By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
The Portales boys golf team has a Class 3A state title in mind this spring after finishing second a year ago, and they made a convincing showing on Monday.
The Rams shot a four-man score of 307 in the three-team Clovis Invitational at Chaparral Country Club, outdistancing the host Wildcats by 26 strokes.
Donavin Sanchez, one of three sophomores in Portales’ lineup, led everyone with a one-under-par 71.
Clovis had the only full team on the girls side, and finished with a score of 369 to earn its first leg toward Class 5A state competition.
Portales coach Patrick Crowley said the Rams, who got a 76 from sophomore Rick Bergman and 80s from sophomore Will Archibeque and senior Jefferson Powers, are still trying to hit their stride.
“Rick hit his stride today; he was pleased with most of his round,” Crowley said. “Donavin continues to play very well. Will’s had a little trouble, but I don’t foresee any problems for him.”
Freshman Kyler Brewer earned a state leg for Clovis’ boys, shooting a 77, but the rest of the Wildcats are still struggling, coach Cal Fullerton said.
“They’ve got to understand they have to practice better,” Fullerton said. “You can’t just show up and expect it to happen.”
Seniors Tiffani Reid (81) and Amanda Estes (88) earned state legs for the Lady Cats.
“Our girls played well,” coach Cristy Hill said. “Amanda got her first leg and Tiff got her second. It was a good day.”
Clovis Christian, led by senior Ryan Boatman’s 82, finished third on the boys side. CCS had three girls entries, led by Sydney Sorley with a 99.