Faith Academy golf teams advance to regionals

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

SAN ANTONIO — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys and girls golf teams advanced to a Class 2A regional tournament thanks to their finishes at the District 4-2A tournament March 31. Regionals are April 14 in Pearland.

The Lady Flames fired a 395, good enough for runners-up. They were led by Taylor Denton, who was the second medalist, and Erika Sopel, who finished fifth.

Last season, Faith was fourth en route to claiming third at regionals and third at the Class 2A state tournament in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

Head coach Rick Blackington said he believes the Lady Flames are hitting their stride. They’ve won two tournament leading to district competition, and Denton won first place in those tournaments as well.

“They’re a good squad, and they have a lot of room for improvement,” he said.

The district champion, Waco Vanguard, won with a 373. Vanguard also is the defending state champion.

“That’ll be our stiffest competition,” Blackington said.

Meanwhile, the Flames shot a 377 to claim the fourth spot. Reagan Vaughn led with an 87.

What a difference a year makes, Blackington said.

“Last year, (the boys team) missed advancing by 12 strokes,” he said. “This year, they advanced by 12 strokes. It was exciting for them.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

RESULTS: Boys — Reagan Vaughn, 87; Jack Sopel, 93; Jarrett Haydon, 97; Zach Haydon, 100; Rich Coleman 109. Girls — 2, Taylor Denton, 81; 5, Erika Sopel, 93; Calley Cozby, 107; Shelby Fairleigh, 114; Fran Robertson, 123.

UP NEXT: April 14, regional tournament at Southwyck Golf Club, 2901 Clubhouse Drive in Pearland