by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
For an athlete who was just in track through 10th grade, Nicole Thorndal has added a lot to her plate the last two years.
Thorndal, who usually scores in shot put and discus every track meet, went out for swimming as a junior, where she was just average after the late start. She also added Nordic Ski, did well her first year and made “state” individually as a senior.
This spring, Thorndal is playing golf for the first time, in addition to track. She shot 47 in her debut on Thursday as the Elks won a chilly home opener, scoring 181 to Centennial’s 203 and Blaine’s 205.
“Holy cow, what an athlete,” said coach Dave Bleyhl. “If I’d have had her since seventh grade she’d be in the state tournament. She hits the ball really hard.”
He added: “She told me golf is the one she likes best. She really just got started last year.”
Sadie Martin led with 43 and Ashley Lindeen was next with 44. Also shooting 47 was Andrea Dwyer.
The Elks, conference champs the past two years, were able to win their opener despite a tough day by 2010 state qualifier Mikayla Granning, who shot 53. Alex McDonald had 54.
The Elks are slated to play in the Staples-Motley Invitational on Saturday.