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Published June 03, 2012, 09:38 AM

High school golf rivals to duke it out for the top spot

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - It may be one of the greatest local rivalries that nobody has heard about.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - It may be one of the greatest local rivalries that nobody has heard about. That's because when you think rivals, golf isn't typically a sport that comes to mind. But when Shanley and West Fargo step on to the course at the state tournament this week, it's game on!

Golf is a unique sport, you spend so much time playing with your opponent that you develop friendships.

GRADY MEYER - Shanley: We all know each other, too. We play each other just casually, too. It's more of a friendly rivalry.”

RILEY JOHNSON - West Fargo: “There is a little humble trash talking between us. We all know that any of us can shoot low and we all can go out and have a good time.”

Friendly or not West Fargo and Shanley have been playing the EDC version of king of the hill all season. The Packers won 4 meets, while the Deacons took home the other 3 titles, and twice it came down to a tie-breaker.

Grady: “I'd say we're pretty even.”

And so would the standings, the two shared the conference regular season title. And will likely duke it out for the top spot at this week's state tournament.

CONNOR HOLLAND - West Fargo: “There's no clear favorite at all. It's whoever gets the most from it's 4, 5, 6 guys. Whoever comes ready to play at state will probably walk away with it.”

If you want to use a recent trend to predict the winner, consider this: Last year, West Fargo won the EDC title, while the Deacons captured state. This year Shanley took the EDC crown, so does that mean the Packers are a shoe-in for the ultimate prize?

Connor: “I sure hope so. I really do.”

Riley: “We really want it. We have three seniors that are desperately waiting for a state championship.”

Grady: “That's not the plan. We hope not. I think we're good enough that we can win the EDC and state.”

And whichever team wins the title, you can bet their friendly rival won't be far behind. The 2-day tournament gets underway Tuesday in Dickinson.