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Minnewaska's Brianna Janu finished third overall as she helped lead the Laker girls' golf team to a runner-up team finish in the State Class AA girls' golf meet last week. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

State Class AA girls' golf: Minnewaska is state runner-up

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It may not have been another state championship for the Minnewaska Laker girls' golf team, but with just one senior on the team, a runner-up finish was pretty nice.

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Detroit Lakes captured the Class AA girls' team title with an exceptional 619 as the Lakers had three of the top 10 individual finishes in the tourney, cruising to a 35-stroke win.

Minnewaska senior Brianna Janu finished third overall in the meet, 13 shots behind Detroit Lakes 8th grader Kate Smith, who claimed the individual title.

Janu's sister, Jenna, and Alexis Guggisberg tied for 10th in the tournament with two-day totals of 162, with Ellen Stensrud tying for 38th with a 178. Ashlyn Guggisberg finished tied for 46th with a 183 and Ariel Ostrander finished 87th with a 247.

Minnewaska holds the record for the most consecutive state championships - five - claiming the crown every year from 2006 to 2010. They still hold the record for the lowest tournament score of 610 set in 2009.

STATE CLASS AA GIRLS' GOLF RESULTS

TEAM SCORES - 1. Detroit Lakes 619, 2. Minnewaska 654, 3. St. Croix Lutheran 691, 4. Providence Academy 712, 5. St. Cloud Cathedral 722, 6. Stewartville 743, 7. Hermantown 780, 8. Fairmont 794.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION - Kate Smith, Detroit Lakes, 140.

MINNEWASKA RESULTS - 3. Brianna Janu 42-33 38-40 - 153, 10. (tie) Jenna Janu 41-42 40-39 - 162, Alexis Guggisberg 42-41 40-39 - 162, 38. (tie) Ellen Stensrud 49-46 40-43 - 178, 46. (tie) Ashlyn Guggisberg 50-44 40-49 - 183, 87. Ariel Ostrander 63-68 63-53 - 247.

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