Scottsbluff took lots of hardware home from the Class B Girls Golf State Championship in Grand Island with golfers finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and their team taking 1st place.
Bearcat senior Kaylee Koeppen entered the Championship at Indianhead Golf Course with the lowest district score of all at 72. Two of her teammates, Sabrina King and Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski, weren't far behind with district scores of 77 and 83 respectively.
The top 12 golfers were separated by 15 strokes going into the Championship, and were only separated by 10 after Day 1. With such close scores at the top, it was bit of a surprise when the three Bearcats rose to the top of the individual leaderboard after the last group finished Tuesday.
After the scores were tallied Koeppen and King were tied for 1st at 157. Koeppen shot a 79 on Day 1 and a 78 on Day 2. King did the opposite with a 78 the first day and a 79 the second. The two teammates, flanked by NSAA officials and an eager crowd, headed back to Hole 10 for a golf off.
"It was exciting," said King. "I just went out there and played my best, and whatever happened was meant to happen I guess."
Koeppen's first shot went in a sand trap. The extra stroke to get back on the fairway would prove to be Koeppen's undoing, but her teammate said she wasn't counting her out.
"Kaylee is a great golfer," King said. "I didn't know how it was going to end up. With her, she could have gotten out of that sand trap and on the green."
King came out in the top spot after winning the golf off, and Koeppen was awarded second. Scottsbluff swept the podium, with sophomore Krzyzanowski finishing in 3rd. Krzyzanowski scored 82 on Day 1 and 78 on Day 2 for a 160 total.
McCook sophomore Kaylee Samway placed 4th with a 166 total, and Adeline Anderson, a senior from Blair, finished 5th with a 167.
In the team standings Elkhorn South placed second with 354 total on Day 1 and a 343 total on Day 2 for a combined 697. Scottsbluff shot 338 on Day 1 and 329 on Day 2 for 667. It was exciting for the Bearcat seniors.
"It's the first time I've ever been a part of a state champion team, and it feels great," King said. "We've all worked hard. My whole team is out there all the time."