Thursday, May 13, 2010

Warriors Place 2nd At State Tourney

By Nicky Romero

SOCORRO -- The Socorro Warriors golf team finished second place in the 2010 New Mexico 3A State Golf Championship. St. Michael's took the first place blue trophy, winning by 20 strokes at the very windy NM Tech Golf Course Monday and Tuesday.
St. Michael's won the tournament for the second year in a row. Their team consisted of three seniors – Parker Ashton, Miguel Macias, Nathan Gruda, sophomore Marty Sanchez, and freshman Zach Berhost. The team is coached by Lee Sanchez.
The team finishes and two-day totals were as follows: St. Michael's (639), Socorro (659), Lovington (669), Hope Christian (689) and Mesilla Valley Christian (703).
“Our seniors provided our leadership”, said Coach Russ Moore. “We had two very key contributors, junior Nathan Vega and freshman Willie Schaffer. That made the difference as far as us being able to compete for a trophy.
“It was a grueling tournament with the weather conditions that were absolutely awful. However, I am very proud of the boys. They hung in there and dealt with the weather conditions.”
Socorro was led by senior Ryan Romero, whose two-day total score was a 161. This was enough for Romero to finish his high school career as the fifth place medalist. Junior Nathan Vega came in second on the team with a 163. Next was Joe Carilli and Willie Schaffer who both posted a 170. Randall Romero finished with a 182.
St. Michael's Marty Sanchez, who is coached by his father, took medalist honors with a score of 154. St. Michael's Miguel Macias and eighth grader Isaac Alderete of Sandia Prep tied for second with a 158. Colin Pratt of Desert Academy took fourth with a 159. Ryan Romero and Ty Black of Lovington tied for fifth with a 161.
Moore will miss having his three senior players and realizes that he will have to regroup for next year. Moore said, “Ryan had a fantastic season this year. Especially, because of the football injuries that he suffered earlier in the year.”
“Randall Romero, you have to tip your hat to him. He played steady through most of the year.
“We're also going to miss Joe Carilli, simply because he has the ability to shoot very good scores and really bad scores, and sometimes he shoots in the middle where he should be.”
Ryan Romero concluded by saying, “Our team did alright. That's an improvement from the last three or four years. I'm proud of all these guys and happy that we all did well. I'm thankfull that we have a good coach like Russ to help us. It's kind of sad to end my high school career, but life goes on. It was fun while it lasted.

Picture: The Socorro boys golf team holds the state runner-up trophy Tuesday.

Photo by Anabelle Romero

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