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June 2, 2014 The Star - Page 13 SPORTS Team effort lifts Northern Lights golfers to state title By Jason Nordmark Of The Star Competitive spirt, a lot of hard work and a love of the game helped Northern Lights secure the No. 1 sta- tus in North Dakota Class B golf title last week in Fargo: Head Coach Cory Davis said those three ingredients played a big part in the accomplishment. "This was our goal at the begin- ning of the year. After taking fourth last year, we really felt we had a chance to take it all because we had everyone coming back," Davis said shortly after the final totals were an- nounced. "They guys worked hard all summer and we played in a lot of tournaments this year. We wanted it, we practiced for it and we got it." Northern Lights led the two-day tournament wire-to-wire. The squad stretched a two-stroke lead after day one into a 10-stroke victory by the event's end. Nick Myhre, the overall runner- up, and Dalton Poitra, who finished in eighth place, paced the squad. Both earned all-state statuses by virtue of their top- 10 finishes. After the tournament, Myhre was disappointed he couldn't defend his state title but was elated with the team's victory. 'Tm really glad we went out with a bang," said Myhre. "I'm so happy for the team. We've been together since I was a sophomore." Myhre earned his fourth straight all-state finish. He finished in the top 10 as a freshman, runner up as a sophomore, won it all last year and took second again this year. Jack Mc- Clintock of Rugby won the title. "Jack played really well today," Myhre said. "Trying to get my putts to fall was a battle. I was hitting the greens and hitting putts where I wanted to, .butthey just weren't ........... :.... .: ....... falling. Everybody has days like that :  ........ : and my day just happened to be on the last day of the state totirnament." Wednesday's final round pro- Champs (Continued on Page 24) ,-- _ ._ _ 4,L ...... . Above: Nick Myhre had a difficult lie in the sand on hole No. 5 at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo during the North Dakota Class B State Golf Championships. The Rolette graduate finished second overall and led Northern Lights to a state title. At rigth: Dalton Poitra watches his fairway shot on hole No. 18. The St. John sophomore finished in the top 10 to help Northern Lights secure a state title and earn himself all-state status. (Photos by Jason Nordmark) le: Rolette-Wolford's Lexy Wittmayer clears 5'10" in the high jump at the North Dakota State Class B Track Meet held in Bismarck. At left: Wier after the jump, which went down as a new state record. (Photos by Larry Biri) Wittmayer leaps into the history books "Last year, going into the state meet as the number one jumper and coming back withe third place finish just made her Want the title all the more this year.', : : Emily Tumey, Comet he coach meet as the number one jumper and coming back with a third place finish just made her want the title all the more this year," Tumey said. "She has been jumping effortlessly this year and to watch her jump, she makes it look easy. It was exciting to watch and to take the state record was icing on the cake." Wittmayer also credited Rugby track and field coach Steve Mueller for helping her reach her record- breaking heights. As mentioned above, Wittmayer still has two years before she gradu- ates. That means she can come back next year to try and defend her Comet title. Her plans this summer include a pair of track and field camps, including one at North Dakota State University. Those that follow Comets' athlet- ics will be quick to point out Wittmayer has done more in sports, however, than jump over a bar. She's also a standout on the basketball floor, averaging 17 points and nine rebounds a game this season. Wittmayer said she doesn't have a fa- vorite sport, but added track and field does have a few perks others do not. "Track and field is more of an in- dividual competition," Wittmayer said. "I enjoy how you can go on your own, set your own tempo, and do what you want." The next question, naturally, is, can she keep raising that bar? "Oh, I can go iigher," said a confi- dent Wittmayer. "I had 5' 11" but then my,leg hit the bar. I will definitely be trying for that mark next year." Wittmayer joins Alex Webster and Kristyn Nelson as the two most re- cent track champions from Rolette. By John Rosinski Of The Star An often overused word in sports is how an athlete needs to 'raise the bar' in regards to his or her perform- ance. That phrase, however, can't be used enough when describing Ro- lette's Lexy Wittmayer. Last week the super sophomore kept raising that bar, and when she was done, she ac- complished a double whammy, win- ning a state championship and establishing a new state record in the high jump. A few days after the state track and field meet ended, Wittmayer said she was still riding high. Her win came following two seasons in which she finished third in the event. Al- though her success was expected, it was by no means guaranteed. In the end, Wittmayer credited her hard work and desire for allowing her to finally capture the championship. "When I jumped the record it was overwhelming," Wittmayer said. "It really did feel like a dream come true." Wittmayer cleared the bar at 5' 10", besting every other jump in North Dakota track and field history. She said a lot of what she is able to accomplish comes from being men- tally prepared. "My event isn't so much based on physical strength," Wittmayer said. "You have to be confident in what you're doing and believe in the plan you have in place." Rolette Head Coach Emily Tumey said watching Wittmayer make that final leap into the record books made her especially proud. "Last year, going into the state