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Foothill League boys golf: Wildcats win, Vikes earn respect

W.R. takes second league match with Valencia five strokes back

Posted: April 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Before we go about saying West Ranch has taken command of the Foothill League in boys golf, even though the Wildcats won their second league match on Tuesday, Valencia demanded some acknowledgement with its play.

The Wildcats shot a 399 on Tuesday at the third Foothill League match of the season, but the Vikings were just five strokes behind at 404 at Valencia Country Club.

“It’s still wide open in my eyes. With three matches left, you never know what’s going to happen,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. “It’s a good position, but still a lot of good golf out there.”

The difference for West Ranch was it was front-loaded with Brandon Dooley and Joey Downey shooting 2-over 74s.

Yet Valencia was close, thanks to the medalist performance of Most Valuable Player leading candidate Jonathan Chang, who shot an even-par 72.

“It’s a relief to our kids,” said Valencia head coach Robert Waters. “Hey, we can do it. It’s a matter of believing.”

Saugus was not too far off at 412, but a third-place finish follows a second- and first-place showing in the first two league matches.

The Centurions were led by senior Zack Leonard, who shot a 77.

Hart finished fourth with a 423 as Paul Schneider also shot a 77.

Canyon scored a 468 as Alek Golden shot an 82.

Justin Lee shot an 86 for Golden Valley, but the Grizzlies didn’t have enough qualifying scores to post a team score, therefore finishing in sixth place.



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