Sacred Heart Knights get back to back state titles

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2A state golf was highly contested. Sacred Heart, the previous state champions, showed up ready to take the title again… and they did. The team finished with a score of 310. The knights head coach, Eric Muninger, says he’s had a really talented team the past few years.

“We have a really good team that won state last year and we have two seniors and four sophomores…I have the luxury of having six really solid players, so it’s kind of one of those deals where they are really competitive and they are really good for each other."

The knights are now back to back state champions. Sacred Heart’s Elmore and Skidmore both finished the day with a 78. Sophomore Grant Herrenbruck had the lowest score from the team, 74. Herrenbruck says Oberlin’s Kelly Brown was just behind him.

“He’s a good player and I knew I had to finish strong if I was going to win because he finished strong as well.”

Muninger says while a lot of the focus is on the younger players, he says it’s tough to see solid seniors leaving.

“They just have a really great future. Grant got second in state last year and we are going to lose two seniors who are having a really great year, Jack Skidmore and John Prendergast, but we should have a solid team for several years.”

Herrenbruck says hole 17 was where he jumped ahead of Brown.

“I got up there, it was a pretty tough putt, but I was thinking to myself, it would be pretty cool if I made this…so I just looked at the line, hit it and I hit it a little too hard, but I hit it on a good line, so it went in.”

The 3A tournament was held at the Municipal golf course in Salina. Almost a three hour rain delay pushed back tee times for all the golfers. Troy Watson from Caney Valley took first with a score of 74. Hayden Rohr from Hays-TMP took fourth, 77.