Auburn, Blacksburg wins state golf titles

Both Auburn and Blacksburg high schools brought home the gold earlier this week as the Bruins won the 4A state golf title and Auburn brought home the hardware in the 1A competition.


Photo courtesy of Auburn High School
Auburn won the state golf championship this week in Harrisonburg. Pictured are: (from left) Mike Roya
Photo courtesy of Blacksburg High School
Blacksburg brought home the 4A state golf championship in Abingdon. Pictured are: (from left) Coach Scott Metz, Soren Winistorfer, Jake Duncan, Ben Carroll, Melissa Meng, Jonah Winstorfer, Chris Zhang, Abby Hunter and Coach Rick Mattox.

The two teams dominated its respective competitions. Auburn finished 27 strokes ahead of Rappahannock and Blacksburg won by 37 strokes over second place Woodgrove.

Auburn’s Carter Vance (139) won the individual state championship in 1A, while Blacksburg’s Soren Winistorfer (141) took the same honors in the 4A classification.

Jentzen Gore of Auburn finished in sixth place with a 148 through the two-day event.

As a team for Blacksburg, Chris Zhang was second overall behind Winistorfer with a 143 after shooting 72-71 in the two days. The River Ridge player of the year, Ben Carroll finished third to his teammates after shooting 77 the second day and finishing with a 144 after a blistering 57 on the first day of the tournament.

Melissa Meng shot 148, Jake Duncan 145 and Jonah Winistorfer a 170. The Bruins tied the all-time Virginia High School low scoring mark that was set earlier this week by 6A Langley High School.

Other news:

With Blacksburg’s Cole Beck making his decision to attend Virginia Tech to play football and run track, the attention now turns to as many as six others off on the BHS football squad who are garnering attention from Division I colleges. The biggest name to jump out is junior receiver Tiquest Terry who has gotten offers from UVA, East Carolina, Temple, Wake Forest and Youngstown State.

Gate City’s Mac McClung has decommitted from Rutgers and has announced he will reopen his recruiting. The 6’2’’ standout guard has received 30 offers from the likes of Virginia Tech, UVA and Radford University. He averaged 15 points per game this past year.

Blacksburg High School announced the hiring of its first ever boys and girls lacrosse coaches. Geoffrey Rowland will coach the boys while Kati Williams will serve as the girls team coach. Christiansburg is also adding lacrosse in the spring but has yet to hire a coaching staff.

Glenvar is looking for a new girls’ basketball coach. Terry Mobery has stepped down with just a month to go before basketball gets underway. He spent the last five years on the Glenvar bench and has since taken an insurance job away from teaching.

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