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June 7, 2021 The Star Page 9 SPORTS . Li "t 31 'fl’.4"’£'»",:‘ e @Wflimae Avery LaFountain of bunseith pulled off this shot out of a fainNay bunker on hole No. 18 during the first round of the Girls Class State Golf Tournament at the Jamestown Country Club. She a By Jason Nordmark Of The Star Northern Lights shined bright at the ND. Girls State Golf Tournament with yet another top 10 performance. The squad of six players took 10th place in the 18— team event last week at the tree—lined Jamestown Coun- try Club, which was pep- pered with sand traps, greasy greens and forced carries over water. Playing in her final 18— hole round, senior Josi Nordmark shot the best high school tournament score of her career. Her 91 included five pars, two of which came on the course’s most difficult holes. After a 46 on the front nine fueled by a red—hot driver, the Rolla graduate’s tee shot on No. 10 headed for the trees on the right. After talking to N L assistant coach Gabby Wilkie, the duo figured out what was needed ’— peanut M&Ms. After corralling a bag big enough to last the remainder of the round, Nordmark Girls Golf (Continued on Page 10) t Josi Nordmark eyes her pitch to the green at the ND. Class B Girls State Golf Tournament in Jamestown. Northern Lights earns anothertop 10finish Torrance Henry chips on to the green on hole No. 16 during the state tournament. & a f Ande Elik threweveth he had int his open- ing hole tee shot on day two of the ND. Class B Boys State Golf tournament in Carrington. would go on to finish seventh in state as an individual, earning all-state honors. For a complete wrap up of LaFountain’s accomplishment, please turn to page 10. At right: Jake Mitchell pitched a shot to the green during day two of the ND. Class B Boys State Golf tournament at Cross Roads Golf Course in Carrington. Three NL seniors sign cards for final time By Jason Nordmark Of The Star The talent of Northern Lights boys golf appears to be genera- tional. Once again the team finished in the top 10 at the Class B State Boys Golf Tournament in Car- rington last week. The squad took 10th place, sliding by Glenbum by one stroke and finishing five strokes behind Heart River. Senior Jake Mitchell led the charge with a two—day total of 158. On day two, the Rolla grad- uate shot an 82, which included 10 pars, to help secure the top-10 finish. He finished 23rd overall. Andre Elick was Slst in the 126-man field. He shot an 85 in the final high school tournament round of his career. The effort in- cluded one birdie and five pars. Logan Elick also ended his high school career at the event. He shot a 91 and, like his twin brother, had five pars. Tuff Longie shot an 89 on the toumey’s final day, a one-stroke improvement over day one, which was good enough for 75th place. The St. John player blis- tered the back nine with a 42, ending with his best score of the event. Also teeing it up for Northern Lights were two seventh graders who are looking to keep the tra— dition of great golf in tact for the Rolla—St. John-Rolette coopera- tive. Julius Elick took 95th place after firing a 96 on the event’s final day. He ended the tourna- ment on a positive note, parring three of his last four holes. Payne Wilkie placed 104th and also closed out the season on a high note. He shot a 94 on the final day, a five stroke improve- ment over day one. Wilkie’s effort ended with his tournament-b'est nine-hole score of 45 on the final leg of the event. On day one, Mitchell reached hole No. 9 one-under par after birdies on two of his previous four holes with steady and solid. play. Staring down the par 5, 487— yard ninth hole, the Rolla senior faltered a bit with a double bogey. Still, the front—nine 37 was one of Mitchell’s best performances of the season and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Mitchell went sub-40 on the back as well with a 39 to leave himself with a stellar 76 and a sporting chance on day two of the event, just seven back of the leader and tied for 14th place. After starting the state touma— ment with a double bogey and 4- over after four holes, Andre Elick had to bear down to grind out a front-nine 45. The back nine started out a lit- tle rosier with two birdies in three holes but the doubles came back to interrupt the flow. Still, the Rolla senior shot a 42_on the fine nine to finish with an 87. Logan Elick mirrored his brother’s round nearly hole-by- hole, except he started on the back nine, shooting a 45 and fin— ished on the front, closing with a 42 on the back of five pars. Tuff Longie was the team’s fourth leading scorer, shooting an even 90 with six pars. He brushed Boys Golf (Continued on Page 10)