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GRINDERS GET IT DONE IN A-14

Shorecrest boys shrug off sub-par shooting to win; IRC girls end Northside's dominance.

Rodney Page

Times Staff Writer

Shorecrest didn't shoot its best team score of the season Monday, but its 319 at East Lake Woodlands was good enough to win the Class A, District 14 boys championship.

Karim Oliver led the Chargers with 75. Greyson Porter chipped in with 78, Kyle Murphy 81 and Tim Murphy 85.

Clearwater Central Catholic shot 323 to finish second and Indian Rocks Christian was third with 336. The top three teams advance next week's region tournament, also at East Lake Woodlands.

"We can shoot better than this, but today we just grinded it out," said Oliver, whose 75 was second lowest. "That's what this team does. We help each other out and we just grind."

Aside from the top three teams, the top three individuals not on advancing teams also make regionals. Canterbury's Kyle Shealy was the top individual with even-par 72. Northside Christian's Anthony Quintessenza (76) and Troy Hicks (79) also qualified.

"I had five birdies and five bogies," Shealy said. "I made a lot of up and downs. And I made a lot of putts on the front nine."

Indian Rocks Christian won the girls championship (410). Northside Christian was second with 463. Those were the only two girls teams in the tournament.

Northside Christian played without star Alyssa Lamoureux, who had her appendix removed Monday afternoon and will miss the rest of the season. The second-place finish snaps the Mustangs' nine-year district title streak.

The individual champion was Emma Paschal of Clearwater Central Catholic. Paschal shot 1-under 71, 10 shots better than second-place Ashley Kimbrough of IRC.

"It was kind of one of those easy rounds," Paschal said. "I hit it straight, didn't get into much trouble. Kind of a boring round."

Paschal will advance to regionals as an individual. Emily Swidock of St. Petersburg Catholic shot 90 and Shorecrest's Sabrina Murphy 102 to round out the top three individuals.

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2A-14: Everyone's a winner in this one

NEW PORT RICHEY - With only three schools able to field full teams and two individuals remaining, everyone moved on in Monday's Class 2A, District 14 girls tournament.

The top team was easy. Mitchell, with five golfers capable of shooting the lowest round, had already put a lot of ground between itself and what passes for its competition. And in one of the most anticlimactic tournaments, the Mustangs did just that, winning the team title(352).

Mitchell's girls played with razor-sharp focus, hitting the fairways and making clutch shots with three girls - Shyanne Dove (83), MacKenzie Bennett (88) and Lindsey Richardson (89) - all shooting in the 80s.

Dove, who won individual honors, improved upon her previous season best by four strokes.

"We have such a strong, competitive team that any of us can shoot the best round on any given day," Dove said. "I thought I did well, especially on the front with a few birdies."

Gulf, led by Sarah Usewick and Emily Couch, who each shot 97, finished as the runnerup (441).

Tarpon Springs was third (487). Anna Silva was the low scorer for the Spongers with 120. Dunedin's Madeline Friese (120) also advanced.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

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