Wood River High School golf and tennis players were in action this week in Twin Falls and over at Burley.
· Wednesday was another pleasant day for weather for the Wolverine boys’ and girls’ golfers—making it two out of three meets they’ve attended during which nice weather has been a competitive plus.
“Sunny, mid-50s and little wind,” said Wood River coach Bill Petzke about the 13-team 5A/4A Twin Falls Invitational at Twin Falls Golf Club.
For the Wood River girls, Mary Petzke carded an 18-hole score of 99, which was third among Great Basin Conference league girls and 11th overall on the day. The girls’ medalist was Rachel Taylor of Rigby with an 80.
Wood River’s Bella Stimac, playing in her first tournament, scored 104. New to golf this year, Niki Penrose carded 150 and Olivia Stimac 157.
The girls’ team winner out of eight full squads was Rigby (379) by a four-point margin over Highland of Pocatello (383). Wood River scored 510.
Leading the Wood River boys at Twin Falls was Riley Neel with 80. Coach Petzke said Neel has been “playing well and is really not that far off of the better golfers.”
Shelley’s Tyler Fredrickson was the medalist with 70, a stroke better than Brady Nelson of Twin Falls (71).
Other Hailey boys were Tyler Spence 92, Austin Shetler 98 and Brock Olson 127.
Twin Falls White (293) won the 13-team meet over Twin Falls Blue (297), with Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls third (298).
Still lamenting his team’s inability to practice outside early in the season, Petzke said, “The players are making progress and as always the advantage goes to teams who can practice after school every day at a golf course. All others at the tournament have been doing this since the first day of practice four weeks ago.
“We have some talent on both the boys and girls team this year and the coaches feel that scores are going to drop and we are going to be much more competitive in coming weeks. We have some veteran players on both the boys and girls teams that did not attend this tournament but will be back soon.”
· Tuesday at Burley, Wood River’s tennis team dropped an 8-4 decision—4-2 in boys and 4-2 in girls points—during the Great Basin Conference league opener against the host Bobcats. Burley won five of the six singles matches Tuesday.
No. 1 girls’ doubles Alex Taylor-Samantha Taylor continued their early-season success with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Wood River swept girls’ doubles as No. 2 Tate Morell and Megan Murphy dominated in their match 6-0, 6-0.
Another straight-set triumph for coach Carlos Meza’s Wolverines went to No. 1 boys’ doubles Andrew Pearson-Clay Cutler 6-4, 6-2. Posting a fourth team win was No. 2 boys’ singles Drew Morse 6-1, 6-2.
Both No. 1 singles players for Wood River dropped their matches in split sets. Burley’s Jaxon Greener defeated Michael Niedrich 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. And Burley’s Brianna Pope slipped past Josie Potts 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Wood River had another split set decision when No. 2 boys’ doubles Miles Remington and Wesley Brimstein lost 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 to Burley’s Joshua Davis and Joseph DeTemple.
The Wolverines traveled to Twin Falls Thursday in their final match before spring break starts today, Friday, March 21.