Susquehanna Valley eighth-grader D.J. Griffiths shot a 3-over-par 75 on Saturday, giving him a share of first place in the Section 4 medalist tournament, held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University in Ithaca.
First-round leader, Trumansburg freshman Dan Lapp, shot a 77 and joined Griffiths at 154..
The top nine finishers in the medalist tournament qualified for the state championship tournament, which will be held June 2-3 at the Jones course. Both Griffiths and Lapp will be making their second appearances in the state tournament, with Lapp looking to improve on his third-place finish last year.
Chenango Valley sophomore Zach Wyatt finished in third with a 162, followed by Windsor sophomore Nate Wrighter with a 163.
The next three finishers are all seniors and will all be making their second trip to the state tournament. Union Springs’ Austin Thomas (166) is joined by Thomas A. Edison’s Kris Saxe (166) and Horseheads’ Josh Dimon (167).
The final two spots were determined in a three-hole playoff, with Watkins Glen sophomore Keith Rekczis and Vestal freshman Nick Barney edging out Corning’s Alex Hepburn.
Sophomore Haley Williamson hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give host Horseheads a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Corning in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West tiebreaker.
It was the second straight West title for the Blue Raiders, who fell behind twice before the last-inning drama. Corning’s loss to Vestal on Friday forced the playoff at the Broad Street field. The sight was determined by a coin flip.
“We knew it was going to be a battle,” said Horseheads coach Audrey Rijo. “It just shows that the kids didn’t give up today and I’m very proud that they were able to battle back and win it.”
Horseheads (14-5, 12-3 STAC) advances to play a STAC semifinal against Seton Catholic Central at 3 p.m. Monday at the BAGSAI Complex near Broome Community College in the Town of Dickinson. The winner will play in the championship game at 5:15 p.m.