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Jahner wins medalist, Cooper 3rd at East-West

FNS Photo by John M. Steiner Dickinson senior Rachel Jahner tees off during the second day of the East-West Classic on Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club. Jahner was the individual champion with two-day total of 156.1 / 2
FNS Photo by John M. Steiner Dickinson senior Riana Cooper chips during the second day of the East-West Classic on Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club. Cooper finished third in the classic, while the Midgets took fourth as a team.2 / 2

JAMESTOWN -- In the first tournament of the season, Dickinson seniors Rachel Jahner and Riana Cooper are already in midseason form.

Jahner won medalist, while Cooper placed third.

Though the East-West Classic marked the opening tournament, the Dickinson High girls golf team is gaining confidence after placing fourth as a team with a two-day total of 724 to on Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club.

"I'm very pleased with how we finished the day," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "It definitely showed us that we have the potential to play really well."

After shooting an opening round of 79, Jahner lowered her score by two strokes for a two-day total of 156. Cooper supplied a 79 in the second round for total of 159.

"Rachel and Riana played excellent," Berglund said. "They are already feeling good about their swings. They are great leaders on the team and they lead by example, because they play during the summer and score in tournament every time."

Kathleen Marsh helped propel Fargo Davies into the top team spot. The Eagles dropped 13 strokes from their opening round total to finish with a 713. Marsh placed runner-up with a score of 157. Jennifer Marsh added a 162.

Bismarck Century and Fargo North tied for runner-up in the team scores with a 722. Addie Long of Fargo North and Annie Nelson of Century were the two golfers from their respected teams to finish in the top 10. Long finished in a tie for seventh (167) and Nelson ended in tie for ninth (169).

Dickinson's two other scores for the second round came from Rachel Lantz (100) and Katherine Kessel (105). Sydney Charchenko finished with a two-day total of 206, while Kelsey Yon had a 221.

"The girls know that we can't be taking scores in the 100s if we really want to compete at the highest level," Berglund said. "We have to improve on our short game and we have to score. We have to step up and score. I know they can do it. We just need to do a little work here and there."

The Midgets will look to lower their scores as they continue their season with the Bismarck High Invitational at 9 a.m. Friday at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck.

"I'm just hoping that we can continue to improve, so we are ready at the end of the season," Berglund said.