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Carson golfers grab lead at state tourney

Northern Regional runner-up Carson was the surprise leader after the first day of the Class 4A boys state golf tournament at Somersett Country Club in Reno.

The Senators shot 417 on Monday to take a two-stroke lead over Palo Verde. Bishop Gorman and Spanish Springs were tied for third at 420, followed by Coronado (427) and Green Valley (428).

Today’s final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Carson had two individuals in the top 10 after the first round. Zac Rispin was the top Senator, shooting 6-over 78, good for sixth place. Kevin Goles was tied for 10th at 80.

Southern Nevada golfers held the top five spots after a high-scoring first round that saw no individual break par, and just nine golfers shot better than 80.

Sunrise Regional champion Scott Lewis of Coronado and Gorman’s Richard Pawlasek were tied for first at 2-over 74.

Arbor View’s Chris Plappert was third at 75, and Palo Verde’s Chris Viravongsa and Foothill’s Matt Nolasco were tied for fourth at 76.

CLASS 3A GOLF — Faith Lutheran took a 15-shot lead after the first round of the Class 3A boys state golf tournament at Somersett Country Club.

The Crusaders shot 422 to take the lead over defending champion Boulder City (437). Lowry (442) was in third and Fernley (446) was fourth.

Faith Lutheran’s Charlie Harrison took the opening-round lead with a 4-over 76.

Harrison was the only 3A golfer to break 80. He has a four-shot lead over Fernley’s Brandon Dalton and Incline’s Kyle Baumann.

The next best Southern Nevada golfers were Boulder City’s Spencer Montgomery and Virgin Valley’s Aaron Vines, who were tied for sixth at 82. Defending individual champion Dusty Craddock of Boulder City was eighth at 83.

The final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. today.

CLASS 4A SOFTBALL — Foothill used a pair of six-run innings to beat Centennial 14-7 at Silverado to earn the final berth in the Class 4A state softball tournament.

Roseanne Ritchie had three hits and four RBIs for the Falcons, who scored six runs in the third and six in the fifth.

Amber Stater added three hits and two RBIs, and Lacie Saunders and Chelsea Richards each had two hits and two RBIs for Foothill.

Foothill will play Shadow Ridge at 3 p.m. Friday at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in the first round of the state tournament.

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