LONGVIEW, Wash. - The battle for the District 1/3A boys golf title couldn't be any closer than it is after one round of play.
The first day of tournament action, Wednesday at Mint Valley Golf Course ended with Astoria and Scappoose tied at 321 in the team standings, with just one stroke separating the top individuals for each team.
Aaron Wabschall of Scappoose fired a first-round 74, while Astoria sophomore Digger Cokley is right behind at 75. Seaside's Karl Hertig and Ryan Walsh of Astoria aren't far off the pace, tied for third with a 78 after one round.
Cokley shot a 39 on the front nine and 36 on the back to lead the Fishermen, while Walsh fired a pair of 39s, and Hertig shot a 37-41.
The Gulls are a distant third in the team standings with a 355, followed by Banks (361) and Rainier (390).
Other first-day scores for Astoria included Ryan Gallagher and Ben Wintermute, who each shot 41-43-84 for ninth place in the individual standings. Wintermute's 84 was a personal-tournament best score. Jae Kim fired a 49-44-93 to round out the Fishermen scoring.
"(The team score between Astoria and Scappoose) was going back and forth as the guys were coming in," said Fishermen coach Dan Foss. "There were a lot of good scores out there today. All of our guys surpassed their season averages, so I'm really pleased with how we're doing. It's pretty appropriate that we're tied with Scappoose coming down to the last day."
Cokley and the Fishermen may have a small advantage for the final round when the final 18 holes of competition takes place Monday at the Astoria Golf & Country Club (1 p.m. tee time). Mint Valley serves as the home course for Scappoose.
"I'm just hoping that our home course advantage will be just that," Foss said.
Matt Stirling of Scappoose is in fifth place with a 79, and Seaside's Jeff Sturgeon stands sixth, following a 41-41-82 in Wednesday's first round.
Kevin Irish (52-45-97, tied for 17th), Dwight Holland (46-52-98, 19th) and Mitch Winstanley (51-49-100, 21st) are also competing for the Gulls.
Seaside leads after one round
BANKS - Catching Oregon Episcopal's Lia Kim may be an impossible task, but the Seaside and Astoria girls golf teams are both closing in on state tournament berths, following the first day of the District 1/3A tournament. The tourney concludes Monday at Gearhart Golf Links (tee time 11 a.m.).
Seaside shot a 402 Wednesday at Quail Valley Golf Course to lead all teams after one round, while the Fishermen are second at 412. Scappoose is a distant third at 441 followed by Vernonia (559) and Rainier (622). The top two teams clinch spots at the state tournament, May 13-14 in Redmond.
Kim, the defending 3A/2A/1A state champion, had the top individual score Wednesday. Despite losing a ball on the front nine, she still shot an 87.
She holds a nine-stroke advantage on Seaside's Laura Ter Har, who carded a 96. Seaside sophomore Tessa Ter Har is close behind at 97. Mallory Osburn shot a 100. Angela Lucia (109) and Kathy Maltman (110) round out the Seaside scoring.
Astoria's Lindsay Radu (100) and Katie Agalzoff (100) are in a three-way tie for third. Arielle Stevens (105), Chelsea Reed-Harmel (107) and Katie Cokley (118) also competed for Astoria.
Warrenton wins two
NASELLE, Wash. - The Warrenton softball team swept a pair of nonleague games at Naselle Wednesday as the Warriors defeated the Comettes 8-7 and 15-5.
Dawn Herman went 3-for-4 in Game 1 for Naselle, which falls to 11-6 overall.