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With a team score of 303, the Red Wing boys' golf team fought off Section 1AA foe Rochester Lourdes for the Mayo invitational title Wednesday at Eastwood Golf Club in Rochester. The Wingers' score was enough to hold off Lourdes' 308 and Eagan's 311. Leading Red Wing was Cecil Belisle, who split medalist honors with Lourdes' Luke Alexander after carding a 71. Red Wing's other scorers finished in the 70s as Drew Bjorngaard had a 76, Drew Siewert 77 and Spencer Kronbeck 79.
With the team shooting three of the lowest scores Red Wing has ever shot at Elk River, the Wingers' girls' golf team cruised to a victory in the 16-team Elk River Invitational on Tuesday with a score of 314. Red Wing was 44 strokes better than second-place Elk River with 358. Leading the charge was Stephanie Herzog, who shot a one-under par medalist round of 71. Leah Herzog followed with a 72 and Sophia Yoemans added a 74, which were the three best scores the team has ever shot at the tournament.
With a team score of 329, the Red Wing boys’ golf team held off Lakeville North to win the Byron invitational Monday at Somerby Golf Course. Lakeville North was five strokes behind with 334, followed by Stewartville (346), Byron (352) and Owatonna (353).
Windy conditions pushed scores up, but Red Wing still had no trouble on Monday, sweeping a Big Nine Conference triangular against Rochester John Marshall and Rochester Mayo. Stephanie Herzog and Sophia Yoemans both came in with 75s for the Wingers, leading the team to a 329 total, far ahead of the Spartans (379) and Rockets (399). Leah Herzog stayed in the 70s as well, finishing with a 79, with Sydney Flack rounding out Red Wing's scoring with an even 100. Mayo's Erin O'Hara was the only other golfer to break 90, finishing with an 85.
Red Wing got three sweeps, but Logan Johnson's three-set victory at No. 2 singles pushed the Wingers into the win column for the first time this season with a 4-3 win over Farmington on Monday. Johnson dropped his first set, but came back to defeat Maxx Maata 6-7, 6-4, 10-4. At No. 3 singles, Coby Castner won 6-1, 6-1 to split the individual matches. Red Wing's other two wins came in doubles play, with the top pairing of Ben Schafer and Konner Brickey winning 6-2, 6-2, and the No. 2 pair of Jack Nevitt and Lincoln Bryan stepping off the court 6-0, 6-4 winners.
Calvin Steberg sparked the offense, and two pitchers kept Byron in check as Kenyon-Wanamingo topped Byron, 11-5, on Monday for a Hiawatha Valley League victory. Steberg had two hits and four RBI, with Matt Houglum adding three hits and an RBI in the win. The Knights also got two hits apiece from Dylan Craig, Gavin Roosen and Carter Leininger. Tyler Ryan got the win for K-W, going five innings and allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Craig finished the game, allowing one hits and one run. The Knights (7-2) host Lake City on Tuesday.
Lourdes roughed up Goodhue on Monday, taking the Hiawatha Valley League matchup, 11-1, in five innings. Jack Gadient was pulled after two innings, which resulted in six Eagles hits, five earned runs and a 7-0 Lourdes lead. Taylor Buck, Carter Danielson, Lucas Thomforde, Ryan Schoenfelder and Jack Gadient accounted for the Wildcats' five hits off of Aaron Stanek, who, in addition to the win, had two doubles and four RBI for the Eagles. Goodhue (4-6) hosts Stewartville on Thursday.
Four Tigers finished in the top nine, leading the Lake City girls to a three-stroke victory at the Jordan Invitational on Saturday at the Ridges at Sand Creek. The Tigers totaled a 648 over the two-day tournament, scoring a 318 on Friday, and settling for a 330 on Saturday. Lake City's Olivia Matzke's 75-78—153 earned her the medal, with Detroit Lakes' Shelby Busker coming in second with a 154. Lexi Geolat (3rd, 160), Ava Wallerich (8th, 167) and Lidia Wallerich (T-9th, 169) also scored for the Tigers.
Pine Island pounded out 13 hits to win the first game of a Hiawatha Valley League doubleheader on Saturday, but Kasson-Mantorville shut down the Panthers in the second game, 10-2, to earn the split. Game 1 was highlighted by Pine Island's offense, with Bradey Braaten finishing 4-for-4, Jacob Navratil getting three hits, and Braden Akre and Drew Lohmeyer each finishing with two hits. Braaten also knocked in four runs while getting the win after six innings on the mound. Braaten allowed three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Kenyon-Wanamingo held Triton to four total hits over two games as the Knights swept a Hiawatha Valley League doubleheader on Saturday. Game 1 saw K-W win 5-0, led by Carter Leininger's three RBI. Gavin Roosen went the distance, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out 17. In the second game, The Knights scored four in the first to land the knockout blow. Dylan Craig and Calvin Steberg each had two hits in the win, with Matt Houglum striking out 11 on his way to a two-hit shutout.