Tuesday roundup: Ojulu wins three events in Pipestone

TRACK AND FIELD PIPESTONE -- Worthington's Obang Ojulu won three events to lead the Worthington boys track and field team to a victory at the Bob Nangle Arrow Relays on Tuesday. WHS finished with 198.5 points, while Pipestone Area was second with...

TRACK AND FIELD PIPESTONE -- Worthington’s Obang Ojulu won three events to lead the Worthington boys track and field team to a victory at the Bob Nangle Arrow Relays on Tuesday.

WHS finished with 198.5 points, while Pipestone Area was second with a 132 in Class A. In Class B, Southwest Christian won with a 173, while Ellsworth had a 123. The Luverne girls won the Class A girls meet with 185 points, while the Arrows were second with 123. In Class B, the SWC girls were also victorious with 202 points, while Hills-Beaver Creek was second with 138.

Ojulu won the 110m hurdles, while taking the 300m hurdles. He teamed with Alex Luong, Robert Street and Emmett Bicket to win the 4x200 relay. Luong, Street, Cesar Barralaga and Ethan Pavelko won the 4x100 relay.

PA’s Tyl Woelber was second in the 110m hurdles, cleared 6-4 to win the high jump, went 20-5 to take the long jump and recorded a distance of 42-4 to take the triple jump.

Carter Nesvold gave the Arrows a win in the 100, the 200 and the 400. Worthington’s Jordan Melendez won the 800, while teammate Christian Lietz won the 1600.


Murray County Central’s Justin Clarke won the 3200.

Ammanuel Ojha, Stewart Merrigan, Pedro Manzanarez and Nathan Schuck gave WHS the 4x400 win, while Adam Koller, Merrigan, Lietz and Ojha won the 4x800. Trojan Bryce Olsen won both the shot put (44 feet) and the discus (136 feet).

In the girls Class A, Luverne found itself on top of many of the events. Brooklyn VerSteeg won the 400, Tenley Nelson won both the 800 and the 1600, while Cassie Flanagan won the 3200.

PA’s Michelle Neece won the 100 and Worthington’s Taylor Eggers won the 200. Neece also won the 100 hurdles.

The Luverne team of Sierra Schmuck, Gracie Zewiske, Sydney Biever and Ivy Hudson won both the 4x100 and the 4x200. Regan Feit, Autumn Nath, Tiana Lais and VerSteeg won the 4x400 for Luverne, while Jadyn Anderson, Gabrielle Ferrell, Lais and Nath won the 4x800.

PA’s Adison Altena won the shot and discus, while Neece won the long jump. Luverne’s Mallory Thorson won the triple jump.

In the Class B girls, Hills-Beaver Creek’s Taryn Rauk won the 100, the 200, the 400 and the long jump. Heron Lake Okabena/Fulda’s Morgan Gehl won both the 1600 and the 3200, while SWC’s Annika Brands took the 800.

SWC’s Sommer Schaap (100) and Holly Vis (300) took the hurdle events.


H-BC won the 4x100, while SWC took the 4x200, the 4x400 and the 4x800 relays. H-BC’s Kourtney Rozeboom won the shot and the discus.

On the boys side, SWC had first place finishes from Avery Pater (800), the 4x400 relay, the 4x800 relay and Joshua Raak (high jump). Ellsworth’s Kade Boltjes won the 100, Sean Boltjes won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, the two combined to take the 4x200 and Kade Boltjes won the long jump.

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BASEBALL Adrian 10-1, HLO-F 5-2 ADRIAN -- An eight-run first inning propelled Adrian to a victory in Game 1, but Heron Lake Okabena-Fulda won Game 2 in a putcher’s dual.

In the first game, Landon Rogers had two hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Noah Reyne and Skylar Polzine each had two hits.

Ian Stamer earned the victory as he allowed one earned run and struck out five in six innings.

Matt Madsen and Eli Fest each had two hits for HLO-F.

Fest was the story in the second game as he allowed one run on six hits and struck out seven in the complete-game win. He also added two hits and scored a run. Jacob Burdick had a triple and Matt Madsen had a triple, scored a run and drove in a run.


Reyne and Polzine each had two hits while Grant Jansma added a double. Polzine suffered the loss as he allowed two runs (one earned) in four and two-thirds innings.

First game HLO-F 120 011 -- 5 4 4Adrian 801 01x -- 10 9 4Second game Adrian 000 010 -- 1 6 1HLO-F 002 00x -- 2 4 0 E/SWC 7-2, MLA 5-0 EDGERTON -- Edgerton/Southwest Christian won two close games against Mountain Lake Area.

In the first game, Jacob Van Dam earned the victory on the hill as he allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

Jaden Bloemendaal had two hits, walked twice and stole two bases. Landon Buckridge had a double and a triple, while Van Dam had two hits and drove in two. Denver Decker and Tannan Groen each had two RBIs.

MLA was led by Dylan Hillesheim (double, triple) and Drake Harder (RBI), who each had two hits.

In the nightcap, Bloemendaal was nearly unhittable. In a complete-game shutout, he allowed one hit and struck out 11. His counterpart, Abraham Stoesz did not allow an earned run and had eight strikeouts. There were only three hits in the game.

Van Dam had a double and Decker had a single. Stoesz had a double for MLA.

