Shanley claims team title in shocking fashion
JAMESTOWN — West Fargo’s Riley Johnson and Fargo Davies’ Tanner Kretchman went toe-to-toe all day Tuesday and for most of Wednesday.
It wasn’t much of a surprise when Johnson pulled away late. The real shock came at the end.
Fargo Shanley claimed its third North Dakota Class A state title in stunning fashion at the Jamestown Country Club. The Deacons, who led after the first day, finished in a three-way tie for first place, as Fargo Davies and West Fargo also shot a two-day score of 620.
However, Shanley won the championship thanks to the criterion of the fifth golfer. Eighth-grader Nick Carlson’s two-day total of 168 edged Davies by two strokes. West Fargo finished third.
“I’m so excited for the boys — they worked their tails off all summer and all spring,” said longtime Shanley coach Don Johnson. “It really came through. They get a little disgusted out there once in a while, but they held it together pretty good.”
The Deacons entered the day in first place after carding a 300 during the opening round. They were paced by Tyler Bossert’s 152, which put him in a tie for fifth. Pat Traynor shot a 153 for eighth.
Both players earned all-state awards for Shanley, which welcomes back five of its top six golfers. Lucas Johnson and Conrad Hagar also contributed to the Deacons’ winning score.
“Davies and West Fargo had been beating us all year,” Don Johnson said. “We knew we could do it if we kept it together.”
The medalist finish was less dramatic – Riley Johnson made sure of that.
The Class A senior athlete of the year — headed to the University of Minnesota for golf next fall — shot an astounding 3-under 72 to claim his second state title. He also won as a sophomore, though he didn’t fare as well as a junior.
“Last year, my head wasn’t screwed on straight,” said Johnson, who beat Kretchman by four strokes. “I learned that I needed to stay focused on my game and not anyone else’s. … It’s great to come back with another one this year.”
Johnson and Kretchman were tied going into the second day, but the former made a serious move on No. 13 and 14. He made birdie on each hole, while Kretchman struggled his way to bogeys. The round-clincher may have come on No. 16, where Johnson again birdied while Kretchman double-bogeyed.
“When I birdied and he bogeyed, it was a two-shot swing,” Johnson said of No. 13. “To have that go down was special for me. It really put me in a good position.”
Kretchman said his performance on No. 16 was more about trying to catch Johnson.
“I tried to go for a shot on 16 that didn’t really pay off for me,” he said. “I felt comfortable with the shot. I just didn’t hit as well as I wanted to.”
It was still a pleasing end to a standout prep career for Kretchman, who was named North Dakota’s Mr. Basketball in March. He ended up shooting a 1-over for the tournament en route to second place.
“Knowing you’re playing against a guy like Riley Johnson, he’s not gonna give up on (holes) easily,” Kretchman said. “You had to pick your spots and be aggressive when you had the chance. … It was fun. That’s what state tournaments are for. It’s down to the wire, good golf.”
Class A state meet
at Jamestown Country Club
Team scores: 1T, Fargo Shanley 300-320—620 (winner on fifth-golfer criterion). 1T, Fargo Davies 305-315—620 (second on fifth-golfer criterion). 1T, West Fargo 312-308—620. 4, Minot 317-313—630. 5, Jamestown 314-317—631. 6, Bismarck Century 328-314—642. 7, Grand Forks Red River 323-321—644. 8, Bismarck St. Mary’s 327-318—645. 9, Fargo North 323-325—648. 10, Grand Forks Central 334-332—666. 11, Mandan 341-339—680. 12, Bismarck High 347-343—690.
Top 10: 1, Riley Johnson, WF, 72-69—141. 2, Tanner Kretchman, FD, 72-73—145. 3, Austin Rene, J, 77-72—149. 4, Jersey Kelly, Minot, 78-73—151. 5T, Colton Murphy, Mandan, 73-79—152. 5T, Cole Johnson, WF, 74-78—152. 5T, Tyler Bossert, Shan, 73-79—152. 8T, Justin Nelson, Wahpeton, 77-76—153. 8T, Pat Traynor, Shan, 74-79—153. 10, Zach Sklebar, FN, 78-76—154.
Shanley (620): Tyler Bossert 73-79—152, Pat Traynor 74-79—153, Lucas Johnson 76-80—156, Conrad Hagar 77-82—159, Nick Carlson 82-86—168, Jack Olson 88-95—183.
Davies (620): Tanner Kretchman 72-73—145, Max Restemayer 75-80—155, Sam Hendricks 80-80—160, Zack Johnson 78-86—164, Bryan Pallen 84-82—166, Talon Johnson 84-92—176.
WF (620): Riley Johnson 72-69—141, Cole Johnson 74-78—152, Nathan Kapaun 86-77—163, Drew Conzemius 80-85—165, Christian Oien 88-84—172, Brandon Olson 96-85—181.
Minot (630): Jersey Kelly 78-73—151, Ty Jones 78-79—157, Taran Albright 81-79—160, Cody Reynolds 80-84—164, Cole Nelson 83-82—165, Ian Geller 86-86—172.
Jamestown (631): Austin Rene 77-72—149, Nick Blaskowski 81-78—159, Brandon Stahlhut 76-85—161, Jakobi Lux 80-86—166, Brady Hoggarth 86-88—174, Nick Stockert DQ-82—82.
Century (642): Drew Lingle 81-76—157, Austin Schauer 84-77—161, Jordan Christianson 82-79—161, Keaton Leininger 81-85—166, Spencer Marchus 85-82—167, Zach Aasen 88-84—172.
GFRR (644): Adam Van Raden 86-76—162, Jack LaMoine 78-84—162, Josh Steen 87-78—165, Michael Solc 81-85—166, Keaton Wolf 84-83—167, Gavin Loscheider 80-89—169.
St. Mary’s (645): Jordan Smith 77-79—156, Grant Dvorak 81-76—157, Cole Herbel 80-84—164, Victor Fleck 84-83—167, Grant Dockter 86-85—171, Carter Klein 96-91—187.
FN (648): Zach Sklebar, FN, 78-76—154, Grayson Klein 80-80—160, Tyler Hartman 81-84—165, Tucker Lehr 84-85—169, Mack Borowicz 87-85—172, Hunter Halvorson 89-93—182.
GFC (666): Skylar Belgarde 76-80—156, Riley Peterson 87-79—166, Andrew Thompson 83-88—171, Riley Warner, GFC, 88-87—175, Alex Barta 93-86—179, Jason Kuntz 90-93—183.
Mandan (680): Colton Murphy 73-79—152, Tucker Bruington 85-88—173, Erik Porter 91-84—175, Chandler Bondeson 92-88—180, Tate Russell 97-95—192, Zach Wiese 92-101—193.
Bismarck (690): Connor Hellman 83-78—161, Jayden Gimbel 86-87—173, Ryan Clancy 86-89—175, Eric Pladsen 92-89—181, Hunter Morris 93-92—186, Riley Holwegner 95-95—190.
Fargo South (NS): Co McConn 104-101—205.
Turtle Mountain (NS): Jackson Davis 88-88—176.
Valley City (NS): Jared Lentz 84-83—167.
Wahpeton (NS): Justin Nelson 77-76—153, Thomas Nelson 81-90—171.
Senior athlete of the year: Riley Johnson, WF.
Coach of the year: Dean Kraft, Jamestown