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Prep report: Baker, Olson in top five at state golf

A pair of Northland golfers made second-day charges Wednesday to finish in the top five at the Minnesota boys golf state tournament.

Cloquet-Esko golfer Sam Baker shot a second-round 68 — eight strokes better than his first-round total — to finish tied for fourth at 144 in the Class AA meet at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn. Baker's efforts helped Cloquet-Esko finish fourth in the team competition by shaving 16 strokes off its opening round.

Nate Deziel of East Grand Forks claimed the title with a 137 total, while Holy Family Catholic won the team title with a sizzling 292 on the second day.

In Class A, North Woods senior Tate Olson went from 10th to a tie for fourth by shooting a second-round 73 and 150 overall, six shots behind winner Ben Laffen of Sleepy Eye United. North Woods vaulted to third overall, trailing only co-winners Sleepy Eye and Mounds Park Academy.

Northland girls did not fare as well.

International Falls was fifth as a team in Class AA, with the Broncos' Morgan Rasmussen posting the best local score with a 36-hole 164. That was good for 14th place, 35 shots behind the record-breaking performance of Red Wing's Sophie Yoemans.

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