SIDNEY — In hot and steamy temperatures that reached well into the high 90s, the Scottsbluff girls golf team finished on top of the season-opening Sidney Invitational on Tuesday at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney.

The Bearcats ended with a 350 to win by 14 strokes over second place McCook.

“That score's not going to scare anybody, but it was fine for the conditions. It was 95 before noon,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. “I don't think anybody was very happy with their scores, but it's a starting point.”

Leading Scottsbluff's title charge were Jordan York and Kim Moore. York finished third in a scorecard playoff with an 85, while Moore also shot an 85 to finish sixth.

“Jordan and Kim were both just two over through 11 holes, and then it was like they hit the wall,” Klein said. “When they came in you could just tell they were beat up. It was hot, it took a lot of time to play and it was hard to stay hydrated.”

Two other Bearcats finished in medalist contention. Megan Pilkington carded an 89 to place eighth and JaLee Pilkington finished with a 91 to place 10th in her first tournament as a Bearcat. Also for Scottsbluff, Hannah Holloway ended with a 96.

“A win's a win and that was fine,” Klein said. “We're probably going to have another hot one like this on Friday at Western Conference. We'll be a little bit better prepared.”

Sidney placed third in the team race with a 374 to edge Gering, which finished fourth with a 375. Kimball ended sixth with a 463.

Sam Rahmig paced Gering with a fourth-place finish after firing a round of 85.

Sidney's Karson Langley shot an 87 to place seventh.

McCook's Megan Vetrovsky claimed the individual title with a 76. Ogallala's Maaika Mestl finished second with a 78.

Scottsbluff, Gering, Sidney, Alliance, Chadron and Mitchell will reconvene in Sidney on Friday for the Western Conference Tournament.

The region's smaller schools will get their season underway on Thursday at the Bayard Invite.

Sidney Invitational

Division I

Team Scoring

1, Scottsbluff, 350. 2, McCook, 364. 3, Sidney, 374. 4, Gering, 375. 5, Ogallala, 456. 6, Kimball, 463.

Individual Top 10

1, Megan Vetrovsky, McCook, 76. 2, Maaika Mestl, Ogallala, 78. 3, Jordan York, Scottsbluff, 85. 4, Sam Rahmig, Gering, 85. 5, Breanna Redel, McCook, 85. 6, Kim Moore, Scottsbluff, 85. 7, Karson Langley, Sidney, 87. 8, Megan Pilkington, Scottsbluff, 89. 9, Kacee Samway, McCook, 91. 10, JaLee Pilkington, Scottsbluff, 91.

Local Individual Team Scoring

Alliance — Anna Vogel, 138; Shay Behm, 152; Katie Failor, 139. Chadron — Kortney Hageman, 100; Haleigh Shuck, 116; Cali Crile, 104. Gering — Sam Rahmig, 85; Amber Fertig, 97; Kendall Bayne, 93; Jasie Beam, 100; Kaitlynn Wagoner, 116. Kimball — Brooke Hager, 97; Brianna Jones, 110; Hannah Walker, 129; Kallie Bush, 127. Scottsbluff — Kim Moore, 85; JaLee Pilkington, 91; Megan Pilkington, 89; Jordan York, 85; Hannah Holloway, 96. Sidney — Rachel Petik, 94; Karson Langley, 87; Jessica Campbell, 92; Kate Cole, 102; Megan Neal, 101.

Division II

Individual Top 10

1, Theda Parker, Sidney, 103. 2, Rachael Blauert, Sidney, 106. 3, Payton Zarkowski, Dundy County, 112. 4, Taylor Parsons, Sidney, 121. 5, Kaleigh Chavez, Sidney, 122. 6, Hally Waters, Dundy County, 126. 7, Gabby Coviello, Ogallala, 137. 8, Sadie Schwartzkopf, Ogallala, 140. 9, Jaylen Beam, Gering, 141. 10, Katie Rabas, McCook, 145.

Local Individual Team Scoring

Chadron JV — Brooke Roes, 162. Gering JV — Jaylen Beam, 141. Kimball JV — Raylyn Soper, 145. Sidney JV — Rachael Blauert, 106; Theda Parker, 103; Kaleigh Chavez, 122; Taylor Parsons, 121.

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