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Saints top KingCo for second straight year | Prep sports news
With the move back to Class 3A for the 2012-13 school year, some of the athletic programs around Interlake were unsure where they would stand in the postseason.
The boys golf team can rest easy.
Coach Scott Marcum's Saints capped a second consecutive KingCo title season Monday with a 35 stroke win over Juanita and remained perfect in the process. And that barely begins to describe the dominance.
Only two teams, Bellevue and Mercer Island, came within 20 strokes of Interlake in the team scoring. The Wolverines, which fell by 15 at Tam O'Shanter in late September, were the closest competitor all season.
"It's been incredible," Marcum said. "This is the best team I've ever coached, top to bottom."
School records for scoring in relation to par (seven under) and strokes (169) also fell in 2012 and six Saints are among the top ten scorers in 3A/2A KingCo.
But it wasn't just the top end of the team getting the job done.
In Washington prep tennis, only the top five scores from each team count in the team scoring total. In four of the seven matches this year, Interlake's five non-counting scores would have still been good enough to win the match.
"It's not just these same five guys carrying us," Marcum said. "It is the development of the entire team."
Leo Parsons, a senior, was not among the top six last year but has made his mark in 2012, firing an even par in the waning moments of the match to help his team to its goal of a sub-170 score. Kyle Douglas, who Marcum said is the most improved player during the past two seasons, tied for medalist honors in a match this year two seasons after being cut from the team.
Interlake will have a week to prepare itself for the KingCo Medalist Tournament next Tuesday at Willow's Run (Eagle's Talon) before returning to the SeaKing District Tournament for the first time in five years, again at Willow's Run (Coyote Creek) before returning to the course in the spring for the 3A state tournament.
The 2012 Interlake boys golf team: Andrew Kennedy, senior; Patrick Sato, senior; Grant Cole, sophomore; Andy Liu, junior; Sam Fisher, sophomore; Colin Joy, junior; Leo Parsons, senior; Kyle Douglas, junior; Jonny Haag, senior; Josh Gibbs, sophomore; Jens Dolmseth, junior; Austin Strother, senior; Brandon Samphire, senior