YAKIMA - Wa-Hi senior Drew Reinland set the pace here again Wednesday in the Big Nine Conference's third boys pod-match golf tournament.
Reinland, who has already signed to play at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston next year, toured the par-72 Apple Tree course in 1-under 71 and won by one stroke over host West Valley's Eric Graubrot, who was alone in second place at even-par 72. It was Reinland's second straight individual pod victory.
After that, there was a six-player logjam at 2-over 74 that included Wa-Hi's Jake Hanson. Also tied for third place were Ellis Spencer of Eastmont, Martin Tanner of Hanford, Riley Hayfield of Kamiakin, Cole Lorenzo of Richland and Daniel Cruzen of Southridge.
Richland came away with the team championship with a 301 score for its top four players. Southridge and West Valley were tied for second at 303, Hanford shot 304 and Wa-Hi and Kamiakin were tied tied for the fifth spot in the team standings with 308 counts.
After that, it was Pasco 322, Eastmont 329, Wenatchee 33, Moses Lake 337, Kennewick 338, Davis 364, Sunnyside 370, Chiawana 391 and Eisenhower 403.
Wa-Hi's other two counting scores Wednesday were Dean Atkinson with a 79, good for 28th place, and Travis Morrison at 84, which was 44th individually. Wade Hicks shot a non-counting 90 for the Blue Devils and Nick Atwood turned in a 91.
Reinland has now built a 24-point lead over Graubrot in the battle for season long individual honors, Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith noted. As a team, the Blue Devils remain in sixth place, but just a half a point behind fifth-place Kamiakin.
"Three of our players are freshmen, and for us to shoot 308 is really huge," Smith said. "We finish in a tie for fifth place, but we're only seven shots out of first."
The Blue Devils return to action Friday in the Pendleton Invitational at the Pendleton Country Club. On Monday, Wa-Hi returns to Big Nine pod tourney action at the Moses Lake Country Club in Moses Lake.