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JCC girls golf results
Opponent Result Score
Spirit Lake W 208-234
Windom L 207-194
Marshall L 207-202
Redwood Valley W 187-215
Red Rock Central W 206-239
Worthington W 179-192
Luverne W 189-215
Pipestone W 187-Inc.
Blue Earth Area W 183-196
SWC Tournament 2nd 372
Sub-Section Tournament 2nd 366
Overall record: 7-2
SWC record: 4-2
JCC boys track results
Meet Place Points
Mt. Lake 3 123
Fairmont 2 89
Section 3A True Team 3 522.5
Trojan Relays 3 82.5
Windom 2 204
Southwest Conference 5 81
Sub-Section 1 197
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JCC girls track results
Meet Place Points
Mt. Lake 3 119
Fairmont 3 58
Section 3A True Team 5 426.5
Trojan Relays 5 69
Windom 1 183
Southwest Conference 5 67
Sub-Section 3 125
Photos by Dan Condon
Senior Jessica Voehl clears the bar during high jump at the Section 3A meet this season. Voehl nearly made it to
state in the event, as well as in pole vault.
Jackson County Central
track and feld coach Rafe
York strives for team suc-
cess for both the boys and
girls track and feld teams.
Both squads accom-
plished that at times this
spring and had plenty of
individual success along
the way.
For both teams, there
were a lot of points earned
in feld events and sprints,
with both relying heavily
on athletes who will be back
next season.
Taylor-Breck fnishes
third at state tournament
The JCC boys were a
deep team, but junior Dar-
nell Taylor-Breck highlight-
ed the season with a third-
place in triple jump at the
state tournament.
At state, Taylor-Breck
Meet titles, trip to state top list
of track and feld highlights
Taylor-Breck third
at state; both JCC
boys and girls win
a meet this season
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Warren Darling (left) gets ready to receive the baton from Jon Harmening during a
relay this season. Both finished in the top five on the team in points this spring.
broke his own school re-
cord in triple jump with a
distance of 434. He was
second in the event at the
sub-section and section
meets and was the confer-
ence champion.
Taylor-Breck also put
himself in fifth on the
schools record list in long
jump (1911) and used his
speed to do well in sprints
and relays.
Taylor-Breck led JCC
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JCC boys golf results
Opponent Result Score
Marshall L 170-159
Windom W 170-179
Spirit Lake L 169-150
Redwood Valley L 173-167
Red Rock Central W 180-187
Worthington W 160-168
Luverne L 175-164
Pipestone W 172-203
Blue Earth Area W 170-191
SWC Tournament 6th 353
Sub-Section Tournament 3rd 349
Overall record: 5-4
SWC record: 3-3
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For the 12
year in a row,
Jackson County Central was
represented at the state golf
This season, it was fresh-
man Abby Brinkman ad-
vancing to the Class AA
tournament for the Huskies
Brinkmans trip to state keeps JCC's streak alive
Girls win seven
matches; deep
boys team was
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to keep the streak alive.
Brinkman helped the
JCC girls go 7-2 on the
season while the JCC boys
posted a 5-4 mark.
Balance helps JCC girls
Brinkmans trip to state
highlighted the season for
the JCC girls, but the Hus-
kies got contributions from
six golfers all spring.
Five of JCCs girls earned
at least a share of medalist
honors in at least one meet
this spring, with Brinkman
and sophomore Alison Ben-
son each medaling twice.
Brinkman medaled in
back-to-back meets during
Photos by Dan Condon
Freshman Abby Brinkman finished in a tie for 31st at the state golf meet this season. Her trip to state makes it 12
years in a row Jackson County Central has had a team or individual compete in the state tournament.
the middle of the season
and shot identical scores of
90 at the Southwest Con-
ference and sub-section
meets. She used a hot start
to shoot 86 at the section
tournament to make it to
state, where a 27-hole score
of 128 put Brinkman in a tie
for 31
Brinkman led the team
with a nine-hole average
of 44.9 and had her score
count in all 10 meets this
season, including at the con-
ference tournament.
After opening the sea-
son with a 51 against Spir-
it Lake, Brinkman never
scored in the 50s the rest of
the season.
Benson was second on
the team with a 48.3 aver-
age and had her score count
eight times. She medaled
with 46 against Pipestone
and 48 against Red Rock
Central, but Bensons sea-
son-low for nine holes was a
44 against Blue Earth Area.
Benson shot 86 at the
conference tournament to
tie for fourth and shot 89
at sub-sections to advance
to the section meet.
Junior Emma Lilleberg
had her score count in all
10 meets and averaged 48.6
shots per nine holes.
She medaled with 44
against Redwood Valley
and had three straight
meets where she was be-
low 50.
Junior Lexie Hoffman
had her score count seven
times and tied Benson for
medalist honors against
It was the second half
of the season for Hoffman
where she really started to
play well.
Lexie really played well
down the stretch for us,
JCC head coach Keith Egg-
ink said. She just missed a
section berth.
Hoffman shot 94 at the
sub-section meet, missing
a trip to sections by one
Junior Shelby Benson
medaled with 48 in the sea-
son-opener against Spirit
Lake and had her score
count twice.
Freshman Emmalie Ben-
son had her score count fve
times and averaged 51.8
shots per nine holes.
The balanced JCC girls
were 4-2 in conference play
and then fnished second in
the conference tournament.
To fnish second at the
conference meet was a
huge deal, Eggink said.
Windoms a pretty sol-
id team, so to beat them
was nice. We had a shot at
them at sub-sections, too.
The Eagles edged JCC at
the sub-section meet, put-
ting JCC in second after
four straight sub-section
But Eggink said the Hus-
kies will be back in conten-
tion next season.
We get everybody back,
plus Abby Benson, he said.
Plus, we add Molly Brink-
man and Tiara Menke, who
will be eighth-graders. I
dont know if they can take
a varsity spot yet, but its
promising for the girls.
