LINCOLN – Cassie Sikes posted a second-day total of 49-50, 99 at the state golf tournament and finished alone in 35th place.
The York senior's placement was the highest for the York team, which qualified en masse behind their earlier finish of third at the district meet.
“The girls improved on their day one score and shot a 406 today,” said Coach Josh Miller. “I would say that this was the best collective effort by our team all year. The seniors all shot what I would call a ‘top five' round, meaning their individual scores were among the best of the season.”
State for Class B teams was played Thursday and Friday at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln.
The second round for Sikes included five pars and three bogeys. She shot 95 for Thursday's opening round.
Teammate Sarah Fangmeyer wasn't far behind. She finished in a three-way tie with Thalia Rodgers of Omaha Duchesne and Megan Nelson from Blair at 39th.
Fangmeyer shot 96 on Thursday and an even 100 for Friday's final round. Her Friday card was bogey heavy at 10, 1-over holes against a single par and seven holes of double or more.
“Sarah validated her day one score with another nice round and Cassie finished strong with three pars in a row to card yet another score under 100,” Miller commented.
Carlee Beaver shaved five strokes from her opening 106, shot 53-48, 101 and finished in a tie for 54th with Danielle Brucker of Gretna.
Beaver took a par on No. 17 and missed par by only one stroke with eight bogeys.
Hannah Hotovy improved from 115 Thursday to 106 on Friday by going out in 52 and shooting 54 on the inward nine.
Hotovy had a birdie and a par on Thursday and none of either on Friday, but still turned in a better total with much more even play over the entire round.
She landed 64th in the tourney overall.
“Carlee and Hannah were much more consistent today and eliminated a few of the mistakes they made yesterday,” said Miller.
Callie Rathjen, playing the No. 5 slot on the Duke team, turned in a 120 Friday after a 119 the first day. She shot 61 on the front and 59 on the back to finish 69th.
“Callie was able to put together a better ball-striking round even though her score was very similar to yesterday,” said the coach.
“This group of girls put together the best golf season York has had since 2004 by finishing in the top four of all the tournaments. They broke 400 twice and had a chance to do the same at state,” he added.
Miller said senior Alex Dickinson is also deserving of credit.
“She has supported these kids all year even though she wasn't able to compete the last couple weeks. I want to congratulate the girls and wish the seniors well. They left the golf program in good shape and the younger players are really excited to follow in their footsteps.”