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Kelly Walsh boys complete 3-peat, new champions crowned at state golf meets

Kelly Walsh boys complete 3-peat, new champions crowned at state golf meets

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The Kelly Walsh boys completed their quest for a third consecutive Class 4A state championship while the Thunder Basin girls ended the Trojan girls’ reign at 3 years  on their home Bell Nob Golf Course in Gillette at the Wyoming State High School Golf Championships on Saturday.

Taj Sutherland won the individual title, guiding Kelly Walsh to team glory with a cumulative 146. His first-day 71, which tied him for the lead at the time with teammate Austin Neuman, helped give him breathing room and his second-round leading 75 finished off his quest for gold. Cheyenne Central’s Ethan Cates finished second and Neuman took third after a second-day 83 gave him 154. Russel Sprecher, Dane Rasmussen and Jack Coleman rounded-out the Trojans’ winning lineup, which shot a cumulative 635.

Thunder Basin’s Maria Farnum guided the Bolts with a comfortable 155. She held a commanding lead after shooting a 75 on the first day and she needed only an 80 to still win by eight strokes. Samantha Spielman shot a second-day best 77 to finish second. Natrona County sophomore standout Sophie Spiva fell to third with a second-round 87. Karissa Tranas, Darby Barstad and Arlyn Johnson all finished within the top eight to power the Bolts’ 681 over two rounds.

Kelly Walsh’s Megan Griffin and Barrett Lloyd tied for eighth.

In Class 3A it was Lander’s Jaren Calkins getting the better of Worland’s Karsten Simmons for the individual title at Star Valley View Golf Club in Afton. Calkins shot a championship-best 67 in the second round to seize the 3-stroke victory with a cumulative 138. Calkins was just one of Lander’s top three to finish in the top five along with Dominic Yates and Wilson Brockie to help the Tigers repeat as team champions. Lander’s Rachel Stoinski cruised to a 25-shot victory, shooting the two best rounds of the tournament with a 75 and 77. The Riverton girls, led by top-five finishers Sierra Brubaker and Katie Davis, won the first team championship in program history.

Both Class 2A individual championships were clinched by comfortable margins. At Niobrara Country Club in Lusk, returning boys champion Hardy Johnson of Thermopolis successfully defended his crown, first with a championship-best 70 on Friday before finishing with a 74 on Saturday. His cumulative 144 gave him a 20-stroke victory with Tongue River’s Nick Summers taking silver having shot two 82’s. Sundance’s Sheridan Schubarth successfully dethroned returning champion Vicky Van Vleet of Wright by shooting a 99 on Friday and a 100 on Saturday. Her consistent 199 paid off as Upton’s Brooklyn Materi, who led after the first day by one stroke, stumbled on Saturday (115) to finish with a cumulative 212.

Johnson’s repeat also helped Thermopolis repeat as team champions. Hardy’s younger brother, Hadley, also finished inside the top ten for the Bobcats, in addition to contributions from Jeffry Clark, Seth Weyer and Will Clark. Thermopolis’ cumulative 721 conquered the field by 35 strokes. Schubarth’s win guided Sundance to its first team championship in program history, beating Tongue River by 21 strokes. The Bulldogs, with Allie Crawford, Tairyn Richards and Sydney Robinson in addition to Schubarth, shot a cumulative 678 out of four teams that completed team scores.


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Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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