WEST RICHLAND - Walla Walla's men improved by 16 strokes but gained just one shot on Spokane here Monday during the second round of the Columbia Basin Invitational at the Horn Rapids Golf Course.
Led by Mike Noreen's 3-under-par 69, the Warriors shot a 297 team score Monday. Combined with Sunday's 313 tally, they finished in second place at 610, 13 strokes behind the first-place Sasquatch.
Spokane, the only school to break 300 during windy weather Sunday, finished 299-298-587 as it rolled to victory in the first NWAACC competition of the season.
Bellevue finished third in the men's team scoring at 312-304-616, followed by North Idaho 316-309-625, host Columbia Basin 326-308-634, Southwest Oregon 343-316-659 and a Central Washington Club team 354-361-715.
North Idaho's Branden Dalton was the tournament medalist. Dalton matched even-par 72 Monday after an opening-round 74 to finish at 147, one shot in front of Spokane's Corey Meyer, who rode a pair of two-over 74s to a 148 score.
Noreen, who began the tournament with an uncharacteristic 80 on Sunday, charged back to share fourth place with Spokane's Tyler Johnson, both players two shots off the pace at 149. Johnson shot 77 the first day and 72 on Monday.
"That was a little more like it," Warriors coach Mike Rostollan said of Noreen's Monday score. "Mike was five under after the first six holes and then gave a couple back, but it was a great round for him."
Jeff Neher shot one-over 73 Monday to finish alone in fifth place at 150. And WWCC's Daniel Morgan improved by one stroke with a 76 and was in eighth place at 153.
Morgan's round included a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole where he knocked a 5-iron into the cup from 196 yards.
Josiah Thompson finished with back-to-back rounds of 79 and a 158 total for the Warriors, Cory Spencer carded 81-84-165 and Max Levitch 89-81-170.
"The course played fair and fast," Rostollan said. "This was one of our better scores at Horn Rapids in several years.
"We need to get some better scoring out of the bottom of our lineup," Rostollan added. "Getting some counters from our Nos. 5 and 6 can really help the cause. Max (Levitch) and Cory (Spencer) had poor tournaments, but they are both capable of doing better."
On the women's side, Spokane was the winner with a 246-252-498 score. North Idaho followed at 281-254-535, Bellevue shot 283-264-547, Southwest Oregon totaled 277-290-567 and Walla Walla finished 297-300-597.
Catya Case of Bellevue was the women's medalist with rounds of 79 and 83 for a 162 total, which was four shots better than the Spokane duo of Darby Moberg and Alexa Bell. Moberg shot 80-86-166 and Bell was 82-84-166
Dona Dunovant of Walla Walla finished alone in fourth place at 84-85-169. The other Warrior scores were Jordan Simpkins 110-101-211 and Jamie Robison 103-114-217.
"Dona might win a couple of tournaments this year," Rostollan said of Dunovant. "She has a little game. She's a competitior.
"And our other girls can play better, too. Our gals are going to be competitive this year once in a while."