Atkinson leads Wa-Hi boys to sixth at Wildhorse golf invitational

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MISSION, Ore. - Wa-Hi's boys golfers battled adverse conditions and finished sixth at the Wildhorse Invite here Tuesday.

Dean Atkinson's 80 led the Blue Devils.

Pendelton's Scott Newman carded a 3-under-par 69 for low score.

Richland won the team competition at 304, followed by Pendleton 323, La Grande 326, Moses Lake 338, Crook County 342, Wa-Hi 350, Hermiston 358, The Dalles 371, Mac-Hi 405, Hood River 413 and Nixyaawii 563.

Also carding counting scores for Wa-Hi were Nick Atwood at 87, Jermiah Mason 91 and Houston Rice 92. Cameron Mountain had a non-counting 98.

"I was real pleased with Dean's round of 80," Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith said. "In those conditions (rain and wind), that's very good."

The Blue Devils left three varsity players in Walla Walla, including Jake Hanson, who is battling a back injury.

"We were a little bit young, and a little bit inexperienced," Smith said.

Hanson likely won't be back on the course until after spring break, Smith said.

Wa-Hi heads to the Central Washington Invite at Apple Tree in Yakima on Tuesday.

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