LINCOLN — With two of the state's best junior golfers on his heels, Plainview's Sam Meuret played his best golf Wednesday when it mattered most.
Meuret carded five pars and a birdie on the last six holes to earn a one-stroke victory for the Class C golf title at Highlands Golf Course.
“I took it shot by shot,” said Meuret, who finished 17th at state last season. “It was windy, so I just tried to make a lot of pars.”
Meuret, who shot a 36-hole 1-under 143, finished one stroke ahead of Gibbon junior Rylee Reinertson and three ahead of two-time state champion Mitchell Klooz of Laurel-Concord.
Reinertson, who has committed to play golf at Oklahoma, led Gibbon to its first team title since 2007 with a one-shot win over Hastings St. Cecilia.
“I was playing well the last couple of weeks. I had a lot of confidence,” Meuret said. “I thought I could do this. I might have been the only one.”
Meuret shot a 68 in Tuesday's first round, and led Reinertson by four shots and Klooz by eight. But six holes into the final round, Reinertson was tied with Meuret and the Gibbon golfer took a one-shot lead when he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on 13.
Klooz, who had the best round of the day with a 2-under 70, was one shot off the lead with a birdie on 14.
“I was prepared for a charge,” Meuret said. “I had to stay patient.”
Meuret regained the lead when Reinertson bogeyed the 14th and 16th. Both players made short birdie putts on the par-5 17th, then Meuret secured the win by making a 4-foot par putt on 18.
St. Cecilia had Wednesday's best team score with a 313, but the Buffaloes (323) held on for their first team win in six years.
“These kids have put in a lot of hard work,” Gibbon coach Paul Reinertson said. “Their expectation at the start of the year was to win state, and they met their expectations.”
Rylee Reinertson, the coach's son, was runner-up to Klooz at last year's state meet.
“I don't think he'll be too disappointed,” Paul Reinertson said. “It would have been icing on the cake, but that wasn't our main goal. High school season is about the team.”
— Gene Schinzel
Hadden leads 'Cats to Class B sweep
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Class B's state tournament turned into a Scottsbluff sweep.
Led by individual champion Michael Hadden, the Bearcats won the team title by nine strokes over Blair at Jackrabbit Run.
“It's pretty awesome my senior year going out like this,” Hadden said. “Our focus was a team championship, but I played really well the last couple of days. To add the individual championship, I don't really have words for it. It's pretty special.”
Both Hadden and Scottsbluff increased the leads they held after the first round.
Hadden shot a 73 to finish with a 148, three shots better than Omaha Skutt's Brian Carmody.
Andrew Holloway gave the Bearcats a second player in the top five. He finished with a 152 to place third.
“Both of the seniors played great today,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. “It's a shame that one had to win and one doesn't. But that's just life.”
The Bearcats shot a 314, a six-stroke improvement from the first round, to finish with a 634.
Scottsbluff's only other championship came in 2010 when Holloway also gave the Bearcats a team-individual sweep.
“We go more toward the team thing, but anytime you get the individual (title) too, that's awesome,” Klein said.
— Dale Miller
Medicine Valley senior wins Class D
KEARNEY, Neb. — Medicine Valley's Brendan Johnsen hit fairways, greens and gold.
“I think I hit 15 greens in regulation,” Johnsen said. “My plan today was to come in, keep the ball in play, hit it on the green, two-putt and get out with a par.”
He stuck with his plan Wednesday, shooting a 35 on the front nine at Meadowlark Hills, then posting a 36 on the back nine to finish with an even-par 71 and a two-day total of 151.
It was good for a two-stroke victory over Jay Cottam of team champion Thayer Central. The Titans had a score of 682 while Bancroft-Rosalie was a distant second at 718.
The result reversed last week's district tournament finish.
“Bancroft had beaten us by 25 at district and we felt we didn't play well,” Thayer Central coach Tom Kiburz said. “We just said it was the course. It was a totally different course. It was tighter and we didn't have as much experience, I don't think, as they did on it.”
The Titans also won the Class C boys state track title last Saturday.
“The boys track team got the first one in school history and I'm thrilled for them,” Kiborz said. “Then we had a couple parents who said, 'Wouldn't it be great to win two,' and four days apart, it's awesome.”
Johnsen and first-day leader Garrett Ring of Alma were tied after the front nine, but Ring got behind a tree on the 11th hole, three-putted on the 12th hole and hit his ball in a water hazard on the 13th hole. He finished third with a 155.
— Buck Mahoney