MARSHALL — Morgan Gehl, running for ninth-ranked (Minnesota Class A) Murray County Central/Fulda, easily won her third individual varsity girls’ cross country gold medal of the season, competing at Independence Park Tuesday. Gehl was smooth as silk up front, clocking a season-best time of 18:44.4 over the challenging 5,000-meter course, which included one very steep hill.
In the boys’ race, Pipestone Area’s Seth Lingen was the area’s top finisher, placing fifth among a total of 59 finishers with his time of 17:57.0. Windom runners Patrick Green (seventh, 18:14.9) and Cameron Alm (eighth, 18:42.6), along with PA’s Caden Strasser (ninth,18:45.1), MCC/F’s Maverick Beckmann (11th, 19:11.7) and PA’s Cole Lueck (15th, 19:28.0), also placed among the first 15 finishers.
Zach Matzner of Marshall won the boys’ race with a time of 17:00.2, just ahead of Springfield’s Mitchell Buerkle (17:03.6).
Redwood Valley (65), Pipestone Area (75) and Canby/Minneota (77) were the top three teams in the boys’ meet. Windom was fifth with 107 points, and MCC/F placed sixth with a score of 113.
Class AA Marshall (3-5-6-11-12), paced by the third-place finish of Bellamy Sukalski (20:11.1), won the girls’ team title with a low score of 37, 16 points better than MCC/F’s total of 53 (1-8-9-17-18). Redwood Valley edged C/M for third, 76-77. C/M’s Grace Drietz finished second individually with a fine time of 19:21.7.
Windom’s Gracie Bucher had a strong finishing effort and placed seventh (20:56). Other area girls in the top 15 were MCC/F twin sisters Ashley Overgaauw (ninth, 21:12.4) and Amanda Overgaauw (10th, 21:13.3), along with Moriah Bullerman of Adrian (15th, 21:47.7).
Three Windom eighth-graders — Thomas Green (first, 7:37.8), Aaden Nauman (second, 7:40.3) and Charlie Smith (fourth, 7:51.0) — took three of the first four places in the junior high boys’ 2,000-meter race. The Eagles also captured a pair of top-four places in the junior high girls’ race, as Emma Holtz was second (8:49.3) and Arianna Boldt was fourth (8:50.3). PA’s Raegan Tibbs finished third (8:49.7).
In other prep sports action Tuesday:
Redwood Valley 3, Worthington 0
REDWOOD FALLS — Madisyn Huisman and Tarren Spartz had five kills apiece, but the Trojans lost a straight-set match to the host Cardinals.
Redwood Valley won by scores of 25-14, 25-15, 25-13.
For Worthington, Stephie Bauman had six service points and 10 set assists, while Payton Sauerbrei added five service points and nine digs. Brianna Veen served for four points and added six assists.
Gracie Barber and Sophie Wietzema each had three blocks, and Kara Thuringer had nine digs.
The Trojans fell to 1-5.
Adrian 3, Hills-Beaver Creek 1
ADRIAN — The host Dragons knocked off Hills-Beaver Creek by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20.
Adrian’s offensive attack was led by Bailey Lonneman and Marisa Lehnhoff, who each had 13 kills. Brianna Reckamp added nine. Mayssa Tweet finished with a team-best 25 digs and went 16-for-16 serving with one ace. Shawna Rogers was 18-for-20 serving with two aces. She also had 13 set assists. Kasie Tweet led the Dragons with 19 set assists. Morgan Neuenburg was 13-for-14 serving.
For HBC, Kenadie Sick was 16-for-17 serving. Kailey Rozeboom had 22 set assists, and Whitney Elbers had 15 kills and four blocks. Abby Knobloch had 13 digs.
HLO/Fulda 3, Springfield 2
FULDA — Emily Madison contributed the clinching kill and Hailey Liepold played well throughout the match as the host Coyotes edged Springfield in dramatic fashion.
Elly Bang had 49 set assists and 14 digs for HLO/Fulda, which won by scores of 25-16, 24-26, 22-25, 25-21, 15-7.
Liepold, a star junior hitter, had 26 kills. She also had three blocks and was 16-for-18 serving with four aces. Meakin Bang had 13 kills. Sam Untiedt had five aces and was 21-for-22 serving.
