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Golf team wins third school title

Wiltse-Hiatt places fifth in state

The Wahkiakum High School girls golf team came away with their first ever state title last week at the State 1B/2B golf tournament in Tumwater.

Junior Avrey Wiltse-Hiatt led the Mule girls with a fifth place finish. She shot an 88 on the first day of competition at the Tumwater Valley Golf Club and a 91 on day two for a total of 179.

Two other teammates joined her at the state tournament. Freshman Jessie LeFever shot a 121 on Tuesday and would not make the cut to continue the following day, but eighth grader Brienna (Brie) Cothren scored a 99 to stay in play, and a 107 the next day for a total of 206.

Wiltse-Hiatt and Cothren's combined scores and placement edged the two into first place in team competition, making them State 1B/2B champions.

Sebastian Britt was the lone Mule boy competing at the state tournament. He shot a 98 on the first day, and did not qualify for the second day.

"It was kind of a crazy year because we knew we had such a talented team on both the girls and boys side," Coach Andrew Weiler said.

The regular season was up and down for the girls, and the boy's team lost one of their best golfers a few weeks ago when Kyler Sause broke an arm. But, Weiler said, the girls all shot their best scores of the season at district.

"They turned it on under pressure," he said.

Cothren and Wiltse-Hiatt have been playing for a while, and are pretty independent players, but this was the first year for LeFever.

"She was dedicated and hitting the ball really well early on," Weiler said. "The goal was to get her to state. She was willing to learn and was night and day from beginning to the end of season."

Senior Sebastian Britt was the most consistent boy on the team all season, Weiler said. He started taking lessons with Nick Vavoudis in seventh grade and has just kept at it.

The win last week marks only the third state championship in school history, after the Mule girls basketball team took first place in 1980 and the Mule boys basketball team won their state championship in 1964.


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