By Jason Chlapek
Killeen Daily Herald
AUSTIN – Salado golf coach Bobby Peschel had a pair of medals draped around his neck following the Class 2A state golf tournament on Tuesday – one gold, one bronze.
The bronze medal represented the Lady Eagles' third-place finish, while the gold was for the Eagles claiming the top prize in the boys tournament – Salado's second boys state crown in as many years – at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.
"Going into (Tuesday), I told my boys that they would make history, and they went out and did it." Peschel said of the Eagles' first back-to-back team state championships. "I'm also extremely proud of the girls for the competitiveness they displayed and the way they came back to claim third."
Peschel, who just concluded his sixth season as Salado's golf coach, claimed his third team state championship in four years. The Lady Eagles won the 2006 state championship, and the Eagles won the 2008 state crown.
However, Tuesday was a first for Peschel, as it marked the first time in his tenure that both of his teams medaled at state.
Tuesday's final round marked the final high school competition for all five members of the Salado boys team – Tom Baine, Jared Hahn, C.J. Little, Ryan O'Rear and Tyler Pines – who will graduate next month.
"The gold medals around our necks, our play on the course and our friendship show that we won the state championship," Pines said.
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