WINFIELD — It wasn't exactly stunning news that the Kapaun Mount Carmel boys golf team won the Class 5A state title Monday afternoon.
After all, the Crusaders have now won 18 state championships and this year's team repeatedly broke 300 in the City League.
What was so impressive was just how dominant Kapaun was against what looked to be a loaded field.
The Crusaders fired a 306 against up to 40 mile per hour winds and beat second-place Hays by 22 strokes. Kapaun also had four scores in the 70s (David Auer 75, A.J. Gebert and Jack Cantele 76 and Max Lazzo 79).
"We've had five guys all year who have pretty much been right there near the top," Kapaun coach Dan Phillips said "The guys played phenomenal today and battled through bad shots and scored when they could."
Lazzo, who won the City League Tournament two weeks ago, was steady with six bogies and two birdies after recovering for a triple bogey on the par-three sixth.
Cantele was steady except for a triple bogey on No. 14, a long par 4.
"That was as well as I have hit the ball all year," Cantele said. "These are tough greens and I had a lot of putts lip out, so it could have been lower."
Auer double-bogeyed the third hole and didn't make his first birdie until seven. After that, though, he played the final 11 holes in two over.
"It was pretty steady for me all day — not too many mishaps," Auer said. "It seems like I do this every year. I come through when my team needs me the most."
It had been six years since Kapaun won a state title.
"We knew with the talent we have that we had to win state," Auer said. "We have pushed each other every week to get better. It's been a lot of fun with these guys."
Class 6A — Only one golfer, Blue Valley West's Travis Mays, shot better than 4-over par at Alvamar Golf & Country Club at Lawrence. Mays won the individual crown with a 1-over 73.
Maize's Kramer Howell posted a 79 and claimed seventh overall by beating BV North's Ross Thornton, who also shot 79, in a playoff.
Howell led the Eagles to seventh place as a team (348). Shawnee Mission East won the team chase with a 315 team score.
Maize's Ryan Bette also picked up medal after shooting 83 and tying for 18th overall.