What could have been: no chance at repeat for Bulldog seniors

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The last time North Platte High School had back-to-back state champions was when the girls' cross country team won three straight titles from 1980-82. Last season, the Bulldogs boys' golf team won the Class B state championship, and with three seniors on this year's team, were hoping to repeat as Class A champions in 2020.

Finn Lucas is one of three seniors on the North Platte boys' golf team who will not get a chance to repeat as state champion with the cancelled spring sports season. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

"We definitely thought we had a chance to repeat" said senior Finn Lucas, "we're bummed out we're not going to get a chance to defend our title."

"It's a big bummer that we don't get the chance to repeat and prove ourselves again," said senior Tanner Ruda. "But, we can just either sit around and be sad about it, or just kind of live in the moment and just enjoy the moments that we did have."

When the NSAA announced on April 2 that the spring season would be cancelled, the golfers were upset that their high school careers ended without a chance to compete one last time.

"At first I didn't believe it," said senior Jayden Jones, "A few days later, it kind of hit me. It took a pretty big toll on myself, I was pretty sad for a few days."

"I kind of knew it was coming, but when that moment came, it was one of the toughest things I've ever had to go through, it was really hard," Ruda said.

"We've been looking forward to our senior year of golf season all throughout high school, and just to have taken away kind of sucks," Lucas said.

While they cannot compete at the high school level, the golfers are thankful they are still able to golf when it is nice out.

"I've played golf since I was four years old, been preparing for it for my whole life, so I'm out here everyday stil, all day long pretty much," Ruda said.