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Dakota Valley boys state golf

Dakota Valley's state tournament qualifiers posed for a photo following Monday's first place finish in the Class 2A regional title at Dakota Dunes. From left to right are Jordan Smith, Evan Monell, Isaac Bruns, Keaton Hensley and Paul Bruns.

NORTH SIOUX CITY | There’s nothing like playing on the home course.

Dakota Valley’s boys golf team qualified for the South Dakota Class A state tournament by winning the Region 2A Tournament Monday at the Dakota Dunes Country Club.

Coach Rodd Slater’s Panthers shot a team round of 321. Tea Area and West Central, which tied for second place at 344, also advanced to the state meet, which will be played Oct. 1-2 in Dell Rapids.

Dakota Valley was paced by Keaton Hensley’s medalist round of 73 (36-37). Teammate Paul Bruns (41-34 – 75) was two strokes back and collected the runner-up medal.

Dakota Valley was also represented at the tournament by Isaac Bruns (40-42 – 82), Evan Monell (45-46 – 91) and Jordan Smith (47-50 – 97).

Bruns and Hensley are the lone returning golfers from last year’s squad that was outscored 649-674 for the Class A state tournament title at Dakota Dunes by Aberdeen Roncalli.

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“The team was thrilled with the regional title,” said Slater. “They are peaking at the right time and are looking forward to competing at state.”

Caden Joy of West Central and Tea Area’s Brock Murphy tied for third with round of 77.

Fourth-place Canton (347) was followed in the team standings by Sioux Falls Christian (353), Vermillion (355), Lennox (359), Beresford (375) and Elk Point-Jefferson.

Ryne Whisler paced Vermillion with an 82 (41-41). The Tanagers were also represented by Hunter Lavin (46-40 – 86), Willis Robertson (48-44 – 92), Ben Burbach (45-50 – 95) and T.J. Tracy (49-47 – 96).

Whisler, Lavin and Robertson competed for the Tanagers in last year’s state tournament.

Ethan Kelly paced Elk Point-Jefferson with an 89 (42-47). Also competing for the Huskies were Caden Stabe (45-49 – 94), Cade Fennel (50-50 – 100), Landon Geary (52-52 – 104) and Chris Nelson (52-55 – 107).

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