Butte High girls bring home third-place trophy

Butte High girls bring home third-place trophy
Butte High’s girls’ golf team shows off its third-place trophy Tuesday at a snowy Meadow Lark Country Club. Team members are, from left, Kodie Hoagland, MacKenzie Finnegan, Grace Luoma, Kennedy Lean and Ella Prigge. (Courtesy photo)

GREAT FALLS — Butte High’s golf teams might be heading home from the Class AA State golf tournament with some frostbite.

They will also have four medals and one trophy.

Butte High’s girls captured the third-place trophy for the second straight year Tuesday. This time, they claimed the hardware at a windy, cold and snowy Meadow Lark Country Club.

Three Butte High girls — sophomore Kodie Hoagland, juniors Ella Prigge and senior Grace Luoma — earned All-State honors to lead the Bulldogs to third. Bulldog senior Kaven Noctor repeated as an All-State player on the boys’ side.

All-State goes to the top 15 individuals. (Girls results; Boys results)

Bozeman’s girls won their fourth-straight state title. Despite the brutal conditions, the Hawks improved 24 shots for a 338 and a 700 total. Billings West finished second at 722. The Bulldogs, who took the lead with a 356 on Monday, finished at 737 after a final-round 381.

Billings Senior placed fourth at 746.

Carrie Carpenter of Billings West hit 75 for the second straight day for a 150 and medalist honors. Bozeman’s Cooper Knarr shot up the leaderboard with a 78 to tie Kalispell Flathead’s Marcella Mercer for second place at 163.

Prigge followed an 82 with a 93 to tie for seventh place at 175. Hoagland, an All-State player last year too, followed her 91 with a 94 for 12th-place tie a with Luoma at 185. Luoma improve one shot for a 92.

Junior Kennedy Lean hit a 102 after Monday’s 90 for a 192, and junior MacKenzie Finnegan hit 109 for a 212.

Prigge, Hoagland, Luoma and Lean were part of last year’s third-place team.

Bozeman won the boys’ title for the second straight year. The Hawks hit 311 after Monday’s 309 for a 620 total. Missoula Sentinel placed at distant second at 688. Helena Capital was third at 690.

Butte High placed sixth at 713. The Bulldogs improved 27 shots for a final-round 343.

Bozeman’s Justus Verge matched par at 144 to win the individual title. He shot a 73 after Monday’s 1-under-par 71. His brother Jordan took second at 148. Avery Tyler of Kalispell Glacier improved 10 shots for a 74 and third place at 158.

Noctor hit an 82 after a 79 on Monday. His 161 total tied for sixth place.

Butte High freshman Jack Prigge had a bounce-back round, shooting a final-round 80 for a 174. He finished in a tie for 19th, just three shots out of All-State.

Bulldog senior Hunter Salcido followed an 89 with a 91 for a 180, senior Ty Insko shot a 90 for a 201, and senior J.T. Sullivan shot a 196 for a 214.



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