GEARHART - So which Cokley sister will win district medalist honors? After one round of the girls District 1/3A golf tournament, that's about the only question remaining, outside the possibility of a big Seaside comeback.

Two teams from the district - which has only three complete teams to begin with - will advance to the state tournament, May 16-17 at Eagle Crest Resort.

After Wednesday's first round at Gearhart Golf Links, Astoria leads the team standings with a 388, followed by Seaside (432) and Scappoose (515).

The final round of the district tournament will be played Monday at Astoria Golf & Country Club.

GARY HENLEY - The Daily Astorian

Astoria's Katie Cokley follows her tee shot on the front nine during Wednesday's district golf match at Gearhart Golf Links.

So with the Fishermen holding a 44-stroke lead on the Gulls, and the Gulls up 83 on the Indians, Astoria and Seaside might want to think about making their reservations for Redmond a little early, if they haven't already.

Individually, Astoria senior Katie Cokley holds an eight-stroke lead on sister Marlie, with Seaside's Kathy Maltman a distant third, 17 strokes off the pace.

Katie Cokley fired the most consistent round of the day, with a 40 on the front nine and 41 on the back for an 81, while Marlie shot 42-47 for an 89.

"That's my lowest score on this course this year," Katie Cokley said. "My drives and my short game were pretty good today. I haven't really had a good short game this year, but today my chipping and putting were pretty good.

"I had my worst drive of the day on 13. I was in the trees and punched out a good shot and ended up parring the hole."

While a Maltman comeback isn't out of the question, it appears it may come down to another Cokley showdown for the individual title. The sisters would want nothing more.

"Marlie's my biggest competitor out there," said older sister Katie. "We're always looking to beat each other. But she's my sister, so if I don't win, obviously I want her to win."

In addition to the Cokleys, Astoria's Karlee Johnson and Jessica Thornburg both turned in solid rounds, each with a 109.

The second-best score from Seaside and in fifth-place overall is the Gulls' Alyson Fields, who finished the round with a 106. Seaside's Monica Osburn is eighth individually with a 111, followed by teammates Shelby Hecox (116) and Melissa King (129).

Defending state champion Tillamook is not in the district this year, making for a little less drama in the team standings.

"It's a big weight off our shoulders, because Tillamook's very competitive and they've got a good team," Cokley said. "Both (Astoria and Seaside) will go to state - it's just who's going to be first and second."

Boys GolfGulls in firstBANKS - The big favorite in the boys District 1/3A golf tournament is Seaside, and the Gulls didn't disappoint on the first day of the district meet.

The Gulls shot a 309 at Quail Valley Wednesday, good enough for a 28-stroke lead on second-place Tillamook (337).

Day 2 of the district tournament is Monday at Gearhart Golf Links, where three teams - all within six strokes of each other - will battle for the second spot to the state tournament, May 16-17 at Eagle Crest Ridge Course.

Following second-place Tillamook is Astoria (341) and Scappoose (343).

The individual leader after one round is Seaside's Sean Hamer, who fired a 74 to edge teammates Flynn Jiroudek (75) and Joel Bletscher, who is tied for third at 77 with Tillamook's Dylan Marcum.

Astoria's top scorer was Ryan Gallagher with an 83 (tied with Seaside's Chris Huong for seventh), while Johnny Wilson is ninth at 84. Alex Ferber and Robert Moore are tied for 13th at 87, with Craig Folgner carding an 89.

Gulls receive awardThe Seaside boys golf team - on its way to a district title on the course - won another award this past week for work in the classroom.

The Gulls' varsity squad received recognition from the Dairy Farmers of Oregon for having the top grade point average among all 3A golf teams in the state, with a 3.77 combined GPA.

"Of all the accomplishments this team has had, this is the most important one," said coach Jim Poetsch. "One of our goals this year was to win this award. It is important to these kids to excel in the classroom despite the time required on the golf course to be successful there as well. They are great role models for younger athletes. Their teachers can also share in this award, because they have been great as far as accommodating these kids on the days they are out of class to compete in events."

Astoria High School had one athletic team in the top 10 in the Academic All-State spring results.

Girls softball is fourth at the 3A level with a GPA average of 3.60. Also receiving recognition was the boys golf team (3.28, 14th place); baseball (3.14, 16th place); boys track (3.21, 18th place) and girls track (3.58).

Schools receive points toward the OSAA Oregon Cup for each qualifying academic team, as well as for state finishes and sportsmanship. Following the winter season, Astoria High School is in sixth place at the 3A level.

Rained outWednesday's rescheduled baseball game between Seaside and Rainier was postponed because of poor field conditions, and has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Friday.

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