Cooney in command after one day at Class B tournament

RAPID CITY -- Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney got it going early on Monday at the Class B boys golf tournament in Rapid City. That was bad news for the rest of the tournament field. Cooney made a birdie on his second hole and chipped...

Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney gets set to tee off during the Class B boys state golf tournament on Monday in Rapid City. (Photo courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting)
Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney gets set to tee off during the Class B boys state golf tournament on Monday in Rapid City. (Photo courtesy of South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

RAPID CITY - Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.J. Cooney got it going early on Monday at the Class B boys golf tournament in Rapid City.

That was bad news for the rest of the tournament field.

Cooney made a birdie on his second hole and chipped in for eagle to quickly go three shots above par. After making another birdie on No. 4, Cooney was up 4-under and the defending state champion rode that wave the rest of the way for a 2-under round of 70 at Hart Ranch Golf Course in Rapid City. He holds a six-shot lead heading into today's final round, with Hamlin's Dyllan Weelborg next closest, shooting a 76.

"He had really good tempo and rhythm and that leads to good golf shots," said Cooney's coach and father, Tom Cooney. "I think overall, his game was really solid. He didn't make a lot of mental mistakes and that's so much of the game, not making those silly mental mistakes that cost you strokes."

Cooney ran away with the 2015 Class B title, winning by 10 strokes. If Cooney wins, he would be the first repeat winner in Class B since Brad Jacobsen won back-to-back championships in 1999 and 2000. The quick early start helped, Tom Cooney said.


"He chipped in for eagle and that was coming off a birdie on No. 2," he said. "He was feeling good and really played really solid through about Nos. 13 and 14. The back nine out here is much more difficult. It's more about trying to hang on."

Cooney said he wouldn't try to tell his son too much heading into today's final round, where he'll be playing with Weelborg, Aberdeen Central's Cramer Johnson and Great Plains Lutheran's Nick Hansen when the group tees off at 12:10 p.m. Johnson - playing for the team leaders Aberdeen Christian - shot a 77 on Monday and Hansen tied for fourth place, shot a 78.

"I'll tell him to go do what you've been doing," he said. "You still have to play the game. Have fun and enjoy yourself. You're going to play better when you're having fun. He's been in enough big-time tournaments that he knows what to do. I'm just trying to stay out of his way."

Bon Homme's Alec Johnson is alone in sixth place, shooting a 79. Gregory's J.J. Beck is next closest, tied for 12th with a first-round 83.

Platte-Geddes remains in the team competition, standing in third place with 18 holes left. They shot a 258 in the first round, led by rounds of 85 from both Riley Hoffman and Colten Plooster. Payton Foxley had a 88 for the Black Panthers. Kimball/White Lake is seventh with 272 team strokes, led by Devon Munsen's round of 84. Canistota is in 12th place, led by Drew Seubert's round of 88.

Cougars in contention for state girls title

Burke/South Central has the lead in the Class B girls golf team competition after one day at the Elks Golf Course in Rapid City.

The Cougars, who shot 267, hold a six-shot lead over two-time defending state champions Deubrook Area after the Dolphins posted a team score of 273.


Burke/South Central was led by Taylee Indahl, who shot a round of 85 and is tied for third place in the individual standings. The team score is Burke/South Central's best of the year and coach Billie Jo Indahl said

"What a great time to have our best day of the year," she said. "Our top two golfers came out and did what they usually do but our senior Hannah Karbo came out and shot an 89 and that was 15 strokes better than what she did at regions. It's her best round ever and it was just huge for our team."

Coach Indahl said the Cougars believe they can cut down on strokes around the green heading into today.

"Once we settled down, we played smart with shots and club selection," she said. "The greens were quick, they were lightning-fast and we're used to that and we can make an adjustment."

Individually, Baltic's Chantel Brende has a two-shot lead after a 11-over-82 round on Monday. Caitlyn Christianson, of Deubrook Area, is second with an 84. Deuel's Jaci Carter and Deubrook Area's Kayla Ovall - the defending state champion - are tied with Indahl in third after rounds of 85.

Scotland's Maggie Fiscel is also lurking, shooting a round of 86. She's tied in sixth place with Ipswich's Bailey Graham.

Also in the top 10 is Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Kaylin Bohr, who shot a round of 88 to tie for eighth place and Burke/South Central's Hannah Karbo, who is 10th after shooting an 89.

Bohr's round has helped MVP to fifth place in the team race with a score of 288. Howard is tied for sixth place, with Jordan Glanzer's round of 90 pacing the Tigers. Platte-Geddes is 10th, led by Macey Koopal's round of 100 and Bridgewater-Emery's Autumn Hurd shot a 97, helping Bridgewater-Emery to 13th place.


State B Boys Golf Tournament

Monday at Hart Ranch Golf Course, Rapid City

• Team Scores - Aberdeen Christian 240, Hamlin 245, Platte-Geddes 258, Great Plains Lutheran 260, Ipswich 263, Colman-Egan 264, Kimball-White Lake 272, Bison 273, Alcester-Hudson 274, White River 279, Garretson 279, Canistota 281, Webster Area 282, Arlington-Lake Preston 292, Newell 297, Highmore-Harrold 302, Potter County 307.

