Vero Bespanch senior golfer James Hassell shot a 1-over 73 to finish in a tie for seventh at the FHSAA 3A State Championships at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills.
The competing teams were informed by the FHSAA during what was supposed to be the first round Tuesday that the event would be shortened to just one 18-hole round instead of returning Wednesday for the final round.
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Hassell, the individual state champion in 2020 as a sophomore in 3A, began his round on the El Campeon course with a birdie and added another on his fourth hole to offset two bogeys to shoot an even-par front nine of 35.
Two bogeys and a birdie on his 16th hole left Hassell, a USF commit, one-over on the back nine and for his round to lead Vero Beach, who finished in eighth as a team with a 310 total.
Vero sophomore Parker Heaney shot a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie for 29th in a round that featured a team-best four birdies.
Senior Jackson Hiller made two birdies in a round of 7-over 79 and classmate Peter Natoli was three shots higher with an 82 that included one birdie.
Freshman Blake Reed shot an 89 to round out Vero Beach’s lineup.
Jupiter shot a team total of 297 to take the state title in the team competition and Sarasota Riverview senior Askel Moe shot a 2-under 70 to earn the state title as an individual.
Centennial 3, Treasure Coast 1: Kaelen Vilarson scored two goals and Ramiro Gamez added another to lead the way for the Eagles (1-0) in their season opener. Eddie Stephiniac and Lashley Laurent picked up assists and Jorge Rojas made two stops in goal for Centennial.
Vero Beach 0, Benjamin 0: Oscar Ramirez made three stops in goal for Vero Beach (0-0-1) in the draw.
John Carroll Catholic 4, Okeechobee 0: Katelyn Cristaldi netted a hat trick to lead the Rams (1-0) to a season-opening win. Ireland Dempsey added a goal and Sarah Petersen made three saves in goal for John Carroll.
Benjamin 2, Vero Beach 0: Sophie Leyda made three saves in the loss for Vero (0-1).