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.