By JIM LINETTE
Coach Scott Conforte and the Ida Baker boys' golf team are ramping up their preparations for the postseason as the number of matches left during the regular season become few.
Ida Baker sophomore Kristina Kayatta makes a block during the Bulldogs’ win over the Mariner Tritons Monday night.
The Bulldogs scored a season low 148 as a team Tuesday at Palmetto Pine to easily defeat Cypress Lake, which carded 193. Sophomore Ross Lally shot a career-best 2-under-par 34 Tuesday to claim medalist honors while three of his teammates all turned in scores of 2-over-par 38.
"It's our best round this year," said Conforte. "We had a 149 once. It appears we are peaking at the right time."
The win puts the Bulldogs' season record at 12-1 heading into the Mustang Invitational tournament Thursday at the Seminole Lake Country Club. The Mustang is one of three 18-hole tournaments the Bulldogs will compete in over the final three weeks before the district tournament.
"It's why I scheduled these tournaments at this time," said Conforte. "Eighteen holes is a big difference. I want to make sure these kids are ready for districts and beyond."
After the Mustang Invitational this week, the Bulldogs compete in the Crutchfield Invitational in Sebring on Monday and the LCAC tournament on Oct. 8. They have two nine-hole matches remaining on the schedule, the first at home against Bishop Verot and Canterbury and make up a rained out match before the LCAC.
Tuesday's win came on the heels of Monday's round of 154 in Naples that beat Lely and Gateway Charter.
Ida Baker 148 - Ross Lally 34, Anthony Myers 38, Daichi Dougherty 38, Anthony Montoya 38.
Cypress Lake 193 - Jake Kilgore 45, Danny Jones 48, Courtney Churchill 49, Kyle Yates 51.
In Monday night matches:
Ida Baker 3, Mariner 0: A balanced attack proved to be the difference Monday night as Ida Baker swept crosstown rival Mariner 25-25, 25-25, 25-13 at Baker.
Kristina Kayatta led the Tritons with six kills with Ali Nicloy accounting for five kills, Devon Ramey three kills and Tiffany Wood handing out nine assists to go with a team-high six service aces.
Heather Gillions led the struggling Tritons with seven kills while Danielle medina added two aces and three digs.
The Tritons (3-6) host Fort Myers Wednesday and Cape High on Thursday. The Bulldogs (8-5) host South Fort Myers on Thursday.
Evangelical Christian 3, Oasis 0: Marion Chlipala delivered 12 kills and three aces to lead Oasis in a 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 losing cause Monday against Evangelical Christian.
Larra Bickelhaupt added 13 kills for the Sharks (11-5), who host Southwest Florida Christian next Monday.
North Fort Myers 3, Dunbar 0: The Red Knights upped their record to 9-2 Monday night with a 25-16, 25-11, 25-13 victory over Dunbar at home.
Leading the Lady Knights to the win were Erica Eden with 22 assists, Heather Getman with 10 aces and Amanda Anzalone with nine digs and six kills. NFM returns to action Thursday when it hosts Lemon Bay.
Ida Baker 154, Lely 182, Gateway Charter 200: Ida Baker teammates Anthony Myers and Anthony Montoya carded rounds in the 30s Monday to lead the Bulldogs to victories over Lely and Gateway Charter at Royal Palm Country Club.
Myers claimed medalist honors with a 1-under-par 35 while Montoya shot 2-over 38. Theirs were the only two rounds under 40 on the day.
The Bulldogs (11-1) host Cypress Lake Tuesday.
Ida Baker 154 - Anthony Myers 35, Anthony 38, Payton Shehane 40, Ross Lally, 41, Daichi Dougherty 41, Dylan Deforrest 41.
Lely 182 - Kevin Russetto 42, Brandon Black 45, Mike Mitchusson 47, Sean Lampos 48.
Gateway 200 - Brandon Walters 47, Caleb Black 49, Dylan Whiteaker 50, Tyler Martin 54.
Mariner 175, Riverdale 183: The top two cards on both teams looked identical, but Jordan Kenney and Chris Spoone came through to lift Mariner to victory over Riverdale Monday at Coral Oaks.
John Inkster turned in a low round of 42 and Tanner Vandermark a 44 to lead the Tritons. Kenney added a 44 and Spoone 45 to provide the margin of victory.
Riverdale's Ryan Connors matched Inkster with 42 to share medalist honors.
The Tritons (7-2) take on Cape Coral and Estero Thursday at Royal Tee Country Club.
Mariner 175 - John Inkster 42, Tanner Vandermark 44, Jordan Kenney 44, Chris Spoone 45.
Riverdale 183 - Ryan Connors 42, Glenn Ireland 44, Garrett Fernandez 48, Steele Spinosa 49.