DOWNEY - The Downey High School girls' golf team are the 2012 San Gabriel Valley League champions.The Lady Vikings finished their championship season with an overall record of 7-7 and league record at an undefeated 6-0. The Lady Vikings defeated cross-town rival Warren twice, 265-312 on Sept. 11 and 274-297 on Oct. 9. They also beat Firebaugh High School twice, 277-330 on Sept. 13 and 261-315 on Oct. 2, and Gahr twice, 271-300 on Sept. 18 and 224-228 on Sept. 26. The Lady Vikings sent four girls to the S.G.V.L. Individual Championship. Sophomore captain Isabella Gutierrez finished second, freshman Vivian Garcia finished fifth, junior Erin Ellingson finished sixth and sophomore Jaclyn Guido finished seventh. Elise Lee of Gahr was the S.G.V.L. champion and Alexandra Rooney and Arika Araujo of Warren finished in third and fourth place respectively, to round out the All-S.G.V.L Team. On Oct. 22, the Lady Vikings competed in the C.I.F. Team Divisional at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. The Lady Vikings finished in 25th place. On Oct. 24, Isabella Gutierrez competed in the C.I.F. Individual Regional at Recreation Park in Long Beach. The top 45 advanced and Gutierrez missed the cut when she finished 87th out of 109 golfers. Coach Jason Bean stated that Vivian Garcia and Erin Ellingson started the season with little golf experience but quickly moved into the number three and four spots, respectively, and became vital members of the team. Coach Bean concluded by saying that "we are a young team who only graduated one senior. We performed beyond our expectations and gained postseason experience that we can build on. Our goals for next year are to defend our S.G.V.L. title and perform better in C.I.F."
********** Published: November 8, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 30