COON RAPIDS – Maren Aikens showed consistency on the state’s biggest stage.
Now the Rochester John Marshall sophomore has the experience that so many high school golfers crave.
Aikens finished her first-ever trip to the Class AAA state golf meet on Wednesday, shooting a final-round 92 to finish the 36-hole meet at 176. She made one birdie, four pars and six bogeys in her final round of the season and finished the meet tied for 52nd place.
Aikens carried over her strong play from the Section 1AAA meet, where she placed fifth. She became the first girls golfer from John Marshall to reach state since Katie Johnson in 2011.
Simley freshman Isabella McCauley ran away with the state championship, finishing the two-round meet at 9-under par, good for a 10-shot win over runner-up Courtney Wedin of Chanhassen.
Chanhassen also captured the team championship, beating runner-up Edina by 13 shots. Simley finished third. Section 1 champion Lakeville North placed sixth.
MOGER FINISHES CAREER AT STATE
Rochester Mayo senior Layke Moger was consistent throughout his two rounds at the Class AAA boys golf state meet.
Moger opened with an 84 Tuesday and followed that with a 13-over par 85 on Wednesday to finish the 36-hole event with a 169 total, good for 85th place. His final round included six pars and one birdie.
Stillwater’s Brock Winter is the Class AAA state medalist. He finished the meet at 1-under par overall, shooting rounds of 70 and 73. He edged Trey Fessler of St. Michael-Albertville by one stroke for the championship.
Edina won the Class AAA team state championship. The Hornets, who were tied for second at 297 after one round, shot a 298 Wednesday to finish at 595, two shots ahead of Waconia. St. Thomas Academy, which shot 292 on Tuesday to take the lead after one round, finished third.