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CORRECTION (ran 5/1/02): The Sheldon boys posted a time of 3:23.76 in the 4x400 relay to place second to McMinnville at the Westview Team Challenge. The time published in Tuesday's sports section was incorrect.

DISTRICT GOLF: Marist's boys are the first Sky-Em League school to earn their trip to the Class 3A/2A/1A state golf tournament.

The other Sky-Em qualifiers will be decided in the next week, along with representatives from the Midwestern, Far West and Val-Co leagues, as district tournaments are held throughout the area.

The Sky-Em boys give one state berth to the team with the low aggregate score in four league tournaments and the other berth to the winner of the district tournament. The other leagues send their top two district finishers to state.

The Spartans shot 328 Monday at Sunriver to win the final regular-season tournament and easily earn the automatic bid.

The Spartans shot an average score of 333.8 in the four tournaments to finish ahead of second-place Cottage Grove, which averaged 351.8. The Lions were followed in the standings by Sutherlin, Glide and Pleasant Hill, and those four schools are expected to battle for the second berth at state during next week's district tournament, May 6-7, at Tokatee Golf Club.

Marist's Jeremy Koons shot an 82 on Monday to finish as the low scorer in the district with a stroke average of 78.8.

The Marist girls are overwhelming favorites to join the boys team at the state tournament at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond. The Spartans have won the last three district tournaments by an average of 252 strokes.

Marist senior Meredith Jones has won three consecutive district titles by an average of 15.3 strokes. This year's District 5 tournament will be held May 6-7 at Shadow Hills and Emerald Valley.

Sheldon is the defending champion and the favorite in both the Midwestern League girls and boys tournaments, but both races should be hotly contested.

Ted Whitney of Sheldon is the boys individual favorite in the district after placing third last year. Sam Dukeminier is a solid No. 2 player, and Adam Churnside and Austin Wood have also played well for the Irish this season.

Last year, Sheldon shot 595 to finish 23 strokes ahead of South Eugene and Marshfield, which tied for second place. Marshfield won a one-hole playoff to advance to state.

The Pirates return Skyler Johnson, Casey McCord, Mitch Purvis and Patrick Murray from last year.

South Eugene is led by junior Jay Rubenstein, who placed ninth at district last season. Thurston, paced by Ryan Omlid and Ryan Whiteley, is also a contender, along with Springfield and Churchill.

The district tourney will be held May 6-7 at Tokatee Golf Club.

The girls tournament appears to be a battle between three teams for two berths at state. Sheldon and South Eugene were the clear 1-2 finishers last year, followed by Willamette, and all three figure to be in the race this season.

In a tournament two weeks ago, Sheldon shot 419, South shot 424 and Willamette shot 425. The Irish return district runner-up Dana Anderson, as well as Kaitlyn Orr, who finished third last season.

Senior Jean Wheeler and junior Tina Young finished seventh and eighth, respectively, last year at district for South Eugene. Willamette brings back three of its top four golfers from last year in Sara Erickson, Lindsay LeBlanc and Heidi Gillespie.

The two-day district tournament will be held May 6-7 at McKenzie River and Emerald Valley.

Reedsport's girls are the defending Far West League champions and return the top two finishers from last year's tournament. Emily Vaughn and Leslie Wheeler shot 163 and 168, respectively, to pace the field. The district meet will be Friday and Saturday at Forest Hills Country Club.

The boys tournament could be a close battle, if a recent tournament hosted by South Umpqua is any indication. The Lancers shot 344, while Reedsport, Bandon, Douglas and defending district champion Siuslaw were all within 14 shots of South Umpqua.

The district tourney will be held Saturday and Monday at Myrtle Creek Golf Course.

Tillamook and Newport are the favorites in the Val-Co League boys tournament, while Taft and Tillamook are among the top teams on the girls side.

Prep Spotlight

LACEY GORMAN, a senior at Brookings, had two home runs and four RBIs in a 17-2 victory over Myrtle Point last week. Gorman, who plays shortstop, pitcher and second base, is batting .511 for the first-place Bruins. The four-year starter is a two-time Far West League all-star and has a 3.5 GPA.

RYAN HUGHES, a senior at Crow High School, pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Trico League-leading Cougars blanked Monroe 14-0 last week. Hughes is hitting .676 with five home runs and 27 RBIs this season, and he is 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA as a pitcher. The Cougars are 11-0 in league play.

JOEL HOFF, a junior at Sheldon High School, took first place in the 800 meters at the Westview Team Challenge recently with a time of 1:57.96. Hoff also ran a leg on the Irish 4x400 relay team, which placed second to McMinnville with a time of 3:32.76. Sheldon won the meet with a score of 436 points.

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Lacey Gorman LACEY GORMAN, a senior at Brookings, had two home runs and four RBIs in a 17-2 victory over Myrtle Point last week. Gorman, who plays shortstop, pitcher and second base, is batting .511 for the first-place Bruins. The four-year starter is a two-time Far West League all-star and has a 3.5 GPA. Ryan Hughes RYAN HUGHES, a senior at Crow High School, pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Trico League-leading Cougars blanked Monroe 14-0 last week. Hughes is hitting .676 with five home runs and 27 RBIs this season, and he is 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA as a pitcher. The Cougars are 11-0 in league play. Joel Hoff JOEL HOFF, a junior at Sheldon High School, took first place in the 800 meters at the Westview Team Challenge recently with a time of 1:57.96. Hoff also ran a leg on the Irish 4x400 relay team, which placed second to McMinnville with a time of 3:32.76. Sheldon won the meet with a score of 436 points.
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