Johnston in front by 4 at Class A state golf

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HAMILTON – Ryggs Johnston of Libby carded a 5-under 67 for a four-shot lead in the Class A state golf tournament at the Hamilton Golf Club on Friday.

The senior is after his fourth straight state title between Class B and Class A.

In the team competition, the Whitefish boys are fifth with a 338 total. Whitefish’s Cameron Kahle shot a 1-over 73, good for sixth, while Andrew Brozek is tied for 14th after a round of 80.

Polson is in sixth with a 352 score, 14 strokes behind Whitefish. Matt Hobbs led the way for the Pirates with a 74, tied for seventh.

First-place Laurel sits at 289. With a similar performance today, the Locomotives could break the two-day Class A team record of 589, also set by Laurel in 1999.

In the girls competition, Whitefish is holding in second place with a 378 total, 11 strokes behind Laurel. Ella Shaw is fourth with an 88 to lead the Bulldogs, while Megan Archibald carded an 89 and is tied for fifth.

Polson had a 412 total to share sixth place with Sidney. Cali Cannon of Polson shot a 92 to tie for ninth.

Libby’s Sammee Bradeen is tied for 15th after carding a 95.

Tricia Joyce of Butte Central tops the girls leaderboard with a 3-over 75. Macee Greenwood of Corvallis is three strokes back.

The top 15 individuals earn all-state honors.

Play resumes at 10 a.m. today with the second and final round.

Class A State

at Hamilton Golf Club

Friday’s Results

Par 72

Boys

Team Totals

Laurel 289, Hamilton 309, Stevensville 328, Billings Central 337, Whitefish 338, Polson 352, Belgrade 363, Lewistown 364, Havre 393.

Top 15

1. Ryggs Johnston, Libby 67; 2. Nick Pasquarello, Laurel, and Zach Taylor, Hamilton, 71; 4. Paul O’Neil, Laurel, and Carson Hackmann, Laurel, 72; 6. Cameron Kahle, Whitefish, 73; 7. Matt Hobbs, Polson, and Cash Golden, Laurel, 74; 9. Tristan Hanson, Hamilton, 75; 10. Luke Schlimgen, Corvallis, and Derek Wolff, Frenchtown, 76; 12. Zel Frost, Stevensville, 78; 13. Jayce Painter, Stevensville, 79; 14. Conor Walsh, Billings, Central, Kade Ewalt, Laurel, Ryan Adolph, Billings Central, and Andrew Brozek, Whitefish, 80.

Individuals

Tanner Hanson, Hamilton, 81; Bryce Reed, Hamilton, 82; Ivan Yazvac, Stevensville, and Gator Yelenich, Butte Central, 83; Caleb Myers, Lewistown, and Mason Pyron, Frenchtown, 84; Trey Kelley, Polson, 85; Brock Blake, Belgrade, Bryce Hayes, Livingston, Anthony Madison, Belgrade, and Tyler Langton, Columbia Falls, 87; Jacob Watters, Stevensville, Colby Emmons, Frenchtown, Trenton Reihnhart, Glendive, and Fletcher Phillips, Billings Central, 88; Braxton Butler, Belgrade, Ben Kolar, Lewistown, Alex Adolph, Billings Central, Nic Martello, Frenchtown, Ben Duhame, Frenchtown, Cody Brothwell, Columbia Falls, and Calvin Nowlen, Polson, 89; Matt Hansen, Sidney, Colby Devlin, Polson, and Sean Craft, Stevensville, 90; Jake Henderson, Lewistown, 91; Mark Southam, Dillon, Josh Warp, Havre, and Jayce Cripe, Whitefish, 92; Kyler Garsjo, Sidney, Grant Kahle, Whitefish, and Jonathan Noteboom, Hardin, 93; Michael McKay, Corvallis, 94; Clint Owens, Havre, and Tyler Strupp, Livingston, 98; Joel Christopherson, Miles City, 99; Caleb Chambliss, Havre, Truman Pierce, Lewistown, and Jaxon Hinshaw, Belgrade, 100; Ryan Kemm, Whitefish, 101; Mark Pollock, Browning, and Brayce Clack, Hamilton, 102; Tyrel Kjersem, Havre, Will Tipton, Billings Central, and Jeff Devlin, Polson, 103; Nolan Lotton, Havre, 105; Cole Johnson, Butte Central, 106; Alex Manseau, Lewistown, and Nic Board, Belgrade, 107; Haden Warren, Miles City, 110.

