Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

April 15, 2014

Johnson finishes 3rd in harsh conditions

Local briefs

ADA — Tahlequah’s golfers were victims of horrendous weather on Monday afternoon at the Tournament of Champions. The Tigers shot a 322 and finished in sixth place at a frigid and blustery Oak Hill Golf and Country Club.

“Really am proud of the guys,” Tahlequah coach Nick Baker said. “It’s not easy playing in that kind of weather.”

A week after dominating at its own tournament at Cherokee Springs Golf Course, Tahlequah finished 31 shots off the winning pace, which was set by Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves were the only team under 300 at 291 in the Maxwell format — which has each team play a hole at one time, with the lowest four scores counting toward a team’s score.

In a distant second was Plainview at 307. Jenks (317), Edmond North (317) and Heritage Hall (319) rounded out the top five.

Tahlequah’s Jake Johnson posted a third-place finish on the overall leaderboard. Johnson — who won the long-drive award — carded a 76, which was five strokes off the winning pace set by Edmond Santa Fe’s Laken Hinton, who finished with a 71.

Hinton also won the award for fewest putts in a round with 24. Tahlequah’s Hunter Pennington was far off that pace with 26 putts.

Pennington finished 13th overall with an 80.

Blake Berry (84), Blake Cochran (89) and Kyler Arnall (98) rounded out the rest of Tahlequah’s scores.

Baseball, softball games nixed

Area baseball games were called off Sunday due to rain on Sunday and cold conditions on Monday.

Tahlequah was slated to host Claremore, but the game was postponed and moved to May 2. Sequoyah’s home game against Salina was scratched and will not be made up.

Keys’ road game at Westville was pushed back to Thursday. To accommodate Keys’ game at Westville, Keys will now play two games at Vian on Tuesday. The Cougars will play Vian at 4:30 and Sallisaw Central at 6.

As for slowpitch softball, area games (Tahlequah at Henryetta; Sequoyah at Colcord) were scrapped on Monday.

Garcia wins discus title

OWASSO — Tahlequah’s Eric Garcia won gold at the Owasso track meet on Friday with a discus throw of 166 feet, 2 inches. Garcia’s throw was nearly four inches better than Owasso’s J.T. Thomas, whose longest throw was 162 feet, 9 inches.

Garcia’s 10 points were the only points that Tahlequah logged at the meet. Tahlequah’s runners went to the track meet at the University of Arkansas, which has yet to post results from its meet.

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