First game Edgerton/Southwest Christian 102 040 -- 7 9 4Mountain Lake Area 110 003 -- 5 6 2Second gameMountain Lake Area 000 000 -- 0 1 3Edgerton/Southwest Christian 020 00x -- 2 2 0 MCC 7-6, RRC/WWG 1-5 LAMBERTON -- Murray County Central beat Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove twice, 7-1 and 6-5. Both games went six innings due to a new 2018 spring rule put in place by the conference.

Mason Woldt pitched a complete game for the win in the opener, allowing three hits and striking out six. Danny Blankenship had a double and two RBIs for the Rebels.

Spencer Wajer went four and two-thirds innings to win the nightcap, out-duelling RRC-WWG’s Austin Irlbeck.

Brandon Winter went 2-for-3 for MCC and Matthew Woldt scored two runs.

Irlbeck, Spencer Simonson and Blaine Van Meveren all had doubles for RRC/WWG.

First gameMCC 330 001 -- 7 4 0RRC/WWG 000 001 -- 1 3 2Second gameRRC/WWG 010 022 -- 5 5 5MCC 130 11x -- 6 8 1 SOFTBALL Windom Area 8, BEA 4 WINDOM -- Host Windom Area scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a four-run victory over Blue Earth Area.

Halle Jackson was the winning pitcher, hurling five innings and allowing just one hit. She struck out 10.

Shelby Erickson, Maurissa Isaacs and Kaitlee Huska all had a pair of hits for the Eagles. Erickson and Huska each drove in a pair of runs. Huska had a double.

BEA 100 002 1 -- 4 3 4Windom Area 602 000 x -- 8 10 0 E/SWC 11-12, MLA 7-4 MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Edgerton/Southwest Christian took a pair from Mountain Lake Area on scores of 11-7 and 12-4.

Gabby Buckridge and Jessa Nibbelink had three hits apiece for the winners in the first game, and Chynna Berning had four. Hannah Nerem clubbed a grand slam and had five RBIs.

Buckridge went the full seven innings in the pitcher’s circle.

In the second game, Jazzy Prins collected three hits for the Flying Dutchmen. Sierra Van Dyke got the pitching win.

First gameE/SWC 200 027 0 -- 11 21 3MLA 102 000 4 -- 7 12 0Second gameMLA 200 100 1 -- 4 5 3E/SWC 232 401 x -- 12 19 0 GOLF Minneota Tournament MINNEOTA -- Worthington’s girls placed second in a tournament in Minneota, scoring 400 strokes. Lac qui Parle Valley placed first with a 338 total. Minneota was third among the three complete girls teams, with a 422.

Bailey Weg placed sixth overall for the Trojans with a 91 for 18 holes. Teammate and elder sister Anneke Weg was solid with a 97. Maggie Putnam carded 101 and Claire Ludes 111.

Boys Red Rock Conference FULDA -- Tyler Groves and Jack Pierson of Murray County Central placed 1-2 at the Red Rock Conference boys meet with 72 and 80 strokes, respectively, but Westbrook-Walnut Grove was first in team scoring -- though barely.

W-WG gathered 350 strokes. Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda had 351, MCC 352, Adrian 377, Southwest Christian 390, Hills-Beaver Creek 400, Mountain Lake Area 413 and Red Rock Central 416.

Anthony Ross (83), Kyle Kuehl (86), Nathan Ross (88) and Nathan Kuehl (93) paced W-WG.

Nick Harder had an 84 for Adrian.

Girls Red Rock Conference WESTBROOK -- Abby Hamman of Murray County Central had a medalist round of 88 strokes and Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda’s Sam Freking had 92.

MCC won the meet with 389 strokes. HL-O/F scored 418, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 450, Adrian 464, Southwest Christian 479 and Red Rock Central 481.

Amber Boock of MCC finished with a 93. Paige Behrends of MCC and Hannah Fick of Hills-Beaver Creek both had 98.

Redwood Valley at JCC JACKSON -- Scott Flatebo with a 41 and Jack Brinkman with a 41 helped the Jackson County boys defeat Redwood Valley 168-188.

Austin Haar had a 43 and Alec Kocak had a 44 for the Huskies.

Matthew Muetzel stroked a 43 for Redwood Valley.

BOYS TENNIS Worthington 7, Redwood 0 REDWOOD VALLEY -- The Worthington Trojans boys tennis team won every match in straight sets in a 7-0 victory over host Redwood Valley.

Blaine Doeden secured a win at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over the Cardinals’ Ben Collins. Sully Merrigan won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles, Kipton Jenson won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles, and Cade Lindner won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.

At No. 1 doubles, Trojans Pokway Taw and Kyle Janssen prevailed 6-1, 6-2. Max Langerud and Ryan Newman won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles, and the third doubles team of Anwar Farra and Michael Schneider won 6-0, 6-1.

“We really did a nice job of placement on serves, being selective with our shots, and finishing every point,” said WHS head coach Mike Marquardt.

St. James 6, Luverne 1

  1. JAMES -- Luverne was saddled with its first dual meet loss of the season in going up against the sturdy St. James Area Saints.

The Cardinals’ only win came at No. 4 singles where Trey Baustian topped Nick Brey 6-1, 6-0.
LHS is 6-1 on the 2018 campaign.

Cards Mark Robinson (No. 1 singles), Cade VerSteeg (No. 2) and Jim Erickson (No. 3) lost tight matches. VerSteeg and Erickson both took their opponents to three sets.

In doubles, Luke Jarchow and Matt Jelken and Cole Stoltenberg and Ethan Thorson lost in two sets. At third doubles, Jordan Winter and Graham Cunningham lost in three, with the third set decided 7-6 on an 11-9 tiebreaker.



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