• Individuals - 1. J.J. Cooney, Andes Central-Dakota Christian, 70; 2. Dyllan Weelborg, Hamlin, 76; 3. Cramer Johnson, Aberdeen Christian, 77; 4. (Tie) Nick Hansen, Great Plains Lutheran and Justice Morrison, White River, 78; 6. Alec Johnson, Bon Homme, 79; 7. (Tie) Devan Weelborg, Hamlin; Kade Groos, Colman-Egan and Judah Aderhold, Aberdeen Christian, 80; 10. Mason Hemmer, Colman-Egan, 81; 11. Tate Ketelhut, Miller, 82; 12. (Tie) Ezra Aderhold, Aberdeen Christian; Zach Ronning, Alcester-Hudson and JJ Beck, Gregory, 83; 15. (Tie) Isaiah Mader, Garretson; Austin Boomsma, Miller and Devon Munsen, Kimball-White Lake, 84; 18. (Tie) Colten Plooster and Riley Hoffman, Platte-Geddes, and Jordan Maier, Eureka, 85.

21. Dylan Northrup, Ipswich, 86; 22. (Tie) Micah Mader, Garretson and Cody Peterson, Ipswich, 87; 24. (Tie) Noah Rick, Great Plains Lutheran; Bailey Sage, Freeman; Paxton Foxley, Platte-Geddes; Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson; Drew Seubert, Canistota and Clay Feller, Sully Buttes, 88; 30. (Tie) Hunter Johnson, Corsica-Stickney; Noah Hodges, Howard; Collin Palmer, Bison; Cody Swenson, Hamlin and Tanner Iwan, Scotland, 89; 36. (Tie) Greg Enbrecht, Marion; Cole Pry, Chester Area; Kyle Menning, Corsica-Stickney; Dylan VanDerBoom, Newell; Jed Vissia, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton; Hunter Neiber, Britton-Hecla and Tanner Moore and Riley Gilbert, Ipswich, 90.

44. (Tie) Jayden Janssen, De Smet; Shay Jolley, Canistota; Jared Rabenberg, Britton-Hecla and Chase Amdahl, Webster Area; 48. (Tie) Alex Kasten, Parker and Karson VanderVorst, Herreid, 92; 50. (Tie) Sage Alexander, Bennett County; Damion Bresee, Wall; Tanner Valsvig, Webster Area and Tanner Blasius, Kimball-White Lake, 93; 54. (Tie) Nicholas Bad Warrior, Timber Lake; Jon Bakke, Gregory; Haydn Gilbertson, Arlington-Lake Preston; Ethan Jaeger, Great Plains Lutheran; Braydon Peterson, Lemmon and Colin Weidenbach, Highmore-Harrold, 94.

60. (Tie) Huttson Weeldreyer, Newell; Stewart Van Zee, Platte-Geddes; Aiden Holien, Great Plains Lutheran; Braxton Hartley, Clark-Willow Lake; Ethan Anderson, Bison and Trajan Anderson, Kimball-White Lake, 95; 66. (Tie) Jett Becker, Aberdeen Christian; Lucas Beardt, White River and Scott Sampson, Arlington-Lake Preston, 96; 69. (Tie) Trey Christensen, Parker; Ben Krueger, Potter County; Jeff Wanner, Florence-Henry and Hadley Hamlin, Highmore-Harrold, 97; 73. (Tie) Nick Olson, Deubrook Area and John Gassman, Flandreau; 76. (Tie) Trent Sumner, Florence-Henry and Lance Thiry, Kimball-White Lake, 99; 78. (Tie) Brady Fiedler, Selby Area, and Adam Aughenbaugh, De Smet, 101.

80. (Tie) Trey Ramstad, Arlington-Lake Preston; Brandon Hoffman, Canistota; Trew DeJong, Philip and Nicholas Sorlien, Viborg-Hurley, 102; 84. (Tie) Dawson Blum, Flandreau; Nick Johanssen, Alcester-Hudson; Brodee Groos, Colman-Egan; Levi Waldhauser, Freeman and Taylor Frost, Potter County; 89. Marcus Block, Webster Area, 104; 90. (Tie) Keenan Soderlin, Bennett County, 105; 93. Chandler Gullickson, Colman-Egan, 106; 94. (Tie) Cole Nafziger, Potter County and Greer Hofer, Sully Buttes, 107; 96. (Tie) Jon Wilhelmsen, Baltic; Dylan Beckman, Bison; Alex Andersen, Garretson and Jamie McGowan, White River, 108.

100. (Tie) Zach Brown, Chester Area, and Garrett Rotert, Canistota, 109; 102. (Tie) Carson Hamill, Philip and Sean Carroll, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton, 110; 104. (Tie) Jack Kersting, Arlington-Lake Preston; Shad Sharp, Potter County and Max Ring, Highmore-Harrold, 111; 107. (Tie) Jon Jackson, Newell and Mitch Johnson, Alcester-Hudson, 112; 109. Jordan Wright, Deubrook Area, 119. DQ - Ethan Cross, Howard; WD - Jacob Liester, Garretson and Payton Bailey, Bridgewater-Emery.

