Team Of The Week: Ogallala Golf
Ogallala Girls golf is once again on top of Class C. The Indians capped off their season winning their class state championship for the second year in a row.
No stranger to success as a whole earned them NTV's Team of the week.
At the beginning of the Fall Sports season, five golfers from Ogallala High School came together determined to achieve one goal. Bringing home the state title together as a team for the second year in a row.
"I think our team knows that every practice counts", sophomore Harley Hiltibrand said. "You just got to work your hardest at every practice and everything you do is going to make an effort at winning state again."
"We just worked all year," coach Kim Mestl said. "We worked on specific skills just making everybody better, just talking about one stroke at a time and the girls really did that today and yesterday and just really took care of business, so I'm very proud of them."
Finishing with four of their five golfers in the top 40, the Indians built a 15 stroke lead on Chadron sitting in second. Keeping the first place spot in the hands of Ogallala.
"I think we just play smart," Hiltibrand said. "Playing smart really gets you to where you want to be and I'm just so incredibly proud of our team since we're so young that we finally pulled through again."
"I just think that everybody you know we didn't have to shoot our best these two days," senior Kira Mestl said. "I think that we we're all pretty calm you know, and how to stress the game and stuff I think that was really special."
Senior Kira Mestl led this tribe of golfers as their best scorer. Despite a slow start with a double boogey on hole two, Mestl pulled herself back up tying Cozad's Abagail Cornelius for second place.
"I was just thinking on the second hole I said ok, that was not the best," Mestl said. "But we can just pull through and I was just saying to myself you got to keep fighting you know you can swallow a double, but make sure you don't swallow two more or anything".
"I never talked to her after that double boogey just wanted to let her figure it out," coach Mestl said. "You know she's a competitor, so you know she went after it and finished strong, so i'm very proud of that."
Throughout their journey as a team, Ogallala has built unity and unmatched passion for the game of golf. Making the state title leave their only senior on the verge of tears as she closes out her high school career as a state champion.
"It's been a great team these past two years," Mestl said. "Even my high school career it's been a great team, I think that since this last year has been so special is because we all have been pretty close to each other and that we're always so supportive."
"This year I cried a ton, but last year I barley cried," Hiltibrand said. "I think that just knowing one of my best friends Kira is graduating this year has really brought me to some tears because she's just an amazing player and it's going to be sad not having her at practices."