With 18 of 36 holes complete at the Class B state golf tournament in Columbus the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats sit in 2nd place in the overall team standings.
It’s a steep hill to climb to reach the top spot, though, as they trail Omaha Duchesne Academy by 23 strokes.
Scottsbluff shot a combined 363 while Duchesne sits at 340.
Shelby Poynter of Scottsbluff, who finished 2nd last year at state, sits in a tie for 8th place after her opening 18 holes with a 13 over round of 85. Poynter sits six shots off the pace set by Elyse Keller of Adams Central.
Rachel Hancock sits 19th after a round of 91. Jordyn Hoxworth is in a tie for 20th, she shot 92. D.J. Bokelman fired a 95 and Ashlynn Haun went 108.
Gering’s top scorer on the day was Bailey Kreider. Kreider posted an opening 18 score of 97. Also for Gering, freshman Ali Boswell shot 100, Jaylen Beam posted a 106, Afton Mitchell finished at 108, while Megan Maser shot 113. Gering’s team score of 411 has them in 9th place overall.
In Class C at North Platte, Mitchell has a contender.
Kenzey Kanno is tied for 8th after her opening round of 85. Kanno is 10 shots back of the leader, Lacie Fox, of West Point-Beemer.
In the team standings right now Ogallala leads the field by 24 strokes over Broken Bow. Chadron’s currently in 6th place in the team standings led by Alpine Hickstein, who shot a 77, good for second place and just two shots off the pace.
Bayard finished day one in 8th place. Samantha Trevino shot 97. Catherine Applegate fired a 98. Carissa Wolfe finished here opening day at 102.
The girls state championships wrap up with day two tomorrow.