Deep boys get fve wins
The JCC boys golf team
knew it had plenty of depth
this season, but at times
Sophomore Kyle Kapplinger chips onto the green during
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JCC softball results
Opponent Result Score
Fairmont W 6-2
Redwood Valley W 15-7
Redwood Valley W 13-9
Marshall W 9-0
Marshall W 10-3
Pipestone L 3-13
Pipestone L 4-7
New Ulm L 0-2
Luverne W 7-2
Luverne W 11-0
Worthington W 4-2
Worthington W 16-6
Big Lake L 4-8
Big Lake L 4-13
St. James W 13-3
Brandon Valley L 5-10
Mankato Loyola L 0-2
Windom W 10-4
Windom W 12-2
Blue Earth Area W 14-3
Section 3AA tournament
Worthington L 2-4
Overall record: 13-8
SWC record: 10-2
JCC girls track and feld scoring
1. Sydnee Donnelli (12) 145
2. Riley Schneekloth (10) 138
3. Julia Schumann (10) 120
4. Sarah Brandt (10) 116
5. Makenna Donnelli (9) 103
6. Corri VanderWoude (11) 101
7. Annika Lilleberg (8) 77
8. Jessica Voehl (12) 67
9. Sam Swift (11) 52
10. Kenna Bannister (11) 41
10. Kayla OConnor (8) 41
with 186.5 points this season
and has 400.5 for his career.
Freshman Ryan Salzwe-
del was second with 141.5
points, followed by junior
Jon Harmening (128.5),
sophomore Warren Darling
(120) and eighth-grader
Matt Strom (108).
Salzwedel put himself
into second on the schools
record list for high jump,
clearing 511. He also did
well in sprints and relays for
the Huskies.
Harmening is fifth in
school history in triple jump
(405) and the 110-meter
high hurdles (16.99) and
ninth in the 300-meter hur-
dles (44.31).
He was the sub-section
champion in both hurdling
events and also advanced
to the section meet in triple
Harmening earned the
teams award for outstand-
ing track athlete.
Jon picked up on the
300 hurdles fairly quickly,
so thats promising for next
year, York said.
Darling is third in JCC
history with a distance of
202 in long jump, which
he advanced to sections in.
Strom made it to the sec-
JCC boys track and feld scoring
1. Darnell Taylor-Breck (11) 186.5
2. Ryan Salzwedel (9) 141.5
3. Jon Harmening (11) 128.5
4. Warren Darling (10) 120
5. Matt Strom (8) 108
6. Izaac Lucht (11) 90
7. Matt Schmit (11) 71
8. Austin Bell-Pixler (11) 69
9. Nolan Hohenstein (11) 51
10. Bradley Gustafson (11) 48
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tion meet in the 400-meter
dash and impressed his
coach all season.
Matt had a great eighth-
grade year, York said. He
got down to the 55s in the
400, which is pretty impres-
sive for how young he is.
Junior Izaac Lucht racked
up 90 points this season in
sprints and relays and junior
Matthew Schmit accumu-
lated 71 while competing
in hurdles and relays. He is
eighth on the schools chart
in the 110 hurdles (17.14).
Junior throwers Austin
Bell-Pixler (69 points) and
Nolan Hohenstein (51)
consistently found them-
selves near the top of the
standings, including at the
sub-section meet where
Bell-Pixler won the discus
and Hohenstein was second
in both the shot put and
Bell-Pixler is fourth on
the schools record list in
discus (1341) and Hohen-
stein is seventh (1276).
Hohenstein is also ffth in
shot put (472.75).
Our throwers are always
there, York said. They did
a great job.
Senior Jason Vongsavanh
scored 30 points in an inju-
ry-riddled season to gradu-
ate with 456 career points.
He advanced to sections in
the 400 and fnished eighth
in the state meet in that
event as a junior.
Senior Austin Hinkeldey
made it to sections in high
jump and is tied for third in
school history in the event
Freshman Hunter HE-
ser put himself into a tie
for sixth in JCC history in
pole vault, clearing 106.
He competed in the event
at sections.
Senior Jordan Snyder
also advanced to sections
in the 3,200-meter run after
placing third at sub-sec-
tions. The distance runner
fnished with 37 points this
Sophomor e Dus t i n
Heiden (300-meter hur-
dles) and junior Jeremy
Ringgenberg (110-meter
hurdles) also made it to sec-
tions for JCC.
The Huski es had al l
four relay teams make it
to the section meet, with
the 4x200-meter relay team
turning in the best fnish by
placing fourth. On the team
were Taylor-Breck, Lucht,
Schmit and Salzwedel.
Strom, Salzwedel, Dar-
ling and Lucht fnished sixth
at sections in the 4x100-
meter relay. Junior Bradley
Gustafson, junior Jordan
Ringgenberg, senior Tanner
Post and Darling were on
the 4x800-meter relay team
that placed ninth and junior
Brady Place, Heiden, Strom
and sophomore Paden
Moore fnished 14
in the
4x400-meter relay.
York said it was the feld
events that carried the Hus-
kies in most meets this
All of our field events
were really strong, he said.
Someone from each feld
event made it to the section
meet and, in most cases, we
had two guys.
As a team, the Huskies
won the sub-section meet
and were second in two
meets. At the section true
team meet, which York puts
a big emphasis on, the Hus-
kies fnished third.
I think the boys did re-
ally well, York said. We
were competitive in just
about every meet.
With no seniors in the top
10 on this years scoring list,
York likes what his team
could do next season.
I think were going to
be even better, he said.
We graduate six guys, but
the leading scorer among
seniors was 11
in points.
Were going to have a strong
team again next year.
With that in mind, York
said a section true team title
could be within reach.
The big goal is always
making it to true team
state, he said. Next year,
theres a shot.
Girls win frst meet
since 2005
For the JCC girls, the
2013 season included the
teams frst meet win since
2005. The Huskies fnished
frst at a meet in Windom
on May 16 and added three
third-place finishes this
The girls did well, York
said. Winning our first
meet since 2005 was the
The girls didnt have quite
the same depth as the boys,
but had six athletes score at
least 100 points this season.
Senior Sydnee Donnelli
led the way with 145 points,
giving the all-around stand-
out 956 for her career.
While Donnelli had an
excellent season, York was
left wondering what might
have been after the seniors
career was ended with an
injury during the confer-
ence meet.
