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Girls Golf: Waska easily wins 3AA title; 3 others from area qualify for state tourney

Brianna Janu of Minnewaska pitches to the 15th green at Eagle Creek Golf Club on Thursday in the Section 3AA girls golf tournament. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR -- Minnewaska Area breezed to a 48-shot victory on Thursday at Eagle Creek.

The margin is no surprise.

Behind a pair of two-over par 75s from co-medalists Brianna Janu and Sarah Roering, the Lakers posted a team score of 304 to run away with the Section 3AA girls golf title.

The four-time defending state champions also shot a 304 at last year's state tournament, when they beat second-place Red Wing by 67 strokes.

The Lakers, who are new to the section, have five starters back from that team. Jackson County Central, who won the section on this same course a year ago, had no chance and settled for second with a 352.

The Lakers shot the low four scores: Allie Ostrander was a shot off the leaders with a 76 followed by Sam Falk at 78.

Area individual qualifiers were Chloe Altmann of BOLD in a tie for fifth with a 79, and Kristen Solbrack of Litchfield and Lauren Alsaker of Benson/KMS tied for ninth with 84s.

The Class AA state meet is June 16-17 at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Team scoring

(1) Minnewaska 304 (2) Jackson County Central 352 (3) Marshall 381 (4) Benson/KMS 388

Area individual state qualifiers

Chloe Altmann, BOLD, 79; Kristen Solbrack, Litchfield, 84; Lauren Alsaker, BKMS, 84

Area results

BENSON/KMS - Lauren Alsaker 84, Abby Fragodt 85, Lizzie Ness 100, Rachel Bausman 119, Caroline Westberg 125, Leah Miller 126

BOLD - Chloe Altman 79, Vanessa Anderson 105

LITCHFIELD - Kristen Solbrack 84, Katlyn Kiehn 90, Kayla Sommerfeld 90, Danielle Elam 90, Alex Tipka 95

MINNEWASKA - Sarah Roering 75, Brianna Janu 75, Allie Ostrander 76, Sam Falk 78, Alex Guggisberg 89, Jenna Janu 91

MONTEVIDEO - Kelsey Amborn 94, Kendyl Anderson 100, Nicole Strei 106

Section 2AAA

BUFFALO LAKE -- Willmar freshman Raelin Setrum carded a career-best 83 Thursday during the final round of the Section 2AAA meet at Oakdale Golf Club, but it wasn't to qualify for the state tournament.

New Prague had a two-day total of 630 to beat Eden Prairie by 20 strokes to win the team title. New Prague's Steph Neisen fired a two-under 70 in the second round to win medalist honors for the tournament.

Setrum shaved nine strokes off her first-round score of 92 to place 14th.

Team scoring

(1) New Prague 320-310-630 (2) Eden Prairie 327-323-650 (3) Mankato West 350-351-701 (4) Bloomington Jefferson 365-345-710

Area results

WILLMAR - Raelin Setrum 92-83-175