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Zbaraschuk fifth, O'Mera 28th at state

For Sequim High senior Zoei Zbaraschuk, her prep career ended with her best finish ever.

For sophomore Ryan O'Mera, the journey has just begun.

After earning a share of second place after one round of play, Zbaraschuk finished fifth overall at the class 2A state golf tournament at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Course May 25-26, firing a second round of 80 for a 154. She was nine shots back of champion Alexis Keating of Elma.

"She really was in contention to win the thing," Sequim girls' coach Garrett Smithson said. "(It was) just a tough day for her."

Zbaraschuk's previous best was seventh place in 2008 as a sophomore. She was ninth last year. She plans to play for Sonoma State University in California next fall.

O'Mera, who qualified for the state tourney last year as a freshman but barely missed the first day cut, posted a second round 81 to finish with a 157, good for 28th overall.

"I think it was a great experience; he did a lot better than he did the year before," Sequim boys' coach Vic Quinet said. "If he had a bit of better course management he would have done better. (But) he's going to be one to be reckoned with for years to come."

On the girls' side, junior Kim Duce made the second round cut and finished 34th overall with a two-round score of 197, helping the Wolves place sixth as a team.

"It was her first time making the cut - just that alone made her tournament pretty special," Smithson said. "It's a whole different atmosphere ... that second round with the pressure."

Teammate Hailey Estes, a sophomore, shot a first-round 100 on Tuesday and placed 45th overall, just two shots off the first day cut. Smithson said the young golfer battled an illness that day.

On the boys' side, Sequim's Steve Loerlein and Mallory Maloney missed first-day cuts at state. Loerlein, a senior, shot an 86 in the first round to place 62nd out of 80 state 2A golfers. Maloney, a junior, shot a 93, placing 72nd overall.

"Steve accomplished all his goals this year," Quinet said. "He made every major tournament outside of our league. "Mallory ... is just a natural athlete. It's only his second year. I'm real happy with what he did. We should have a fairly good team next year."

Smithson called 2010 the best season he's had with the Wolves, after the SHS girls' squad edged Port Angeles in the final match of the season to win the Olympic League championship, earned a championship trophy at the Duke Streeter Invitational and placing third at the Burlington-Edison Invite.



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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