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The Ord golf team capped another stellar campaign with a fourth place finish at the state championship. The Chants shot a two-day total of 654. The Chants shot 329 on the first day of the meet to hold a slim third place. They then shot a 325 on the second day and Stanton overtook them by a couple strokes. Grand Island Central Catholic and Lincoln Christian finished first and second. It was the fourth consecutive top ten finish for the Chants, getting 8th, 5th, 2nd and 4th over the last four years.
Coach Mike Bechtold said the finish was bittersweet.
“We were really hoping to bring home a trophy again,” said Bechtold, “so while we are happy to be in the mix with the best teams in the state, we were disappointed not to bring home any hardware.”
Bechtold noted that the Chants and Class A state qualifier Grand Island High were the only teams to beat state champ GICC this year.
“Central Catholic has now won back to back titles and in that time we are 3-3 against them, so we feel we have competed at a really high level, especially since the only other team to beat them this year was a Class A school. We knew going in that we we would have to beat one of the top teams in the state regardless of class. We just didn’t fire on all cylinders.”
Brady Rogers once again medaled for the Chants at the state meet. Brady led all golfers after the first day, shooting a one over par 72. He stumbled a bit on the second day while fighting an illness, but hung on for a 12th place medal. Rogers earned medals in three of his four years as a Chant.
Colton Zulkoski finished one place away from a medal with a 16th place finish. He shot 82/79 for a 161. A controversial hole on the first day cost Zulkoski dearly as he got an 11 on a par 5. He ended up 6 over on that one hole while going only 13 over on all of the other 37 holes.
Tanner Bundy shot a 78, the sixth lowest score on day two, to shoot a 162 overall. He finished 18th, also just out of the medals.
Cy Trofholz rebounded from a tough 90 on his first day to shoot an 83 on the second day. It was Trofholz’ first state meet experience.
Ethan John also rebounded from a bad first day, improving from a 92 on the first day to an 85 on the second.
Coach Bechtold said each golfer had something to be proud of.
“Brady shot a wonderful score on the first day and was leading the tourney, Colton had a wonderful tourney except for one hole, Tanner showed he can be a top five golfer, Cy and Ethan both rebounded from disappointment to come through on the second day. Each guy had something to hang their hat on.”
Bechtold said he is proud of the accomplishments of the 3 seniors, John, Rogers and Zulkoski, as they were perennial state qualifiers and winners of tons of tournaments. He expects Bundy and Trofholz to become leaders of next year’s team, which he believes has the makings for another state tourney run.
“The three seniors left a lasting impression on Ord golf, hopefully that tradition can continue in the coming years.”
The Ord High School track teams finished their season with a quality showing at the Class C
state meet this past weekend in Omaha. In the team standings the girls wrapped up another good
season by finishing 8 th in the team standings with 28 points. Chase County won the meet with
53.5 points while Crofton was runner-up with 53 points. "Our girls had another solid state meet
with several girls bringing home a state meet medal", Coach Derry Trampe commented. "I
thought both our boys and girls performed as well as we have all season and I am very proud of
our kids. We had several marks that were either season best or personal best marks or close to
them and that is what you want this time of year. We had a couple of places where we were
hoping to do a little better but the effort from the kids was outstanding it was just that kids from
other schools performed better. Overall, it was a great meet for our kids." The boys scored 2
points in the meet and finished in a tie for 49 th place in the team standings. Bishop Neumann
won the meet with 70 points while Thayer Central and Aquinas Catholic tied for second with 55
points. Rounding out the top ten teams for the girls were: Lincoln Lutheran (44), Malcolm (32),
Stanton (32), Wilber-Clatonia (30), Mitchell (29), Bayard (27), and Arcadia-Loup City (23).
Rounding out the top ten teams for the boys were Nebraska Christian (36), Mitchell (35),
Ainsworth (32), Dundy County-Straton (21), Oakland-Craig (19), Battle Cree (19), and Hastings
St. Cecilia (18).
Kate Grint was the leading scorer for the girls as she finished third in both the discus and the
shot put. Grint recorded personal best efforts in both events as she tossed the shot put 42' 6.75"
to add over 1 foot to her previous best throw. In the discuss she added nearly 7 feet to her old
personal best by tossing the discus a school record 139' 0". Kate broke the old school record of
133' 2" set by Monica Ross in 1994. "Kate had a great state meet and really ended on a high
note", Coach Trampe said. "She saved her best for last and I am very proud of how she
competed. We will miss her next year because she has been a big part of our success the past
few seasons." The 4 X 800 relay team of Morgan Alexander, Zoe Ritz, Ali Smith, and Andrea
Carson recorded the highest place finish for the Chants as they finished second in the event. The
quartet combined to finish the race in a school record time of 9:48.10. Their time erased the old
record of 9:50.7 set in 1980 by Robin Upah, Glenda Wetzel, Diane Dworak, and Jean Dubas.