That hurt, York said
To have it happen that late,
it really hurt.
Donnelli had success in
long jump, sprints and re-
lays all season and York
thinks she had a shot at
state in at least one event.
She had a shot in both
the long jump and the 4x1,
York said.
The 4x100-meter team
won several meets during
the season and had its eyes
on state prior to Donnellis
All season long our
4x1 team was focused,
York said. They were
pr i me t o get t her e.
Also on the relay team
were sophomore Riley
Schneekloth, sophomore
Julia Schumann and fresh-
man Makenna Donnelli.
After Sydnee Donnellis
injury, seventh-grader Abby
Schneekloth filled in and
the team still won the con-
ference title.
Being a glass half-full
kind of guy, it allowed Abby
Schneekloth to step up,
York said. We got the lay
the groundwork for next
Riley Schneekloths suc-
cess in sprints and relays
helped her score 138 points
to fnish second on the JCC
list this season. She now has
495 points for her career.
Schumann scored 120
points this season and sits
at 522 for her career.
Sophomore Sarah Brandt
scored 116 points in her frst
season in the sport, excel-
ling in the 400-meter dash,
which she fnished in fourth
place in both the confer-
ence and sub-section meets.
Makenna Donnel l i
scored 103 points this sea-
son in sprints, relays and
jumps and junior Corri
VanderWoude accumulated
101 points.
VanderWoude won the
300-meter hurdles at the
section meet and also made
it to sections in the 100-me-
ter hurdles. Shes on the
JCC record list in both,
sitting at third for the 300
hurdles (51.73) and sixth in
the 100 hurdles (18.29).
Eighth-grader Annika
Lilleberg made it to state
in the 800-meter run for the
second straight season and
scored 77 points this season
for 143 in her career.
Senior Jessica Voehl
made a career of excelling
in feld events and nearly
made it to state in two this
season. She fnished third
at the section meet in pole
vault and fourth in high
jump and also qualifed for
sections in shot put.
Voehl scored 67 points
this season and ended her
career with more than 250
Jessica Voehl stands
out, York said. Just about
making it to state in two
events was nice.
Voehl is tied for third
on the JCC career chart by
clearing 410 in high jump
and is fifth in pole vault
Junior Sam Swift scored
52 points and junior Kenna
Bannister and eighth-grad-
er Kayla OConnor both
scored 41 to tie for 10
the scoring list this season.
Bannister and Brandt
made an impression on
York in their first season
of track.
Sarah Brandt was a
great newcomer, as was
Kenna Bannister, York
said. I loved having those
two come out this year.
Bannister made it to sec-
tions in shot put this season
and Swift made it in the
3,200-meter run. Seventh-
grader Brielle Scheepstra
also made it to the section
meet in pole vault.
With Sydnee Donnelli
leading the team in points
and Voehl providing plenty
of points in feld events, the
Huskies lost two key con-
tributors heading into next
season. Add in senior dis-
tance runner Angela Han-
dzus and there are some
open spots next year.
Were losing quite a bit
with the seniors there,
York said, adding there are
young girls ready to step up.
We had nine or 10 middle
schoolers competing in just
about every meet. Their fu-
ture is pretty bright.
With those youngsters
back and maybe a few girls
joining like Brandt and
Bannister did this year,
York expects the JCC girls
to continue to get better.
Getting new girls out is
big, York said. Our girls
team is usually about 10
people smaller than the
boys. I think thats probably
why the boys fare a little
better; were not asking
people to do more things.
They are able to specialize.
But York thins the Hus-
kies have the foundation to
do well next spring.
The future looks good
for next year, he said. We
graduate a lot of points, but
theyre ready to step up
and score the points that
we lost.
Photos by Dan Condon
Sydnee Donnelli takes off with the baton after receiving it from Riley Schneekloth during
the 4x200-meter relay this season. Donnelli led the Huskies with 145 points this year and
graduates with 956 in her career. Schneekloth was second with 138 points this spring.
Senior Jordan Snyder runs with the baton during a meet
this season. The distance runner advanced to sections in
the 3,200-meter run.
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The Jackson County Cen-
tral softball team won 13
games in 2013 and fnished
second in the Southwest
Playof upset spoils otherwise successful softball season
Huskies went 10-2
in SWC and won
13 games overall
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Photos by Dan Condon
Jayde Price flips to first base for an out this season for the Jackson County Central softball team.
Marita Rasche connects for one of her 29 hits this season. Rasche tied the school re-
cord with seven homers this season and set the career mark with 15 total home runs.
But the way the season
ended left the Huskies with
a sour taste in their mouth.
JCC was seeded third in
the Section 3AA playoffs
and was upset by sixth-
seeded Worthington a
team the Huskies beat twice
in the regular season to
have its season end in the
frst round.
We really did have a
good season, just a dis-
appoi nti ng end, head
coach Shelly Hotzler said.
That was frustrating.
The Huskies started the
season with five straight
wins before losing twice to
conference champion and
then 2-0 to eventual state
champion New Ulm.
Playing Pipestone tough
and limiting New Ulm
showed how good this team
could be, Hotzler said.
After the three straight
losses to two of the states
best teams, the Huskies won
four more to move to 9-3 on
the season.
A 1-4 stretch was fol-
lowed by three straight wins
to end the regular season,
but the Huskies were elimi-
nated in the frst round of
the playoffs.
The wheels kind of fell
off and we couldnt get
them back on, Hotzler
The rough end to the
season was even more frus-
trating than the beginning
of the season, which saw
practice after practice take
place indoors.
The Huskies didnt play
their frst game until April
16 and then had nearly two
weeks off before taking the
feld again.
Ive never done that,
ever, Hotzler said of the
slow start caused by poor
weather, adding it was
tough to keep the team
focused while it anxiously
awaited games. Just trying
to keep them entertained
in the gym for fve straight
weeks was kind of tough.
What helped the Huskies
get through it was a strong
group of six seniors.
They meant a ton to us,
Hotzler said. Their leader-
ship will be missed.
