Riley Lankford capped off his tremendous prep golf career on Tuesday afternoon as he secured a third place individual finish at the 3A/2A/1A boys state golf championships at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
Lankford, who finished tied for fourth at state as a junior, matched his first round score with a one-under 71 for a 36-hole score of 142, finishing six strokes behind champion Scotty Kennon of Bandon and two back of Regis’ Kyle Humphreys in second place. The Nixyaawii golfer began Tuesday’s round on fire, sinking three birdies on the front nine and then birdied the Par-5 10th hole to get to four-under on the day. However, Lankford then rattled off four bogeys on the back nine to undo his progress.
Also at Quail Valley, the Heppner Mustangs’ boys golf team wrapped up a fourth place finish as they knocked 14 strokes off of their first round score to finish with a 712. Kellen Grant shaved nine strokes off of his first round score to card a 81 on Tuesday to lead the Mustangs, while Logan Burright had an 88 and Reno Ferguson and Cason Mitchell each had a 90.
Echo also improved its team score by 21 strokes to finish in 10th place. Kyle Ranger led the Cougars on Tuesday with a 95, while Ian Faulkner scored a 98, Amber Treat a 99 and James Stradley a 103.
4A/3A/2A/1A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS — At Banks, the Heppner Mustangs turned in a second place finish with a 36-hole score of 737, trailing only state champion St. Mary’s (651).
Nicole Prophetor paced the Mustangs with a 87 on Tuesday to finish with a 173 in 11th place individually, while Sasha Keown (90-85—175) and Sophie Grant (87-91—178) both earned top-15 finishes as well. Rounding out Heppner’s card were Claire Grieb (103-108—211) and Madison Combe (107-109—216).
5A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS — At Corvallis, Pendleton’s Megan George earned a fourth place individual finish and Hermiston’s Grace Blackhurst ended in 14th to wrap up the 5A Girls Golf Championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club on Tuesday.
George, who finished fifth as a sophomore in 2017, shot an 84 on Tuesday to finish with a 79-84—103 for the tournament. Blackhurst, who ended up 22nd last season, improved her score on Tuesday to finish with a score of 93-89—182.
Pendleton’s team finished fifth overall with a 36-hole score of 775. Rylee Harris shot a 101 on Tuesday, Makenzie McLeod a 100, Sarah Powell a 104 and Gracie Broadfoot a 123 to round out the Buckaroos’ score card.
Bend won the team title with a score of 698, beating Summit by 12 strokes. Summit’s Olivia Loberg won the individual title with a six-stroke cushion after shooting a one-under 143 over the 36 holes.
IRRIGON 14, VALE 5 — At Vale, Brady Harrington’s three-RBI day helped his Irrigon Knights knock off Vale 14-5 on Tuesday to advance to the Eastern Oregon League district semifinals.
The Knights (16-8 overall, 9-5 EOL) took command of the game with a seven-run third inning and added six more runs in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the victory over the Vikings (14-10, 10-4)
Along with Harrington’s impressive day at the plate, Zack Henrichs and Caleb Adams had two RBIs apiece and Keith Fleming went 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring once himself.
The Vikings will now play Enterprise in the district semifinals on Friday in Stanfield.
RIVERSIDE 21-18, UMATILLA 6-0 — At Umatilla, the Riverside Pirates finished off their regular season with 21-6 and 18-0 victories over the Umatilla Vikings on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pirates (11-8 overall, 8-4 Special District 1) were led by Skylar Wightman in the opener as she went 5-for-5 at the plate with a grand slam while also earning the win in the circle. She had help from Abby Hernandez, who hit an inside-the-park home run, while Rae Elliott and Megan Hegar each had two RBIs.
For the Vikings (0-16, 0-12), Lauren Journot did a good portion of the offensive work and in Game 2 was the only Umatilla player to reach base with a double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Bats were flying again for Riverside in the second outing with Wightman and Elliott each having three-RBI games. The whopping 10-run fifth inning brought the run rule into effect for the second time and ended Riverside’s regular season on a high note with three straight wins.
UNION 21, WESTON-MCEWEN 20 — At Union, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots had one final non-league matchup to wrap up their regular season Tuesday, falling to Union in a high-scoring affair 21-20.
The TigerScots finished the season 6-15 overall with a 5-7 mark in Special District 1, settling into fourth place.
GIRLS 5A DISTRICTS — At Bend on Saturday, Hermiston singles player Mackenzie Hill and doubles team Reed Middleton and Breena Wadekamper secured berths to the OSAA state tournament with fourth place finishes in the district tournament.
Hill earned her way to the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Summit’s Beth Lindsay, but then lost to Summit’s Anika Groener 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals. Middleton and Wadekamper made it to the semifinals with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Pendleton’s Katie Bradt and Maureen Davies, but then lost to the eventual district champion Adriansa/Wecker team from Summit.
Bradt and Davies then earned a fifth place finish with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mountain View’s Jacobson/Harvey.
Summit won the team title with 38 points, while Bend finished second (25), Hermiston third (13) and Pendleton in fourth (7).