BILLINGS – Manhattan’s Josh Neth and Missoula Loyola’a Kylie Esh each fired opening-round, even-par 72s Tuesday to take the lead at the midway point of the State B golf tournaments at Eaglerock Golf Club.

Neth shot a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine before turning in a 1-under 35 on the back to take a one-shot lead over Loyola’s Bucky Crippen. Colstrip’s Peter Brown is two shots back after an opening-round 74.

Two-time defending State B champion Ryggs Johnston plays in Class A now after Libby moved up a class before the 2017-18 school year, so there will be a new champion for the first time since Manhattan’s Joey Peter won the State B title at Eaglerock in 2015. Neth finished 13th as a freshman that year with a 157 two-day total. He finished 17th at state last season, while Crippen finished second and Brown finished fourth.

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Esh, meanwhile, has a six-shot lead heading into Wednesday’s final round in her quest to defend her 2017 title. The senior, who moved to Montana less than two years ago, won last year’s tournament by 13 shots over teammate Katie Fagg. Fagg again sits second after a 78 Tuesday.

Shelby’s Skyler Martin is looking for her third consecutive top-three State B finish. Martin is in fourth after an opening-round 87. She has finished third at state each of the past two years.

The final round begins Wednesday at 8 a.m. Leaders are expected to tee off around 11 a.m.

GIRLS TEAM

1. LOYOLA SACRED HEART – LOY 346 0 — — — — 346
2. SHELBY – SHB 365 0 — — — — 365
3. THREE FORKS – THR 386 0 — — — — 386
4. COLUMBUS – CLB 402 0 — — — — 402
5. BIG FORK – BIG 412 0 — — — — 412
6. ANACONDA – ANA 437 0 — — — — 437
7. SWEET GRASS (Big Timber) – SG 439 0 — — — — 439
8. HUNTLEY PROJECT – HP 444 0 — — — — 444
9. COLSTRIP – CST 475 0 — — — — 475
10. GLASGOW – GLA 477 0 — — — — 477
11. FAIRFIELD – FAF 547 0 — — — — 547

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL

1. ESH, KYLIE – LOY 72 — — — — 72
2. FAGG, KATIE – LOY 78 — — — — 78
3. AKLESTAD, ABBEY – SHB 86 — — — — 86
4. MARTIN, SKYLER – SHB 87 — — — — 87
5T. @BIELER, KATIE – CHO 90 * * — — — — 90*

5T. HESS, OLIVIA – CLB 90 — — — — 90
5T. @BROWN, ELSIE – THF 90 * * — — — — 90*
5T. ROWAN, MAKAYLA – THR 90 — — — — 90
9. EMTER, MADILYN – SG 91 — — — — 91
10T. @LARSON, BRENNAN – RND 92 * * — — — — 92*

10T. MACK, SHAINY – THR 92 — — — — 92
12T. JOHANNES, BAILEY – CLB 93 — — — — 93
12T. TOMAZELI, ISADORA – LOY 93 — — — — 93
14. ANDERSON, KENDALL – SHB 94 — — — — 94
15. @MURACK, KATE – CON 96 * * — — — — 96*

16. SANTISTEVAN, ISABELLA – BIG 97 — — — — 97
17T. WHITTED, REESE – SHB 98 — — — — 98
17T. @BRUNELLE, HAILEY – POP 98 * * — — — — 98*
17T. @FRIEZ, KATIE – FOR 98 * * — — — — 98*
20. JONES, TAYLOR – THR 100 — — — — 100

21T. PAULSEN, MELISSA – BIG 101 — — — — 101
21T. @BAXTER, MEGAN – THF 101* * — — — — 101*
23. MARKER, MADDIE – ANA 102 — — — — 102
24T. @ALEXANDER, ANNIE – FLC 103* * — — — — 103*
24T. ESH, KELSEY – LOY 103 — — — — 103

26T. MOON, HEIDI – GLA 104 — — — — 104
26T. VALDEZ, ADDY – CST 104 — — — — 104
26T. ROBINSON, BRITTNEY – THR 104 — — — — 104
29T. @TWOMOONS, JASMYNE – LD 105* * — — — — 105*
29T. STODGHILL, CARLY – BIG 105 — — — — 105

