The strongest plotlines in the boys golf state tournaments won't be coming from Class A.
Omaha Creighton Prep seems a near-lock to repeat as champion in the 36-hole tournament at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln. The Junior Jays are undefeated with their top unit.
Prep's No. 1 player, Carson Schaake, has lost only once. But it was at Pioneers in the Capitol City Invitational, when he shot a 3-over 74 to finish six strokes behind winner Greg Stanek of Bellevue West.
Class C at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, however, promises much more intrigue.
Start with Laurel-Concord/Coleridge junior Mitchell Klooz. He won the past two titles while attending Plainview. His father, Randy, then was hired as high school principal in Laurel.
Both titles have come against Rylee Reinertson, the junior from Gibbon who's already committed to Oklahoma. Reinertson shot an 8-under-par 64 during the season at Jackrabbit Run in Grand Island.
Reinertson won his district. Same for his female cousin, Haley Thiele of Wahoo Neumann. Thiele plays on the boys team because Neumann doesn't offer girls golf. Her district title — she shot a 78 at Oakland Golf Club — is believed to be the state's first by a girl in boys competition.
In Class B, Scottsbluff and McCook have scores ahead of the pack that will play two rounds at Jackrabbit Run. In Class D at Meadowlark Hills in Kearney, Shad Wellman of Elwood is the defending champion.
Sutton in Class C and Grand Island Heartland Lutheran in Class D will make title defenses. Norris, last year's Class B champion, didn't make it out of districts.
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