by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Morgan Rask capped a stellar five-year career with a 17th-place finish in the state tournament Wednesday while his Rogers team struggled to an eighth-place finish in Class 3A.
Rask shot 35-39-74 and 40-39-79 for a 153 total at Bunker Hills, his second-best state outing in four years there with the team. He placed 15th as a sophomore.
“It’s a tough course and Morgan had no birdies, which is unusual for him,” said coach Dan Bursheim, adding that Rask had a lot of long putts. “The opportunities didn’t present themselves.”
Otherwise the Royals had Dylan Kline with 81-81-162, Kyle Korva with 83-80-163, Rocky Nelson 84-81-165, Luke Bunkers 87-89-166 and Cruz Martinez 87-92-179.
The Royals, who shot 305 on the same course to win sectionals, had 322 and 319 for a 641 total at state.
Still, the Royals extend dynasties in conference (five years) and section (four years) after losing four of their top six from last year.
“This has been an awesome year,” said Rask. “We lost four seniors so it’s been a little scary, and I didn’t know if we could keep winning, but the guys have really stepped up. It’s been nice to keep our tradition going this year.”
Eden Prairie edged Wayzata 609 to 610 for the championship.
The medalist was senior Cody Seal of Chanhassen with 73-70-143.