31T. @FREDERICK, MIA – POP 107* * — — — — 107*
31T. CRANE, ANDI – HP 107 — — — — 107
31T. MILLER, CLAIRE – ANA 107 — — — — 107
34. LEY, EMILY – HP 108 — — — — 108
35T. GORDON, BAYLEE – CLB 109 — — — — 109

35T. EMSLIE, HATTIE – BIG 109 — — — — 109
35T. @BENSON, PEYTON – LIN 109* * — — — — 109*
38T. PEHLKE, LEXI – GLA 110 — — — — 110
38T. @DUROCHER, SAVANNAH – CHO 110* * — — — — 110*
38T. MARJERISON, KARSEN – CLB 110 — — — — 110

41T. @HUNTER, CHLOE – MAL 112* * — — — — 112*
41T. HATHAWAY, LYNNETTE – SG 112 — — — — 112
43T. JOHNSON, BAILEY – SHB 113* * — — — — 113
43T. HERMAN, TRINITY – ANA 113 — — — — 113
45. ALBRECHT, ASHTON – HP 114 — — — — 114

46T. HARMAN, JESSIKA – HP 115 — — — — 115
46T. KOVATCH, HOLLI – SG 115 * — — — — 115
46T. SMITH, PAIGE – ANA 115 — — — — 115
49. MANDAJOYAN, DIANNA – CST 118 — — — — 118
50T. @BECKER, LAKOTA – CON 119* * — — — — 119*

50T. DAHLE, KATIE – CST 119 — — — — 119
52T. KETCHUM, CHLOE – CLB 121* * — — — — 121
52T. MORGAN, MARISSA – SG 121 — — — — 121
54. NISTLER, ALEXUS – GLA 122 — — — — 122
55. @EISELEIN, MEGHAN – RND 123* * — — — — 123*

56. TIGNER, PAYTON – HP 125* * — — — — 125
57. SIMMONS, TAYLOR – FAF 126 — — — — 126
58. POOR, PEYTON – FAF 127 — — — — 127
59T. KINZEL, JAYLEN – CST 134 — — — — 134
59T. ROWAN, MAKENZIE – THR 134* * — — — — 134

61. CAFFIN, TYLER – FAF 140 — — — — 140
62. BAXTER, BAILEE – GLA 141 * — — — — 141
63. LAGERQUIST, SHANICE – GLA 144* — — — — 144
64. ANDERSON, ASHLEY – BIG 146* * — — — — 146
65. WHITTROCK, RYLEE – SG 149* — — — — 149

66. BAUMES, LILY – LOY 151* * — — — — 151
67. BECKER, PARIS – FAF 154 — — — — 154

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BOYS TEAM

1. SHELBY – SHB 333 0 — — — — 333
2. LOYOLA SACRED HEART – LOY 341 0 — — — — 341
3. SWEET GRASS (Big Timber) – SG 344 0 — — — — 344
4. MANHATTAN – MAN 349 0 — — — — 349
5. THREE FORKS – THR 360 0 — — — — 360
6. BROADWATER – BRW 365 0 — — — — 365
7. CONRAD – CON 367 0 — — — — 367
8. RED LODGE – RL 369 0 — — — — 369
9. GLASGOW – GLA 371 0 — — — — 371
10. COLSTRIP – CST 392 0 — — — — 392
11. CHOTEAU – CHO 412 0 — — — — 412
12. ROUNDUP – RND 416 0 — — — — 416

BOYS INDIVIDUAL

1. NETH, JOSH – MAN 72 — — — — 72
2. CRIPPEN, BUCKY – LOY 73 — — — — 73
3. BROWN, PETER – CST 74 — — — — 74
4. @BECKMAN, DYLAN – THF 76 * * — — — — 76*
5. @BROWN, ETHAN – THF 77 * * — — — — 77*

6. WHITE, AARON – SHB 78 — — — — 78
7. GRAVELEY, CODY – BRW 79 — — — — 79
8. SHEPHARD, JAREK – CON 81 — — — — 81
9T. MYRICK, BLAINE – GLA 82 — — — — 82
9T. @EMSLIE, AUGIE – BIG 82 * * — — — — 82*

