North Country, Lake Region Claim Girls Golf Crowns

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) On a picture perfect yet windy day at Ralph Myhre Golf Course, North Country and Lake Region emerged as state champions in High School Girls Golf. For the Falcons, it's a fourth straight D1 crown, while Lake Regions D2 title was their first since 2014.

In Division One, Burr & Burton's Julia Dapron continued to stand atop the field. Dapron fired the low round of the day, an 80, to win D1 medalist honors for the third straight time and power the Bulldogs to a second place team finish.

St Johnsbury finished third, six shots ahead of Mount Mansfield. Catherine Wang posted the low round for the Hilltoppers, a 101.

But once again, no one could match North Country. Grace Giroux posted a round of 90 and Lauryn Goulet backed her up with a 94. The total of 184 was good for a six shot victory and a fourth straight D1 state title.

"We knew that we had to compete," Goulet said. "We knew St J, Burr & Burton, we knew we were going to have to do good against them. But we just prepared a lot. Grace and my older sisters have won it, now for the two of us and our team as a whole and our coach, it's just a really, really good feeling."

In Division Two, Mia Politano was the lone competitor from Otter Valley in the field, and she represented the Otters well. Politano posted the second lowest round of the day, and 87, to win D2 medalist honors.

Northfield came in as the three time defending state champs in Division Two. Faith Hoagland and company were trying to make it four straight, but the Mauraders came up just short, placing second with Peoples third and Milton fourth.

The new state champs in Division Two come from Lake Region. Tia Martinez led the charge for the Rangers with a 91 to finish second behind Politano, and the team total of 209 was enough to give the Rangers a 19 shot win over Northfield to claim the program's second D-2 girls golf state crown and first since 2014.

"Every match we've been in this year, I think we won," said Natalie Racine of the champion Rangers. "We didn't play Northfield during the regular season, but we just wanted to do our best. It's been a really good season. I like my teammates a lot."