Crusaders Favorites for Fourth Title

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The St. Mary’s boys golf team had the most dominating state tournament ever in 2013, winning the championship by 77 strokes with a two-day score of 598. The Crusaders had five players finish in the top ten, including one spot that was shared by two players because the team was so loaded.

Five of the six golfers from last year’s state tournament are back this year, and the Crusaders are heavy favorites to win it all this year. If St. Mary’s wins it all, it would be the fourth straight title for the Crusaders, which would tie an Oregon high school record, set by Medford High School from 1979-1982 and Taft High School from 1984-1987.

“We talked about it,” said head coach Ryan Allred. “That was their goal at the start of the year to win a state title. Normally I would say one tournament at a time, but these guys, I think they realize there’s a little piece of history out there for them to grab.”

“That state goal would be great,” said Dylan Wu. “We can’t take for granted, thinking we’re going to win state by a lot. We just still got to play our own game and play well and play decently well at state then hopefully we’ll bring back the title.”

The 3A state tournament is May 19th and 20th at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. In addition to winning the tournament, the Crusaders will also have their eye on 575, the score that Lake Oswego had at that course last year.