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Cardinal senior Nick Brundell picked up yet another medalist honor for the boys' golf team, firing an even-par 72 at the Sauk Centre Invitational at GreyStone Wednesday, and leading the team to a first place finish. "Although there were only four teams, it gave the guys some competition going into the section meet next week," said head coach Rick Larson. "Nick continues his torrid scoring and he seems especially comfortable on the GreyStone course.
After eight straight years of advancing to the state tournament, the Minnewaska girls' golf team has been a force to be reckoned with and this year is no different. The Lakers cruised to their ninth section title Thursday behind their senior ace Alexis Guggisberg's medalist performance of 3-over-par 75, the lowest score by any boy or girl that day, during the Section 3AA championships at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. Her performance was one of just four top-10 finishes for the Lakers, who finished 34 strokes better than second place Marshall.
Ashby, Osakis and West Central Area had their boys' golf seasons come to an end in the Section 5A championships at Benson Wednesday. None of the three teams sent full squads to the championships, only individual qualifiers. The Silverstreaks' Paul Hartmann posted an 89 to lead the three Osakis golfers, while Joe Garcia finished with a 91 and Joey Kotek a 93. For the Knights, Hunter Pfingsten carded a 90 and Jordan Bruns a 108, and Ashby's J.P. Moe finished with a 97. "Hunter played real well most of the day," said WCA coach Kraig Hunter.
Several area athletes will be competing at this weekend's State Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St.
Alexandria had seven first place finishes in the Central Lakes Conference outdoor track and field championships last Thursday, and came away with a pair of state-record bests while earning a fourth place team finish. "The team may not have finished as high as we'd like as a team, but that was not due to a lack of impressive performances," said head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb.
The Cardinals saw an early lead fall, ending their softball season with a 3-1 loss to Bemidji in the loser's bracket of the Section 8AAA double elimination tournament Wednesday night. "It was a well-layed game with good pitching and defense on both sides," said head coach Randy Albers. Alexandria had a chance to get ahead early in the first inning with runners on second and third with nobody out as Sarah Bruzek and Dani Carlson led off the game with singles, but were stranded on the bases. Alexandria took a 1-0 lead after five and a half innings, and Cardinal ace Taylor Ellingson held the L
West Central Area entered the Section 6A baseball playoffs with a 6-10 record and the sixth seed in the tournament, but found some extra power Tuesday night, defeating third seeded Wheaton-Herman/Norcross 8-4 in the first round of action. "Three weeks ago we sat the boys down for a team meeting to review team goals," said head coach Brandon Gruchow. "We came close to meeting all three goals. "Our first was to keep everyone on the team eligible for the rest of the season [and] they completed that. Our second was to finish .500 as a team. Well, we are sitting at 7-10.
Runs by Lake Park-Audubon in each of the first three innings put the Chargers on their heels in the loser's bracket of the Section 6A softball playoffs Tuesday night, ending the season for Brandon-Evansville 9-6. "[We] got off to a slow start but the girls battled back and almost pulled it out," said head coach Tim Pattrin. "Carlie [Steffenson] pitched great once again and finished her great career here." Steffenson allowed nine runs, but just four of them were earned.
In the elimination round of the Section 6AA softball tournament, the Minnewaska girls found themselves on the short end of a 2-1 score in their game against Pequot Lakes. "I was very pleased with the team's effort," said head coach Steve Hoffmann. "We played hard. We made some big plays on defense at critical times. "Offensively, we left eight runners on base.
Paul Hartmann's 44 in the last Central Minnesota Conference meet at Rockford Thursday earned him an eighth place individual finish in the final boys' golf standings, good for All-Conference honors. Hartmann has a season average of 43.5. The Silverstreaks finished Thursday's meet trailing Rockford as they placed second. That was the same order of the final CMC team standings. In Thursday's meet, Mitch Tersteeg led the way with a 41, while Joey Kotek came in at 43, Hartmann at 44, R.J.