State champion Coronado sets pace for postseason honors in boys golf

Coronado’s boys golf team blew away the competition this season, eventually winning the first Class 4A state title in program history.

Accordingly, the Cougars also dominated postseason honors announced this week.

Coronado’s A.J. McInerney, Tad Darland and Christian Pate received All-Las Vegas honors. No other school had multiple players on the team.

McInerney, a sophomore who shot 5-under-par 66 at TPC Las Vegas to finish with a two-day, 36-hole total of 134 to win the individual state championship, was named Sunrise Region player of the year.

McInerney, Darland, Pate and teammate Kenden Slattery also received first-team All-Sunrise and first-team All-Southeast League honors.

The All-Las Vegas team is rounded out by Foothill’s Taylor Montgomery, Green Valley’s Ryan Green, Faith Lutheran’s Yuki Kato, Pahrump Valley’s Shane Lindemann and Arbor View’s Zane Thomas.

All-Sunrise honors also went to Montgomery, Green and Eldorado’s Giovanni Latty. Kato, who has signed with Xavier, was named Sunset player of the year.

Also on the All-Sunset team are Lindemann, Thomas, Desert Oasis’ Soungjae Baek and Niko Gonnella and Centennial’s Justin Palmquist and Greg Kerber.

■ SWIMMING HONORS — In boys swimming, Sunset swimmer of the year went to Palo Verde’s Gianni Sesto, and Boulder City’s Zane Grothe took Sunrise swimmer of the year.

In girls swimming, Bishop Gorman’s Olivia Barker took Sunset swimmer of the year, and the Sunrise award went to Coronado’s Alix Mertel.

Josh Hartman (boys) and Megan Pristash (girls), who coach divers from multiple schools, claimed Sunset coach of the year honors.

Sunrise coaching awards went to Canyon Springs’ Jonathan Hillmer (girls) and Basic’s Jenny Osterholt (boys).

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