May 15, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

REDMOND La Grande High Schools boys golf team finished 10th Tuesday at the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 3A State Boys Golf Championship.

La Grande cut 19 strokes off its Monday score of 340 and finished with a two-day score of 660.

Sisters and Taft battled for the team trophy, with Sisters scoring a 294 Tuesday to edge Taft by one, 602-603.

Valley Catholic was third at 614 and Scappoose was fourth at 627.

La Grandes top golfer was senior Zach Lauritzen, who shot a 74 Tuesday for a total 153, tied for 15th.

The kids were really disappointed they didnt do better. It was a good experience, though, a great season, a great year, La Grande coach Don McAndie said.

Todd McAndie was second for the Tigers at 165 after shooting a 79 Tuesday. Austin Young shot a 170 with a pair of 85s. Travis Geraci improved in his second round, shooting an 83 for a 173 total. And Tyler Tucker cut four strokes from his Monday score with an 86 for a two-day 176.

Jonathan Green of Sisters and Craig Nelson of Valley Catholic were the tournament medalists with 141s. Green shot 67 Tuesday and Nelson 69.

OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 3A State Boys Golf Championship

Tuesday, at Eagle Crest Resort Course, Redmond

Team scores Sisters 308-294602, Taft 306-297603, Valley Catholic 310-304614, Scappoose 314-313627, Tillamook 322-310632, Hidden Valley 331-316647, Henley 327-321648, Cottage Grove 338-317655, Wilsonville 348-312660, La Grande 340-321661, Baker 352-311663, Stayton 334329663, Siuslaw 340-325665, Reedsport 356-331687, Seaside 358-341699, Junction City 364-336700.

All-tournament (top 10) Jonathan Green, Sisters, 74-67141; Craig Nelson, Valley Catholic, 72-69141; Adam Hagen, Scappoose, 71-71142; Ryan Defenbach, Illinois Valley, 74-73147; Bryin Cavanaugh, Cottage Grove, 74-74148; Brian Fowler, Taft, 75-73148; Carson Hoffman, Taft, 76-73149; Derek Riggs, Baker, 78-72150; Ryan Anderson, Taft, 76-74150; Matt Marcum, Tillamook, 76-75151.

LA GRANDE (340-321661) Zach Lauritzen 79-74153, Todd McAndie 86-79165, Austin Young 85-85170, Travis Geraci 90-83173, Tyler Tucker 90-86176.