"That relay has been a solid relay for us all season and they ran a great race at the state meet",
Trampe said. "We had four girls on there that all ran about the same time and they pretty much
all ran one of their best times of the season and that got them the record. I thought they had a
chance at getting the record after the conference meet and they went out and got it and nearly
won the state title as well." The chants finished 1 second behind Crofton for the relay title.
Jordan Kuck finished 4 th in the 300-meter low hurdles in a season best time of 47.42 to add 5
points to the team total. "Jordan has been an outstanding athlete for us the past 4 years and I was
glad she was able to win a medal in a very fast race", Trampe noted. "She had a great race in the
prelims to make the finals and then ran an even better race to finish 4 th . The amazing thing to me
is that she was able to run the way she did with a slight strain of her groin muscle. She is just a
tough competitor for us." Scoring the final three points for the team with a sixth place finish was
the 4 X 400 relay team of Andrea Carson, Morgan Alexander, Ashley Carson, and Jordan Kuck.
The team combined to win the first section of the relay in 4:11.63 and when compared to the
second section they finished 6 th . "The time that this relay ran was right at their best time of the
year", the coach said. "I am very happy with that time when you consider all the races that
Jordan and Morgan ran on Saturday. The Carson girls ran really well on the relay and Jordan
was able to run down the leader in the race on the last leg which put us in contention for a
medal." Other results from the meet included Morgan Alexander tying for 16 th in the pole vault
with a vault of 9' 0", Zoe Ritz finishing 11 th in the 3200 in a time of 12:06.78, the 4 X 100 relay
team of Andrea Carson, Katelyn DeRiso, Grace Racek, and Jordan Kuck placing 13 th in a season-
best time of 52.18, Andrea Carson finishing 22 nd in the 400 in a time fo 64.41, Morgan Alexander
placing 10 th in the 1600 in a time of 5:34.39, and Grace Racek finishing 18 th in the 200 in 27.67.
Kaden Dawe scored the only points for the boys as he finished 7 th in the pole vault with a
personal best vault of 13' 0". That mark was a full foot higher than his previous best mark.
"Kaden really vaulted well at the state meet", Trampe said. "He was clean through 12' 6" and
then made 13' on his second attempt. He also had 3 good attempts at 13' 6". He can do a lot of
good things for us next year if he continues to improve like he did this year." Although the boys
did not have any other medal winners they still had several good performances from a squad that
did not qualify any seniors for the state meet. "We had a lot of young guys at the state meet and
all of them were first time qualifiers", Trampe noted. "It was a great experience for them and
should give them a lot of confidence heading into next season. Hopefully, we can build on this
season and become a very competitive team over the next few years." Additional field event
results from the meet included Clark Bredthauer finishing tied for 15 th in the high jump with a
jump of 5' 8" and Garrett Bundy finishing 22 nd in the long jump with a jump of 18' 1". On the
track the 4 X 100 relay team of Garrett Bundy, Ethan Thomsen, Reggie McKenney, and Trevin
Kruml finished 14 th in at time of 45.87. Individual running event results included Trevin Kruml
20 th in the 100-meter dash (11.97), Jordan Coufal 12 th in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles
(42.20), and Trevin Kruml 22 nd in the 200-meter dash (24.19).
Coach Trampe summed up the season with the following comments. "It was another
successful season for our girls track team", Coach Trampe stated. "We are really going to miss
Kate, Morgan, Jordan, and Katelyn because they have been a big part of our success during their
careers here in Ord. We have some talent coming back from this team and we will need to
develop some young athletes to put us in a position to be in the top ten again next year but the
way our kids are willing to work makes that a lot easier to accomplish. Our boys were young
with only 4 senior boys on our 40-man roster. However, our seniors were a big part of our team
and they will be missed but I am very excited about what our boys can do in the next few years.
If we can keep them all out for track and we continue to improve, we will be a very good team.
With the assistant coaches that we have I am confident we will get the best out of our kids and
we will continue to have successful programs. Coaches Streeter, Wells, Gates, and Boettcher are
very good at what they do and we would not have the type of teams we do without their help. I
am really grateful to work with good people like them."
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