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Sisseton wins Northeast Conference golf title; Roncalli second

Groton Area’s Carly Guthmiller watches her tee shot on the 11th hole at Lee Park Golf Course during the Roncalli Invitational. Guthmiller took second at the NEC meet on Monday. Photo by John Davis taken 5/6/2021

MILBANK – Sisseton, powered by the medalist play of Kelsey Heath, won the Northeast Conference girls’ golf championship Monday at the Whetstone Creek Golf Course. The Redmen had a score of 368.

Aberdeen Roncalli, which was the only other team to have four girls in the top 13, finished second in team points at 415. The Cavaliers were led by Margaret Anderson who was seventh and Claire Crawford who was eighth. Ava Danielson finished 11th and Morgan Helms 13th.

“Claire and Margaret obviously always play pretty steady. They’re never up; they’re never down,” said Roncalli coach Kerry Brandenburger. “I was pretty happy with Morgan and Ava. Those two continue to drop their scores. I’m very happy with that.”

Carly Guthmiller of Groton finished runner-up, while Marion Mischel of Mibank Area was third.

Brandenburger said it helped that her players were able to play the same course less than a week ago.

“It helped playing it so recently. I think the girls knew where the trouble was,” Brandenburger said.

The coach said make no mistake, there is plenty of trouble lurking on the Whetstone course.

“It is a big course and there’s a lot of trouble on it,” she said. “It has everything from trees, sand, water, out of bounds, it’s got it all.”

The Cavaliers will head to Sisseton on Thursday in preparation for next week’s region meet also at Sisseton.

“The goal always is to make it to the state golf tournament,” Brandenburger said. “As their coach that’s my job to make sure they’re ready for that big region tournament.”

Right now, the Cavaliers are headed in the right direction.

“They’re just playing so well,” Brandenburger said. “I’m just so happy about that.”

Team Points: Sisseton 368, Aberdeen Roncalli 415, Redfield 434, Milbank Area 436. Incomplete: Groton.

Top 15 Individual finishers

1, Kelsey Heath, Sisseton, 74; 2, Carly Guthmiller, Groton, 85; 3, Marion Mischel, Milbank Area, 88; 4, Emma Dahl, Sisseton, 94; 5, Kierra Silk, Milbank Area, 94; 6, Brooklyn Frankenstein, Redfield, 95 7, Margaret Anderson, Aberdeen Roncalli, 96; 8, Claire Crawford, Aberdeen Roncalli, 97; 9, Saige LaFromboise, Sisseton, 106; 10, Ella Kasuske, Milbank Area, 108;

11, Ava Danielson, Aberdeen Roncalli, 109; 12, Brooklyn Rische, Redfield, 111; 13, Morgan Helms, Aberdeen Roncalli, 113; 14, Shaylee Peterson, Groton, 113; 15, Shaylee Schuchard, Milbank Area, 114.

Other Groton golfers: Emma Schinkel 119.

Other Milbank Area golfers: Camila Monroy 126, Jaclyn Wiik 127.

Other Redfield golfers: Abby Evans 114, Addisyn Evans 114, Marie Weller 143.

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