Marita Rasche was one
of those seniors and the
slugging catcher graduates
with her name in the record
Rasche hit three home
runs in a doubleheader
against Windom late in the
season to give Rasche 15
homers in her career to pass
Shalee Nelson for the most
in school history. Her seven
bombs this season ties Nel-
sons single-season record.
Rasche hit .408 on the
season and had six doubles
to go with her seven hom-
ers. She led the team with
26 runs scored and tied
senior Brooke Klontz with
29 hits.
Rasche had 97 hits in her
career, scored 74 runs and
drove in 74.
Of Klontzs team-high 29
hits, eight were doubles
another total that led the
team. Klontz also blasted
three homers while hitting
.354. The senior pitcher/frst
baseman scored 21 runs and
drove in 17 this season.
In her career, Klontz had
65 hits, 39 RBI and 47 runs
scored. She belted 19 career
doubles and six homers.
Junior Brittany Woodke
led the Huskies with a .418
batting average, thanks,
in part, to a team-high 23
singles. She had three dou-
bles and two triples and
drew a team-high 18 walks.
Woodke drove in 16 runs
and scored 22.
Senior Adriane Rent-
schler hit .415 on the sea-
son, with two of her 22 hits
being doubles and one a
homer. She drove in 14 runs
and scored 12 times.
Senior Jasmine Erickson
led the Huskies with 23 RBI
while hitting two doubles,
one triple and two homers.
Erickson had 22 hits and
scored 22 runs and fnished
with an average of .319.
In her career, Erickson
had 68 hits, 49 RBI and
55 runs scored. She hit 15
career doubles and four
Sophomore Moira Carl-
son hit .340 this season with
11 runs and nine RBI. Of
her 17 hits, three were dou-
bles and one was a homer.
Seni or Jenna St ade
wrapped up her career
by batting .283 with eight
runs scored and seven RBI.
Stade had 38 career hits,
including fve doubles.
Senior Lydia Brandt hit
.265 with fve doubles, one
homer and a team-leading
two triples. Brandt scored
14 runs and drove in 13.
Brandt had 41 hits in two
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JCC baseball results
Opponent Result Score
Adrian W 9-3
New Ulm L 2-17
Windom L 2-5
Mt. Lake Area W 18-8
Fairmont L 3-10
Luverne L 4-5
Luverne W 7-5
RRC/WWG W 13-2
Worthington L 2-12
Worthington L 3-14
Windom W 5-4
Southwestern United W 6-5
Redwood Valley L 5-7
Redwood Valley W 21-3
Marshall L 6-7
Marshall L 3-11
Pipestone L 4-5
Pipestone W 6-3
Section 3AA tournament
Luverne L 1-15
Overall record: 8-11
SWC record: 4-8
JCC boys golf statistics
Player Best Score (Holes) Average
Joe Brinkman 37 (9) 41.1
Kyle Christopher 42 (9) 43.7
Jack Ringkob 40 (9) 44.8
Ty Schwarting 42 (9) 45
Kyle Edlin 42 (9) 45.3
Kyle Kapplinger 41 (9) 46.3
Austin Olson 45 (9) 46.3
John Marker 44 (9) 47.3
JCC girls golf statistics
Player Best Score (Holes) Average
Abby Brinkman 41 (9) 44.9
Alison Benson 86 (18) 48.3
Emma Lilleberg 44 (9) 48.6
Lexie Hofman 46 (9) 50.4
Emmalie Benson 46 (9) 51.8
Shelby Benson 44 (9) 52.4
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Entering the season,
Jackson County Central
baseball coach Trent Su-
kalski didnt know what
to expect from a relatively
inexperienced team.
Last season, the Huskies
fielded a starting lineup
of almost entirely seniors,
meaning the 2013 version
of the Huskies would learn
on the run.
They did just that, despite
an odd season based on the
weather, and ended up with
eight wins to their credit.
I thought it was a good
season, Sukalski said. We
had a lot of guys without
varsity experience and I
thought they did a good job.
I think there was continu-
ous improvement through-
out the year.
Due to late snowfall and
wet conditions early in the
Inexperienced Huskies
win eight ball games
Trio of seniors
earn all-conference
honors for JCC
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season, the Huskies were
forced to practice inside
and had more than two full
weeks between games at
one point.
We had more games
outside than we had prac-
tices outside, Sukalski
said. But, I thought the
more time they put in, the
further we progressed.
The Huskies showed fashes
of greatness this season,
most notably in wins over
eventual state qualifiers
Luverne and Windom. But
there were also tough times,
like a 17-2 loss to New Ulm,
two double-digit losses to
Worthington and a 15-1
loss to Luverne to open the
We beat some quality
teams, but we just werent
very consistent, Sukalski
Part of the reason for that
was a lack of pitching depth,
according to Sukalski, and
a defense that wasnt real
sharp at times.
When we played good
defense you look at
that Luverne game and
the Windom game we
competed really well, he
said. We were inconsistent
defensively and inconsistent
pitching wise.
Where there was consis-
tency for the Huskies was at
the top of the lineup.
Seniors Kyle Luhmann,
Taylor Christopher and
Tanner Menke flled the top
three spots in the batting
order and all were named
to the all-Southwest Con-
ference team.
Taylor, Tanner and Kyle
were outstanding for us
all year, Sukalski said.
Theyre as good of players
as there are in the league.
The Huskies also got senior
Zach Copley back in the
lineup early in the season
after returning from an
injury during the football
Getting Zach back, that
was a big boost for us, Su-
kalski said.
Menke led the Huskies
with a .451 batting average,
putting him just ahead of
the .446 by Christopher and
.424 by Luhmann.
Luhmann, a center feld-
er, shortstop and pitcher,
led the team with 28 hits,
25 runs scored and five
doubles. He drove in 15
runs and stole 14 bases.
Christopher, a shortstop
and pitcher, drove in a
team-high 16 runs and led
the team with 13 walks and
16 stolen bases. He had 25
hits and scored 21 times.
Menke, who pi tched
Photos by Dan Condon
Above: Jackson County Central baseball coach Trent Sukalski (third from right) talks to his team on the mound this season. Below: Senior Josh
Thaemlitz turns a double play for the Huskies this season.
