Sep 23, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School battled to a second-place finish Saturday afternoon in the boys team standings at the Class 3-A state tournament in Worland.
The Tigers finished the 36-hole tournament with a team score of 668. Jackson won the state title at 627. Jackson has been the top team all year long in the Class 3-A ranks.
"We struggled really bad on Friday with our scores, but we played a lot better on Saturday," LVHS coach Terry Berg said. "It was nice to make a comeback. Jackson played very well."
The Powell Panthers finished third in the final tournament of the fall.
"We played pretty solid all year," Berg said. "The finish is where we should be. It was us and Powell battling for second."
Lander's Casey Winger finished ninth at the state tournament. Winger had rounds for a 77 and a 84 for his 161.
Winger was the only LVHS player to crack the top 10 and earn all-state honors.
"It was a battle for Casey," Berg said. "Casey is mentally tough.
He worked really hard. He had some big holes."
Jordan Hitshew finished third in the Class 3-A girls individual standings.
Hitshew scored rounds of 88-90--178.
"Jordan didn't hit the ball as well as she would have liked on Saturday," Berg said. "She stayed in it."
Berg said the weather was perfect for the state tournament.
"The golf course was great," Berg said.
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