TRINITY — Despite the team's success over the years, Mitchell High is finally headed to states.
The Mustangs captured their first region boys golf crown Tuesday at their home course, Fox Hollow Golf Club, edging Jesuit by four strokes at the Class 2A-5 tournament.
“Maybe this will get the monkey off our backs of performing at the big level,” said Mitchell's Rick Hyatt, who is in his eighth year as coach. “Guys talked about moving on today, but I wanted them to win the whole thing. Just like next week at states. I don't just want to place. I want to win it all.
Mitchell shot a 303 to Jesuit's 307 thanks to Donnie Gabrelcik's 1-under 70 that included draining a birdie putt on the 18th hole. Gabrelcik also would birdie holes 1, 6, 11 and 13, but bogey 7 and 17 and double bogey 5.
“It was windy out there, so it was tough,” said Gabrelcik, who was also Sunshine Athletic Conference champ two weeks ago. “You're on your home course, you want to win regions, both as a team and individually, so, finally, we're moving on and we're going to enjoy it.”
Jesuit was led by Alec Murawski's 75 and 77s by Joseph Trim and Ethan White, while Matt Ruel shot a 78.
The Tigers posted their 307 before all of Mitchell's scores were in, and while Anthony Swinford shot a 75 and Mike Spinger a 77, it was Max Sabo's 81 that secured the Mustangs' championship.
Sunlake's Jake Roberts and Spring Hill Springstead's Brazon Dixon both shot a 75 to become the two individual state qualifiers.