11T. REYNOLDS, TJ – SHB 83 — — — — 83
11T. WHITTED, BROCK – SHB 83 — — — — 83
11T. SCHWERS, BRANDON – SG 83 — — — — 83
11T. MOHR, CHASE – THR 83 — — — — 83
15T. GRIFFITH, JAYCE – RND 84 — — — — 84

15T. HATFIELD, EASTON – BRW 84 — — — — 84
17T. FINN, BLAKE – SG 85 — — — — 85
17T. @FLINT, KONNER – BAK 85 * * — — — — 85*
17T. BECK, DYLAN – LOY 85 — — — — 85
20. CRABTREE, KYLER – CHO 86 — — — — 86

21T. VANDENACRE, KYLE – CON 87 — — — — 87
21T. WELLER, CLIFF – SG 87 — — — — 87
21T. CANTALUPO, STEVEN – MAN 87 — — — — 87
24. @ECKMANN, JOSH – JEF 88 * * — — — — 88*
25T. ANDERSON, JAROD – SHB 89 — — — — 89

25T. PATTON, CALEB – SG 89 * — — — — 89
25T. KANE, TUCKER – RL 89 — — — — 89
25T. @BROCKELBANK, GABE – CLB 89 * * — — — — 89*
29T. BRUSVEN, WYATT – SHB 90 * * — — — — 90
29T. KREATZ, JACOB – RL 90 — — — — 90

31T. BRAATEN, IKE – GLA 91 — — — — 91
31T. BROWNLEE, CARTER – SG 91 * — — — — 91
31T. NOYD, REED – LOY 91 — — — — 91
31T. JENNINGS, JOHN – THR 91 — — — — 91
31T. BLAKER, RILEY – THR 91 — — — — 91

36. KALEVA, SEAN – LOY 92 — — — — 92
37. MANN, COOPER – RL 93 — — — — 93
38T. VANDENACRE, BLAKE – CON 94 — — — — 94
38T. @STAMPFEL, TREY – CLB 94 * * — — — — 94*
38T. @BAUER, KAI – ANA 94 * * — — — — 94*

38T. VANDYKEN, TREVOR – MAN 94 — — — — 94
42. HAUSER, MICAIAH – THR 95 * — — — — 95
43T. BAER, JT – CST 96 — — — — 96
43T. VANDYKEN, NATHAN – MAN 96 — — — — 96
45T. BOOS, HUNTER – RL 97 — — — — 97

45T. @HOPKINS, BRANDON – BIG 97 * * — — — — 97*
47. HALLOCK, ODEN – GLA 98 — — — — 98
48T. MYRICK, CADE – GLA 100 — — — — 100
48T. GRIFFITH, KAIDE – RND 100 — — — — 100
48T. @FEUERSTEIN, ELY – SHP 100* * — — — — 100*

48T. HUFNAGEL, PARKER – BRW 100 — — — — 100
52T. @SADLER, DAMON – POP 102* * — — — — 102*
52T. ROBERTSON, CADE – BRW 102 * — — — — 102
54. DUROCHER, TRENTON – CHO 103 — — — — 103
55. FOSSUM, KADEN – GLA 104* * — — — — 104

56T. KOVATCH, KOLBY – CHO 105 — — — — 105
56T. RUSSELL, BRIDGER – CON 105 — — — — 105
56T. @WATERS, GRAYSON – MAL 105* * — — — — 105*
59. KENDRICK, JOSEPH – LOY 106* * — — — — 106
60T. GOFFENA, LUCAS – RND 107 — — — — 107

60T. MORRIS, AIDAN – BRW 107* — — — — 107
62. KEPLIN, MEMPHIS – CST 108 — — — — 108
63. SAYERS, TANNER – THR 111* — — — — 111
64T. HUNTSINGER, CADEN – CON 114* * — — — — 114
64T. SMITH, BRANDON – CST 114 * — — — — 114

66T. HEIDINGER, HAYES – RL 116* * — — — — 116
66T. CHAPMAN, RILEY – MAN 116* * — — — — 116
68. ARMSTRONG, BRADY – CHO 118 — — — — 118
69T. EISELEIN, KELSON – RND 125 — — — — 125
69T. McHENRY, MICHAEL – RND 125* * — — — — 125

71. CHOLFON, JONATHAN – CHO 126* * — — — — 126
— SMITH, TRAVIS – CST DQ * — — — — 0

# or * = Ineligible for Team Score

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