PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Marshall leads after Day 1 of Section 3AA Championships
BUFFALO LAKE — The round didn’t start as well as hoped for the Marshall boys golf team on Thursday, but the team responded on the back nine to situate itself in first place after Day 1 of the Section 3AA Championships at Oakdale Golf Club.
Marshall sits in first place with a team score of 318 (+30), but just seven strokes ahead of second-place Jackson County Central at 325. Minnewaska Area is within striking distance at 327, followed by New London-Spicer (332) and Fairmont (336). All five teams advance to Tuesday’s final round.
Marshall boys golf coach Kari Ehlers was pleased with how her team responded down the stretch, finishing with a 9-over on the back nine.
“We were a bit worried after the first nine holes at 21-over par,” Ehlers said. “Knowing that we ended up at 318 for a team total, the boys really stepped it up.”
Mason Plante led the Tigers with a team-low of 75.
It wasn’t a smooth round for Plante, however, as he struggled early in the round.
“Mason’s first six holes he was sitting at 6-over and he ended at 6-over,” Ehlers said. “That’s a tribute to his experience and I’m proud of the way he kept his cool.”
Spencer Ehlers came in second for Marshall with a round of 77, followed by Landon Frost at 80.
For Frost, it was his short game that kept his scores low throughout the round.
“Landon had 11 putts on the back nine, which really helped his score,” coach Ehlers said. “His game’s consistency has really been important for our team. Landon’s mental game is mature as he keeps very even-keeled while playing.”
Noah Puetz added an 86 to complete the team’s score. Ethan VanHauwert finished the round at 94, while Tannyr Curry carded a 97.
Action resumes at the Section 3AA Championships on Tuesday at Oakdale Golf Club. With a seven-stroke lead going into Day 2, the Marshall boys golf team is hoping to punch its ticket to the state tournament for the 10th time in school history and make its first state tournament appearance as a team since finishing second in Class AA in 2014.
“We look forward to Day 2,” coach Ehlers said. “The boys would like to take a couple more shots off of their team score.”
MADISON — Lakeview’s softball season came to a close on Thursday with a 4-1 loss to Lac qui Parle Valley in the opening round of the Section 3A Tournament.
Lakeview tallied seven hits in the loss. Michaela Schuster led the way, going 3 for 3 with a run scored. Grace Rausch added two hits and an RBI in the loss.
Josie Johnson took the loss in the circle, going the distance and allowing four runs on seven hits with one strikeout.
Lakeview 100 000 0 — 1 7 4
LQPV 110 200 x — 4 7 1
HITTING: Lakeview (Schuster 3-3, run; Imes 1-3; Rausch 2-3, RBI; Kosel 1-3).
PITCHING: Lakeview (Johnson 6.0-7-4-2-2-1).
SLAYTON — The No. 3-seeded Wabasso softball team is still alive in the postseason, winning both games Thursday on opening day of the Section 3A Tournament. Wabasso defeated Adrian Area 11-1 in five innings before an 11-8 win over Murray County Central.
Allison Fenger had three home runs with four RBI to lead the Rabbits offense. Megan Rothmeier added two RBI on three hits.
Sarah Franta got the win in the circle, giving up three hits.
Against MCC, Fenger hit her fourth homer of the day.
The Rabbits offense also got doubles from Franta, Rothmeier, Cora Eichten, and Jenna Frank.
No. 3S Wabasso will face No. 1N Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Saturday in Marshall, with first pitch scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Section 3A track
MONTEVIDEO – The area Section 3A track and field teams got their subsection championships started on Thursday at three different venues.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Wabasso and Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central competed in the East Subsection in Redwood Falls, Murray County Central and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton competed in the Southwest Subsection in Luverne. Canby/Minneota, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Lakeview and Yellow Medicine East competed in the Northwest Subsection in Montevideo.
At each site, the top four individuals and relays in each event automatically qualified to the Section 3A Championships next Thursday in Luverne. The last four to qualify in each event will be based on top non-automatic qualifying performances from all three Section 3A subsection sites.
Results from Redwood Falls and Luverne were not available at press time.
Lizzy Gillingham advances to sections, winning the 100 in 13.34 seconds. Isabelle Hennen (28.96 seconds) and Delaney Houseman (29.11 seconds) placed third and fourth in the 200.
RyAnn Hansen (1:00.97) and Alexis Wollum (1:07.36) finished the 400 in first and fourth place, respectively.
Grace Drietz won the 800 in 2:22.43 and the 1,600 in 5:10.27.
Faith Traen (12:47.58) and McKenzie Ruether (12:57.63) placed second and third in the 3,200.
Kameron King won the 100 hurdles in 17.73 seconds and finished second in 300 hurdles at 52.51 seconds.
