Maddie Baker, Ellie Yarbrough lead all-Three Rivers golf honorees
There's an old song that said "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."
That was not a problem for the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls golf teams this year.
The Pacers and Lakers proved it by battling throughout the Three Rivers League regular season, with Lake Oswego eventually finishing third and Lakeridge fifth. The Lakers went on to take third at district, second and regionals and 10th at state, while the Pacers were fourth at district and sixth at regionals.
In response, Lake Oswego and Lakeridge's best were showered with all-TRL honors for 2019. Pacer sophomore Maddie Baker won a berth on the all-Three Rivers first team while senior teammate Olivia Ricketts landed on the all-league honorable mention team. For Lake Oswego, meanwhile, junior Ellie Yarbrough won a spot on the all-TRL second team, and junior Megan Woolard and senior Katelyn Knox were both named honorable mention.
Baker earned her recognition by averaging 87.5 strokes per round for the TRL regular season and district tournament. She finished fifth in the league standings and later placed 25th at state.
"Maddie always is super level-headed," said Lakeridge coach Tess Miller. "I've never seen her lose her composure and I think that her mental game is super strong, especially for a sophomore."
Ricketts finished 15th in the TRL's individual race and won a berth in the District 2 Super Regional.
"Olivia is such a good teammate," Miller said. "She is an all-around talented person and she puts in the hard work. We will miss having her on our team."
Lake Oswego's Yarbrough placed eighth in the Three Rivers' individual race and averaged 90.33 shots per round, took fifth in the Super Regional and 35th at state.
"Ellie Yarbrough really put in a lot of time during the season to work on her swing and fine-tune the necessary skills to get better," said Lake Oswego coach Daniel Kirkham.
Woolard and Knox finished 12th and 14th in the league standings, and later, 47th and 56th at state.
"Megan Woolard keeps a level head at all times on the golf course," Kirkham said, adding that Knox "focuses on the team and the performance of the team. She really believes that integrity in the game is important."
All-Three Rivers League
First Team: Alexandra Tomita, sr., St. Mary's; Olivia Venderby, jr., West Linn; Brady Turnquist, jr., West Linn; Sophie McCoy, fr., Oregon City; Maddie Baker, so., Lakeridge.
Second Team: Halle Richards, so., St. Mary's; Karli Mink, jr., St. Mary's; Ellie Yarbrough, jr., Lake Oswego; Emily Ogawa, sr., St. Mary's; Bayler Brundage, fr., West Linn.
Honorable Mention: Ashlee Muresan, sr., West Linn; Megan Woolard, jr., Lake Oswego; Emma Grant, jr., Tigard; Katelyn Knox, sr., Lake Oswego; Olivia Ricketts, sr., Lakeridge.
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