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New faces leap into Class 2A championship

06/16/2011, 10:15pm CDT
By Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune

Detroit Lakes claims boys title, Red Wing unseats Minnewaska girls

Brianna Janu of Minnewaska looked disappointed after a stroke at the 17th hole during the final day of the Class 2A state gold tournament at Sand Creek Golf Course. Leah Mills, Star Tribune

The pond near the 18th green at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan has become a dipping ground in recent years. Boys’ and girls’ golf team champions in Class 2A have made it tradition to celebrate with group leaps, a soggy reward for a job well done.

That ritual continued Thursday, albeit with some new bodies in the water.

Detroit Lakes claimed the boys’ title with a two-day total of 606, two shots better than Day 1 leader Marshall. Orono, which had won three straight, finished in a tie for third with Staples-Motley.

“I gotta say, this feels pretty good,” said drenched coach Bob Gorden, who opted not to jump in after the Lakers tied with the Spartans for top honors in 2008.

Detroit Lakes was led by sophomore Karter Smith. For the second straight day, he shook off a 2-over-par 38 on the front nine to shoot 2 under on the back.

Smith’s two-day total of 144 included six birdies and an eagle on the back nine holes.

“Orono is a great team, but our goal from the beginning of the year was to get to state and to win state,” Smith said. “It was great to battle with them, but it also feels good to do this after flying under the radar. If we didn’t want to come here and win this, then don’t show up to play.”

Marshall’s Max Duentz (143) held off Smith and three others by one shot for medalist honors.

New girls’ champion

A few hours later, the 18th green pond got some more new visitors.

Red Wing unseated Minnewaska after shooting a 641 total. The Lakers had won a state-record five straight team championships, notching Class 1A titles in 2006 and ’07 and the last three Class 2A championships.

“This is a pretty big thing for us,” Wingers coach Mark Herzog said. “These girls like to perform on a big stage.”

Minnewaska wound up third, 12 strokes behind runner-up Detroit Lakes (658).

The Wingers had finished second at state each of the last three years, but put a stop to the Lakers’ 78-match undefeated match streak earlier this season in Alexandria.

“They always had confidence,” Herzog said. “But I had a feeling [after] that, it was the making of a team that had a shot down here.”

Breck School senior Anna Laorr was the individual medalist. Her 147 total was two ahead of Becker’s Kourtney Williams.

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