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It's not over, but it's close

Posted: April 2, 2008 2:46 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The West Ranch boys golf team continued to distance itself from the pack Tuesday.

With the Wildcats latest first place finish at Robinson Ranch's par-71 Mountain Course, the young squad has continued to assert itself as the best team in the Foothill League.

So after three straight first-place finishes, it's over - right?

"The way I look at it, it's not over until it's over," said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. "I tell my kids, 'We're at mile three of a six mile race.'"

The Wildcats shot a team score of 368, receiving five scores in the 70s.

Ryan Weltig shot a team-low 70, followed by a 71 from the returning Collin Wheeler, who missed the first two matches due to personal issues.

True, West Ranch is only halfway toward a league title and teams can throw out their highest score, but the way the Wildcats have consistently golfed in league play gives little room for the other five teams in league play.

Hart, though, showed it's not ready to concede the race.

After two straight third-place finishes, the Indians surprised the field by placing second Tuesday with a team score of 388.

"It proved a lot to ourselves," said Hart's Johnny MacArthur, who shot a 69 Tuesday. "It was really cool to break 390. We were really encouraged."

MacArthur called his day boring, making three birdies and one bogey.

The goal for the Indians coming into the match was 385.

They were off by three at 388.

It was five strokes in front of Valencia.

The Vikings, though, received a 68 from Alex Macaluso, who also returned after an absence in the first two matches, also because of personal issues.

The medalist Macaluso had eight birdies on the day and three bogeys. He also double-bogeyed the par-3 No. 12 hole.

Valencia, though, had only one other score in the 70s, as Max Homa contributed a 76.

Hart's two scores in the 70s - Tanner Diaz's 75 and Ansel Jhaveri's 78 - proved to be the difference.

Saugus finished in fourth place with a team score of 414.

The Centurions were led by a 77 from Daniel Stradling.

It was the third straight week Saugus finished in fourth.

Golden Valley and Canyon flip-flopped for the second straight match.

The Grizzlies shot a 444, led by Robert Pile's 85.

Canyon shot a 496, with Justin Golden shooting an 81.

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