Senior Taylor Christopher fields a ground ball this spring. Christopher earned all-
conference honors for his play in the field, on the mound and at the plate.
it was a challenge fnding
the right six guys to play on
It was impossible, Egg-
ink said of choosing a line-
up. It seems like every time
Id pick a lineup, two guys
from B squad would shoot
real low. Then I said, Ill
give you a varsity spot and
theyd shoot upper 40s. It
was nice to have that many
to interchange, but you
never know when theyre
going to get hot.
It was that inconsis-
tency that plagued the
Huskies all season long.
Wed have a couple of
meets that wed hit the ball
really well, then go into a
funk and wouldnt hit the
ball well, Eggink said.
That kind of carried over
into conference and sub-
The Huskies were 3-3 in
conference matches dur-
ing the regular season, but
placed sixth at the confer-
ence tournament.
At the sub-section meet,
JCC was third, but did man-
age to get three individuals
through to the section meet.
Senior Kyle Edlin, junior
Kyle Christopher and soph-
omore Joe Brinkman all
made it to the section meet,
with Brinkman faring best
with an 83. Christopher shot
86 at sections and Edlin 88.
Brinkman led the Hus-
kies all season long and was
the only JCC boy to have his
score count in all 10 meets.
He averaged 41.1 shots per
nine holes and was medalist
four times.
Brinkmans season-low
came with a 37 against
Worthington and he shot
40 twice. The sophomore
never shot higher than 46
and was at 42 or less in six
of JCCs eight nine-hole
Christopher tied Brink-
man for medalist honors
against Pipestone, shooting
42. He matched that score
two other times and never
shot higher than 46. Chris-
topher had his score count
in seven meets, topped only
by Brinkmans 10 and the
eight by Edlin.
Edlin averaged 45.3 shots
per nine holes, with his best
score being a 42 against
Luverne. He shot 43 twice
and fnished his career with
89 at sub-sections and 88 at
Sophomore Jack Ring-
kob had his score count
in six meets and averaged
44.8 shots per nine holes.
He had a low of 40 against
Worthington and was at 45
or below six times.
Sophomores Kyle Kap-
plinger and Zach Schwart-
ing both had their scores
count four times this sea-
son. Schwarting averaged
45 on the season and Kap-
plinger 46.3
Schwarting had a low of
42 against BEA and Kap-
Photos by Dan Condon
Sophomore Joe Brinkman chips onto the green during a match this season. Brinkman
led the JCC boys all season and finished with an average of 41.1 strokes per nine holes.
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Sophomore Alison Benson was medalist twice for the Huskies this spring and finished
second on the team with a nine-hole scoring average of 48.3 shots.
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SWU baseball results
Opponent Result Score
Worthington L 1-12
Minneota W 3-2
Adrian L 0-1
Red Rock Central/WWG L 6-9
Murray County Central L 0-5
Edgerton L 4-5
Edgerton L 1-5
Adrian L 20-21
Mt. Lake Area L 3-11
Mt. Lake Area L 6-8
Jackson County Central L 5-6
Murray County Central W 3-2
Red Rock Central/WWG L 1-10
Lac Qui Parle Valley L 0-7
Canby W 9-7
Luverne L 2-6
Section 3A tournament
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton W 14-5
Wabasso L 4-5
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2012-13-Spring-Sports-Review - KEF
Its not how you start, its
how you fnish.
Thats what Southwest-
ern United baseball coach
Blaise Jacobsen takes away
from a season in which
his Wildcats won just four
But one of those wins
came in the playoffs and
two others late in the season
after SWU started just 1-0.
You want to look at how
we were at the beginning
Playof win proves Wildcats
were better than their record
Despite just
four wins, SWU
baseball team
played tough
nearly every game
Sports Editor
of the year and at the end
of the year, Jacobsen said.
We went from a team that
was pretty inexperienced
and started playing really
good baseball at the end.
While the Wildcats had
just one win in their frst 11
games, they werent exactly
We got one win early
and just lost a bunch of
close ones, Jacobsen said.
We only got blown out
once. We were in every
game and had the lead in
almost every game. They
competed in every inning;
they never gave up or laid
Part of the reason the
Wildcats were able to play
pretty well despite being
i nexperi enced was the
amount of work they put in.
All that time in the gym
with the rain and snow,
I think that helped them
learn the game a lot more,
Jacobsen said. It gave us a
lot more time to work on
things like cutoffs. I know
a lot of teams werent prac-
ticing. We went inside and
practiced in the gym and
put in a lot of extra time.
It started to pay off at the
During that time early in
the season when the Wild-
cats spent far more time
practicing than playing,
Jacobsen brought in several
knowledgeable baseball
guys to help teach some
things, including Wade
Wacker, Andy Wolf and
Matt Prunty. Jacobsen also
had daily assistance from
volunteer Marcus Schultz
and Lucas Knutson.
Down the stretch, the
Wildcats lost by just one run
to Jackson County Central
and then played Lac Qui
Parle Valley tough before
beating Canby. In the play-
off opener, the Wildcats
upset Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
and nearly did the same
against second-seeded Wa-
basso before losing 5-4.
Wi nni ng that game
against Tracy in the play-
offs was the highlight, Ja-
cobsen said. We only had
three wins the whole year,
but I knew we were better
than that. That win meant
a lot to show that we belong
there and we were better
than our record.
Junior Aaron Fest domi-
nated on the mound in
the 14-5 playoff win over
TMB, striking out six and
issuing no walks. He was
the teams best pitcher all
season and one of a strong
group of pitchers returning
next season.
Aaron was our ace and
hes only a junior, Jacob-
sen said.
Sophomore Trey Cran-
ston was the teams No.
2 pitcher and sophomore
Dakota Schmid started to
pitch really well at the end,
Jacobsen said.
Hes excited to have those
three, plus sophomore Isaac
Fest, back on the mound
next spring.
Those are three good
arms ri ght there, pl us
Isaac, Jacobsen sai d.
Weve got some experi-
ence and we got experience
at other positions too.
One player who stood out
to Jacobsen for his dedica-
tion to the team was senior
Jacob Post, who wasnt ex-
pected to play at all after
having two knee surgeries.
