Skyline falls short against Eastlake

September 28, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Jack Quinton, of Skyline, tees off on the fifth hole during the Spartans’ match Sept. 23 against Eastlake at Sahalee Country Club. By Christopher Huber

After a Brian Mogg birdie on the third hole at Sahalee Country Club, things were looking up for the Skyline High School boys golf team Sept. 23.

Of all the matches the Spartans wanted to win this season, a win over Eastlake on its home course would have given Skyline some needed confidence in the hot 4A KingCo Conference race.

“If they could pick a match to win this year it would be this one,” Spartan coach Mike Fleming said.

The goal, though, was too lofty, Mogg finished with an uncharacteristically high 44 and only two Skyline golfers hit well enough to make the top five overall.

Eastlake improved to 6-0 on the season after beating Skyline (5-1) 194-212. The Wolves win came after scoring a school-record low 179 against Roosevelt.

“We responded well today versus a good team. Our first goal is to play to our potential,” Eastlake coach Pat Bangasser said. “You do that by staying in the present and staying positive and committed to your plan after a bad hole.”

Eastlake sophomore Li Wang and freshman RP McCoy led the way in the cross-town match-up, each with an even-par 36. Newcomer Spencer Weiss stayed consistent for Eastlake, tallying a 38, while Jack Fisher and Chris Kobak each finished with a 42-stroke performance.

“Our strength is our depth. Any of our guys, one through 10, can score for us on a given day,” Bangasser said. “Earlier this week our No. 10 golfer shot on under par in a match vs. Roosevelt. That was huge.”

Jack Quinton and Mike Parducci, of Skyline, posted a 39 and 41, respectively. The team averaged about a 38 on the day, Fleming said, which, against a team like Eastlake, wouldn’t come close. Both teams came into the match undefeated, but Skyline had yet to be truly tested, Fleming said. He knew they needed at least a 188 or 190 to compete with the Wolves.

“We were completely prepared,” Fleming said. “(We’re) trying to do what it takes to value strokes more.”

Quinton has become a standard bearer for the Skyline team.

“Even if he doesn’t have his ‘A’ game, he refuses to get a higher score,” Fleming said. “He’s very even-keeled. He just powers his way through.”

Eagles drop tough matches

Issaquah dropped two tough matches last week.

The Eagles lost to Redmond 181-186 Sept. 20 at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. Aaron Tham, of the Eagles, was the medalist with a 2-under-par 34. Teammate Weston Mui had a 36.

Issaquah lost to host Bothell Sept. 22 at the Wayne Golf Course in Bothell. The teams were deadlocked at 193-all after regulation. Bothell won the match by a stroke on the first playoff hole.

Alex Ciszewski and Matthew Gaan each shot 37s to lead the Eagles.

In 3A/2A KingCo action Sept. 20, Liberty fell to Sammamish 201-210 at the Maplewood Golf Course. Harrison Diemert, of the Patriots, was medalist with a par 36.

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