JEKYLL ISLAND - If the North Gwinnett girls can take another step forward next season, they will finish the year as state
A season after taking third place in the Class AAAAA state tournament, the Lady Bulldogs finished second in this year's state tournament, shooting 165 Monday on the Indian Mound Course to finish behind Northview, which won its second straight championship with a 156 score.
"Every year we get a little better. Hopefully that'll be the case again next year," said North Gwinnett coach John Payne, who will return his entire team for a title run next spring.
One of those returning players will be junior Louisa Yang, who shot 78 on Monday to share second in the individual championship race. Colquitt County's Anna Leigh Keith also shot 78.
Yang tied for first last season with Northview's Joy Kim as both players shot even-par 72.
Kim won her second straight individual title Monday, posting a 1-over 73 - an impressive score in the cool temperatures and high winds that greeted the field for the 18-hole championship.
"The wind didn't make that much difference for me," Yang said.
"I wasn't hitting the ball straight, anyway. I usually play a lot better."
Northview's other counting score came from junior Alicia Poole, who shot an 87.
"Both of us didn't play as well as we usually do," said Yang, "but we had fun and we still have next year. It's going to be our last chance."
Also in the girls tournament, Parkview shot 176, which was good for fifth. Mill Creek shot 183 and Brookwood shot 212.
Meantime, Northview also won the boys tournament as the Duluth school pulled off a sweep of the state
The Titans shot a 585 to win by 11 strokes over East Coweta, which shot 596 to finish second.
Northview's Lion An was low medalist with a 4-under 140 total. He shot back-to-back 70s in the 36-hole tournament on the Oleander Course.
East Coweta's Trey Reddish and South Forsyth's Andrew Bai tied for runner-up as both players shot 143 over the two rounds.
Of the Gwinnett County schools, Peachtree Ridge was the low finisher, coming in sixth after posting a 609.
Last season, the Lions finished third. This year, the team was led by Jack Walsh, who shot 75-76-151. Also for the Lions, Zach Estep shot 152, Billy Shida 154, Seth Reeves 156 and Ben Greene 157.
Also, Brookwood shot 647 as a team, while Parkview shot 685.