Post wanted to play and
Jacobsen told the senior
he only had to show up to
games when he was sched-
uled to pitch.
I told him All I want
you to do is be able to pitch
one game a week and he
showed up every day, Ja-
cobsen said. He was that
excited to pitch and he
pitched pretty well.
After success on the
mound, Post wanted to
contribute more.
He started to get the
itch to hit, Jacobsen said,
adding he needed a note of
approval before that could
happen. He hit batting
practice and looked pretty
good. We needed another
bat so we put him in against
Luverne and in his second
at bat he hit a home run.
Then he hit a single up the
middle his next at bat. He
made a big difference there
at the end.
Jacobsen also pointed
to senior twins Erik and
Justin Jass as team lead-
ers, as well as senior Stuart
Stuart was a really good
ballplayer for me in junior
varsity and he really hit the
ball well and runs the bases
Photos by Dan Condon
Above: Southwestern United ace Aaron Fest fires a pitch this season. The junior earned all-conference honors and
leads a strong pitching staff that will be back next season. Below: Mark Ferguson applies a tag at second base.
Wildcats have individual success in seasons biggest meets
SWU has three
advance to section
golf tournament
and Wendland
makes it to state
Sports Editor
When it came to crunch
time, the Southwestern
United golf teams typically
had someone step up big
At the Red Rock Con-
ference meet, it was ju-
nior Clay Salzwedel coming
through with an 83 to tie for
second place.
At the sub-section meet,
seniors Kyle Wendland
and Collin Meinders both
played well for the boys and
sophomore Kaylee Wend-
land came through for the
girls as all advanced to the
section meet.
In the section tourna-
ment, Kyle Wendland had
the round of his life, shoot-
ing a 79 to tie for medalist
honors and earn a trip to
Head coach Ray Hassing
said Wendlands perfor-
mance at the section meet
and the fact he made it to
state was the highlight of
the season for the SWU
He played outstanding
at the section meet, Has-
sing said. He put the best
round of his career togeth-
er. Being section medalist is
pretty cool.
At state, Wendland shot
a 36-hole score of 186 to tie
for 69
It was his frst time there
as a senior, thats why that
was so cool, Hassing said.
He did well considering a
lot of kids would like to be
Hassing was also im-
pressed with Salzwedels
performance at the confer-
ence meet, which helped
the Wildcats fnish third as
a team.
The SWU boys were
fourth at the sub-section
meet behind an 87 from
Kyle Wendland and 93 from
Meinders. At the section
meet, Meinders shot 97.
The Wildcats also got
contributions from juniors
Logan Ellenbecker and
Photos courtesy of Marshall Independent
Kailey Wendland sends a put toward the hole at
the sub-section golf meet in Marshall this season.
Wendland made it to the section meet, as did her
brother, Kyle, and Collin Meinders.
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SWU track results
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SWU softball results
Opponent Result Score
Luverne L 5-10
Murray County Central L 3-18
Martin County West L 0-10
Red Rock Central/WWG W 15-1
Adrian W 14-13
Adrian L 5-6
Madelia/Truman L 8-9
Edgerton/SW Christian W 4-1
Edterton/SW Christian L 1-11
Mt. Lake Area L 4-6
Mt. Lake Area L 3-6
Murray County Central L 0-6
Red Rock Central/WWG W 8-6
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton L 1-7
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton L 7-8
Section 3A tournament
Red Rock Central/WWG W 20-2
Wabasso L 0-6
Overall record: 5-12
RRC record: 4-6
The Southwestern Unit-
ed softball team didnt want
its season to end.
After a 6-0 loss to second-
seeded Wabasso in the sec-
tion playoffs, the Wildcats
wanted to keep improving.
They wanted to practice
the next day after sections
after we lost, first-year
head coach Angie Rogotzke
said. This team, they just
never gave up; they were
hard workers. They wanted
to improve.
Rogotzke thi nks the
Wildcats did just that, hit-
ting their stride as the sea-
son wound down.
We played very well
at the end of the season,
she said. Overall, Im ex-
tremely happy with the
way the gi rl s pl ayed.
The Wildcats beat Edger-
ton/Southwest Christian
4-1 in the second half of the
season, giving SWU a win
over the team that had the
lead in the Red Rock Con-
ference at the time.
The Wildcats also beat
Red Rock Central/West-
brook-Walnut Grove down
the stretch and had several
other close games.
The section tournament
opened with a 20-2 thump-
ing of RRC/WWG before
the loss to Wabasso ended
the season with fve Wild-
cat wins.
The biggest highlight
of the season was when we
beat Edgerton, Rogotzke
said. And then, obviously,
when sections started and
we beat RRC 20-2.
In the win over E/SWC,
it was solid defense that did
the trick for SWU.
We had no errors,
No quit in this years
Wildcat softball team
Highlights include
win over Edgerton/
SWC and huge
playoff victory
Sports Editor
Rogotzke said, and we
capitalized on a couple of
their errors to score four
In the playoff win, it was
freshman Ida Rogers-Fer-
guson dominating in the
circle and freshman Megan
Haberman providing an of-
fensive jolt.
Rogers-Ferguson struck
out 16 batters in the win and
Haberman blasted a grand
slam over the fence for four
of the teams 20 runs.
Rogers-Ferguson was
named the teams most
valuable player and Haber-
man was the teams best
defensive player. Eighth-
grader Sam Obermoller
was voted the teams best
offensive player and sopho-
more Rachel Mathias was
the teams most improved
Rogers-Ferguson and
Mathias were both named
to the first-team all-Red
Rock Conference team and
Obermoller and Haberman
were honorable-mention
But it wasnt just those
four leading the Wildcats.
We were a young team,
but everybody did their
job like they were asked,
Rogotzke said. They did
what they needed to do.
The Wildcats lose just
a few players next season,
which has Rogotzke already
thinking about next spring.
Im excited, she said.
Im excited for the team
to come back.
That excitement is shared
by her team.
A lot of them are playing
summer ball just to keep
this going a little bit, she
said. Well be a solid team
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Hildebrandt was just excit-
ed the Wildcats had a team
this season.
