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By Jason Feldman email@example.com The list of accomplishments the Red Wing girls’ golf team has piled up over the past three decades is lengthy. As in, four sheets of paper. Single-spaced. Tiny type.
After Round 1 of the Class AA State Girls Golf Tournament, Red Wing's Sophia Yoemans leads all individuals. Yoemans is the only golfer to shoot under par for the round. After playing an even first nine, Yoemans birdied the first three holes on the back nine en route to a 69 by day's end. Winger Leah Herzog sits in a tie for second after the first round with a 73. Ava Bremseth shot an 86. Sydney Flack had a 91. Grace Dube shot a 99 and Ashton Chandler finished with a 104. The Wingers as a team sit in second place, six strokes behind first-place Minnetonka.
In the Class A third-place game, the second-seeded Randolph softball team left no doubt. The Rockets scored 10 runs in the first two innings of play and continued to pile on the runs in a 16-3, five-inning victory over top-seeded New York Mills at Caswell Park in North Mankato on Friday. The Eagles used four pitchers, but none could slow the Randolph offense. The Rockets had 11 hits and walked five times, scoring four runs in the first, six in the second, four in the third and two more in the fifth. New York Mills scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third.
The Minnesota State High School League made some big decisions on Monday, including voting down the proposal of a shot clock for all classes of boys’ and girls’ basketball. The league’s board of directors voted 13-5 against a 35-second shot clock that has wide support among the state’s coaches but little among athletic directors and region committees.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Amateur baseball Eau Claire at Red Wing, 7:30 p.m. Baseball Section 4A Tournament Elimination semifinal (at high seed), 4:30 p.m.
The Section 1A track and field meet held Tuesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 30, gave area athletes a chance to qualify for the Class A state meet. In all, 14 area boys and girls left Cotter High School in Winona with the qualifications necessary to head to Hamline University next week. The top two finishers in the finals automatically qualified for state while others finishing third or below would have to match or beat the state standard to gain entry to the season's final event.
Falling behind on the back nine, the Lake City girls' golf team (328-327--655) came in second place at the Section 1AA tournament in Cannon Falls. The Tigers were led by Ava Wallerich (74-79--153) who finished third among individuals. Wallerich wasn't the only Tiger to have a good tournament. Three other Tigers finished in the top 10 individually. Marah Rothgarn came in fifth (77-84--161), while Jordana Windhorst-Knudsen finished in sixth (84-85--169).
On the first day of the Section 1AA track and field meet at Lakeville South High School, only one Red Wing athlete qualified for the state meet while a couple others just missed the state standard. All prelims, and some finals, were run on Thursday, while the remaining finals are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Grace Johnson finished in second place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 57.40 seconds. Cadence Thorson finished third in the long jump with a 17-02. Thorson missed the state standard of 17-07.
Behind top-golfer Cecil Belisle the Red Wing boys' golf team cruised to a 31-stroke win over second-place Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, winning 635-666 in the Section 1AA tournament. Belisle finished in first as an individual and set a new section two-day record with a 5-under 139. Red Wing head coach Nate Gale said Belisle was happy to win, but is enjoying having the team join him at state.
Down by five strokes with nine holes to go, the Red Wing girls' golf team played a record-breaking back nine to win the Section 1AA tournament by 20 and advance to the state tournament. The Wingers led Lake City 325-328 after the first day, but were behind after the first nine holes on the second day. "Lake City is by the best team we've had to go through," said Red Wing head coach Mark Herzog. "We feel very fortunate to get through them. The girls played tremendous and showed a lot of heart with clutch shots on the back nine."