AUSTIN — The Pottsboro Cardinals led wire-to-wire with an outstanding performance that brought home the Class 3A boys state championship at Grey Rock Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon.
Pottsboro, which does not have a senior on the roster, shot a combined 621 — 309 on the first day and 312 on the second — to win the crown by nine strokes over defending state champion Troup. Diana New Diana finished a distant third with a 657 and won a playoff against Merkel for the bronze.
“It kinda validates our previous year,” Pottsboro head coach Greg Nix said. “You see it as a stepping stone. Being a year older and a year better, there’s definitely a maturity level.”
It is the school’s first team state championship since boys basketball in 1972.
Junior Austyn Reily paced the Cardinals, who took the bronze medal in 2017, by winning the individual state championship with a 137 that was seven-under par. He opened with a 69 and then shot 68 to capture the top spot on the leader board by seven shots over Brock’s Garrett Leak. Georgetown Gateway’s Ethan Miller was third with a 146.
Reily, who finished eighth in the state last year, was the only player under par for the tournament.
“One scary thing about that 69 is that it could have easily been a 66,” Nix said. “He had total control of the course. I don’t think he missed maybe one green in two days.”
Hayden Kent and Garrett Townsend each shot 157 and tied for 14th, Jack Estes finished with a 170 and was tied for 33rd and Nathan Halfmann shot a 198 and finished 59th.
“We really didn’t know until 16 or 17 when we started adding up scores,” Nix said. “When we heard that Austyn was seven shots up on his guy from Troup was when we figured it out.”
Callisburg’s Justin Crisp tied for 35th after shooting a 171.
The Tioga boys just missed out on a medal at the Class 1A state tournament at Lions Municipal Golf Course on Monday.
The Bulldogs improved their Day 2 scored by 25 strokes to finish with a 767 and placed fourth. Garden City won the state championship at 706, followed by Blanket (722) and Iredell (744.)
Tioga finished one stroke ahead of Matador Motley County and nine shots ahead of Briscoe Fort Elliott.
Josiah Deleon led Tioga with a 173 and finished ninth, Carter Sinclair shot a 185 and placed 21st, Seth Deleon carded a 200 and tied for 37th, John Payne shot 211 and was 52nd and Cade Kimbrell finished with a 222 and tied for 61st.
Crowell’s Seth Bearden won the individual title with a 145.