Kelly Walsh

Kelly Walsh became the first Class 4A school to win both boys and girls state golf titles in 24 years when they pulled off the feat Tuesday in Evanston.

The Kelly Walsh girls were never seriously challenged as they built a 29-stroke lead after the opening round and finished 55 strokes ahead of runner-up Natrona County.

The defending state champion Trojans carded a 506 (255-251), followed by NC (561) and host Evanston (572).

KW sophomore Jocelyn Olson, who finished second by one shot last year, carded back-to-back rounds of 82 to take individual honors.

The Trojans placed five golfers in the Top 10 as Barrett Lloyd finished six strokes back to tie for second, Annalyse Johnson was fourth with a 172, Nicole Klungness tied for sixth with a 182 and Megan Griffin was eighth with a 185.

The Kelly Walsh boys, meanwhile, needed to put in some extra work to win their first title since 2012.

The Trojans and Cheyenne East both finished with a total of 627 in regulation after East made up three shots on Tuesday.

Kelly Walsh then won in a playoff to make the Trojans the first 4A team to win both the boys and girls team titles since Natrona County in 1993.

Kelly Walsh entered the second day in the lead after a Cheyenne East player signed an incorrect scorecard on Monday. The Thunderbirds had recorded a first-round score of 306, but dropped to 316 because of the infraction.

Cheyenne East junior Blake Danni took individual medalist honors with a 143 (70-73) to finish one stroke ahead of Sheridan senior Kirby Coe-Kirkham.

Kelly Walsh had three Top 10 finishers with Taj Sutherland tying Riverton’s Jorden James for third (148), Shea Hensley tying Laramie’s Tate Noble for fifth (155) and Steven Ellbogen finishing ninth (162).

At the Class 2A meet in Sheridan, Wright won the girls team title while Lovell won the boys crown. It was the first championship for Wright and Lovell’s first since 2005.

Over the weekend, Lander won both the boys and girls team titles in Class 3A.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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