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story.lead_photo.caption Lane Plunkett of Helias watches his tee shot during Monday's first round of the Class 3 state championships at Columbia Country Club. Photo by Jenna Kieser / News Tribune.

COLUMBIA — The Helias Crusaders put together a solid round Monday during the first round of the Class 3 boys golf state championships at Columbia Country Club.

Helias posted a team score of 325, putting the Crusaders in fifth place among nine teams with 18 holes left.

Pembroke Hill is first with a 307, followed by MICDS in second with a 312, John Burroughs third with a 314 and Lutheran South fourth with a 319.

Alex Gentry led the Crusaders with an opening-round 5-over 77, putting him in a five-way tie for 12th place out of 88 golfers at the state championships.

Lane Plunkett is tied for 22nd place with a 79, while Drew Higgins is tied for 42nd place with an 83. Ethan Johnson rounded out Helias' first day team score with an 86, putting him in a tie for 58th place.

Owen Johnson followed with an 87 for the Crusaders. He is tied for 62nd place.

Pembroke Hill's Ryan Lee and MICDS' Henry Mikula are tied for the lead in the individual standings, each shooting a 1-under 71 in the first round.

School of the Osage's Ethan Kline is tied for 47th place after carding an 84 in the first round.

The two-day event wraps up today with 18 holes in the second and final round.

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