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Three Worthington baseball players earn Big South honors

Tucker Brandner of Worthington has been named to the Big South Conference Big Schools All-Conference Baseball Team, and both Mathias Noble and Manny Saravia have earned honorable mention honors.

Brandner, a just-graduated senior, batted .351 on the season for the Trojans in 19 regular-season games, going 20-for-57 at the plate with four doubles and three home runs. He also played well at shortstop for WHS and was also one of the team's primary pitchers.

Meanwhile, Noble – also a just-graduated senior – and Saravia – a junior – earned their honors based on strong seasons of their own. 

Noble, who played mostly at second base, batted a team-leading .417 on the year in 16 regular season games, going 20-for 48 with team highs of six doubles and four triples. Noble also led the Trojans in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on base plus slugging percentage; he also struck out just four times.

Saravia, who just wrapped up his junior season – playing primarily in the outfield – finished the 2024 regular season with a .344 batting average and went 21-for-61 from the plate. In a total of 70 plate appearances, Saravia struck out just three times all year.

Marshall led all Big Schools with six players on the all-conference squad. They included: Josh Kraft, Levi Maeyaert, Liam Kruse, Talan Plante, Andrew Cowden and Owen Kesteloot. St. Peter representatives were: Kaeden Guida, Drew Simonette, Sam Moelter, Tate Olson and Nakiye Mercado. Fairmont players include: Josh Soelter, Levi Pooley, Jensen Livesay and Joey Crissinger. New Ulm was represented by Tanner Backer and Luke Suess.

Additional selections for honorable mention were: Andrew Stelter, Marshall; Kyle Albrecht, New Ulm; Max Brown, St. Peter; and Sebastian Teague and Colten Ruedy, Waseca.


The Luverne Cardinals had five players recognized on the Big South Conference Small Schools All-Conference Baseball Team; they also had two honorable mention selections.

Earning all-conference recognition from Luverne were: Connor Connell, Carter Sehr. Will Serie, Jacob Stroh and Blake Sauer. Luverne athletes chosen as honorable mention were Alex Schlosser and Elliot Domagala.

Also getting named all-conference were: Quintin Tietz, Drew Rothenberger, Adam Perrizo and Hunter Palm of Windom; Brandon Lang, Elway Berg and Ethan Louwagie of Redwood Valley; Brett Rossow and Ben Spaeth of Jackson County Central; and Peyton O'Hara and Taylor Davids of Blue Earth Area.

Additional honorable mention picks besides Schlosser and Domagala were: Noah Thompson and Ben Gallagher of Jackson County Central; Max Westman and John Boelke of St. James Area; Max Fuhr of Redwood Valley; Tucker Renquist of Windom; and Xavier Banjoko of Pipestone Area.

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