MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Beck Lewis and Peyton Ogle propelled the Signal Mountain boys to a third straight TSSAA Division I Small Class state championship Wednesday at WillowBrook Golf Club.
With four players' scores counting each round, the Eagles won the two-day, 36-hole event at 52-over-par 628, with runner-up Kingston 13 strokes back and four better than third-place Stewart County.
Lewis, who showed consistency in all phases in Manchester, made his eighth birdie of the tournament on the par-3 11th hole to take the individual championship lead at 1 under. The Eagles senior star wound up third after his second straight 1-over 73, finishing five places better than last year and helping his program maintain its status as one of the best in the state.
"To pull off a three-peat is really exciting," said Lewis, who won the City Prep tournament in early September at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. "The memories we made as a team will stick with me for a long time. We knew we had the potential to win it all again, and we showed we could live up to high standards."
Cascade's Evan Woosley-Reed closed with a 69 to win the title at 143, one stroke ahead of Waverly's Cayden Chambers, with both of them playing as individuals.
Ogle finished seventh, closing with a 75 that was three strokes better than his opening round despite gusty conditions Wednesday afternoon.
"I was excited for us to win a third championship because the seniors we have are amazing people, and I can't thank them enough for what they have done to help me," the sophomore said. "Beck played his heart out and was amazing. I wanted to finish strong for him and Carson (Johnson) and Benjamin (Burns)."
Burns — who won district and region titles this season — and Johnson were part of a tie for 19th at 165. Signal Mountain's other participating player, Anderson Lusk, shared 26th in the 62-golfer field.
"This is a great group of kids who enjoyed playing golf together," Eagles coach Rodney Mitchell said. "All of our seniors had great years, and seeing Peyton finish top 10 was really cool. Our community should be so proud of them."
McMinn Central's Josh Loveday finished 24th.
In the Small Class girls' tournament, Sale Creek senior Ashley Holland finished seventh at 159 to cap a season in which she won City Prep, district and region titles. Holland, who has committed to Carson-Newman, finished in the top seven at state for the fourth year in a row.
McMinn Central's Kerigan Klauber was 10th at 165, and Signal Mountain's Sally Hogue and Caroline Burns finished 12th at 170 and 14th at 176, respectively, out of 48 golfers.
Gordonsville's Sophie Linder shot 71-67—138 to win by five strokes over Summertown's Karlie Campbell.
Heritage 1-5, Central-Carroll 0-6: GHSA Region 7-AAAA's top two teams split, setting up a likely region title-deciding game three of the series Thursday in Carrollton. Heritage ace Rachel Gibson outdueled Central's Karley Fuller in the opener with a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts, and the Generals scored in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch.
Neither top starter pitched in game two, in which the Lady Lions (16-5, 11-2) were up 6-0 after three innings and then held on as Chelsea Jeffers had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Riley KoKinda was 2-for-3 with an RBI, with Bailey Davis, Carmen Gayler and Madeline Stone adding RBIs for Heritage (18-5, 12-1). The league does not have a postseason tournament, so Thursday's winner, barring a future upset, would be the region champion.
Ringgold 16, North Murray 0: Alyissa Sue and Maddy Bacon combined for a three-inning perfect game for the Lady Tigers (14-8, 10-4 in 6-AAA). Riley Nayadley was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, with Jade Gainer and Baileigh Pitts each adding two hits and two RBIs.
Adairsville 3, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 0: The Lady Warriors (13-9, 9-5) fell a game behind in Region 6-AAA for second place as Adairsville ace Victoria O'Neal pitched a one-hit, 15-strikeout gem while also adding a pair of hits. LFO pitcher Haley Stahl allowed three hits and no earned runs in six innings.
Rockmart 6, Coahulla Creek 3: The 6-AAA standings were further muddled by Rockmart (15-6, 10-4). The Lady Colts (17-5, 9-4), who got two hits and two RBIs from Sophia Voyles, fell into a second-place tie with Ringgold with the loss.
Calhoun 8, Blessed Trinity 2: The Lady Yellow Jackets remained perfect in 7-AAAAA through 10 league games as Emma Rogers had two hits and three RBIs, Molly Banks and Paris Kirby both homered and pitcher Maggie McBrayer scattered five hits.
Gordon Lee 12, Mount Zion-Carroll 0: Emma Langston pitched a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts while also adding a home run. Ashlyn Schmidt was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Emma Minghini had three hits and drove in three runs for the Lady Trojans (20-3, 7-0 in 6-A public).
Signal Mountain 3, Soddy-Daisy 2: The Lady Eagles won 25-11, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-9.
The Lady Trojans reported their major contributors as Hope Ingle (27 assists, 10 digs), Emma Love (five aces), Ameriah McKenzie (26 digs), Isabella Monica (10 kills, 13 digs) and Mason Harris (seven kills, two blocks).
Sale Creek 3, Ooltewah 0: The Lady Panthers swept the visiting Lady Owls, 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 on Tuesday. Sale Creek (16-4) received stellar performances from Ava Higgins (13 kills), Sarah Gibson (10 kills), Lillie Morgan (eight kills, eight digs, five aces), Ruthie Parks (10 digs), Desiree Higgins (19 assists), Ansley White (16 assists) and Allison Smith (nine digs).
GPS 1, Baylor 0: The Bruisers were taken to the wire at home by the Lady Red Raiders, but they improved to 12-0 as Jessie Salisbury scored with an assist by Ashley Grant.
Silverdale Baptist Academy 7, Chattanooga Patriots 1: Caroline Upchurch had three goals and an assist to lead the Lady Seahawks to victory on Tuesday night. Other standouts for Silverdale (7-3-1) were Bri Mendoza (one goal, two assists) and Christian Echols (two goals).
Heritage High School's cross country teams both took first place at the LaFayette XC Invitational on Tuesday. The Generals were led by Gavin Chandler (first) and Davis Justice (fourth), while the top finishers for the girls were Mia Callahan (fourth) and Maddy Terry (seventh).