LINCOLN — For the seventh straight year, the Scottsbluff girls golf team earned a top-three finish at the Class B state tournament on Tuesday at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln.
Sitting outside the top three by six shots after shooting a 367 during Monday's first round, the Bearcats took 12 strokes off their day-one total with a 355 on Tuesday to finish third with a 722.
Elkhorn South ran away with the team title for the second straight year with a 661, while McCook finished runner-up with a 696.
“That's about where we deserved to be probably,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said of his team's finish. “If we would have played super, we could have beaten McCook. But Elkhorn South is pretty good and nobody was going to catch them.”
Gering also recorded a high finish by placing fourth with a 725. The Bulldogs were making their first appearance at state as a team in two years.
“We were hoping for top three, but fourth is still pretty good,” Gering coach Annie Boggs said. “Fourth out of 12 is great considering where we were last year at this time.”
Gering senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski paced the Bulldogs with a fourth-place finish individually. Krzyzanowski shot rounds of 82 and 80 for a final total of 162.
McCook's Kaylee Samway won the individual title with a 148. Elkhorn South's Nicolle Barmettler and Ann Pearson finished second and third with scores of 157 and 160, respectively.
The fourth-place finish helped Krzyzanowski conclude her spectacular prep career with four state medals.
“It was an OK finish,” Krzyzanowski said. “There's some disappointment, but it's a place. I don't feel like I hit the ball bad or anything. It just felt like everybody else was on and playing better.”
Krzyzanowski won eight tournament titles this fall for the second straight year.
Two other local golfers finished in state-medalist contention. Scottsbluff's Kim Moore placed in a tie for 11th with a 174 and Gering's Sam Rahmig finished in a tie for 14th with a 177.
Moore, a junior, followed up her opening-round 90 with a solid 84 on Tuesday to claim her first state medal.
“That was a good finish for her,” Klein said of Moore. “She didn't putt very well the first day, but she came back to putt a lot better and that made the difference.”
Rahmig, just a sophomore, put together two consistent rounds. After opening with an 89 on Monday, Rahmig carded an 88 in the final round.
“I was extremely happy for Sam,” Boggs said. “That was great for her. She worked so hard over the summer and it paid off for her this year.”
Two other Bearcats just missed out on medals. Megan Pilkington finished in a tie for 17th with a 179 and Jordan York placed in a tie for 19th with a 181.
Also for Scottsbluff in the tournament, senior Ashlee Pilkington wrapped up her prep career in a tie for 29th with a 188 and freshman Hannah Holloway finished in a tie for 58th with a 215.
Four of the five Bearcats who competed on the last two state-tournament teams for Scottsbluff will return next year.
“A lot of these girls play in bigger tournaments than the state tournament during the summer,” Klein said. “We're just going to keep doing what we do by playing all summer and playing in the Colorado Junior Golf Association. These girls will all benefit from that and hopefully it will pay off for them at next year's state tournament.”
For Ashlee Pilkington, this week's state tournament marked the fourth one she's played in during her career. She was a member of two state-championship teams as a freshman and a sophomore, and medaled individually last year as a junior.
“She's been a good, steady player for us,” Klein said of Pilkington. “She was thrown in there as a freshman because that's what we needed. She's got a little better every year and she's been a good help to the program.”
In addition to finishing with two individual medalists, Gering also received a strong showing from Kendall Bayne. Bayne finished in a tie for 21st with a 182.
Also for the Bulldogs in the tournament, Ashlyn Schultz ended in a tie for 50th with a 204 and Amber Fertig finished in a tie for 52nd with a 205.
“These girls exceeded my expectations all year,” Boggs said of the Bulldogs. “They worked hard during the summer and it really paid off in a big way for them.”
Gering will also return four of its five varsity golfers next year. Krzyzanowski is the lone senior on the team and certainly will be missed.
“Kaitlyn is a phenomenal golfer,” Boggs said. “She's had an outstanding high school career. Our team will really miss her.”
Alliance senior Danielle Brennan also wrapped up her high school golfing career at this week's state tournament. Brennan, who qualified individually, just missed out on a medal. She finished in a tie for 17th with a 179. Brennan shot a 92 on Tuesday after opening with an 87 on Monday.
Elkhorn South 661, McCook 696, Scottsbluff 722, Gering 725, Elkhorn 745, Beatrice 748, Omaha Duchesne Academy 750, Blair 763, Gretna 771, Adams Central 801, Omaha Skutt Catholic 817, York 818
1, Kaylee Samway, McCook, 148. 2, Nicolle Barmettler, Elkhorn South, 157. 3, Ann Pearson, Elkhorn South, 160. 4, Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski, Gering, 162. 5, Jacy Hawk, Gretna, 168. 6, Ashlyn Hoegh, Norris, 169. 7, Megan Vetrovsky, McCook, 171. 7, Lindsey Thompson, Elkhorn South, 171. 7, Hannah Kunzman, Beatrice, 171. 10, Breanna Redl, McCook, 173. 11, Kim Moore, Scottsbluff, 174. 11, Alexa Ruwe, Elkhorn South, 174. 13, Brittany Schulte, Elkhorn, 175. 14, Haleigh Salsbury, Blair, 177. 14, Sam Rahmig, Gering, 177. 14, Kathryn Hanson, Elkhorn South, 177.
Local Individual Team Scoring
Scottsbluff — T17, Megan Pilkington, 179; T29, Ashlee Pilkington, 188; T19, Jordan York, 181; T11, Kim Moore, 174; T58, Hannah Holloway, 215. Gering — 4, Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski, 162; T14, Sam Rahmig, 177; T52, Amber Fertig, 205; T21, Kendall Bayne, 182; T50, Ashlyn Schultz, 204. Alliance — T17, Danielle Brennan, 179.