REDMOND After finishing 10th out of 13 teams in the 2011 State Tournament, the Seaside girls golf team moved up in the standings this year.
Way up, as the Gulls finished fourth in this years state championships, which wrapped up Tuesday afternoon at Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.
It was Seasides highest state finish since a second-place showing in 2001, when the Gulls finished runner-up to Marist in the former Class 3A. Seaside was fifth in 2003.
This year, Seaside fired a second-round score of 387 to finish with a two-round total 767, one stroke behind third-place Sutherlin.
Molalla won the team championship with a 720, followed by Crook County at 728.
Seaside sophomore Katy Kawasoe was tied for seventh on the leaderboard after the first round, and finished 11th overall with a two-day total 166.
She followed up Mondays 78 with an 88 Tuesday.
Seaside teammates Ashley Bassett and Kathy Lin tied for 38th overall, each finishing at 199.
Bao Tran Nhan had the Gulls biggest improvement Tuesday, taking 15 strokes off her first-round score to finish with 203.
For the second day in a row, Astoria senior Kendra Scheel fired a personal best score. She had a 100 Monday and shot a 98 Tuesday to finish at 198, for 37th overall.
Seaside ties for 11th
BANKS The Seaside boys golf team took 16 strokes off its first-round score, and finished with a 748 final score in the Class 4A State Tournament.
Final-round action took place Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course near Banks.
Seaside finished in a tie for 11th with Klamath Union in the final team standings, while La Grande pulled away for the team championship with a 637.
North Valley was second at 650, followed by La Salle (660), North Bend (675) and Scappoose (698).
North Valleys Ryan Melnychuk finished with a 4-under-par 140 to win medalist honors, nine strokes better than T.J. Barber of Estacada.
Charlie Kloss was Seasides top golfer, as the senior shot a second-day score 88 to finish at 172 overall, tied for 26th.
The rest of the Gulls all shot better scores than Mondays round, as Andrew Gooch took four strokes off his first-round score with a 91 Tuesday, to finish at 186 overall.
Joe Huddleston (193) was 12 strokes better, Seth Duncan fired a 96 and combined with Andrew Potters 101 Monday for a 197; and Brad Barbic carded a 101 to finish at 205.
Kloss had one of two Seaside birdies in Tuesdays round on the 17th hole while Gooch birdied the fourth hole to finish with a team-best 42 on the back nine (the Gulls teed off on the 10th hole to start Tuesdays round).
This is a good way to end the season, said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. We were able to extend our streak of state tournament appearances to five, which leads the state at our level. But, we also say good-bye to four seniors. That doesnt mean we dont plan on competing for a spot next year, but it does mean that our young guys need to step up to the challenge to keep this streak going.