167; 3. Kat Rauenhorst, Kellogg, 89-85—174; 4. Sara Lundberg, Weiser, 84-92—176; 5. Zara Weaver, Buhl, 95-88—183; 6. Abby Cortez, American Falls, 92-92—184; 7. Emma Davidson, Weiser, 98-90—188; 8. Sage Eckert, Buhl, 98-100—198; t-9. Mia Harper, Snake River, 105-99—204; t-9. Lilly Kelley, Timberlake, 108-96—204.

BUHL (759): Kylie Crossland 85-81—166, Zara Weaver 95-88—183, Sage Eckert 98-100—198, Reina Elkin 103-112—215, Malia Jaynes 134-109—243.

KIMBERLY (850): AliBelle Hopkins 102-103—205, Aspen Askew 104-103—207, Janessa Kluth 111-102—213, Rozzy Cummins 116-109—225.

2A state tournament

Boys team scores: 1. Cole Valley Christian 634, 2. Grace 666, 3. Declo 699, 4. Salmon 704, 5. Community School 711, 6. Bear Lake 721, 7. Nampa Christian 761, 8. McCall-Donnelly 767, 9. Liberty Charter 775, 10. Wallace 802, 11. St. Maries 814, 12. Watersprings 872

Boys individuals (top 10): 1. Jack Curran, Cole Valley Christian, 68-73—141; 2. Bo Knittel, Aberdeen, 76-68—144; 3. Lane Strand, Challis, 75-75—150; 4. Tyler Smith, Cole Valley Christian 75-76—151; 5. Keegan Spengler, Cole Valley Christian, 75-78—153; 6. Peyton Johnson, Bear Lake, 75-79—154; 7. Trey Smyer, Declo, 74-80—154; 8. Michael Corkish, Liberty Charter, 79-77—156; 9. James Seelos, Soda Springs 77-79—156; 10. Jacob Smith, Grace, 77-79—156

DECLO (699): Trey Smyer 74-80—154, Sam Slusser 83-81—164; Kelan Liljenquist 87-79—166; Kolby Silcock 109-106—215, Tyler Olsen 115-110—225

COMMUNITY SCHOOL (711): Alex Lefleur 83-87—170, Andrew O’Connor 91-87—178, John Weekes 92-90—182, Max Noddings 89-97—186, Briggs Whorton 111-92—203

Girls team scores: 1. Cole Valley Christian 786; 2. Grace 813; 3. Lighthouse Christian 844; 4. Lakeside 876; 5. Nampa Christian 886; 6. Salmon 887; 7. Declo 902; 8. St. Maries 990

Girls individuals (top 10): 1. Tyler Erickson, Soda Springs, 72-75—147; 2. Carly Carter, Ambrose, 73-77—150; 3. Lindsey Lloyd, Grace, 84-80—164; 4. Bella Huff, Cole Valley Christian, 82-84—166; 5. Karissa Parker, Bear Lake, 92-96—188; 6. Jordy Williams, Lighthouse Christian, 103-90—193; 7. Hope Okamura, Notus, 99-95—194; 8. Sophie Huff, Cole Valley Christian 99-98—197; T9. Brianna Shervik, Nampa Christian 97-104—201; T9. Maycee Holloway, Lighthouse Christian 101-100—201

LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN (844): Jordy Williams 103-90—193, Maycee Holloway 101-100—201, Chloe Gomez 101-117—218, Haylee Grossman 125-108—233, Lauren Gomez 124-120—244

DECLO (902): Jaesa Fox 103-104—207, Jaeli Garrard 109-109—218, Brooke Olson 111-115—226, Shaeley Silcock 126-125—251, Kelly Montoya


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