It’s probably time to stop describing the Worthington Trojans girls golf team as young and experienced. Young, they still are. But the girls are learning very fast how to excel.
On Monday, head coach Brooke Hermsen’s squad earned first place in a Big South Conference meet at Worthington, though they didn’t get an individual girl to finish higher than seventh place overall.
Meanwhile, the Trojan boys golf team had its conference meet in Pipestone.
Also on Monday, the WHS girls fast-pitch softball team had an outstanding day, sweeping host Waseca in a doubleheader, 15-0 and 16-1. The Trojans boys tennis beat Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls, 5-2.
Big South Tournament
Kendall Nixon, a junior, paced the Worthington girls with a seventh-place 105 score. Team consistency won the day, as teammates Addison Beckmann and Ellie Weg both shot 107 while Lilly Mahlberg and Tarren Spartz both shot 110.
“Kendall, she’s been a consistent golfer,” said Hermsen. “She stays around her 50s and it’s definitely paying off.”
It was the first team win for WHS this spring in anything bigger than a dual meet.
“It was especially special because it was a conference,” Hermsen added.
Worthington’s team score of 429 was better than Redwood Valley’s 440, Luverne’s 441 and Marshall’s 444. Windom Area and Pipestone Area were incomplete.
Pipestone’s Emma Budden and Windom’s Allie Ward both shot 99’s, but Budden earned medalist honors in a playoff. Payden Beran and Milan Jenniges, both of Redwood Valley, and Brooklyn Gossen of Marshall each shot 103. Lauren Hansen of Luverne had a 104.
At Pipestone, the Worthington boys got a fourth-place finish from Tyler Wilcox (80) and a seventh-place finish from Logan Powers (84) en route to a fifth-place team finish.
Marshall won the meet with a 337, Luverne had 347, Redwood Valley and Windom Area 357, Worthington 371 and Pipestone Area 383.
Andrew Mulder and Cody Vorasane came in at 91 and 116 for the Trojans. Luverne’s Henry Hartquist was medalist with a 76.
Worthington at Waseca
Another dominating day by star Worthington pitcher Haley Grimmius eased the Trojans past the Bluejays. In the first game, which went five innings, she no-hit Waseca and struck out 12. In the second game, which went four innings, she allowed one hit and struck out eight.
Sophie Wietzema was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the first game, with a pair of doubles and a triple. Hannah McNab was 3-for-3. Grimmius had two hits and four RBIs, with a home run. And Presley Sieve also had two hits.
Grimmius continued her hot hitting in the second game by going 4-for-4 at the plate. Lauren Nelson had three hits as Laci Boomgarden and Taylor Ponto both had two.
“A good day. We took care of business and made some adjustments at the plate to have 16 hits in both games today,” said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “We just have to keep improving and working hard.”
Worthington 5, YME 2
Easing to three victories in doubles, and splitting four singles matches, the Trojans won the day.
Quentin Burns and Tyson Henkels won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, David Sternke and Levi Kuhl won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, and Jake Ahrenstorff and Kevin Le won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.
Worthington also won at third and fourth singles, with Ben Schrieber prevailing 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot and Ezra Bonnett winning 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4. Trojan Alec Langerud lost 1-6, 1-6 at No. 1 doubles and teammate Ian Barber lost in three sets, 0-6, 6-4, 3-6.