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Minnewaska junior Jenna Janu takes a shot during the first round of the Class AA meet Tuesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Janu is in 10th place after shooting a 77. Todd Abeln/Jordan Independent

Prep Golf: Dawson-Boyd boys, BOLD girls top Class A teams after opening round

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BOLD is making quite the impression at its first-ever appearance at the girls state golf tournament. The Warriors, paced by junior Breann Mertens’ seventh-place round of 86, lead the Class A meet by two shots after the first round Tuesday in Becker at Pebble Creek Golf Club.

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Not to be outdone, Dawson-Boyd owns a one-shot lead on the same course in the boys tournament. The Blackjacks, who are in their fourth state meet in school history, has sophomore Christian Thoen in a sixth-place tie at 78 and junior Easton Popma tied for 19th at 83.

An 85 from junior Cameron Kemem and an 88 from junior Spenser Erickson round out the top rounds for Dawson-Boyd, which placed third two years ago.

The Class A girls field has the highest scores amongst the three classes, but BOLD’s top four scores are only nine shots apart. Following Mertens is sophomore Lanie Altmann (90), senior Liza Reinert (94) and junior Ashley Schmitz (95).

The Minnewaska girls, who won five state titles from 2006-10, are likely too far out to win another championship. The Lakers shot a 341 in Jordan at Ridges at Sand Creek to end the first round of the Class AA meet in fourth, 48 shots behind two-time defending champion Detroit Lakes. Minnewaska junior Jenna Janu is in 10th after carding a 77, while Detroit Lakes has five golfers in the top 10, paced by Sydney Busker’s first-place score of 72.

Also in Jordan on the boys side, Litchfield junior Josh Polingo is in good position to improve on his eighth-place tie last year. Polingo is in a six-way tie for fourth at 72, only three shots off the pace set by Austin vanSytzama Delano. Polingo will tee off at 1:21 p.m. today.

Willmar seniors Hunter Mottinger and Tony Kallevig shot a 77 and 83, respectively, at the Class AAA boys meet at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.

The second and final round today starts at 7:30 a.m. for the girls and noon for the boys. The BOLD girls start teeing off at 8:15 a.m. with freshman Whitney Trongard. Fellow freshman Madison VanDerHagen follows at 8:24 a.m., Schmitz at 8:33 a.m., Reinert at 8:42, Altmann at 8:51 a.m. and Mertens at 9 a.m. Janu also tees off at 9 a.m. in her quest to improve on last year’s fifth-place tie.

Leading things off for the Dawson-Boyd boys today will be junior Dalton Palmer at 12:45 p.m. Senior Jared Monson starts his second round at 12:54 p.m. with Erickson beginning play at 1:03 p.m., Kemem at 1:12 p.m., Popma at 1:21 p.m. and Thoen at 1:30 p.m.

CLASS AAA

Boys Individual

TOP 10 … WILLMAR – (1) Jacob Cooper, Hastings, 69 (T2) Chris Captain, Rochester Century, 71; Kobi Boe, Edina 71; Sam Foust, Edina, 71 (T5) Jack Holmgren, Wayzata 72; Grant Rahja, Wayzata, 72 (T7) John Buboltz, North Branch, 73; Austin Kottke, New Prague, 73 (T9) Max Savini, Anoka, 74; Sam Steinwand, Andover, 74; Nick Turnquist, Spring Lake Park, 74; Bobby Terwilliger, Edina, 74; Jon Koening, Apple Valley, 74; Scott Marston, White Bear Lake, 74 … (T25) Hunter Mottinger 38-39—77 (T66) Tony Kallevig 40-43—83

CLASS AA

Girls Team Scoring

(1) Detroit Lakes 293 (2) Red Wing 326 (3) Pequot Lakes 328 (4) Minnewaska 341 (5) Osakis 366 (6) Visitation 367 (T7) Jordan 371, Breck 371

Girls Individual

TOP 10 – (1) Sydney Busker, DL, 72 (T2) Trisa Hutchinson, DL, 73; Maggie Heggerston, PL, 73; Kate Smith, DL, 73; Anni Heck, Vis, 73 (6) Marja Sorenson, Rocori, 74 (7) Natalie Roth, DL, 75 (T8) Nicole Schammel, RW, 76; Mattie Tschider, DL, 76 (10) Jenna Janu, Min, 77

