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SENTINEL TRIBUNE SI)ORTS Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Page 9 WWG Charger Spring Sports Roundup From left: Returning letter winners - Avoree Bakken, Abby Herding, and Trey Kockelman WWG Charger Golf ,Charger golf returns 4 girls and one boy letter winners Boys golf faces rebuilding year while girls bring back four letter winners Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- With only one returning letter winner the boy&apos;s team will face a rebuilding year. Girls will have a good group of letter winners to help them improve in the conference. Head coach Carter Ross will be start- ing his 17th season with JohnAmundson assisting him. Last year the boys team had a record of 25-8 and was conference and subsection runner-up, and placed third in the section. The girls were 7-11 in the conference. Returning letter wnners are; Trey Kockelman (boys), Abby Herding, Mariah Olson, Deziree Koenig, and Avoree Bakken (girls). Abby Herding placed third in the conference, second in the sections, and 7th in the State. She is a two time tournament participant.. Avoree Bakken placed third in the sub- sections two years ago. Trey Kockelman has been in golf since the 7th grade. For team strengths for the girls Ross said, "we return good experience with four letter winners returning. We also have better numbers than in the past." For boys "Our only returning letter win- ner we are in a rebuilding year. However, we have a good group of young players willing to learn and com- pete." Ross said, "to improve as the season progresses, we will have to work hard on our short game to minimize our strokes." "I expect our boys to gain valuable experience as the season goes on and be able to compete with most teams by seasons end. I expect our girls to be competitive with all the teams in our conference and sub-section. If we can get 3-6 players near 50 we can surprise a lot of teams." Ross predicts MCC and Adrian as teams to beat in the conference. He feels Fulda and Adrian as favorites for the girls, but says MCC and WWG could be dark horse teams. WWG RRC Charger track ready for the season By Steve LeBoutillier There is a good number of students out for track this year at WWG-RRC. The boys have good potential in the sprint relays and hopefully the sprint races. Top runners will be seniors Levi Bunting, Derek Christians, Seen McCroskey, Tanner Pederson, and Tyson Berg. Seniors Matthew and Andrew Benson will hold down the distance events. The field events will have untested athletes compet- ing for the most part and hopefully some top jumpers and throwers will evolve. Christians looks good in the pole vault so far. The boys team finished 4th in the Red Rock Conference last year and hope to finish higher this year. Jeff DeCock was the top performer last year for the Chargers as he fmished his career as state champion in the triple jump and 6th place at state in both the high jump and long jump. MCC Front row from left: Returning letter winners - Matthew Benson, Tanner Pederson, Levi Bunting, Derek Christians, Andrew Benson, Tyson Berg. Back row: Nick Berg, Payton Void, Logan Weis, Matthew Kleven. From left: Returning letter winners- Tyra Missling, Macy Simonson, Mady Johnson, Alexa Byers, Juliana Pederson. won the conference meet last year and were runner-up in the state meet as well. They should be strong again this season. " The girls are a little short on numbers for the varsity group but have very good numbers in junior high. The seniors who are expected to make good contributions this season are Mel Kedl in the high jump and sprints, Macy Simonson in the weight events, Alexa Byers in the hurdles and sprints, and Tyra Missling in the triple jump. Junior Mady Johnson will contribute in the sprints and mid-distance events, and sophomor run- ners Juliana Pederson and McKenzie Deprez will score points in the mid-distance and sprints as well. The girls finished 7th in the Red Rock Conference last season and hope to improve on that this year. Southwest Christian and Mt. Lake Area were the top conference teams last year and will be tough again this year. The team competed at the Dan Lennon Invitational on March 25. There were lit. erally hundreds of compete- tors at this meet. The best showing for WWG-RRC was a 7th place finish by Derek Christians in the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet even. Mel Kedl finished 8th in the high jump with a personal best of 4ft. 10in. RRC WWG Falcon Falcon baseball showing good numbers for the 2014 season *Coach Jenniges sees the conference a wide open race Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- After coming off a conference runner up season, Coach Derrick Jenniges is optimistic for the 2014 season. Falcon baseball coach Jenniges is assisted by Pat Merrick, and Brian Benedict. The previous season the Falcons were runners up in the conference 7-13, with a conference and post season record of 6-4. There are 50 boys out in grades 7-12, with seven returning letter winners. Matt Otto, Mitchell Jarmer, Tyler Schoborg, Thomas Blomgren, Dillon Benson, Tyler Martius, and Colby Davis. Jenniges cites as promis- ing prospects; Sophomores: Jacob Otto (catcher), and Brakken Bierl (pitcher), freshmen: Anthony Koch (center field), Taylor Bunting (SS) Cole Pankonin (3B), Mitchell Willhite (INF). Jenniges says, "strength in our numbers, 32 kids in grades 9-12, will give us a lot of options to make changes during the course of the game to improve our fielding, base running, or hitting. Game experience is also a key fac- tor for us this spring as sev- eral of these guys have climbed the ladder through our youth baseball program, having played several games throughout the summer." "We will continue to look for improvement in game speed decision making, hit- Baseball ting with runners on base, as well as hitting with two outs to continue putting pressure on our opponents," says Jenniges. Jenniges notes that pitch- ing depth and scheduling can have a drastic affect on the season. "We hope to get a lot of our guys some opportuni- ties early in the season to build on our depth as the season progresses," he said. Last year Adrian and Edgerton tied for the confer- ence championship with a 7-3 record. Jenniges feels it will be much the same this year with 2-3 losses being good enough to take home the trophy. Jenniges said, "it is a wide open race, playing well early and building confi- dence may be a deciding fac- tor in who comes out on top! Good Luck C hargers and Falcons m Westbrook 507.274.6133 Bank00 Qre00 f Ex/00ert'e00 ce/ / oneplace" EfirkhlzLaw00LLCll00,00,.. Attomeys at Law - Daniel A. Birkholz Jacob M. 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