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Clovis West favored at girls TRAC golf tourney

Apparently Asia Adell and that marvelous Clovis West High senior class of 2010 golfers didn't mean the end of the Golden Eagles' dynasty.

Blending two seniors, two sophomores and two freshmen, Clovis West has retained its mantel of superiority by winning four straight tournaments in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, the section's premier league.

The Eagles have been led by the Orito sisters, sophomore Camille and senior Alyssa, their only returning starters from a team that crushed every significant section record while capturing a fourth-straight section title.

"The legacy has been helpful to the girls," said Ken Shipley, The Bee's 2009 Coach of the Year. "They really want to do well like their predecessors. Watching those girls and their approach has helped this group create more success."

"I knew they could be good, but wasn't sure they would come along as quickly as they have. They've made long strides in a really short time."

Clovis West's starting lineup entering an 18-hole TRAC tournament Oct. 5 at Madera Municipal Golf Course is rounded out by senior Caitlin Juarez, sophomore Laura Scrivner and freshmen Ai Enkoji and Keila Takeuchi.

Playing previous TRAC tournaments this season at Riverbend Golf Course, Belmont Country Club and Copper River Country Club, the Eagles' best nine-hole scores have come from the Oritos (each 37), Scrivner (38), Enkoji and Takeuchi (41 each), and Juarez (42).

The team's nine-hole tournament average is 207.5, an average of 41.5 for the five scores that count.

In comparison, the Eagles in fall 2008 — led by then-juniors Adell, Morgan and Jamie Thomas, and Alison Ross — averaged 207.2 for a per-player average of 41.4 at the same point in the season.

Clovis West would lower those marks to section record-shattering 18-hole standards of 393.4 and 78.7 last year.

"This year's girls really can't be compared to last year's team, which had not come along in girls golf in the Valley," Shipley said. "But their scoring is comparable to the 2008 team, and that has been terrific to see. They've exceeded expectations."

The section team tournament is Oct. 25 at Visalia's Valley Oaks Golf Course. The section individual tournament will be Nov. 1 at a North Area course to be determined.