Rocky Mountain sophomore Carson Barry opened the state tournament at BanBury with a 3-under 68, birding Nos. 2, 4, 13, 15 and 18 on his way to a four-shot lead after the first day of the 36-hole tournament.
Teammate and fellow sophomore Sam Tidd joined Barry inside the top 10 in a tie for sixth place at 4-over 75. The pair has the Grizzlies atop the team race at 302, eight strokes ahead of Lewiston and 10 ahead of six-time defending champion Eagle.
Vallivue’s Connor Johnstone, a Boise State signee, is tied for second at 72, and Eagle’s Josh Gliege, the reigning state champ, is fifth at 74.
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Highland’s Payton Fehringer bolted out to a commanding lead in the girls race at 5-under 66, eight strokes ahead of Idaho Falls’ Yedin Lui. Eagle’s Hailey Spalding is the top local player in fourth place at 5-over 76.
Twin Falls is on its way to a sixth straight boys title with a first-round score of 290 at Falcon Crest, 13 strokes ahead of second-place Bishop Kelly.
The Bruins placed all five boys inside the top 10, including Preston Nelson (3-under 69) in first place. Bishop Kelly has four inside the top 10 — Hunter Ostrom (tied for third, 73), Sam Goodman (fifth, 75), Brody Bonfilio (tied for seventh, 77) and Travis Allumbaugh (ninth, 78).
Twin Falls is also running away with the girls race at 349, 25 strokes ahead of Canyon Ridge.
BK’s Hannah Holloway sits in a tie for second individually at 79, trailing Canyon Ridge’s Bailey Henley by two shots.
Emmett senior Jessica Lyter, who lost last year’s title on a playoff hole, sits in a tie for first with Buhl’s Kylie Crossland after a first-day 83 at River Birch in Star. Buhl leads the team race at 395, one stroke ahead of Kellogg and Kimberly.
American Falls’ Andrew Cortez leads the boys race by four strokes at 68, and Buhl has taken command of the team race at 306, 13 strokes ahead of Gooding.
Nampa Christian leads the boys and girls team races at RedHawk in Nampa. The boys hold a nine-shot lead on Grace, and the girls own a 21-shot lead on Declo. The Trojans’ Parker Johnson remains in the hunt for a boys individual title at 78, four shots off the lead.