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Prep golf: MCC, Adrian sit atop Red Rock

WORTHINGTON — On a cold and windy day at Prairie View Golf Links, Murray County Central emerged as a conference boys champion, and Adrian won the girls crown.

The Rebels put three golfers in the top five on their way to a boys team score of 351.

Aaron Walzak of Mountain Lake Area and Southwestern United’s Clay Salzwedel tied for individual conference title honors when both came in with a 78 to finish as co-medalists. Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s Abby Herding was the girls’ medalist when she carded an 87, but the Dragons ran away with the team title, finishing with a total of 404, which bested second-place Fulda by 29 strokes.

Although MCC didn’t put forth a medalist individual performance, as a team it was rock solid on the boys’ side. Grant Everson, Adam Christensen and Tyler Groves all cracked the top five when they finished third through fifth. Evers came in with an 82 to lead the way with Christensen and Groves taking an 84 and 87, respectively. Jaden Boerboom rounded out the title-winning total with a 98.

Adrian and Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton took second and third with each cracking 400 as a team. The Dragons’ second-place score of 368 was paced by Ben Henning’s 89, good for sixth individually. Collin Kemper carded the second-best score on the team with a 92 that put him in eighth overall. Tommy McCarthy and Ryan Elias capped things off at 93 and 94. Jay DeBoer shot a 91 to take seventh as an individual with his team finishing at 398 for third. Clayton Huisken (95), Tadd Van’t Hof (102) and Jacob Kruen (105) brought the Flying Dutchmen to their total.

Hills-Beaver Creek took fourth as a team with a score of 408 with Stuart Plimpton carding a 93 to pace the squad. Joey Voss shot a 95 to lead Fulda to a fifth-place team total of 411 with Salzwedel’s 78 helping SWU to a 419 that put it in sixth. Red Rock Central was just one stroke behind as a team at 420 with Carter Engen leading the charge at 98. Walzak’s 78 sent MLA to eighth place at 422 before Trey Kockelman’s 98 put W-WG only eight strokes out of sixth place with a 426, good for ninth.

All four of Adrian’s girls finished in the top 10 as they dominated the field. Marissa Veld had the best score on the team, a 95. That put her in second overall as an individual with teammate Jada Elias right behind her with a 98 for third. Katie Wieneke and Alexia Kemper finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with Wieneke carding a 105 and Kemper a 106.

Fulda had the next-best score on the girls’ side as it totaled 433, which beat third-place W-WG by 35. Brittany Leinen paced the Raiders’ effort with a 100, putting her in fourth-place overall. Caitlin Strenge came in with a 106 with Katie Reynolds and Claire Westra adding to the team score at 110 and 117. Herding was the top finisher for the Patriots. Behind her were Brittany Erickson (116), Gabby Grams (131) and Mariah Olson (134).

Kailey Wendland’s 102 was the top individual performance for fourth-place SWU, which tallied a 480. MCC was not far behind with a 488 for fifth, led by Hannah Davis and her score of 108. Courtney Teveldahl and Carley Baumann were the top scorers for Red Rock Central, which took sixth at 538. Caitlin Oeljenbruns was the only entrant for MLA and shot a 138.

Worthington at JCC

JACKSON — Worthington’s Will Mulder turned in a 39 for medalist honors, but Joe Brinkman and Austin Olson both had 40 to lead the Jackson County Central Huskies boys to a 166-170 victory.

JCC also won the girls meet 190-237.

Jack Ringkob helped the JCC effort with a 41 while Chris Baker and Kyle Kapplinger both carded 45s for the Huskies.

For Worthington, Tyler Van Hove had a 42, Nathoe Vorasane 44 and Jake Weg 45.

Jackson County Central’s Abby Brinkman was the girls medalist with a 46.

Worthington’s Tyree Murray and Anneke Weg both had 56. Becca Christensen had a 62 and Rachel Koller a 63.

Zach Hacker

Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.

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