Meridian — All five varsity players carded rounds in the 70s Wednesday at SpurWing Country Club to win the team's second 5A District Three championship in three seasons.
The school-record round of 306 was good enough for a 45-stroke victory over Eagle (351), and makes up for a "haunting" one-stroke loss to Vallivue in last year's district tournament.
"These girls have learned to be selfless and remember the big picture goal," coach Mike McCrady said.
Junior Ryleigh Moore - who won an individual district championship as a freshman - led the charge with a 2-over 73 for second place. Junior Carson Pickett added a 76, senior Gabrielle Giesbrecht shot a 78 and senior Shaunel Fillmore and sophomore Hannah Giesbrecht each shot 79s. Four of the five scores counted in the team victory.
"I've never even seen that in the eight years I have been coaching," McCrady said. "It's pretty impressive."
Eagle senior Lou Points fired a 1-over 72 to win her first individual title. "The whole time I wasn't even thinking about other people, what they were going to shoot, what their scores were and everything," Points said. "... I just really stayed in my game today, and I think that's why I won."
Rocky Mountain, Eagle, Vallivue and Timberline advance to state Monday and Tuesday at Lewiston CC.
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TODAY'S DISTRICT THREE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
5A: Eagle (17-7) vs. Timberline (13-11), 7 p.m. at Timberline High
2A: Nampa Christian vs. New Plymouth, 5 p.m. at Melba High
5A: Eagle (23-1) vs. Rocky Mountain (18-6), 6 p.m. at Centennial High
4A: Bishop Kelly (16-5) vs. Kuna (15-6), 6 p.m. at Kuna High
3A: Homedale vs. Fruitland, 3 p.m. at Fruitland High
Track and field
5A: Thursday and Friday, 4:30 p.m. each day, Rocky Mountain High
4A: Thursday and Friday, 3:30 p.m. each day, Emmett High