Lady Warriors keep rolling
With an eye toward winning a fifth consecutive Class 3A championship, the Socorro High School girls golf team beat a good 4A school at the Deming Invitational last week and also took top honors at a tournament on Monday at the New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces.
Lady Warriors head coach Margaret Stanley said she knew Class 4A Deming would be tough to beat on the Wildcats’ home course, Rio Mimbres Golf Course, last Thursday.
“I didn’t think we would beat them, but it was the first time Tenishia (Guerro) broke 100. I’m so proud of her,” Stanley said.
Guerro, a junior, carded a 98 to help her team defeat Deming by 11 strokes. Socorro finished with 340, while the Wildcats had 351. Silver scored 389 to place third at the five-team tournament.
With four straight 3A titles under its belt, Socorro is destined to be a state championship contender for years to come. The team is well stocked with underclassmen, led by Kristin Cline, who was 3A individual champion last year as a freshman, and Shania Berger, who aims to duplicate the feat.
Berger edged Cline, 76-77, to win the Deming tournament. The team’s only senior, Brittani Webb, placed fifth with an 89.
On Monday, Cline prevailed over her younger teammate to win a tournament that included only schools at the Class 1-3A level. Cline shot 80 to beat Berger by four strokes.
“They’ve got a great little competition between themselves,” Stanley said of her top two players.
Webb wasn’t far behind her teammates and placed third with an 86. Guerro broke 100 for the second consecutive tournament, shooting 99.
Though she didn’t figure into the team scores, Mirjana Gacanich, who’s battling for a spot on the team that will compete in next Monday’s district tournament, shot 105.
“We have competition for the fifth spot to even make the team. That’s good too,” Stanley said.
As a team, Socorro scored 349 on the NMSU course. Mesilla Valley Christian was the only other school that sent enough players to register a team score. The Sonblazers finished way behind the Warriors with 478.
Monday’s tournament was played on the same course that will host this year’s state tournament. Winning it wasn’t paramount in the coach’s eyes.
“The main thing was to get in a good practice round for state — for the girls to get a good feel for the course and the layout,” Stanley said.
The Lady Warriors suffered a setback last week when another one of their bright up-and-comers, eighth-grader Mia Salome, was diagnosed with a hairline fracture to her foot. Stanley said she expects Salome to be ready to play in the district tournament on May 2. The coach said Salome could get a medical waiver to allow her to use a cart during her round.
Socorro’s boys team also attended Monday’s tournament and placed fourth out of six schools.
St. Michael’s took first place with 322, followed by Lovington (331) and Ruidoso (352). The Warriors shot 364, missing qualifying for the state tournament by 23 strokes.
St. Michael’s Marty Sanchez shot the low round for the boys, a 71. Socorro’s Will Schaffer finished fourth with an 81.
Also contributing to Socorro’s team score was Nathan Vega (90), Manuel Anaya (96) and Will Benson (97).
The Socorro boys have one last shot at qualifying for state at the district tournament next Monday at Picacho Hills Country Club in Las Cruces.
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