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Girls Golf
Defending Conference champions, the Minnewaska Lakers, opened the girls golfing season with two more first place wins at Olivia and in Granite Falls.
The Lakers shot a 181 in the morning and 168 in the afternoon, followed closely behind by BOLD in second with 197 and 173.
Jenna Janu of Minnewaska was the medalist at both meets, starting at Granite Run with a 43 and Olivia with a 37.
YME placed fifth and sixth out of ten teams. Cassie Thielen led the Sting in the Granite Falls meet with 52, followed closely by Erica Moritz and Leah Jeseritz with 58 and 59. At Olivia, Erica Moritz was tenth overall with a 49, while Anna McCosh swung a 58 and Cassie Thielen a 59.
The meets originally scheduled for Tuesday at Minnewaska and Morris were both postponed due to heavy rains and near freezing temperatures.

at Granite Falls
Team scoring
(1) Minnewaska 181 (2) BOLD 197 (3) Benson/KMS 220 (4) Sauk Centre 235 (5) Yellow Medicine East 237 (6) Paynesville 241 (7) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 242 (8) Montevideo 244 (9) Melrose 261 (10) ACGC inc.

YME – Cassie Thielen 52, Erica Moritz 58, Leah Jeseritz 59, Anna McCosh 68

at Olivia
Team scoring
(1) Minnewaska 168 (2) BOLD 173 (3) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 211 (4) Benson/KMS 213 (5) Sauk Centre 214 (6) Yellow Medicine East 226 (7) Paynesville 233 (8) Montevideo 237 (9) Melrose 255 (10) ACGC inc.

YME – Erica Moritz 49, Anna McCosh 58, Cassie Thielen 59, Kylie Ramirez 60

Boys Golf
The boys golf season opened with two conference meets on Thursday at Olivia in the morning and Granite Falls in the afternoon. Minnewaska was first at both meets, three strokes ahead of Benson/KMS at Olivia, and 11 ahead of YME.
At Olivia, the YME boys were fourth overall with shooting 178, behind BOLD by two strokes and Benson/KMS by three. Charles Blue just barely made it into the top five with 42.
Traveling to Granite Falls in the afternoon, YME were able to get second place overall, also boasting a tied second place finish for Sam Jans, who shot a 37. Mitch McCosh followed with a 41.
The Tuesday doubleheader was postponed due to rain and frigid cold.

At Olivia
Team scoring
(1) Minnewaska 172 (2) Benson/KMS 175 (3) BOLD 176 (4) Yellow Medicine East 178 (5) Sauk Centre 187 (6) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 187 (7) Melrose 191 (8) Paynesville 194 (9) Montevideo 195 (10) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 196

TOP FIVE – (1) Esten Stensrud, Min, 39 (T2) Carter Kranz, SC, 40; Nathan Hawley, BK, 40 (T4) Brett Buckingham, Min, 41; Nick Kubesh, BOLD, 41

YME – Charles Blue 42, Mitch McCosh 44, Mason Frerichs 45, Jacob Guertin 47

At Granite Falls
Team scoring
(1) Minnewaska 157 (2) Yellow Medicine East 168 (3) Benson/KMS 171 (4) Sauk Centre 175 (5) BOLD 181 (6) Paynesville 184 (7) Melrose 184 (8) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 189 (9) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 198 (10) Montevideo 201

TOP FIVE – (1) Brett Buckingham, Min, 35 (T2) Sam Jans, YME, 37; Isaac Burgess, Min, 37 (4) Nathan Hawley, BK, 39 (T5) Tommy Traeger, SC, 40; Zach Maurer, BK, 40

YME – Sam Jans 37, Mitch McCosh 41, Charles Blue 45, Grant Lalim 45



Morris/C-A 12, YME 9
The Tigers chalked up a win on Friday night after the Sting softball team rallied – twice – in what was the strongest showing for YME yet this season.
The Sting briefly held the lead at 7-6 after a five run fifth inning, but MCA followed up with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and two runs in the sixth inning. A seventh inning rally of three more runs for YME brought the final score to 12-9.
Marissa Sneller and Allie Zieske were both 3-for-4, with Sneller also gaining a double. Megan Odegard supplied three more singles, followed by Hailey Enstad with two hits. The Sting totaled 15 hits, the most so far for a game this season.
It was a big game for MCA, as Head Coach Mary Holmberg earned her 500th career victory after 34 seasons of coaching. Holmberg is only the sixth Minnesota coach to hit 500 wins.