But that excitement only
grew as the Wildcats kept
improving throughout the
season and put together
some fne performances at
the conference, sub-section
and section meets.
Considering we were
a junior high program last
year and where we fnished,
it was tremendous, Hildeb-
randt said. Things turned
out way, way, way better
than I guessed they would.
The Wildcats typically
had seventh- and eighth-
graders competing against
upper classmen, but held
their own. SWU also com-
peted in several junior high
meets throughout the sea-
These kids competing at
the junior high level, thats
good, but when it came to
the varsity meets and them
not really blinking an eye
and, in some cases, able to
place high in those meets,
that was great, Hildeb-
randt said. They were able
to compete and not get em-
That started in the sea-
son opener when the Wild-
cats competed in an indoor
meet at Minnesota State
University, Mankato and
performed well.
Going up there naively
and running against kids
that were really good, we
came home saying You
know what? Were OK,
Hildebrandt said. The
SWU was well
represented at
the section meet
Valuable experience gained for Wildcat track teams
Sports Editor
main highlight was out kids
could go out there and com-
pete and do well.
That was evident late in
the season as the Wildcats
did quite well in postseason
At the Red Rock Confer-
ence meet, seventh-grad-
ers Rachel Salentiny and
MaKayla Edwards both
earned all-conference hon-
ors with a top-three fnish.
Salentiny was second in the
3,200-meter run in 12:05.14
and Edwards fnished third
in the 1,600-meter run
The duo also did well at
sub-sections, with Salentiny
winning the 3,200-meter
race and Edwards fnishing
third. Both advanced to sec-
tions, where Salentiny was
ffth and Edwards 13
Also making it to the sec-
tion meet were the 4x800-
meter relay team and the
4x200-meter relay team.
The 4x8 team of Salenti-
ny, Edwards, eighth-grader
Gabi Stenzel and seventh-
grader Brianna Preston
fnished second at the sub-
section meet and ffth at the
section meet. The 4x2 team
of Stenzel, eighth-grader
Bailey Collin, eighth-grad-
er Brittany Peterson and
seventh-grader Alyssa Post
was third at sub-sections
and 16
at the section meet.
The face we were able
to get seven kids in the sec-
tion meet and some of them
medal is huge for us in the
future, Hildebrandt said.
Salentiny fnished as the
teams leader in points with
49. Edwards scored 26.25,
Stenzel scored 23 and Pe-
terson had 16.5.
For the boys, eighth-grad-
er Pablo Bolanos was the
leader in points with 16.
He fnished ffth in the
1,600-meter run at the sub-
section meet and was sev-
enth in the 800-meter run
in the same meet.
Eighth-grader Hunter
Zins was eighth in the
800-meter run at the con-
ference meet and sixth in
the event at sub-sections. In
the 1,600-meter run at sub-
sections, Zins placed sixth.
Eighth-grader Zach Lynn
and Zins were named elite
performers for the boys and
Collin, Stenzel, Edwards
and Salentiny earned the
honor for the girls.
Salentiny and Edwards,
along with excelling on the
track, also earned academic
all-state honors.
Hildebrandt was thrilled
with how this season went,
but hopes for even better
things next spring.
We want these kids who
were out to be back and, if
they all bring at least one
friend who wasnt out, we
can double our size and
help us legitimately score
some points in meets, Hil-
debrandt said. That will
allow the kids to compete
against each other in
practice and push each
other. If we can get more
practice partners and be
able to push each other,
thats going to be a big
thing for us to take that
next step up.
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Eighth-grader Pablo Bolanos runs during the 4x800-
meter relay.
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Johanning cheer her on.
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JCC baseball statistics
Name AB Runs Hits RBI BB BA OBP
Tanner Menke 51 16 23 14 12 .451 .563
Taylor Christopher 56 21 25 16 13 .446 .551
Kyle Luhmann 66 25 28 15 9 .424 .500
Peter Nasby 20 4 8 7 2 .400 .478
Zach Copley 35 4 10 11 2 .286 .359
Jordan Biehn 56 9 16 13 4 .286 .333
Brady Bass 49 8 12 10 4 .245 .315
Josh Christofer 23 8 5 2 6 .217 .400
Josh Thaemlitz 47 9 10 9 12 .213 .383
Jeremiah Flatgard 28 5 5 2 2 .179 .303
Mitch Macek 48 9 8 3 9 .167 .298
JCC 489 120 154 104 77 .315 .421
Name App. IP Hits K BB ER ERA
Kyle Luhmann (2-2) 9 20 22 27 17 11 3.67
Taylor Christopher (2-5) 9 46.2 55 17 22 26 3.90
Josh Thaemlitz (1-1) 4 11.1 16 4 1 8 4.94
Zach Copley (1-2) 8 21 38 14 18 17 5.67
JCC (8-11) 118.2 153 81 89 86 5.07
JCC softball statistics
Name AB Runs Hits RBI BB BA OBP
Brittany Woodke 67 22 28 16 18 .418 .534
Adriane Rentschler 53 12 22 14 4 .415 .456
Marita Rasche 71 26 29 22 11 .408 .471
Brooke Klontz 82 21 29 17 7 .354 .411
Moira Carlson 50 11 17 9 10 .340 .452
Jasmine Erickson 69 22 22 23 11 .319 .412
Blaney Markman 56 9 16 10 4 .286 .328
Jordian Tirevold 28 5 8 6 5 .286 .412
Jenna Stade 60 8 17 7 2 .283 .328
Jayde Price 15 6 4 3 6 .267 .476
Lydia Brandt 68 14 18 13 7 .265 .329
JCC 619 162 210 140 85 .339 .419
Name App. IP Hits K BB ER ERA
Brooke Klontz (8-4) 12 75 74 61 26 28 2.61
Blaney Markman (1-0) 1 5 8 3 3 2 2.80
Moira Carlson (4-4) 9 53 59 32 24 34 4.49
JCC (13-8) 133 141 96 53 64 3.37
and played third base,
had four doubles and a
team-high three triples
as part of his 23 hits and
scored 16 times. He stole
eight bases, drove in 14
runs and walked a dozen
Those three were a big
reason why the Huskies
hit .315 as a team.