Girls

Team Totals

Laurel 367, Whitefish 378, Corvallis 386, Hamilton 405, Miles City 406, Polson and Sidney 412, Havre 441, Lewistown 462.

Top 15

1. Tricia Joyce, Butte Central, 75; 2. Macee Greenwood, Corvallis, 78; 3. Ashtyn Swigart, Miles City, 86; 4. Ella Shaw, Whitefish, 88; 5. Hannah Adams, Laurel, and Megan Archibald, Whitefish, 89; 7. Elise Shovar, Laurel, 90; 8. Perry Widdicombe, Billings Central 91; 9. Haylee Adams, Laurel, and Cali Cannon, Polson, 92; 11. Keelee Storrud, Corvallis, 93; Teagan Fee, Havre, Jasi Oyler, Stevensville, and Aly Rose, Hamilton, 94; 15. Sammee Bradeen, Libby, and Karly Volk, Sidney, 95.

Individuals

Lindsey Huber, Dillon, and Keli Hodges, Laurel, 96; Sarah Karanjai, Sidney, 97; Jill Sure Chief, Browning, and Sophia Doyle, Hamilton, 99; Kendal Reed, Whitefish, Jacy Ayers, Lewistown, and Madi Cooney, Laurel, 100; Makayla La Buff, Browning, Annie Nixon, Whitefish, and Sydney Croucher, Libby, 101; Kinzee Peterson, Havre, and Allie Snyder, Libby, 102; Anne Marie Hagemeister, Miles City, and Signee Storrud, Corvallis, 103; Amanda Farley, Polson, 104; Kelci Martin, Hamilton, and Romy Feldtman, Livingston, 105; Kylee Pittman, Dillon, Chaney LaPlante, Miles City, and M’Kenzie Whiteman, Hardin, 106; Esme Yarbrough, Polson, Hayley Bender, Hamilton, and Grace Bintz, Frenchtown, 107; Ellie Thiel, Polson, and Adriana Beyerle, Sidney, 109; Kennedy Hader, Livingston, and Anna Elm, Whitefish, 110; Jocelyn Staples, Havre, Amber Taylor, Miles City, Emma Torgerson, Sidney, and Danaiya Polk, Browning, 111; Sami Knapp, Corvallis, Madyson Running Crane, Ronan, and Haile Spear, Hamilton, 112; Catherine Gustine, Frenchtown, Kalie Patterson, Corvallis, and Katelyne Druyvestein, Polson, 116; Morgan Davis, Lewistown, 118; Elizabeth Opalka, Columbia Falls, 121; Allison Denton, Lewistown, and Jsie Friesen, Lewistown, 122; Allie Wagner, Miles City, and Jessi Bolton, Lewistown, 123; Maco Jackson, Ronan, 124; Sophia Flikkema, Belgrade, 126; Kylee Neimeyer, Ronan, 129; Ashlan MOrtensen, Livingston, 132; Sophie Kirkpatrick, Havre, 134; Lanie Morgan, Belgrade, 136.

Class AA

BUTTE – The Glacier boys finished fifth as Bozeman cruised to a sweep in state play at the Butte Country Club.

After ending Thursday tied for fourth with Missoula Sentinel, Glacier’s golfers stumbled on Friday and finished with a score of 644, 16 shots behind third-place Billings West.