Area results

LITCHFIELD – (T33) Kennedy Sommerfeld 41-46—87

MINNEWASKA – Janu 40-37—77 (T25) Ellen Stensrud 44-41—85 (T25) Ashlyn Guggisberg 45-40—85 (T57) Annika Pederson 50-44—94 (T74) Madi McGinty 53-52—105 (T83) Ariel Ostrander 54-58—112

Boys Individual

TOP 10 – (1) Austin vanSytzama, Delano, 69 (T2) Carter Haley, Mankato East, 71; Andrew Israelson, Staples-Motley, 71 (T4) Andrew Sederlund, Virginia/Mt. Iron-Buhl 72; Scott Stankey, Providence Academy, 72; Brady Beauchamp, Mound Westonka, 72; Kyle Brodt, Totino-Grace, 72; Will Czeh, Roseau, 72; Josh Polingo, Litchfield, 72 (T10) Chris Swenson, Fergus Falls, 73; Paul Stankey, Providence Academy, 73

Area results

LITCHFIELD – Polingo 38-34—72

MINNEWASKA – (T34) Brett Buckingham 37-42—79

CLASS A

Boys Team Scoring

(1) Dawson-Boyd 334 (2) United South Central 335 (3) Legacy Christian Academy 341 (4) Mille Lacs 350 (T5) Ottertail Central 354, Kittson County Central 354 (7) Murray County Central 355 (8) Lewiston-Altura 356

Boys Individual

TOP 10 – (1) Nathaniel Kahlbaugh, Mahnomen/Waubun 75 (T2) Adam Christensen, MCC, 76; Brock Bliese, Mounds Park Academy 76 (T4) Cordell Weber, Martin County West, 77; Blake Kahlbaugh, Mahnomen/Waubun, 77 (T6) Dain Schultz, ML, 78; Christian Thoen, DB, 78 (T8) Luke Johanson, Southwest Christian, 79; Charlie Krambeer, Rushford-Peterson, 79 (T10) Ben Henning, Adrian, 80; Jacob Hoschied, LCA, 80; Tommy Braaten, Blooming Prairie, 80

Area results

BOLD – (T63) Ethan Weis 48-45—93

DAWSON-BOYD– Thoen 40-38—78 (T19) Easton Popma 43-40—83 (T30) Cameron Kemem 42-43—85 (T40) Spenser Erickson 43-45—88 (T48) Jared Monson 43-47—90 (T55) Dalton Palmer 47-44—91

MACCRAY – (T35) Brady Madsen 42-44—86

YME – (T19) Mitch McCosh 41-42—83

Girls Team Scoring

(1) BOLD 365 (2) Legacy Christian Academy 367 (3) Fillmore Central 369 (4) Windom 379 (5) Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 391 (6) United South Central 413 (7) Ottertail Central 413 (8) Barnum 449

Girls Individual

TOP 10 – (T1) Christine Piwnica, Southwest Christian, 79; Lauren Laffen, Sleepy Eye, 79 (3) Abby Herding, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 80 (4) Elizabeth Hennessy, Lewiston-Altura, 81 (5) Kailey Carlin, Fosston, 84 (6) Kiera Smith, Heritage Christian Academy, 85 (7) Breann Mertens, BOLD, 86 (T8) Allison Deckert, Heritage Christian Academy, 87; Kelsey Hanefeld, Win, 87 (T10) Andrea Burkel, BGMR, 88; Laura Donney, FC, 88; Sophia Gray, LCA, 88

Area results

BBE – (T44) Peyton Miller 54-44—98

BOLD – Mertens 41-45—86 (17) Lanie Altmann 47-43—90 (T24) Liza Reinert 46-48—94 (T29) Ashley Schmitz 46-49—95 (T51) Madison VanDerHagen 50-51—101 (T68) Whitney Trongard 51-56—107

YME – (76) Leah Jeseritz 55-58—113

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