Scottsbluff wins Class B girls golf state title

Scottsbluff's Anna Kelley hits out of a greenside bunker on the fourth hole during the final round of Class B state golf Tuesday at Elks Country Club in Columbus. (Independent/Barrett Stinson)

COLUMBUS — The Scottsbluff girls golf team captured the Class B state title on Tuesday.

The Bearcats were paced by Anna Kelley’s second-place finish. She shot an 83 in the second round to finish with a score of 159, tying her with last year’s Class C champion Harley Hiltibrand of Ogallala and Lauren Goertz of Omaha Duchesne Academy. Ogallala finished third to give western Nebraska the top three team scores in the tournament.

“We did play well. It definitely was a grind like we expected,” Scottsbluff coach Brock Ehler said. “Weather obviously played a factor. It was blowing 25 mph and wind chill all the way from 40 to 50 the whole time. It was a test and you saw a lot of people it meant a lot to. They were grinding and working hard. They were so focused at times they weren’t very cold.”

Ehler said it wasn’t smooth sailing the whole way.

“We had a couple kids who got off to a little bit of a rough start, but they fought their way back,” he said. “We had a little bit of a timeout meeting, and they grinded right back. Right back in the game they were playing well.”

Gering took second in the team standings. The Bulldogs’ Madi Schlaepfer shot an 83 to end with a 162, and a fifth-place finish. Schlaepfer’s teammate Ali Boswell finished tied for sixth with Scottsbluff’s Emily Krzyzanowski with a two-day total of 164.

Gering coach Jessica Boswell said her team played well despite the conditions.

“Today, with the wind and cold, we didn’t shoot a score that we were capable of. Everybody struggled at one point or another, so we didn’t quite finish the way we were looking to,” Jessica Boswell said. “Each of them had a few holes they would go back and do over again. For the most part, they adjusted for the wind. Since we’ve played in a lot of wind it’s a little bit easier to know how to play in those situations. Today’s score was the highest we’ve shot all year. Considering the wind. The course is pretty tough. Taking those things into consideration, of course we didn’t play like we normally did during the regular season.”

Scottsbluff tied an all-class state record with it’s eighth girls golf team title.

“Scottsbluff has won it eight times in the last seventeen years. We’re trying to rebound and get it going again,” Ehler said. “We certainly played well. We had good leadership from everybody. They’re good friends on the course and off the course and that certainly has something to do with their success.”

Ehler and Boswell said they were excited western Nebraska teams took the top three in the team standings.

“If you’re not rooting for your own teams, you’re rooting for other teams from western Nebraska,” Ehler said. “We kind of are in our own world. I think everybody was really happy. Coaches were really congratulatory to one another. Anytime you finish first, second and third that’s making a statement about western Nebraska and the number of girls that are working hard at the game of golf.”

Scottsbluff’s Carson Hauschild and Halle Shaddick finished tied for 11th with a total score of 177. The Bearcats’ Lehla Ehler carded a 198 for 30th.

Gering’s Avery Mitchell took 13th with a 180. The Bulldogs’ Kelsey Le fired a 186 for 17th.

Chadron’s Madeline Pelton scored a 193 for a tie at 23rd.

Top 5 Team Scoring (Top 5)

1, Scottsbluff, 677; 2, Gering, 691; 3, Ogallala, 700; 4, Omaha Duchesne Academy, 730; 5, Aurora, 803.

Top 10 Individual Scores

1, Danica Badura, 145; T2, Anna Kelley, 159; T2, Harley Hiltibrand, 159; T2, Lauren Goertz, Omaha Duchesne Academy; 5, Madi Schlaepfer, 162; T6, Ali Boswell, 164; T6, Emily Krzyzanowski, 164; 8, Riley Suhr, York; T9, Bridget Duffy, Omaha Duchesne Academy, 176; T9, Ryanna DeVries, Ogallala, 176.

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Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9050 or emailing jeff.vanpatten@starherald.com.

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