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Perfect finish: Dickinson's Jahner comes from 5 strokes down to win medalist

FNS Photo by John Stennes Dickinson senior Rachel Jahner studies her putt on the No. 6 green during the second round of the North Dakota Class A state girls golf tournament on Tuesday at the Grand Forks Country Club. Jahner won medalist with a two-day total of 156.

GRAND FORKS -- This comeback was good for a state title for Rachel Jahner.

The Dickinson senior shot a 77 on Tuesday, giving her a two-day total of 156 and medalist honors at the North Dakota Class A girls high school golf tournament.

In the team race, Bismarck Century overtook first-day leader Grand Forks Red River, shooting a 723 to edge the Roughriders by one stroke at Grand Forks Country Club.

Jahner was in fourth place after Monday's opening 18 holes, five strokes behind leader Ashley Bixby of West Fargo. A year ago, Jahner shot an 83 on the first day of the state tournament, but closed out with a 72 to force a playoff, which she lost.

"I was in the same spot last year," Jahner said. "I knew I could come back. I've been in that situation. I just knew I had to stay focused, to just play it shot to shot."

Jahner played a steady round, with one double bogey and four birdies. The last was on No. 18, when she preserved her one-stroke lead by sinking a putt from about 20 feet.

"It was too long a putt -- until it went in," Jahner said. "I tried not to let my nerves get to me. I felt I could make it. I hit a long putt last year to get into a playoff. I was thinking about that as I walked up to the green.

"The first time I even knew I was in the lead today was when I was hitting on No. 18."

Second place was a letdown for Bixby. The Packers senior led by two entering the day. She struggled to a 46 on the first nine, then played her way back into contention.

"It was a little disappointing on the front nine," Bixby said. "I got in a hole, but I worked out of it on the back nine. But Rachel made that amazing putt."

Annie Nelson of Century placed third at 160, with Riana Cooper of Dickinson and Katie Kasper of Bismarck tying for fourth at 162.

Nelson led Century's comeback. The Patriots shot a 357 on the first round to trail Red River by six. But Century bounced back with the best team score on Tuesday, a 366, to claim the title. Century won the championship despite losing No. 2 player Lauren Bischoff to an injury earlier this season.

"It hurt us," Century coach Cherlene Nelson said. "We haven't won any tournaments for awhile. But we were always close.

"I knew we had a chance. And the girls shot really well. It was our depth."

Losing out on a title was a disappointment for Red River, which was led by Casey DeBeltz's 164. DeBeltz is the lone senior in the Red River lineup.

"There was no pressure on us today because nobody expected us to be where we were to start the day," Red River coach Ann Arnason said. "It's mixed emotions now. It is disappointing to lead by one and not win. But second place -- we were looking to compete for a top-five finish. To get second, that's great."

North Dakota Class A girls golf state tournament

At the Grand Forks Country Club

Team totals: 1, Bismarck Century 357-366--723; 2, Grand Forks Red River 351-373--724; 3, Fargo North 353-373--726; 4, Fargo Davies 353-374--727; 5, Dickinson 362-368--730; 6, West Fargo 358-374--732; 7, Bismarck 366-371--737; 8, Wahpeton 370-371--741; 9, Fargo Shanley 363-382--745; 10, Minot 368-394--762; 11, Jamestown 364-401--765; 12, Mandan 391-391--782; 13, Grand Forks Central 398-397--795

Top 10 individuals: 1, Rachel Jahner, Dickinson, 79-77--156; 2, Ashley Bixby, West Fargo, 74-83--157; 3, Annie Nelson, Century, 76-84--160; 4, Riana Cooper, Dickinson, 80-82--162; Katie Kasper, Bismarck, 80-82--162; 6, Kathleen Marsh, Davies, 76-87--163; Sierra Bennion, Jamestown, 80-83--163; 8, Casey DeBeltz, Red River, 80-84--164; Jennifer Marsh, Davies, 80-84--164; 10, Addie Long, North, 90-79--169

Team results

Bismarck Century (357-387--724): Annie Nelson 76-84--160, Alexis Blazek 93-92--185, Sydney Smith 94-95--189, Grace Doppler 101-95--196, Kayla Smith 94-104--198, Lauren Fleming 101-103--204.

GF Red River (351-394--725): Casey DeBeltz 80-84--164, Alexis Caoili 92-94--186, Betsy Seaver 93-94--187, Morgan Hetletved 87-101--188, Hilary Whalen 92-101--193, Samantha DeBeltz 108-111--219

Fargo North (353-373--726): Addie Long 90-79--169, Abby Sklebar 84-97--181, Keely Spiess 88-104--192, Kenzie Jenson 100-93--193, Hanna Berg 91-104--195, Kally Kvidera 96-104--200

Fargo Davies (353-374--727): Kathleen Marsh 76-87--163, Jennifer Marsh 80-84--164, Amber Kosir 99-103--202, Lexa Brossart 103-100--203, Anna Davison 98-109--207, Jenna Forknell 107-113--220

Dickinson (362-368--730): Rachel Jahner 79-77--156, Riana Cooper 80-82--162, Rachel Lantz 101-104--205, Sydney Charchenko 112-105--217, Kelsey Yon 102-120--222, Katherine Kessel 106-122--228

West Fargo (358-374--732): Ashley Bixby 74-83--157, Ashley Peterson 91-93--184, Sierra Peterson 95-98--193, Brittany Rheault 98-102--200, Katie Froemke 106-100--206, Kennedy Kraft 104-111--215

Bismarck (366-371--737): Katie Kasper 80-82--162, Taylor Miller 92-97--189, Gretta Gilje 97-97--194, Irelyn Huntley 97-107--204, Carissa Craven 104-95--199, Kylie Bergan 102-102--204

Wahpeton (370-371--741): Savonnah Haselhorst 88-87--175, Leslie Hibl 86-95--181, Kelsey Darwin 94-89--183, Emma Rubish 102-100--202, Jessica DeVillers 105-106--211, Laken Breuer 107-116--223

Fargo Shanley (363-382--745): Payton Thimjon 92-90--182, Hannah Ohm 94-96--190, Marcela Hanson 95-97--192, Abby Armstrong 96-100--196, Aly Corbid 99-99--198, Jessica-Vig 82-X--WD

Minot (368-394--762): McKinley Bender 88-94--182, Paige Argent 89-99--188, Evie Reynolds 92-101--193, Makensy Arlien 99-100--199, Hallie Williamson 99-104--203, Marley Foltz 115-105--220

Jamestown (364-401--765): Sierra Bennion 80-83--163, Maria LeFevre 95-100--195, Sarah Azure 96-106--202, Kaitlin Mullowney 93-112-205, Mara LeFevre 106-113-219, Savannah Kramlich 115-117-232

Mandan (391-391--782): Kayla Helbling 93-95--188, Sydnie Mongeon 95-97--192, KayCee Schulz 99-101--200, Cortnie Mongeon 110-98--208, Megan Broeckel 104-110--214, Micaela Higlin 116-118--234

GF Central (398-397--795): Shaylee Ferguson 100-89--189, Sami Marshall 93-102--195, Frankie Good 96-102--198, Alizjah Swenson 110-104--214, Jordan Reiter 109-125--234, Sadie McGee 133-135--268

Devils Lake: Mallory Voss 114-121--235

Fargo South: Emily Grothmannn 94-90--184


Senior athlete of the year: Kathleen Marsh, Davies.

Co-coaches of the year: Dan Wolf, West Fargo, and Sara Berglund, Dickinson.