Keaton Cassidy and Sam Manaker led Glacier in a tie for 20th. Both shot 82 on Friday after 78s on Thursday a 160 totals. Glacier’s Will Salonen was tied for ninth after the first day, but fell back to a tie for 22nd after carding an 85 on the final day.

Bozeman freshman Justin Verge topped the final leaderboard with a 138, six shots clear of his teammate and twin brother, Jordan Verge. Jack Johnston of Sentinel shot a 69 on Friday to vault into third place. Flathead finished in last place with a 743 total, led by Ezra Epperly’s 177.

In girls play, Flathead settled for seventh with 779 total. Marcella Mercer began the day tied for third, but carded an 82 and finished tied for fifth with 160. Just six strokes separated Mercer from winner Annika Danenhauer of Bozeman.

The Glacier girls placed ninth with 815 total. Kate Trunkle led the way for the Wolfpack, tying for 20th with a 165.

Class AA State

at Butte Country Club

Final Results

Par 70

Boys

Team Totals

Bozeman 575, Missoula Sentinel 624, Billings West 628, Billings Senior 631, Glacier, 644, Billings Skyview 645, Butte 673, Helena 684, Helena Capital 686, Missoula Big Sky 696, Great Falls CMR 713, Missoula Hellgate, 721, Great Falls 740, Flathead 743.

Top 15

Justus Verge, Boz, 66-72-138; Jordan Verge, Boz, 73-71-144; Jack Johnston, MS, 76-69-145; J.R. Small, Boz, 71-75-146; Cody Brunner, BSky, 71-75-146; Connor Mora, GF, 78-69-147; Brady Cady, BSen, 74-73-147; Jack Thorsen, Boz, 74-74-148; Blake Loberg, BW, 71-81-152; Kaven Noctor, But, 74-80-154; Ramey Lloyd, Boz, 81-74-155; Mason Johnson, BW, 78-77-155; Adam Nedens, BSky, 76-79-155; Jace Rhodes, BW, 79-77-156; Joe Opitz, MS, 78-78-157.

Individuals

Tyler Hall, BSen, 79-79-158; Tucker Pietrykowski, CMR, 81-78-159; Gabe Witham, HC, 79-80-159; Jhett Braley, BSen, 82-78-160; Keaton Cassidy, Glac, 78-82-160; Sam Manaker, Glac, 78-82-160; Conor Kessler, MS, 78-83-161; Will Salonen, Glac, 76-85-161; Caleb Binfet, Hel, 79-83-162; Carsten Quam, But, 82-81-163; Ethan Purdy, Glac, 80-83-163; Ben Pope, BSky, 80-85-165; Siam Wilailuck, BSen, 81-85-166; Dylan Ahlgren, BW, 83-84-167; Jaden Dennis, MS, 80-87-167.

William Philliber, MH, 82-86-168; Zach Harvey, MBS, 83-86-169; Ryan Harvey, MBS, 82-87-169; Gavin Anderson, Hel, 79-70-169; Peyton Streiff, BW, 81-89-170; Zach Hangas, MS, 90-82-172; Trevor Swanson, HC, 88-84-172; Aiden Gappert, MH, 85-88-173; Trenton Olson, GF, 85-90-175; Cas Bloomquist, HC, 88-87-175; Carson Suchecki, MBS, 87-89-176; Tucker Hauer, Hel, 89-87-176; Ezra Epperly, Flat, 89-88-177; Danny McCloskey, But, 95-84-179; Landen Blades, CMR, 90-90-180.