All four girls relay teams advance. The Lancers won both the 800 relay (1:51.72) and 1,600 relay (4:12.79), while placing second in 3,200 relay (10:59.84) and fourth in the 400 relay (54.84 seconds).
Hansen (16-1.75) and Gillingham (15-10.5) finished 1-2 in the long jump. Makenzie Hemish was second in pole vault at 8-6. Maya Wente finished fourth in triple jump at 31-4. Hannah Jelen finished fourth in discus at 98-7.
Cameron Anderson advanced to next week’s section championship after placing third in the boys 100 at 12.09 seconds.
Jared Josephson won the 400 at 52.54 seconds. AJ Josephson (53.84 seconds) and Jalyn Ufkin (55.47 seconds) also advanced to sections in the 400 after placing third and fourth respectively.
Blake Stoks placed third in the 3,200 (10:31.60) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:46.57) to advance.
Carter Wente won the 110 hurdles in 15.80 seconds. Ty Stoks advances in the 300 hurdles after placing fourth at 46.15 seconds.
The Lancers advanced three relay teams to sections, with first-place times in the 400 relay (45.25 seconds), 800 relay (1:33.40) and 1,600 relay (3:36.38).
Keaton Schuelke (11.96 seconds) and Trevon Johnson (12.05 seconds) took the top two spots in the boys 100-meter dash. In the 200, it was Bentley Boike (23.82 seconds) and Schuelke taking first and second place.
Jordan Hastad placed second in the 800 (2:08.61) to advance.
Mike Kvaal (4:40.37) and Ezekiel Sather (4:41.76) finished first and second in the 1,600, while Kvaal (10:18.66) and Sather (10:24.28) also took the top spots in the boys 3,200.
Boike placed second in the 110 hurdles at 16.12 seconds.
In field events, Maverick Conn took first in high jump at 6-1, while Evan Hegland finished tied for third at 5-9.
LQPV/DB took the top three triple jump places. Thomas Daniels won at 41-3.5, while Conn (40-1) and Hegland (38-8) placed second and third, respectively.
The LQPV/DB 3,200 relay team placed first with a time of 8:48.09. The Eagles’ boys 400-meter relay team placed second at 45.26 seconds, while the 1,600 relay team advances after taking fourth at 3:47.13.
On the girls side, Taylor Shelstad placed second in 400 at 1:04.71. Isabel Schirm finished the 800 in second at 2:27.07.
Anika Fernholz won the 3,200 at 12:41.45.
Josie Munsterman finished second in 100 hurdles at 18.31 seconds. She also won high jump at 5-0., while Avery Bartunek was second in high jump at 5-0.
Bartunek (15-10.50) and Jade Bukowski (15-5.50) finished 3-4 in the long jump and 2-3, while Bartuek (34-3) and Bukowski (32-3) placed 2-3 in triple jump.
Julie Overton won shot put at 33-9.50 and took second in discus at 111-8.
All four Eagles girls relay teams advanced, including winning both the 400 relay (53.59 seconds) and 3,200 relay (10:51.55). The 1,600 relay team finished third at 4:35.98, while taking fourth in 800 relay (1:58.15).
Tyler Syring placed third in the boys 200 at 24.21 seconds and fourth in the boys 100 at 12.10 seconds to move on to sections.
Dylan Moe finished fourth in the 800 at 2:12.56.
Rory Shackelford finished with a third-place time of 4:43.68 in the 1,600.
Jahrell Ishmon won the 300 hurdles at 42.53 seconds, while Drake Lieser placed fourth in the 110 hurdles at 18.29 seconds. Ishmon also tied for third in high jump at 5-9.
YME’s boys 800 relay team placed third at 1:37.60, while the 1,600 relay team placed third at 3:37.50.
Jacob Kluver qualified for sections in long jump after placing third at 19-7 in subsections.
On the girls side, Meeghen Dahlager won the triple jump at 34-11.75.
Ruby Bones took fourth in the 800 at 2:32.31. Kylie Knollenburg was third in 1,600 at 5:53.60.
Elijah Sterner qualified for sections after placing second in the 400 at 53.08 seconds and fourth in the 200 at 24.31 seconds.
Reid Bot qualified for sections in two events, winning the discus competition at 138-0 and finishing second in shot put at 40-9.
Alexis Lienemann placed fourth in 1,600 at 5:56.43.
Lakeview’s 3,200 relay placed fourth at 9:22.56 to move on to sections.
Sierra Plotz took fourth in girls 100 at 13.74 seconds.
LeeAnn Stensrud took second in high jump at 5-0, while Plotz finished fourth at 4-8.
Savannah Rausch finished third in pole vault at 7-6.
Kaitlynn Bot won discus at 114-3.