On Tuesday in Redwood Falls, the Marshall girls' golf team won in convincing fashion over Redwood Valley, while the Tiger boys were stunned, falling to the host Cardinals by a stroke.
Winning by a score of 194-210, the Marshall girls got a team-best score from freshman Hanna Peterson, who carded a 45 on the way to medalist honors.
"She just played very steady," Tiger girls' head coach Nancy Blanchard said of Peterson's round. "Nothing in trouble. If she missed the green, she chipped it on. She played steady bogey golf."
Following Peterson was Jessica Blanchard, who posted a 47, followed by Kirsten Webskowski (50) and Laura Mitlyng (52).
Redwood Valley's top scorers were Abby Schmidt and Makenzie Mace, who each shot 52s.
With the Southwest Conference championship being played in Redwood Falls on May 21, Blanchard said that Tuesday's meet was a nice warmup for her squad as the conference meet draws closer.
"Everyone played decent today, not great," Blanchard said. "Hanna had a nice round, and Jessica had trouble with the last hole or else she would have been around a 45. We had bunched-up scores, which is nice. ... You want any of the six players to be able to count their scores if someone has an off day."
For the Tiger boys, who came off a tough meet with Pipestone on Monday, the woes continued on Tuesday with a 160-161 loss to the Cardinals.
"If our number one and two and three players play average and the other teams play to the best of their capabilities, we could get sabotaged," said Marshall boys' head coach Allen Lucht. "And that's exactly what happened today."
There was a three-way tie for medalist honors, with Marshall's Matt Bennett and Brent Haukom, along with Redwood Valley's Derek Bebeau, each carding 39s.
After Bennett and Haukom, the Tigers got a score of 41 by Matt Christianson and a 42 from Max Deutz.
"When you're number one struggles and you're not real solid with all six players, the scores aren't real bad, but it's just not the place we need to be," Lucht said. "We averaged about a 40, and that should be a 38. We have to get back to practice and get our game back."
With two days off before their next meet on Friday versus Windom at the Marshall Golf Club, Lucht admitted that it'll be beneficial for his team to get a break and a chance to work on their games outside of competition.
"It's been a tough road to hoe, keeping it up day after day after day," Lucht said. "It's not easy on these young men."
Boys Team Scores: 1. Redwood Valley 160; 2. Marshall 161.
Marshall Individual Results: Matt Bennett 39, Brent Haukom 39, Matt Christianson 41, Max Deutz 42, Alex Buysse 43, Marcus Holmberg 44.
Girls Team Scores: 1. Marshall 194; 2. Redwood Valley 210.
Marshall Individual Results: Hanna Peterson 45, Jessica Blanchard 47, Kirsten Webskowski 50, Laura Mitlyng 52, Ali Pogatchinik 53, Sarah Vogl 54.