The North Platte High girls’ golf team won the state championship on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs won with a score of 660 to dominate the competition. The runner-up, Lincoln Pius X, had 683. Millard North was third at 694.
NPHS came into the second day of state golf in Norfolk with a 13-stroke lead over Pius after shooting a 324 the day before.
The Bulldogs were led by Karsen Morrison, who had a total of 156 to finish in third place. Nicole Kolbas of Pius won with 140 and defending state champion Kaitlyn Hanna of Omaha Westside was second at 152.
The sophomore Morrison matched her first day score of 78 to finish in the top three.
In fifth place was senior Baylee Steele at 160. Steele shot an 83 on the second day after getting 77 on Monday to win her fourth medal at the state tournament.
Maya Lashley, also a senior, was the third NPHS golfer to finish in the top 10. Lashley shot 83 on both days to get ninth.
Sophomores Abbie Jones and Kaylee Carlson each had 184 to round out the championship effort for the Bulldogs.
The previous two years at state, North Platte fell just short of the championship. They lost to Lincoln Southwest both years. But with the Silverhawks graduating their top golfer, state runner-up Brynn Sundquist, in 2019, the Bulldogs were poised for a shot at the title this year. They only had to replace one player, Maggie Lashley, while returning state medalists Steele and Morrison.
Jim Orcutt, who coached the team in 2018, returned as head coach, while Matt Kaminski, the head coach in 2019, went back to being the assistant coach under Orcutt.
This year’s team was a dominant force. They won every meet, except the Pius Shootout on Sept. 1 and they set a new school record for lowest score of 295 at the Kearney Invitational on Aug. 28.
It is the second state golf championship for the school in just over a year. In 2019, the North Platte boys’ golf team won the Class B championship.
The last Class A championship came in 1982 in girls’ cross country.
The team will receive a police escort on Tuesday night when they return to North Platte.
On Wednesday, they will receive a homecoming pep rally and on Friday, they will be recognized at the football game against Millard West.