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Pius’ Thomas wins another boys state title

Make it two in a row for Aidan Thomas.

St. Pius’ senior golfer on Tuesday afternoon won his second consecutive individual title, posting a two-stroke victory at Piñon Hills Golf Course in Farmington at the Class 4A state championship.

“It was kind of bittersweet,” Thomas said in a phone interview. “If I would have played the same as I did (Monday), we would have got third place by one shot.”

Los Alamos’ boys were the team champions by 54 shots over Albuquerque Academy. Lovington finished third, with St. Pius seven shots behind the Wildcats.

Individually, Thomas, the first-round leader after a 1-under 71, shot a crazy, up-and-down 79 on Tuesday. He was 7-over on Piñon Hills’ four par 5s, including three double bogeys. There were only six pars on his scorecard Tuesday, and only one par on his back nine.

He got double bogeys on his final two holes, both par 5s, after having a wider margin atop the standings.

“I felt a lot of pressure today,” said the New Mexico State signee. “Just because we had a team this year. I didn’t want to let them down.”

Academy’s Hay Twang and Taos’ Josh Fambro tied for second behind Thomas.

Taysea Powell of Artesia, who was in a three-way playoff for first place a year ago before falling short, captured the girls 4A title with a three-shot victory Tuesday.

Powell and runner-up Jessica Osden of Los Alamos shot 73s on Tuesday and ran away from the rest of the field.

Hope Christian’s Brooke Sturtevant earned All-State honors by jumping into fourth place; the top six and ties are accorded All-State recognition.

Los Alamos’ girls finished 18 shots in front of Lovington, while Hope, with a solid second round, leapfrogged Artesia for third place. The Huskies were 13 shots out of third when the day began.

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