South Tama's boys golf team was able to take advantage of the warm weather while it lasted last week.
The Trojans hosted meets last Monday and Tuesday, after hosting a dual on April 26.
At the first meet, the Trojans hosted Vinton-Shellsburg in a dual. On April 29, they squared off with Dike-New Hartford and then faced Grundy Center and Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a triangular on April 30.
South Tama finished third on April 30. Grundy Center shot a team score of 166, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck shot a 175 and STC shot 183 at the nine-hole Tama-Toledo Country Club.
"I'm happy how our guys perform and how our scores compare to last year," head coach Nate Doran said. "We're definitely making gains and that's the biggest thing you want to do."
South Tama junior Kolton Smith has finished first or second at every one of the Trojans meets this spring. On April 30, he tied with a G-R golfer with the low score of 38, but lost the tiebreaker and finished second.
The next lowest varsity scores for STC came from freshman Colson Frakes (43), sophomore Ian Slagle (50) and junior Alec Hill (52). Senior Taylen Anderson also shot a 52 for the Trojans. Freshman Trent Banes shot a 45 for STC, but he was playing on the junior varsity team because he shot higher scores at previous meets.
On April 29, the Trojans finished runner-up to Dike-New Hartford. Team scores were unavailable. Smith was the medalist for the meet as he posted the lowest score of the meet.
"I like where we are at right now," Doran said. "We have young guys who are focused."
"We're playing consistently," Doran said. "Colson Frakes is really turning on. He's a guy that will come here and then go work out on his own. He will come out on the weekends and play 45 holes on his own. He's that kind of kid, who wants to get better. Kolton Smith is continuing to play well. He's been first or second at every single meet we've been in. We have a few guys that are improving each day."
The Trojans' first meet of the past three came against Vinton-Shellsburg at home. The Vikings shot a 170, while the Trojans posted a 185 team score. Vinton-Shellsburg's junior varsity team shot a 176 and the Trojans' JV scored 213.
Frakes and Smith tied for second place at the meet as they both shot a nine-hole score of 41. Frakes won the tiebreaker. The next lowest STC scores came from Anderson and Damien Whitebreast, who each shot a 50. Hill shot a round of 52, while Banes and Kade Steuhm each shot a score of 53 on the day. However, not all of those players were on the varsity team that day.
"We haven't had much practice," Doran said. "Everything has either been qualifying rounds or right to meets. The time to work on the little things hasn't quite been there. When we had the chance to work on the little things, we were indoors or it was really crappy weather. It looks like we're getting to the point of nicer weather so hopefully we can work on the littler things."
South Tama was scheduled to host a tournament on Saturday. The results of the meet were unavailable at press time. The Trojans traveled to Grundy Center on Monday for the North Iowa Cedar League West tournament.
On Thursday, the Trojans competed in the Class 3A Sectional Tournament hosted by Solon. Other schools competing were Benton, Central Clinton, Clear Creek-Amana, Maquoketa, Solon, Washington and Williamsburg.