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Trojan girls have two golfers earn all-conference spots

The Worthington Trojans girls golf team placed fourth overall Monday at the Big South Conference Championship meet at Dakotah Ridge in Morton and also had two girls earn all-conference honors.

 

Blue Earth Area won the meet with a total of 355 strokes, and Redwood Valley was second at 359. The Cardinals’ Mila Jenniges was the day’s medalist with a 71.

 

The Trojans, who finished with a team total of 391, were paced by Madison Beckmann’s round of 86, which tied her for fourth among individuals. Claire Mahlberg was 19th overall with 98, and she followed by teammates Claire Meyer at 100 and Abryona Erwin at 107.

 

Beckmann concluded conference play by placing sixth place among all competitors, while Mahlberg tied for 16th place. The top 18 competitors earned all-conference honors.

 

Earlier Monday, it was a disappointing day for the Trojans’ boys golf team, as they placed 12th at the Big South Conference Championship meet, also at Dakotah Ridge.

 

St. Peter won the meet with a team total of 305 strokes, followed by Marshall at 309 and Luverne with 318. Jackson County Central was among the other teams competing and placed eighth, and Worthington concluded the meet with a team total of 377.

 

Henry Hartquist of Luverne finished at the top individually with a round of 68. He was followed closely by Jayden Manthei of Marshall, who carded a 69.

 

For Worthington, Spenser Nickel had the low round of the day with a 90, which had him in 45th place overall among individuals. Andrew Mulder shot a 92, Wesley Widboom also had a 92 and Gerrit Larson fired a 103 for the Trojans’ other counting scores. No Trojans placed in the top 18 in conference play for the season.

 

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The visiting Luverne Cardinals banged out 17 hits Monday and rolled to a 14-3, six-inning triumph over Worthington.

 

The Trojans, now 6-10, fell behind 3-0 in the second when Blake Sauer hit a two-run single and Carter Sehr followed with an RBI double. Both Sauer and Sehr had four hits apiece in the game Luverne.

 

In the bottom of the second, Trojans catcher Austin Gruis led off with a blast over the left-center field fence to trim the deficit to 3-1. The Cardinals, though, tacked on one run in the third and then broke the game open by scoring six times in the fourth.

 

After the Cardinals added one more in the fifth to make it an 11-1 contest, Dawson Svalland singled in the bottom of the inning and Tucker Brandner drove him in with a double to prolong the game further. Luverne then scored three in the sixth and limited Worthington to one run – which came without the benefit of a hit – in its last at-bat.

 

WHS, now 6-10, hosts Marshall in a doubleheader Tuesday.

 

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The Worthington Trojans softball team was defeated on the road Monday at Tri-City United, 4-3.

 

Madi Polz, who collected three hits for the Trojans on Saturday against Albert Lea on Saturday, was 3-for-3 in Monday’s game, and Marin Pederson and Hannah McNab each had a 2-for-3 afternoon for Worthington. WHS will be back in action Tuesday afternoon as it plays host to Luverne.


 

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