Those top three guys
all hit over .400, Sukal-
ski said. Those three
guys were huge for us.
They produced a lot of
runs for us. The strength
of our team was those
three guys.
Copley hit .286 with 10
hits and 11 RBI. He hom-
ered in his final home
game, making him the
only Husky to clear the
fence this season (Luh-
mann hit an inside-the-
park homer).
Junior Peter Nasby hit
.400 with eight hits and
seven RBI and junior
Jordan Biehn hit .286
with 16 hits and 13 RBI.
Senior Josh Thaemlitz
drew 12 walks, stole five
bases, drove in nine runs
and scored nine times
Senior Brady Bass drove
in 10 runs and scored eight
ti mes and j uni or Josh
Christoffer scored eight
times. Junior Mitch Macek
scored nine times and had
eight hits.
On the mound, Luhmann
had a 3.67 earned-run aver-
age in 20 innings pitched.
He led the team with 27
Christopher struck out
17 batters in 46 2/3 innings
and posted an ERA of 3.90.
Copley pitched 21 innings
and Thaemlitz 11 1/3 for the
The Huskies had a team
ERA of 5.07 and walked
more batters (89) than they
struck out (81).
Despite struggling on the
mound at times, Sukalski
liked the way his team went
about its business every day.
They all played hard and
they all got better, he said.
I thought we did very well
for the amount of experi-
ence we had coming back.
With a good chunk of the
players back on the dia-
mond next spring, Sukalski
said the team can build on
its eight wins.
A lot of these kids dont
play other sports, so this was
their frst varsity experience
ever, he said. Hopefully
that carries over to next
year. Well lose some key
seniors, but weve got some
good kids coming back.
JCC SB: Huskies win 13 games in the regular season
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JCC baseball: Huskies win eight
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Kyle Wendland
plinger shot a season-best
41 at Worthington.
Senior John Marker had
his score count once when
he shot a season-low 44
against Luverne and fresh-
man Matt Ringkob had his
score count once with a 43
against Spirit Lake.
Sophomore Austin Olson
shot 92 at the sub-section
meet and averaged 46.3
shots per nine holes.
Junior Chris Baker also
played one round on varsity
for JCC, giving the Huskies
10 guys with at least one
varsity match.
The Huskies opened the
season with 170 in a trian-
gular against Windom and
Marshall and followed with
169 against Spirit Lake.
The season-low came with
a 160 in a victory against
Worthington, but then JCC
shot 175 and 172 in its next
two matches.
We didnt really have
anybody step up and play
real well toward the end
of the year, Eggink said.
We were better early.
But he said that could
change with nearly every-
one back next season.
We had 10 guys vying
for varsity spots all year,
Eggink said. Next year,
you can bump Caleb Ko-
lander up to that group
and well have about the
same number.
Eggink just hopes a few
of those golfers can take
control of varsity spots.
I wish a couple of
them would step up and
instead of being at mid-
40s, be consistently 40 or
less, he said. A lot of
them were sophomores,
so hopefully they can pick
it up.
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seasons with JCC, including
eight doubles, three triples
and three homers.
Sophomor e Bl aney
Markman drove in 10 runs
and scored nine while bat-
ting .286.
Junior Jordian Tirevold
scored fve runs and drove
in six and had a batting av-
erage of .286.
Junior Jayde Price scored
six runs and drove in three
while batting .267.
While both posted out-
standing offensive numbers,
Klontz and Carlson also got
the job done in the circle for
the Huskies.
Klontz pitched 75 innings
to tie the school record for
most innings pitched since
the pitching rubber was
moved from 40 to 43 feet a
few seasons ago. She broke
her own record of strike-
outs with 61 and also set
school records with eight
wins and 12 games pitched
since the change of pitching
Carlson pitched 53 in-
nings and struck out 32
batters. She won four games
for the Huskies.
Markman won her only
start, pitching fve innings
and picking up three pun-
Rasche was named to the
Class AA second-team all-
state team and she, Klontz,
Erickson and Woodke were
all named to the all-con-
ference team. Rentschler
was an honorable-mention
The Huskies relied heav-
ily on their six seniors this
season, which means Hot-
zler will have to fnd quite
a few replacements next
But with a nucleus re-
turning that features Wood-
ke, Carlson and others,
Hotzler thinks the Huskies
will be just fne.
Weve got kids that can
play those positions, we just
have to work at it, she said.
Well still be competitive.
Photos by Dan Condon
Senior Brooke Klontz fires to first for an out this season for Jackson County Central.
Junior Brittany Woodke throws across the diamond to
record an out this spring.
well, Jacobsen said. He
did a really good job for us.
Senior Austin Rossow
provided some thump as a
designated hitter, including
driving in eight runs in a 21-
20 loss to Adrian.
Other seniors on the
team were Austin Droll,
Kraig Stenzel, Blake Gla-
ser, Mark Ferguson, Luke
Veith and Andrew Kramer.
Aaron Fest and Erik Jass
were both named to the
all-conference team and
Rossow and Cranston were
both honorable-mention
Despite losing 11 seniors,
Jacobsen expects the Wild-
cats to be competitive again
next year thanks to a strong
pitching rotation and the
experience gained this sea-
We had 11 seniors, so
there is going to be a lot of
turnover, Jacobsen said.
But we worked in some
freshman that are coming
up and could win a spot as
a sophomore next year. It
was a great season over-
all. Its a great thing to
build on.
SWU baseball: Playoff win highlights season
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SWU golf: Wendland medalist at section meet
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Walker Crocker during the
Kailey Wendland came
through with 100 at the
sub-section meet to advance
to sections, where she shot
Kailey Wendland was a
nice surprise, Hassing said.
For her frst year of play-
ing competitive golf, she
did very well. She did out-
standing at the sub-section
The Wildcat girls did not
have a complete team this
Hassing said all-in-all,
it was a good spring for
the Wildcats.
It went fairly well
considering the weather
was uncooperative, he
said, adding three meets
were canceled because
of the weather. It was a
good year. The weather
wasnt fun, but the end-
ing was pretty enjoy-
Photo by Dan Condon
Austin Rossow rips a hit for the Wildcats.