By BURT ANGELI
NORWAY - Iron Mountain, behind career-best rounds from Katelynn Johnson and Cassie Feira, stormed to the U.P. Division 2 girls golf championship Wednesday at Oak Crest Golf Course.
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Iron Mountain’s girls captured the U.P. Division 2 championship Wednesday at Oak Crest Golf Course. The Mountaineers, from left: Cassie Feira, Marti Pirkola, Maria Pirkola, Sarah Pirkola, Katelynn Johnson and Coach Donny Bianco.
Johnson and Feira each carded 96 as the Mountaineers, 421, rolled past runner-up Ironwood, 458, in the five-team tourney.
"The girls came out and played well," said Coach Donny Bianco, who piloted the Mountaineers to U.P. titles in 2005 (Division 1) and 2004 (Division 2). "Overall, the girls played a very good round.
"I'm very happy for this group of girls. They performed up to their expectations."
Johnson downed Feira, a sophomore, on the first playoff hole for medalist. But the Mountaineer senior and four-year player was happiest with the team laurels.
"I feel great," Johnson said. "We really ended well.
"We had a great season but it was really short (with the weather this spring). When we got outside to the courses, we focused and did really well."
A nervous Johnson admitted she almost needed help placing the ball on the tee for the playoffs.
"It was really nerve-wracking especially against one of your teammates," Johnson said. "I just tried to finish strong.
"I could have done better in more areas. I liked most of my drives and putting but my chipping wasn't the greatest. I need to work on that more."
Mountaineer senior Maria Pirkola carded a 114 and sophomore Marti Pirkola had a 115. Senior Sarah Pirkola completed the lineup.
"Katelynn is solid and she's improved every year," Bianco said. "She puts some time in and takes her game seriously.
"Cassie's score is a little better than her average and she's very capable of shooting that. It all came together on the right day."
Alyssa Norback of L'Anse totaled a 97 for third. Results follow:
Standings - Iron Mountain 421, Ironwood 458, Manistique 466, Norway 502, Stephenson 556.
IRON MOUNTAIN - Katelynn Johnson 96, Maria Pirkola 114, Cassie Feira 96, Marti Pirkola 115.
IRONWOOD - Maighlin Kolesar 105, Korrie Trier 100, Caitlyn White 128, Rachel Pallin 125.
L'ANSE - Alyssa Norback 97, Breanna Dudo 115.
MANISTIQUE - Hailey Hoholik 116, Rachel Ryan 111, Ashley Menominee 124, Abby Milavec 116.
NEWBERRY - Trista Burton 105.
NORWAY - Shelby Matonich 104, Sam Schultz 150, Lane Broden 129, Nicole Glanville 119.
STEPHENSON - Rachael Starzynski 106, Katelyn Klatt 139, Amelia Starzynski 156, Tori Wangerin 155.
WEST IRON COUNTY - Megan Quayle 184, Erin Angeli 128, Monica Eagloski 130.