State B Girls Golf Tournament

Monday at Elks Golf Course, Rapid City

• Team Scores - Burke-South Central 267, Deubrook Area 273, Hill City 285, Deuel 287, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton 288, Webster Area 294, Howard 294, Newell 308, Sully Buttes 309, Platte-Geddes 310, Alcester-Hudson 311, Castlewood 312, Bridgewater-Emery 317, Lemmon 337, Ipswich 339, Potter County 356.

• Individuals - 1. Chantel Brende, Baltic, 82; 2. Caitlyn Christianson, Deubrook Area, 84; 3. (Tie) Taylee Indahl, Burke-South Central; Kayla Ovall, Deubrook Area and Jaci Carter, Deuel, 85; 6. (Tie) Bailey Graham, Ipswich and Maggie Fiscel, Scotland, 86; 8. (Tie) Kaylin Bohr, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton and Sammy Woodward, Hill City, 88; 10. Hannah Karbo, Burke-South Central, 89; 11. (Tie) Katie Woodward, Hill City; Jordan Glanzer, Howard and Adrianna Weeldreyer, Newell, 90; 14. (Tie) Amanda Riley, Lemmon; Molly Koisti, Hamlin and Kayla Kirchmeier, Webster Area; 17. Lauren Wittler, Sully Buttes, 92; 18. Tressa Bull, Burke-South Central, 93; 19. (Tie) Josie Rush, Philip and Kaitlyn Maynard, Clark-Willow Lake, 94.

21. Martee Larson, Stanley County, 95; 22. Peyton Korinek, Deuel; 23. (Tie) Julianna Kari, Bison; Haley Benter, Burke-South Central and Autumn Hurd, Bridgewater-Emery, 97; 26. Erin Moncur, Miller, 98; 27. (Tie) Calli Constance, Alcester-Hudson and Karen Smith, Potter County, 99; 29. (Tie) Makaela Karst and Kaleigh Erdahl, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton; Macey Koopal, Platte-Geddes; Regan Benike, Castlewood; Shae Sichmeller, Webster Area and Taylor Hermsen, Freeman, 100; 35. (Tie) Maddie Palmquist, Howard; Deidre Lamb, Sully Buttes; Taylor Dornbusch, Great Plains Lutheran and Cassidy Gosmire, Howard, 102; 39. (Tie) Megan Thornhill, Newell; Taylor Ryan, Webster Area and Brigita Rasmussen, Alcester-Hudson, 103.

42. (Tie) Makayla Kelley, Bon Homme; Reagan Klooz, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton; Marissa Johnson, Deubrook Area and Jarica Carmin, Castlewood; 46. (Tie) Mattie Nepodal, Deubrook Area and Carly Sprik and Julia Cornell, Platte-Geddes; 49. (Tie) Jaydyn TeGantvoort, Deuel; Mikala Morlock, Eureka and Sydney Peterson, Great Plains Lutheran, 106; 52. (Tie) Janae Gustafson, Ethan; Kennedy Ruml, Howard; Julie Joseph, Jones County and Nicole Ballard, Hill City, 107; 56. (Tie) Darby Hurd, Bridgewater-Emery; Brooke Bruinsma, Castlewood; Mariah VanZee, Platte-Geddes; Stormie Ahlers, Deuel and Karissa Green, Ipswich, 108.

61. (Tie) Camryn Shockley, Lemmon and Jordyn Huber, Alcester-Hudson, 109; 63. Shawna Turner, Hill City, 110; 64. (Tie) Taylor Koisti, Hamlin and Abby Rose Miller, James Valley Christian, 112; 67. (Tie) Coral Cleveland, Lyman and Emily Berens, Parker, 113; 69. (Tie) Payton Ortman, Canistota, and Raeann Patrick, Lyman, 114; 71. (Tie) Kara Huse, Sully Buttes and Abbie Nelson, Newell, 115; 73. (Tie) Morgan Anderson, Castlewood and Breanna Reynolds, Parker, 116; 75. (Tie) Autumn Vetter, Selby Area and Ally Johnson, Centerville, 117; 77. (Tie) Alyssa Bunde, Garretson and Tana Volmer, Jones County, 120.

79. Kali Hansen, Potter County, 122; 80. Emily Ronning, Alcester-Hudson, 123; 81. (Tie) Layna Darling, Sully Buttes and Morgan Bak, Irene-Wakonda, 124; 83. Nicole Goetzinger, Bennett County, 125; 84. (Tie) Aubrey Wilson, Bowdle and Savanna Vincent, De Smet, 133; 86. Loretta Simon, Potter County, 135; 87. Abby Flatmoe, Lemmon, 137; 88. Emma Graves, Ipswich, 145; 89. Katherine Tsang, Ipswich, 151. DQ - Sidney Dunker, Wall; WD - Emma Michael, Wall and Sydney Hoffman, Bridgewater-Emery.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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