Wet, windy and cold conditions could do little to cool off Century's girls golf team on Monday.
The Patriots powered through the elements en route to a West Region tournament championship at Dickinson's Heart River Golf Course. Going back and forth with St. Mary's all season, Century prevailed 328-337 on Monday with seventh-grader Hannah Herbel's winning round of 78 leading the way.
"We've been going head-to-head with St. Mary's all year but the girls were really determined to go out and win a WDA championship and they got it done," Century coach Lindsay Reede said. "We're peaking at the right time. It was pretty cold and wet out there, but the girls did a really good job."
Herbel staved off Tonya Dvorak of St. Mary's by one shot for medalist honors.
"When her driver and irons are on, she's pretty good," Reede said. "Her and her twin sister (Leah) are pretty solid golfers."
Madison Braun and Amber Domres also turned in steady performances. Braun carded an 81 to tie for third. Domres ended with an 83, tied for sixth. Leah Herbel had an off day, but still shot 86.
"It was tough out there. The last nine holes it was raining pretty steady," Reede said. "You had to be mentally tough to grind it out. The girls stayed focused and accomplished something really special."
Also on Monday, Sydney Smith of St. Mary's was named the West Region Senior Athlete of the Year. Smith ranks second in the conference with a scoring average of 80.90.
Mandan coach Dean Johs was named West Region Coach of the Year. The Braves finished third overall as Deona Roehrich (83), Payton Roehrich (84) and Cortnie Mongeon (85) finished within two strokes of each other.
Up next is the state meet on Oct. 2-3 at King's Walk in Grand Forks. The top six teams qualified for state along with all individual scores under 93. All-region recognition was earned by rounds of 84 or better.