YME                     001 150 3  —  9  15 2
MCA                     021 342 x  — 12  16 2

YME: Marissa Sneller 3-for-4, double, Megan Odegard 3-for-5, Kelsey Sorenson 1-for-4, Hailey Enstad 2-for-2, Becca Rigge 1-for-4, Allison Carmany 1-for-4, Allie Zieske 3-for-4, Mariah Norell 1-for-2
Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Becca Holland 3-for-4, double, Lauren Reimers 2-for-2, Abbie Olson 2-for-4, double, Kayla Pring 1-for-2, Abby Daly 1-for-1, Brooke Johnson 2-for-3, double, Brianna Abril 2-for-4, double, Nicole Strobel 3-for-4, three RBI
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)
YME: Norell (L) 4-13-10-na-0-0, Jordan Glad 2-3-2-na-1-3
Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Abril (W) 6.2-13-6-na-3-3, Lacee Maanum 0.1-2-3-na-2-0



Montevideo 5, YME 2
The Thunderhawks hosted the Sting on Thursday, resulting in an eventual team win for Montevideo 5-2.
Matthew Virnig defeated Riley Emery at No. 3 singles after losing the first set 1-6, coming back to win the next two 6-4, 6-4. Cody Speh beat Noah Stoeckman at No. 4 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 singles Taylor Landmark defeated Shane Nokleby by injury default 6-2, 2-0.
The doubles were swept by the Thunderhawks, all in two set matches.
After several days of inclement weather, the Sting will hopefully play again on Thursday at Luverne against both Luverne and Pipestone.

(1) Jesse Erickson, M, def. Brandon Repsher 6-1 6-2 (2) Taylor Landmark, M, def. Shane Nokleby 6-2 2-0 (inj. default) (3) Matthew Virnig, YME, def. Riley Emery 1-6 6-4 6-4 (4) Cody Speh, YME, def. Noah Stoeckman 6-1 6-2

(1) Martin Moore/Tristan Voorhees, M, def. Chris Zabel/Ammon Bennett 6-0 6-3 (2) Ryan Neville/Connor Dann, M, def. Noah Lusti/Mile Jensen 6-1 6-0 (3) Brandon Johnson/Donovan Albers, M, def. Cody Zimmer/Nick Schindele 6-3 6-1



BOLD 14, YME 0 (5 innings)
BOLD, both defending their State championship and No. 1 conference ranking, crushed the Sting baseball team in just five innings after the Warriors amassed 14 hits and 14 runs.
Joe Sannerud was credited with the loss after giving up five hits in the first inning. Blake Lindstrom followed up the next four innings with nine hits, seven runs (four earned) and one walk.
The Warrior’s Trevor Nissen pitched the full five innings, giving up three hits to Dylan Johnson, Zach Fischer and Joe Sannerud, but no runs. Nissen also hit 2-for-3, including a double, triple and four RBI. Lane Stadther collected a double, two RBI and three runs on three successful at bats for BOLD.

BOLD             473 00 - 14 14 1
YME               000 00 -   0  3 5

Yellow Medicine East: Dylan Johnson 1-2, Zach Fischer 1-2, Joe Sannerud 1-2.
BOLD: Lane Stadther 3-4, double, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Trevor Nissen 2-3, triple, double, 4 RBI; Austin Weis 2-4, 2 runs; Joel Erickson 2-3, run

Yellow Medicine East: Joe Sannerud 1-5-7-5-1-0; Blake Lindstrom 4-9-7-4-1-2
BOLD: Trevor Nissen 5-3-0-0-1-4