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Area teams set to take familiar trips to state golf meets
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The Larned High School girls’ golf team has become comfortable with traveling to a state golf meet.
For the last four years, the Lady Indians have competed as a team in the Class 3-1A state golf meet.
This year is a little different as Larned will be competing in the 4A meet.
“We’ve gone to state five years in a row now,” Larned head coach Toni Novotny said. “It was great experience. Within two years, we even won state, but this year is a little different. I’m not sure how the 4A schools are because we had been in 3A.”
Novotny said that this year’s team was a little surprising.
“We started the season by taking second place at Buffalo Dunes,” Novotny said. “It kind of surprised me. It was a nice surprise. In the middle of the season, we didn’t do so well. Then we got first at TMP (Thomas More Prep-Marian) and second at league (Mid-Central Activities Association).”
Now the team, comprised of Katie Seeman, Kayla Langdon, McKenzie Galliart, Britany Skelton, Brianna Bagby and Abby Ayre, will be heading to Topeka for the 4A meet after taking second place at the regional meet in Ulysses.
Lady Cardinals hoping experience helps at 3-1A state meet
The Hoisington girls’ golf team has plenty of experience at the 3-1A state meet in Emporia on Monday.
Lady Cardinals’ No. 1 player Blakelee Cooper has the most experience, having qualified all four years.
“Blakelee went to Emporia and medaled her freshman year,” Hoisington head coach Bruce Cooper said. “She’s the only one who has traveled for a state meet. Last year, it was a short trip to Great Bend for the meet at StoneRidge. The year before that, it was at Barton Lake.”
Shelby Littrel will be going to state for the second time, Ashton Nickelson has three years of experience and Amber Karst has two years of experience, according to Bruce Cooper. 
Jordin Greer and Hannah Wilborn will be rounding out the Lady Cards roster.
Bruce Cooper said his team’s hard work that has translated into success.
“They have all been playing pretty well,” Bruce Cooper said. “We’ve won four or five meets this season. They all play a lot of golf on the weekend. I am convinced that it is the key to our success. The more you play, the more confident you’ll be at the meets.”