Brett Stops, HC, 88-93-181; Joston Cripe, Flat, 90-91-181; Hayden Ellis, MBS, 91-91-182; Kade McCulloch, MH, 92-90-182; Caden Willis, Glac, 90-92-182; Ben Ebel, BSky, 83-100-183; Tyson St. John, GF, 86-98-184; Reece Mayala, BSen, 94-90-184; Austin Zeiler, Hel, 89-95-184; Luke Thomson, Hel, 98-88-186; Killian Yeager, BSky, 91-96-187; Drew Lowry, Flat, 94-93-187; Ty Insko, But, 85-103-188; Cale Hines, HC, 96-92-188; Fox Weymouth, CMR, 95-94-189; Kellen Lean, But, 98-92-190; Connor Ferguson, CMR, 87-105-192; Brevyn Goosen, CMR, 97-98-195; Luke O’Leary, MH, 98-100-198; Spencer Christy, Flat, 101-97-198; Thomas Huguet, MH, 99-100-199; Sam Huckeba, Flat, 108-114-222; Briggs Johnson, GF, 114-120-234.

Girls

Team Totals

Bozeman 647, Billings West 689 Butte 719, Helena 731, Billings Skyview 734, Billings Senior 752, Flathead 779, Missoula Sentinel 803, Glacier 815, Helena Capital 816, Great Falls 823.

Top 15

Annika Danenhauer, Boz, 78-76-154; Carrie Carpenter, BW, 73-86-155; Emily Garden, MS, 77-80-157; Laurel Ward, Boz, 83-76-159; Cora Rosanova, Boz, 81-79-160; Marcella Mercer, Flat, 78-82-160; Kadence Fischer, BW, 83-88-171; Ginny Kerr, Hel, 84-90-174; Emily Kelly, But, 88-88-176; Nevin Larsen, BW, 93-83-176; Maya Priebe, Boz, 89-88-177; Sami Yates, Boz, 93-85-178; Aliay Morrow, BSky, 86-92-178; Reyla Williams, Hel, 85-93-178; Kodie Hoagland, But, 85-94-179.

Individuals

Kelly Jones, GF, 94-86-180; Gigi Montague, BSen, 92-91-183; Grace Luoma, But, 92-92-184; Kylee Longenecker, HC, 88-96-184; Ella Prigge, But, 98-87-185; Meilyn Armstrong, BSky, 92-93-185; Kate Trunkle, Glac, 89-96-185; Kyra Hart, BSky, 99-87-186; Lauren Williams, Hel, 94-92-186; Sami Benson, BSen, 95-93-188; Cassidy Venner, BSen, 96-93-189; Patyn Viker, BW, 90-99-189; Cierra Sundheim, BSky, 91-98-189; Bryn Turnquist, BSen, 98-94-192; Raelynn Bruyere, BW, 95-97-192.

Amanda King, BSky, 98-95-193; Pilar Santos, Hel, 94-99-193; Jillian Wynne, Flat, 96-97-193; Kennedy Lean, But, 93-102-195; Sidney Overby, BSen, 99-98-197; Hannah Fehres, GF, 99-105-204; Abi Manger, Glac, 104-100-204; Morgan Sunchild, GF, 103-103-206; Kate Nelson, MS, 101-105-206; Lexi McNew, HC, 108-98-206; Cassidy Lavin, Flat, 110-96-206; Hailey Iverson, Glac, 105-102-207; Makayla Lawrence, HC, 107-102-209; Bailee Potratz, CMR, 109-107-216; Zita Graveley, HC, 115-102-217.

Erin Murphy, MBS, 102-116-218; Marissa Breum, MS, 100-119-219; Avery Andersen, Glac, 110-109-219; Sofia Fero, MS, 104-117-221; Morgan Jacobson, MBS, 118-106-224; Sierra Dilworth, Flat, 117-108-225; Tess Huckeba, Flat, 112-113-225; Nichole Linder, CMR, 116-112-228; Alexa Fjelstad, GF, 122-112-234; Morgan Zuidema, CMR, 116-121-237; Hannah Nikunen, Glac, 114-127-241; Jordan Johnson, Hel, 116-126-242; Morgan Sukut, GF, 121-141-262; Kendra Fuller, HC, 137-141-278.

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