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5/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Jacket golfers rally for share of IVL crown
Photo special to the TimesThe Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket golf team rallied from two matches down over the final two weeks of the season to earn a share of the IVL golf title. Pictured left to right are Dillon Smith, Phillip Thome, Darien Herrera, Jon Whiting, Logan Whiting, and Chad Winkler.
Photo special to the Times

The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket golf team rallied from two matches down over the final two weeks of the season to earn a share of the IVL golf title. Pictured left to right are Dillon Smith, Phillip Thome, Darien Herrera, Jon Whiting, Logan Whiting, and Chad Winkler.
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket golf team did what they needed to do to earn a share of the Imperial Valley League title this past Wednesday at Coyote Wash Golf Course in Wellton, Ariz. when they claimed their second straight league match and tied the Brawley Wildcats at the top of the standings.

In what was essentially a two-team race from the outset, the Jackets needed to claim the final two league meets to earn a share of the final league standings after Brawley had won three of the first four matches. A two-stroke victory at Los Barrancas the previous week set the stage and Wednesday's 14-shot triumph in Wellton gave both squads three wins on the season.

The Jackets finished the round with a 425 total while Brawley totaled 439. Southwest was the only other team under 500 as they were a distant third at 496. The Eagles finished third in the league standings as they claimed third in five of the six league meets. Central was the only other team to field at least five players for the finale as they finished with a 519 on Wednesday.

The key was consistency for the locals as all five of their counting scores were in the 80s while the Wildcats had just three rounds under 90 for the day.

The improved play of sophomore Chad Winkler over the past two weeks was a pleasant surprise as Winkler led the Jacket effort at Coyote Wash with a round of 81, just a single shot behind the day's medalist, AJ Dale of Imperial. Winkler had finished third the week before at Los Barrancas. By virtue of his strong finish the final two rounds of league play, Winkler earned a spot on the IVL first team for the season as he finished sixth individually for the campaign.

Logan Whiting, also just a sophomore, joins Winkler and Jacket teammate Darien Herrera on the first team as he carded a round of 83 to finish fifth in the IVL standings while Herrera was the league's runnerup individually despite slipping to an 89 in Wednesday' match while Whiting was fifth in the individual standings.

Jon Whiting and Phillip Thome completed the Palo Verde scoring in Wednesday's match as they recorded rounds of 85 and 87 respectively and earned spots on the IVL's second team all-league.

Whiting finished in seventh place individually overall while Thome was tied for the eighth spot in the individual standings.Thome is also a sophomore while Whiting and Dillon Smith, Palo Verde's sixth score on Wednesday, will be lost to graduation this year.

Individuals needed to have played and scored in at least five of the six league meets to earn any individual honors. Players that played in all six league meets were able to throw out their worst round while players that had five rounds were not granted a throw-out score.

Brawley's Matt Schmitt won the league's individual crown with a 40-stroke differential to par for his best five rounds.

The share of the title is the best in 10 years for the Jackets as the Wildcats have virtually dominated the team competition in the IVL over that span. Brawley earned the league's CIF guaranteed spot by having the lower total strokes for the six team matches.

Individual listing with player, team, and par differential for 5 matches.

IVL First Team: Matt Schmitt, Brawley, 40; Darien Herrera, Palo Verde, 53; Dominic Curiel, Brawley, 54; Landon Currier, Brawley, 55; Logan Whiting, Palo Verde, 56; Chad Winkler, Palo Verde, 75.

IVL Second Team: Jon Whiting, Palo Verde, 79; Phillip Thome, Palo Verde, 81; Coltin Harder, Brawley, 81; AJ Dale, Imperial, 101; Cole Dammarell, Brawley, 126; Caesar Grijalva, Central, 142.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Facts Facts

You do know because a team goes down or up a division that they still play the same teams during the regular season. All that is changing is the playoffs. So when you say "desperate for a win" maybe you need to specify playoffs maybe. And thanks for making us who play at the high school look up to people in town. All the negative talking really helps our town improve. And yes we might be a bigger school but have you seen our campus lately, no one goes to class, no one goes to school and about half the students dont have a 2.0. All our good players are either ineligible or rather be bad. And those of you who say dag doesnt let everyone try out, please come and see who he gives chances to and they just end up blowing it.

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: (deleted) is laughing

Heck, Imperial went to division 2 or 3 and we r the same size school. That ridiculous!! (deleted) you have to be desperate for a win. Good coaching @Imperial (deleted)

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: @PV Alumni

True dropping down is just job security for someone! But Its not gonna change until true leadership happens @ PVUSD.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

P.V. will be one of the biggest schools in that league. Come on Caipat 300 students, holtville maybe 500, Julian maybe 200-300, Escondido Charter 300 students. Palo Verde 900-1000 students. That's an insult to Palo Verde, we r better then that! (deleted) We should go far in playoffs with those weak schools. (deleted) Alumni know now you better win! That division 5 is real weak. deleted)

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: lol lol

PV Alumni are you even a graduate from Palo Verde High School? I am assuming your not because of your negativity towards the sports programs. Blythe should be in division 5 in all sports playing teams their own size instead of playing schools twice their size. We will see this year how the football team does playing against equal competition. .

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumni

Good job!!! Maybe the golf coach can coach the football and baseball team!Wait a minute next year will be different because we will drop down 2 div 5, the lowest div in San Diego section, we should beat schools like Calipat and holtville,and really Julian who is that,now we r the biggest school. Coach D might get bailed out with that weak division.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Jon Whiting

Great news from CIF. The entire team qualified for CIF playoffs and leave this morning (Tuesday) for San Diego. Today is a practice round with the match beginning tomorrow morning. Best of luck PVHS!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jon Whiting

Congrats to all the boys on a well played season. Co-Champions is something to be proud of. PVHS does well to even be able to compete with those larger schools. Good luck to those going on to CIF's.



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