Grace Kilian had 17 digs and Chrissy Hermerling added 14.
For Springfield, hitters Kora Wahol and Courtney Wendt played well at the net.
Southwest Christian 3, Luverne 2
LUVERNE — Isabella Niemeyer and Maren Nerem were clutch at the net in the final set as the visiting Eagles rallied past Luverne.
The scores were 17-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-13.
For Southwest Christian, Makenzie Snyder was 26-for-29 serving with two aces, while Jazlynn Prins was 18-for-19 with an ace. Prins also had 19 digs, while Snyder had 17 digs and 26 set assists.
Niemeyer and Prins each had 11 kills, while Nerem had five blocks. Niemeyer had four blocks.
Cybil Vander Topl had 16 digs.
Marshall 3, Jackson County Central 0
JACKSON — Alaina Wolff had seven kills, but the host Huskies fell to Marshall.
The Tigers won by scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-14.
For Jackson, Wolff had 12 digs and three assists. Sadie Voss had five kills and a pair of aces, plus 15 digs. Alicia Brandt had four kills and added six digs, while Jordan Rogotzke had seven digs and five set assists. Grace Brinkman and Megan Gallagher each had four assists.
Marshall’s top players were senior hitters Paige Andries and Jordyn Hilgemann, and junior standout Emily Meier.
Red Rock Central 3, Cedar Mountain 0
LAMBERTON — Karli Arkell and Kierra Highby had seven kills apiece as Red Rock Central defeated Cedar Mountain, a coop from Morgan and Franklin.
Bianca Weis had 25 digs, while Carissa Erickson and Nicole Schroepfer had eight and seven set assists, respectively.
The Falcons got strong serving from Kaylee Derickson, Lilly Stavnes and Carissa Erickson. They each had five aces.
Windom Area 3, W-WG 0
WINDOM -- Katelyn Nichols had a stellar night at the net.
The senior middle hitter had 19 kills and 12 solo blocks to lead Windom Area to a sweep over Westbrook-Walnut Grove by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-9.
Reegan Elder was a perfect 20-for-20 serving with four aces. She also had nine set assists.
Autumn Hauge added eight kills, three solo blocks and was 15-for-17 serving with three aces. Halle Jackson had 18 set assists and six digs for the Eagles (5-1), who host Luverne on Thursday.
Luverne 7, Worthington 0
LUVERNE — The host Cardinals did not drop a single set in blanking the Trojan girls.
Liz Kel, Ainslie Robinson, Elise Jarchow and Roz Oye all won singles matches for Luverne. The Cardinal doubles teams of Jacey Smith-Olivia Wieneke, Solveig Tofteland-Lauren Ver Steeg, and Brynn Their-Mela Jarchow also prevailed.
In singles, Kelm topped Worthington’s Taya Oberloh 6-4, 7-5. Robinson defeated the Trojans’ Marah Darling 6-0, 6-0, Jarchow beat Ivy Jenson 6-1, 6-0 and Oye, at No. 1 singles, defeated Worthington’s Kessey Aljets 6-0, 6-2.
At No. 1 doubles, Luverne’s Their-Jarchow tandem edged Worthington’s Cynthia Souksavath-Maggie Putnam 7-5, 7-5.
Tofteland-Ver Steeg dropped the Trojans’ Jasmine Riley-Kya Nickel 6-0, 6-4, and Smith-Wieneke knocked off WHS’s Perla Rodriguez-Neveah Schrieber 6-0, 6-1.
Fairmont 10, Worthington 0
FAIRMONT — The Trojans surrendered five goals in the first half and five more in the second, but WHS head coach Emily Ahlquist said the final score wasn’t indicative of her team’s effort.
“It was probably the best we’ve played all season, which is really exciting,” Ahlquist said. “We were moving the ball well upfield. Hopefully we’ll see continued improvement.”
The Trojans were outshot by a 21-3 count in the game, as the Trojans had Chantel Peralta and Marilyn Orellana split time at goalie.
Joni Becker scored three times for Fairmont, while Rayah Quiring and Emma Schultze each had a pair of goals. WHS fell to 0-7 on the season.