Garrigan’s Capesius captures silver medal

MARSHALLTOWN – Bishop Garrigan’s Alexa Capesius came up just short in a bid to repeat as Class 1A state golf champion, placing second here Tuesday to North Linn’s Jessica Franson.

Capesius, who won gold in convincing fashion as a junior, finished two strokes behind Franson. Capesius had an 81 after firing a 76 in the first round.

Grundy Center ran away from the field in the team race, shooting a 711. The Golden Bears were fourth with a 757, just one shot behind Akron-Westfield.

Newell-Fonda placed fifth overall. Bishop Garrigan’s Brittney Arndorfer was in a tie for 14th with Mustang Jade Hess. Both carded two-day totals of 181.

Other golfers for the Golden Bears were Emily Marlow (187), Chloe Garman (232) and Emily Berte (284).

Capesius was the lone senior for Garrigan, as Arndorfer, Marlow and Berte are juniors, while Garman was just a freshman.

Joining Hess for Newell-Fonda were Abby Christensen (199), Claudia Larsen (205), Brooke Belcher (213), Morgan Hurd (213) and Morgan Magnussen (220).

Hess, Christensen and Larsen will be moving on, but Belcher, Magnussen and Hurd are all coming back.

Senior Jennalyn Thul from West Bend-Mallard finished tied for 27th with a two-day total of 198.

Livengood 14th for Cowgirls

AMES – Clarion-Goldfield finished eighth here Tuesday in the Class 3A girls state golf meet.

Mikaela Livengood led the Cowgirls, carding a two-day total of 175 to place 14th overall.

Atlantic was crowned champion, shooting a 695. Carroll Kuemper was second and Clear Lake third.

South Tama’s Paige VanDyke was the individual champion with a 148.

Joining Livengood were Jenalee Hinkle (202), Shanee Tate (208), Hope Polzin (221), Cassie Hanson (233) and Kaylee Smith (239).

Livengood, Hinkle and Polzin were juniors this past spring. Tate, Hanson and Smith were sophomores.

East Sac County’s Makayla Ernst, a senior, finished 19th (180).