STORM LAKE - The St. Edmond boys golf team is heading back to the state tournament.
The Gaels qualified for the first time since 2004 by capturing a Class 2A district championship here Friday at Lake Creek Country Club.
Head coach Dan Streit's squad showed off their depth in carding a 322 to win by seven strokes over O-A/BC-IG.
''We had four counters right around that 80 mark, while most of the other schools were struggling beyond their top two,'' said Streit, who last led St. Edmond to state in his first year at the helm. ''That makes such a big difference, when you can get a good score from the back end (of the lineup).
''I'm so happy for our guys. This is incredibly gratifying after a long, tough season of hard work. I still think the best is yet to come for this program with David Flattery being our only senior, but this is a great chance to get state tournament exposure and experience now.''
Junior Eddie Doyle paced the Gaels with a 78, while freshman Robert Flattery (80), junior Michael Faiferlick (81) and David Flattery (83) not far behind.
''We're solid from top to bottom; I still think there is room to grow and improve, but our consistency has been a constant,'' Streit said. ''That's been what has separated us from the pack - everyone can and does contribute.''
Junior Cal Coleman (89) and freshman Harrison Mayer (90) rounded out the scoring on Friday.
The 2A state tournament is Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at Spring Valley in Livermore.
''We know Spring Valley well and are really looking forward to it,'' Streit said. ''It's a terrific course. Looking at the list of (team state qualifiers), we're going to have our work cut out for us. The 2A field is deep and talented.''
St. Edmond had the fourth-best district score on Friday, behind Waterloo Columbus (300), South Hamilton (306) and PCM Monroe (309). The Hawks advanced behind junior Trevor Ullestad (75), junior Braxton Risetter (75), senior Jacob Haugland (77) and junior Jordan Toillion (79).