DIKE | The Clear Lake boys golf team spent this season with last season in mind.
The Lions finished Day 1 of the 2016 Class 2A state tournament with the lead. That tourney ended with the Lions in fourth place.
Clear Lake is headed back to state. The Lions have a different ending planned this time around.
The Lions qualified for the 2A meet by shooting a 306 during district play Friday at Fox Ridge. Conditions weren't ideal. But cold and rain couldn't stop Clear Lake from getting hot and stringing together par scores by the bunches.
"Our guys just got on streaks. They stayed away from the big number," said Clear Lake coach Eric Perry.
Thomas Storbeck, a senior, was medalist with a 38-35 - 73. Tate Storbeck shot a career low 37-38 - 75. Kyle Calaguas (37-41 - 78) and Alex Snelling (38-42 - 80) rounded out the scoring for the Lions.
The Storbecks scored par or better on 14 of 18 holes. Thomas led the charge, scoring a 2 on the par-4 14th, then hitting par to close out the last four holes.
"We all just kind of grinded it out all day," said Tate Storbeck.
With a ticket to state secured the Lions can turn their focus to their return to Lakeside Golf Course, scene of last season's first to fourth breakdown.
"We just hope we can do it both days," said Tate Storbeck.
The state meet runs Friday and Saturday, May 26-27 in Fort Dodge.
— Doug Barrett