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Bruce Report, May 23, 2012

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Jordan Takasugi finished in a tie for 28th today at the 4A state championship tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course in Spokane. The Wenatchee senior shot an 82 yesterday and followed with an 86 in the second round. This was the third straight year Takasugi qualified for state. Last spring she finished in a tie for 23rd. Carly Bozett, a freshman, also earned a berth in the tournament but shot a 94 on Tuesday and missed the cut for the second round (cut was 88).

Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma ran away with the title. You tend to do that when you qualify five golfers and two of them tie for first and the others tie 12th, tie for 14th and tie for 17th.

At the boys tourney at Hangman Valley Golf Course, also in Spokane, Chase Bozett carded an 89 yesterday and fell short of teeing up today (cut was 82). Chase, a senior, is the brother of Carly.

Congratulations to Nick Mandelis and Lucas Tilly. The Panther duo won first place in boys doubles at the regional tournament and are off to the state championship tournament Friday and Saturday at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland. This is the second year in a row that the two Panthers have earned a trip to state. Last spring the pair finished eighth when they won two and lost two in Vancouver. Mandelis and Tilly open play their first match Friday against Shane Wilson and Brandon Wilson of Kentlake (brothers?).

Wenatchee has had quite a successful history at state. They have earned points at the event in 14 of the last 15 years and 30 times in 47 years since they first placed in 1965. Four times they have won the whole thing – 1966, 2004, 2005 (tie) and 2010.

Placing high is usually a numbers game…the more entries the better a school’s chances. This spring there are not a lot of schools with multiple entries. Union (Camas) and Newport (Bellevue) each have three and Gonzaga Prep and Richland each have two.

Nine boys and five girls will carry the Purple and Gold colors to Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School for the 4A state championship meet Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For the past two years the boys have placed third at state. This week they will be participating in nine events.
100 meters – Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Defending state champ.
200 meters – Isaiah Brandt Sims, Defending state champ
400 meters – Nicholas Boersma
800 meters – Nicholas Boersma, Third last year.
1600 meters – Jacob Smith.
3200 meters – Jacob Smith, Fourth last year.
High jump – Killion McGinnis
4x100 meter relay – Blake Aguilar, Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Phillip Moore, Spencer Smith
4x400 meter relay – Jack Dunley, Spencer Wilson, Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Nicholas Boersma

A year ago the girls tied for 16th at state and the year before eighth. Like the boys, they have entries in nine events.
100 meters – Christie Adams
200 meters – Christie Adams
800 meters – Marissa Dotter
100 meter hurdles – Audrey Ketcham
100 meter hurdles – Nicole Dorsey, Fifth last year.
300 meter hurdles – Nicole Dorsey
High jump – Audrey Ketcham, State champ last two years.
Javelin – Grace Peven
4x200 meter relay – Audrey Ketcham, Grace Peven, Nicole Dorsey, Christie Adams