Bearcats climb to third and Bulldogs finish fourth at state golf
The Scottsbluff Bearcats improved their score by 12 strokes today at the Class B Girls State Golf Tournament and moved from a tie for fourth into a third place finish at the two day event.
Mike Klein's Bearcats improved enough to overcome Gering in the final team standings by three strokes, 722-725. The Bulldogs were consistent over the two days, following a 361 Monday with a 364 Tuesday at the Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln.
The Bulldogs also had the top individual performer at the meet. Senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski capped her outstanding career with a 4th place finish. She followed her 82 on Monday with an 80 Tuesday.
McCook's Kaylee Samway ran away with the individual title. She had a 71 Tuesday and finished with a two day total of 148.
Elkhorn South won the team title by 35 strokes over the Bison. Elkhorn South had three golfers finish in the top ten and none lower than 14th.
Scottsbluff had three golfers finish in the top twenty including Kim Moore with a 174. That was good enough for a tie for 11th. She fired an 84 Tuesday. Following a second round 90 Megan Pilkington ended in a tie for 17th with a 179 and Jordan York tied for 19th with a two day total of 181. She fired an 88 on Tuesday. Ashlee Pilkington and Hannah Holloway were other Bearcat teammates at state.
Besides Krzyzanowski's 4th place finish Gering had Samantha Rahmig finish tied for 14 with a two day total of 177. She had an 88 Tuesday. Also competing for Bulldogs were Amber Fertig, Kendall Bayne and Ashlyn Schultz.
Alliance's Danielle Brennan, competing individually, finished in a tie for 17th.
Ogallala could not hold on to its first day lead. Grand Island Central Catholic outscored the Lady Indians by nine shots Tuesday at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus and won the Class C title by five shots over Ogallala. Chadron finished fourth in the two day meet.
Ogallala did have the meet medalist in Maaika Mestl. She had a two day total of 166 after firing an 80 Tuesday.
Chadron's Kelli Haynes, a four-time district C-4 champ settled for fourth. She had a two day total of 175.
Bridgeport was one of the big stories in Class C. They were second to last in the team standings Monday but shot up the leaderboard Tuesday, improving their score by 58 strokes. Every Bulldog player improved their score by at least five strokes Tuesday.
Tara Harding led the way with a 198 following a 90 Tuesday. Jada Huck improved by 16 strokes with a 93. Cassidy Mitchell, Kimberly Mueller and Breanne Franklin rounded out the Bridgeport team.
JaLee Pilkington of Bayard finished 11th with a 190. Brooke Hager of Kimball tied for 28th with a 202.
The Norfolk Country Club hosted the Class A girls and the host Panthers lead throughout both days to win the title. They won by 12 strokes over Lincoln Pius X, extending their lead over the Thunderbolts by five shots Tuesday.