Tuesday prep roundup: Worthington tennis drops section match to Mankato East.

Jaden Deacon hit a walk-off solo home run for MCC against stalwart Minneota. Sawyer Drent won the individual conference championship as HLO/F/WWG also finishes as top boys team in Red Rock Conference

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda/Westbrook-Walnut Grove boys golf team poses after winning the Red Rock Conference tournament.
Photo submitted by Carter Ross

Tuesday sports roundup:


MCC 7, Minneota 6

SLAYTON — Jaden Deacon hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for the Murray County Central Rebels thrilling 7-6 win over stalwart Minneota.

The Rebels season record improves to 10-2.


Deacon has had a fantastic week for the Rebels. On a Monday game against Adrian/Ellsworth he hit a crucial RBI single for the game’s opening run. In a 6-2 Chicago Cubs victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday, May 12, Deacon made a barehanded leaping catch on a foul ball during the MCC senior class trip.

Deacon had two extra base hits, scored two runs and had three RBIs. He also reached base twice on walks.

Abe Paulzine took the mound for the Rebels and pitched five and two-thirds innings. He struck out four, allowed nine hits, one walk and one earned run.

Krew Schneider pitcher one and one-third inning. He struck out all four batters, while allowing two walks.

Christian Tentinger had three hits for MCC, including a triple. Tentinger scored three runs.

Derek Kluis had two hits. Dylan Kluis had one hit and two RBIs.

Paulzine and Connor DeGreeff had singles.

Minneota scored two runs in the first, one in the fourth and three in the sixth.


Peyton Gillund had two hits and scored two runs. Joseph Voit had two hits. Ruam Dalager had a two-run single.

Minneota’s record falls to 9-3 on the season.

Minneota 200 103 0 – 6 9 3

MCC 301020 1 – 7 10 5

Luverne 14, Worthington 4 

WORTHINGTON — Luverne batted around the order and scored six runs in the first inning in a 14-4 conference victory over Worthington on Tuesday.

Cade Grimmius pitched the first inning for WHS and was relieved by third baseman Max Ostrem. Ostrem pitched the final four innings for the Trojans.

Carter Sehr started on the mound for the Cardinals. He was relieved by Landon Ahrendt who recorded two outs. Kai Buss pitched the final two innings.


Riley Sneller had three hits and scored three runs for the Cardinals. Conner Connell had one hit, two walks and three runs.

Tucker Brandner scored a run and an infield single for the Trojans. Mathias Noble reached base twice by a walk. He scored a run.

Brandon Bosma and Cooper McCoy also scored runs for the Trojans. Mason Schutz had two hits including a leadoff double.

Worthington hosts Adrian/Ellsworth on Thursday.

Luverne 624 02 – 14 11 2

Worthington 103 00 – 4 4 3

Boys Tennis

Mankato East 7, Worthington 0


MANKATO — Second seeded Mankato East downed Worthington in the first round of Section 2AA boys tennis play on Tuesday.

The Cougars won all seven matches in two sets.

Madden Vanderwerf downed Ian Barber 6-0, 6-0 in first singles.

Quinn Kelly beat Ezra Bonnett 6-1, 6-3 in second singles. Kaleb Kim bested Evan Hansberged 6-1, 6-1 in third singles. Guillaume Bibbee beat Oziel Briones 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles.

Ethan Young and Adler Johnson won their first doubles match 6-0, 6-0 against Lance Gordon and Victory Bu.

Alex Morgan and Nolan Wedland beat Kaw Tha Blaw and Bennett Oberloh 6-0, 6-0 in second doubles. David Reynolds and Brady Clarke defeated Dylan Dykstra and Caleb Barber 6-3, 6-0 at third doubles.


R-T-R 1, E/SWC 0


EDGERTON — A clash of class A heavyweights in Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton traded strong pitching performances on the diamond on Tuesday.

The Knights had four hits against Dutchmen ace Paris Van Dyke. Van Dyke struck out 10.

Kya Alderson struck out 14 and allowed just two E/SWC hits, which came off Ana Veldkamp’s bat. Veldkamp moved to third in the fourth inning and was on second in the bottom of the seventh.

R-T-R scored off back-to-back hits in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs. The first hit was a double and the go ahead run came from an RBI single.

E/SWC lost its perfect record and is now 12-1 on the season. R-T-R has a 15-2 record.

Luverne  16, Worthington 7

LUVERNE — The Worthington Trojans spotted five runs in the top of the first inning against Luverne pitcher Amira Cowell on Tuesday.

The Cardinals turned to Gracie Nath to escape the jam and went on to win 16-7 against a conference opponent.


The Trojans committed 15 errors in the field, and those errors allowed the Cardinals to spot four runs in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth.

Bailey Ponto pitched all six innings for WHS. Of the 16 runs scored by Luverne only two were earned.

Payton Behr hit a home run for Luverne. She scored three runs and had three RBIs. Tori Serie had three hits, two doubles and scored three runs. Cowell had two hits and scored two runs.

Hannah McNab had three hits for the Trojans. Lauren Nelson had two hits. Madeline Petersen had two hits.

Marin Pederson scored two runs for WHS, as did Brooklyn Bretzman. Katy Welch hit an RBI single.

Worthington 501 100 0 – 7 11 15

Luverne 021 481 X – 16 9 4

Adrian/Ellsworth 3, HL-O/F 2

ADRIAN — Adrian/Ellsworth scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth in a 3-2 conference victory over Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda.

Brekkyn Dreesen pitched seven innings. She allowed five hits and three walks and zero earned runs. She struck out eight.

Addysen Hendel pitched six innings for the Coyotes, struck out six, allowed seven hits, two walks and two earned runs.

Harley Blom had two hits for the Dragons. Sierra Custer had one hit and scored a run. Leah Kruse scored on an RBI single by catcher Claire Hoffman.

Lauryn Hendel had two hits and scored a run for the Coyotes.

HL-O/F 000 020 0 – 2 5 1

Adrian/Ellsworth 001 002 X – 3 7 3


Red Rock Conference 

WORTHINGTON — Sawyer Drent from Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda/Westbrook-Walnut Grove was the individual conference champion after the final Red Rock Conference meet took place on Tuesday at GreatLIFE in Worthington.

Drent paced the Coyotes to a conference team victory. Teammate Nathan Kueny finished second in the conference and Brady Ross placed fifth.

Logan Brake and Brock Henning from Adrian/Ellsworth placed third and fourth respectively.

Murray County Central won the girls conference title.

Madeline Wagner was the individual champion for the Dragons. Teammate Taya Elias finished runner-up.

Elie Meyer and Ava Johnson from MCC finished third and fourth respectively. Kelli Rennke placed fifth for the Coyotes.

Dominic Burns is a reporter at the Globe who covers general news and sports.
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