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LA girls top Raton to win at Capital, LA boys finish fifth

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Golf: Hilltoppers McDonald, Haines both get state legs

By The Staff

The Los Alamos girls golf team held off Raton to take the top honors in the Capital City Invitational tournament, while a pair of Hilltoppers picked up qualification legs for the state tournament.
The Hilltopper boys and girls competed in the Capital City tournament at Santa Fe Country Club Monday. In all, six boys teams competed in Monday’s event. In the girls event, five girls teams were scheduled to compete, but two teams showed up with only five players, while the fifth had a player disqualified and wasn’t eligible for the team title.
Los Alamos’ Aislinn McDonald and Emma Haines both shot well enough to grab state qualification legs Monday. McDonald finished with a score of 92 and Haines fired a 93.
The legs McDonald and Haines earned were their first legs of the season. To qualify for postseason play in May, individuals and teams must earn at least three legs.
Los Alamos’ girls team score of 412 wasn’t enough to secure a team leg, but was good enough to top Raton’s Tigers by 13 shots.
On the boys side, Los Alamos finished in fifth place. Its score of 404 wasn’t enough to compete with most of the rest of the teams in the field, but it did top District 2-4A rival Española Valley in the final standings by 16 shots.
St. Michael’s, the defending Class A-3A champ, won the meet going away. St. Michael’s finished with 295 stroke, 58 strokes better than runner-up Raton, while Marty Sanchez had a 3-under 69 to pace all individuals.
Bernalillo, the other district team in Monday’s tournament, had a 366, finishing in fourth place, one shot behind third-place Las Vegas Robertson.
Individually, Johnny Osden had the low round of the day for Los Alamos’ boys. He finished with a score of 86.
Following Osden were Raul Roybal (95), Darren Speight (109), Dustin Taylor (114) and Elliott Clay (124).
Behind McDonald and Haines for the Hilltopper girls were Bri Sanderson, who finished with a 112 and Emily Stearn, who carded a 115.