Oak Harbor girls win district golf title

"The Oak Harbor girls' golf team added another plaque for the school's trophy case. Monday, the Wildcats captured the 4-A Northwest District Tournament title for the second straight year.Oak Harbor finished with 83 points, topping second place Kamiak by 5.5, at the district tournament at Everett's Legion Golf Course. Last week the Wildcats won the Western Conference championship for the second straight year.Lindsey Jackson, Kate Waller, and Sarah Matzen all qualified for the 4-A state tournament, which will be held next Monday and Tuesday at Sedro-Woolley's Avalon Golf Course.Getting three to state isn't bad at all, Oak Harbor coach John Matzen said. I was hoping to sneak in one of the younger girls, but we didn't quite get there.The top 12 finishers at district qualified for the state tournament. Jackson finished third with a 168 total. Waller, who shot a season best 81 Monday, took sixth with a 174.Kate really came on at the right time. She finished real strong, Matzen said.Jackson and Waller qualified for state for the second straight year. Matzen's daughter Sarah also qualified for state for the second time. She went to the state tournament two years ago as a sophomore.Sarah has been playing better and gaining more confidence the last two or three weeks, Matzen said. Her goal was to get back to state. She didn't want that one year to be a fluke. She's worked hard to get back to state. I'm proud of her.The district medalist was Sehome's Lauren Ressler, who finished with a 146.PATE GOING TO STATE: Oak Harbor's Stacie Pate, after narrow misses the previous two years, will finally play in singles competition in the 4-A state tennis tournament.Pate will enter the tournament, which begins May 26 in Kennewick, as the Northwest District No. 2 entry. After going through the regular season undefeated, the Oak Harbor senior lost to Blaze Wadum of Shorecrest in the district finals.Prior to the finals, Pate defeated Sara Allen of Edmonds-Woodway 6-2, 6-0 in the second round, Breanne Appleby of Mountlake Terrace 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and Kim Kushibuchi of Kamiak 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.Wadum bested Pate 6-1, 6-2 in the finals.Blaze played real well. She probably played her best tennis of the year when she placed Stacie, Oak Harbor coach Horace Mells said. Pate, who lost in the semifinals the previous two years, will actually make her second trip to state. She played qualified as a doubles player last year.Theresa Black, Pate's doubles partner in last year's state tournament, also played in the district singles competition. Black opened with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Kamiak's Tanya Ramfar, then defeated Shorewood's Lacey Bruce 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in the second round. Wadum defeated Black 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.The district doubles tournament begins Thursday at Everett's Jackson High. Oak Harbor will send three teams to the tournament. Black and Charissa Brecht, Jenna Wehrell and Nicole Nolte, and Elizabeth Galbraith and Maggie Manucal will represent the Wildcats.The top two doubles teams at district will advance to the state tournament."

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