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Knights qualify two for state

Aberdeen Christian’s Jett Becker watches his putt on the first green at Rolling Hills Golf Course during the Lake Region Conference tournament. Becker finished fourth at the Region 1B tournament on Monday. Photo by John Davis taken 5/6/2021

WATERTOWN – Aberdeen Christian was unable to qualify its boys’ team for the state golf meet, but the Knights are taking their top two golfers to state.

Jett Becker finished fourth at the Region 1B tournament Monday with an 83, while Zeke Becker was eighth with an 87.

The Knights were second in team points at the pre-region meet last week, but could not replicate that feat this week. However, both Beckers are headed to the biggest meet of the season.

“What we expected and obviously hoped for at the start of the year,” said Christian coach David Rohrbach. “Last week’s pre-region gave us a little bit of hope that maybe we’d sneak our team in, but obviously we knew we’d have to golf really well. It’s really good to get those two going.”

Sam Hansen of Great Plains Lutheran shot a 74 to earn medalist honors and help GPL to the team title as well. Hamlin was runner-up.

“There were some high scores. Sam Hansen shot really well, but I thought outside of him there were some fairly high scores than what you normally see out of some really good golfers in that region,” Rohrbach said. “Still a really good field. A lot of guys that could make some noise at state for sure. A lot of these guys in our region that were at the top have been pretty decent all year long. They’ve been to a lot of state meets and now they’re upperclassmen. It’s definitely a really good region for golf and I hope that they have a good showing.”

Castlewood won the girls’ team crown. Hamlin, behind medalist Taylor Koisti, was second.

The Beckers will now have two weeks to prepare for the upcoming state tourney June 7-8 in Brookings.

“Zeke has put together a couple of pretty consistent rounds. He had 87 both last week and this week. Zeke is playing pretty well,” Rohrbach said. “Jett would like to be a little lower. Jett hasn’t played his best yet this year. Hopefully, he can put together a really good round at state.”

Rohrbach believes that both golfers have a solid chance to play at state.

“They’ve placed at some meets where there’s some really good golfers,” Rohrbach said. “If they can be consistent and just find a way to trim down a few shots, I think they could have a chance to be really competitive.”

BOYS’ DIVISION

Team Points: Great Plains Lutheran 251, Hamlin 264, Deuel 270, Webster 277, Castlewood 283, Florence-Henry 286, Clark-Willow Lake 299, Waubay-Summit 304, Aberdeen Christian 308, Britton-Hecla 209. Incomplete: Britton-Hecla, Frederick, Iroquois-Doland, Leola.

Individual Results

1, Sam Hansen, Great Plains Lutheran, 74; 2, Tanner Preheim, Deuel, 77; 3, Carson Pederson, Hamlin, 79; 4, Jett Becker, Aberdeen Christian, 83; 5, Hudson Steinocker, Waubay-Summit, 84; 6, Colin Jaeger, Great Plains Lutheran, 85; 7, Ryker Warrington, Hamlin, 86; 8, Zeke Becker, Aberdeen Christian, 87; 9, Logan Vavruska, Florence-Henry, 88; 10, Teagan Mason, Iroquois-Doland, 88;

11, Lane Tvedt, Castlewood, 89; 12, Blaize Amdahl, Webster, 91; 13, Jacob Pereboom, Webster, 92; 14, Nolan Hansen, Great Plains Lutheran, 92; 15, Connor Bauer, Webster, 94; 16, Jared Hotzler, Deuel, 94; 17, Beau Schooley, Castlewood, 95; 18, Dane Feldhaus, Britton-Hecla, 95; 19, Tegam Sumner, Florence-Henry, 98; 20, (tie) Ryder Juntunen, Clark-Willow Lake, 99, Brandon Fieber, Deuel, 99, Aiden Abraham, Hamlin, 99, and Hudson Feller, Clark-Willow Lake, 99;

24, (tie) Ethan Rislov, Florence-Henry, 100, and David Prohl, Castlewood, 100; 26, (tie) Gavin Dornbusch, Great Plains Lutheran, 101, and Gunnar Kivstad, Clark-Willow Lake, 101; 28, Hunter Lee, Clark-Willow Lake, 102; 29, Cole Pederson, Hamlin, 104; 30, (tie) Joel James, Britton-Hecla, 105, and Miles Hoffman, Leola, 105;

32, Xavier Kriz, Deuel, 106; 33, Carson Ness, Waubay-Summit, 108; 34, (tie) Ethan Opitz, Webster, 109, Carter Larson, Castlewood, 109, and Karsten Kraft, Britton-Hecla, 109; 37, Seth Gaikowski, Waubay-Summit, 112; 38, Jonathan Johnston, Waubay-Summit, 113; 39, (tie) Bryant Pletan, Florence-Henry, 116, and Aidan Fredrickson, Britton-Hecla, 116;

41, Mason Waltman, Leola, 121; 42, McKinley Kosters, Frederick, 130; 43, Ellis Russell, Aberdeen Christian, 138; 44, Micah Leslie, Aberdeen Christian, 149.

GIRLS’ DIVISION

Team Points: Castlewood 297, Hamlin 299, Deuel 333, Clark-Willow Lake 268, Britton-Hecla 412, Leola 485. Incomplete: Frederick, Great Plains Lutheran, Langford Area, Leola, Webster.

Individual Results

1, Taylor Koisti, Hamlin, 89; 2, Chloe Carroll, Castlewood, 97; 3, Mackenzie Everson, Castlewood, 98; 4, Hannah Karst, Castlewood, 102; 5, Skylar Meier, Hamlin, 104; 6, Darby Koenecke, Deuel, 104; 7, Eva Koisti, Hamlin, 106; 8, Maddie Horn, Castlewood, 107; 9, Annika Kriz, Deuel, 110; 10, Morgan Jager, Webster, 112;

111, Haley Isler, Webster, 1114; 112, Mali York, Great Plains Lutheran, 116; 113, Jalen Holm, Clark-Willow Lake, 117; 114, Victoria Preheim, Deuel, 119; 115, Zoey Ruotsalainen, Hamlin, 121; 116, Chloe Furman, Britton-Hecla, 123; 117, Teagan Ortberg, Clark-Willow Lake, 125; 118, Ashleigh Moeller, Clark-Willow Lake, 126; 119, Tianna Tschetter, Iroquois-Doland, 130; 120, Gabby Sanderson, Clark-Willow Lake, 141;

21, Emily Hatlewick, Leola, 141; 22, Ashlynn Kraft, Britton-Hecla, 142; 23, (tie) Alyssa James, Britton-Hecla, 147, and Kaegan Frederickson, Britton-Hecla, 147; 25, Jorja Whempner, Waubay-Summit, 157; 26, Robin Butler, Leola, 158; 27, Klasandra Sattler, Langford Area, 169; 28, Madison Dettler, Frederick, 170; 29, Alyx Hoffman, Leola, 186; 30, Grace Decker, Great Plains Lutheran, 196.

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