GRAND ISLAND -- The Beatrice girls golf team finished fifth at the B-3 District Golf Meet Tuesday at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course in Grand Island.
The Lady O finished with a team score of 436, which was bested by Aurora (368), York (389), Hastings (392) and Seward (406). The fifth place finish left them short of qualifying for state. The top three teams in each district qualify.
The Lady O also failed to get an individual into the state championships. The top 10 individuals from each district qualify for state. The 10th place finishers in the B-3 District finished with scores of 98.
Sydney Southwick and Mackenzie Barnard came closest to qualifying, falling four strokes short at 102.
The individual champion was Kendra Placke of Seward, who finished with a 72.
Beatrice Coach Dick Stuart said the day didn't go as they had hoped, but said they were "very young" this year.
"We've learned a lot during the year," Stuart said. "Hopefully, we can take that into next summer, work hard, improve and be ready for next season."
The team consisted of all freshmen and sophomores this year. Stuart said they were indeed young this year, but the "youth" excuse ends now.
"We're not going to be young any longer," Stuart said. "We've got to start getting better and start working on some of these little things. The things we have worked on all year, but need to continue working on them next summer."
Stuart said he was happy with how Sydney Southwick and Mackenzie Barnard stepped up into leadership roles this year.
"Sydney and Mackenzie both have had to play in the one and two slots since the beginning of the year," Stuart said. "They probably weren't quite ready for that at the beginning of the year, but they've learned a lot. We've played a lot of Class A teams this year, so they now know where they need to get to. With a good summer, I think they can be a threat next year -- especially at the Class B level."
Stuart said he was also happy with the progress Payton Neunaber and Blake Trusty made.
"Payton played last year and she also improved quite a bit and just has some little things she has to get better at -- and I know she will," Stuart said. "It was Blake's first year and she now realizes you can't just come out and play a couple times a summer. She'll play more next summer and she'll hopefully have a good year."
Stuart said Abby Jones was barely on the JV team last year, but contributed significantly to varsity this year.
"She helped us out and played pretty darn good at the beginning and middle of the year," Stuart said.
Stuart said next season will be determined by how much his players want to work on their game during their own time.
"Next year we are going to have at least 10 players and possibly upwards of 14," Stuart said. "So it will come down to who wants to put the time in and work hard. And that will determine if we are a team that will get a lot better and make it to state next year, or if we are just a team that has a lot of fun, but doesn't quite get to the goals that we set."
Norris girls qualify for state
The Norris girls golf team won the B-1 District Championship on Monday at Tiburon.
The Lady Titans finished with a score of 452, which beat Omaha Gross (453) and Waverly (456).
Norris' Valerie Gabel won the individual championship with a score of 92, winning a tiebreaker over Vale Brannan of Omaha Gross, who also finished with a 92.
Lauren Havlat earned a 10th place medal for the Titans with a 109.
Rounding out the Norris scoring was Emma Severson with a 112, Grace Gutzmer with a 139 and Olivia Lentfer with a 147.
The Class B State Golf Championship is slated for Monday and Tuesday at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.
JCC golfers qualify in Class C
The Johnson County Central girls golf team finished third, qualifying them for Class C State.
Erika Cruz led the way for JCC, finishing fifth with a score of 96 while Charla Eggleston finished seventh with a 103.
Rounding out the JCC scoring was Taylor Gerdes with a 107, Kylie Kleespies with a 138 and Trinity Mahoney with a 140.
HTRS qualified one golfer for state individually. Amber Blank finished fourth with a score of 95.
Fairbury and Tri County fell short of qualifying any individuals for state.
The Class C State Championship is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in North Platte.