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Examiner
  • Cats, Bears impress coaches in tourney

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  • Blue Springs boys golf coach Doug Gillispie and Chrisman coach Jacob Basnight were happy with their teams’ performances Thursday.
    The Wildcats shot 340 as a team to finish fifth out of 18 teams in the Park Hill Invitational at par-72 Tiffany Greens Golf Club. While finishing 16th at 386, Chrisman managed to break the school record for the lowest 18-hole team score.
    Lee’s Summit West totaled 302 to claim the title, while Lee’s Summit North took second at 325.
    Steven Shaw led the way for Blue Springs, firing a 76 to claim a sixth-place medal. Devin Hyman (87), Brian Armstrong (88), Jackson Koenig (89) and Taylor Muller (92) completed the scoring for the Wildcats.
    “This is our best team score in several seasons, and I am very happy with the results,” Gillispie said. “The good news is we have room to improve.”
    Chrisman broke the team 18-hole mark of 399 it had just set in the season-opening Independence Invitational. Junior Max Merit shot a career-best 89 to lead the Bears. Jake Becker shot 92, Josue Najera 98 and Garrett Giles 107 for Chrisman.
    “I'm extremely proud of the team and their development and look forward to the rest of the season,” Basnight said.
    Lee’s Summit North’s Keaton Black fired a 74 to finish second, three strokes behind medalist J.T. Tranchilla of Lee’s Summit West. Brett Scott (81), Cole Ashby (84) and Trey DeRousse (86) completed the Broncos’ scoring.
    “Outstanding performance by Keaton,” North coach Kevin Harrison said.
    Fort Osage finished 14th at 376 as Micah Lewis shot 87, Cody Ball and Sam Miller 94 each and Sam Morgan 101.
    “It was Miller’s best round,” Fort Osage coach Roger Hunt said of the sophomore.
    GRAIN VALLEY 181, ODESSA 190, O’HARA 194: Hunter Peterson was the medalist with a 41 to lead Grain Valley to a victory in a three-team match Thursday at par-36 Adams Pointe Golf Club.
    Cameron Skinner shot 44, Miguel Contreras 47 and Alex Hoover 49 for the Eagles.
    “We accomplished our goal of wanting all of the varsity scores to be in the 40s,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said.
    OAK GROVE 206, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 224: Bryce Mercer fired a 42 to earn medalist honors as Oak Grove downed Excelsior Springs for the first time in four years.
    Quinton Bunyar shot 45 to help lift the Panthers to the Missouri River Valley Conference West win at Excelsior Springs Country Club.

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