Cactus Shadows senior Jacob Tarkany started the final round of the AIA D-II state championship at the OMNI Tucson National Sonoran Course in a three-way tie for the lead and he ended it as the first state medalist for the Falcons since Brandon Hysong came away with a win in 1999.
Tarkany shot a 3-under par 67 on Wednesday and he followed that up with a 66 on Thursday to enter the tent with a 7-under 133 to hold off challenges from Salpointe sophomore Carlos Astiazaran (68-67 135) and Williams Field junior Ryland Johnson (69-66 135).
Astiazaran approached the 18th hole with a clear lead but a double bogey dropped him to third place and then Johnson scored a bogey on the same hole to draw even with Astiazaran. Meanwhile, Tarkany shot 4-under early on and then played even after the turn for the 2-stroke win.
Walden Grove standout Gabriel Escalera brought home a medal with an even 140 as did Canyon del Oro standout Beckett Carlson who finished in ninth with a 1-over 141.
As a team, Cactus Shadows beat Arcadia and Williams Field 573 to 589. Notre Dame Prep took fourth with 593 and Higley came in fifth with 610.
Salpointe (623) came in sixth, Ironwood Ridge (641) took eighth and Sabino (647) took tenth. The Lancers were the Section I champions and Nogales won Section II.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
D-II Boys Golf: OMNI Tucson National Sonoran Day 2
2: Carlos Astiazaran, Salpointe 135 -5
8: Gabriel Escalera, Walden Grove 140 E
9: Beckett Carlson, Canyon del Oro 141 +1
16: Andrew Bowers, Ironwood Ridge 149
21: Albert Quihuis, Salpointe 151
21: Jake Myre, Sabino 151
28: RayJ Ramirez, Sabino 154
33: Max Krueger, Salpointe 156
37: Zander Los, Ironwood Ridge 157
43: Spencer Chan, Catalina Foothills 159
45: Jacob Medina, Ironwood Ridge 160
49: Luis Lopez, Sahuarita 161
53: Jackson Rustand, Sabino 164
68: Ryan Spitzer, Sabino 178
69: Carter Callahan, Salpointe 181
70: David Busse, Sabino 183
71: Ben Hogan, Ironwood Ridge 184
72: Nathan Monroe, Salpointe 196
DNS: Tristan Palma, Ironwood Ridge 86
DNS: Jayden Schmitz, Ironwood Ridge 89
W/D: Nick Dubois, Catalina Foothills
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
D-II: Diving Prelims and Finals
Hailey Johnson, Cienega
Summer Westmoreland, Catalina Foothills
Isabella Plantz, Catalina Foothills
D-I: Swim Finals
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
D-II/D-III: Swim Finals
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
2A-6A Volleyball Play-In Tournament
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Cross Country D-I/D-III State Championship: Gilbert
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Cross Country D-II/D-IV State Championship: Gilbert
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
2A-4A Football Play-In Tournament
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