GEARHART — Temperatures were about 20 degrees cooler than the day before, but the Scappoose boys golf team turned up the heat on the course Tuesday afternoon at the Gearhart Golf Links.

The Indians entered the final round of the District 1/4A tournament with just a seven-stroke lead over Seaside in the team standings, but four of the five Scappoose golfers improved their second round scores on the way to a second straight team championship.

Scappoose finished with a 685 team score (compared to a 711 that won last year’s title), with the Gulls coming in with a 714, good enough for second place and another trip to the state tournament.

Seaside coach Jim Poetsch, who will take his team to next week’s match at Emerald Valley in Creswell, was more concerned about who was behind him than in front.

“Scappoose is a very good team,” he said. “If we had caught them, it was not because we scored great, it would have been because they faltered a little.

“I had no expectations coming in,” he added. “Between Tillamook, Banks, Astoria and us – our main focus was getting to state. So we were looking at who was behind us and not really ahead of us.”

Banks was third in the team standings with a 728, followed by Astoria (740) and Tillamook (749).

Tournament medalist honors went to Riley Philippi of Banks, who shot an 82 in Monday’s first round at Alderbrook in Tillamook, and followed it up with a 77 Tuesday on a much cooler day in Gearhart.

The next two golfers were from Scappoose, as Alex Lukinbeal and Nick Nguyen tied at 166.

Seaside’s Sam Hinton was next in line with a 170, as he shaved four strokes off his first-round score with an 83 Tuesday.

Rounding out the top five individual scores were Ross Philippi of Banks and Justin Olbrich of Scappoose, who tied with a 173.

Austin Flukinger was Astoria’s top golfer with a 178, as he improved 10 strokes from Monday’s first round score with an 84 Tuesday.

Other Astoria scores were Will Brooks with a 180, followed by David Harrison (192), Joey Voeller (192) and Spencer Nelson (206).

The Gulls, meanwhile, played steady golf for much of the tournament, including Tuesday’s final round.

After Hinton’s 170, Shane Fritter carded a 180, Trenten Meyer came in at 181, and Andrew Gooch finished with a 183.

Seaside’s Garrett Flowers and Aaron Richardson combined for a 215.

“I’m happy that they were all steady,” Poetsch said. “We didn’t have anybody blow up today. We’ve gotten a lot better lately. At the start of the year I thought we were going to be pretty good, and we didn’t start out too well.

“But over the last three weeks, we’ve improved dramatically,” he said. “We’re about where I thought we’d be. I think we can still shoot a little better, but we’re at least shooting respectable scores now.”

And a “respectable” score could result in a trophy at state.

“If we play well, we could actually do well at state,” Poetsch said. “I haven’t seen any really, really good teams this year. Scappoose is the best team I’ve seen, and we can at least compete with them on a good day.

“I’ve heard La Salle is pretty good, but other than that, I haven’t seen a lot of good scores. Somebody’s going to go low at state – hopefully it’s us.”