Weber guides MCW to Valley Conference title

ALDEN – Defending Class A state champion Cordell Weber fired a 4-over par 76 to earn medalist honors in guiding the Martin County West Mavericks to the Valley Conference boys golf championship on Thursday in Alden.

Weber connected for a meet-leading 10 pars on the Oakview Golf Course to complement birdies on the par-4 No. 3 hole and the par-4 No. 7 to produce a first-place individual total of 36-40.

Weber’s 18-hole round of 76, along with Conner Anderson’s first-team all-conference total of 43-47-90 and Tyson Crosby’s all-league mark of 45-47-92 paced the Mavericks’ six-shot margin of victory over runner-up Madelia, 356-362. Anderson finished fifth overall, while Crosby placed sixth.

Jacob Buntjer carded a 50-48-98 to take 12th overall to net second-team all-league honors in completing MCW’s counting marks.

Hunter Olson chipped in a 51-49-100 to claim second-team accolades for the Mavericks, while teammate Hunter Scofield was tabbed honorable mention for firing a 48-57-105.

Michael Dallager fired a 46-47-93 to earn a tie for seventh place with Madelia’s Tate Myers and capture first-team all-Valley honors in leading the Granada-Huntley-East Chain Mustangs to a third-place team total of 405.

Logan Pytleski penciled in back-to-back 48s en route to a 10th-place score of 96 to pocket first-team all-league honors for GHEC, while teammate Anthony True tallied a 49-50-99 to place 13th overall to receive second-team accolades.

Tyler Mathiason shot a 56-61-117 to complete the Mustangs’ counting marks.

Eian Denton chipped in a 69-54-123 for GHEC, while Chris Crissinger contributed a 76-63-139 to the team’s effort.

In the girls’ competition, Jamie Dunham was the only golfer to eclipse the century mark – 49-50-99 – to capture medalist honors in steering the Alden-Conger Knights to a first-place team score of 451 – 42 strokes better than runner Martin County West (493).

Kelci Russenberger finished fourth overall by carding a 51-59-110 to earn all-Valley honors in topping the Mavericks’ scoring charts, while Morgan Larson collected second-team honors by firing a 58-68-126 to merit a tie for 11th overall.

Jennifer Peterson, KaLeigh Russenberger and Taylor DeVary all claimed second-team accolades to complete MCW’s performance. Peterson penciled in a 67-60-127, KaLeigh Russenberger tallied a 62-68-130, while DeVary chipped in a 62-70-132.

Martin County West and the Granada-Huntley-East Chain boys team compete in the Section 2A, South Sub-Section Meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont.

Valley Conference Meet

Boys Division

Team Standings: 1. Martin County West 356; 2. madelia 362; 3. Granada-Huntley-East Chain 405; 4. Alden-Conger 408; 5. (won 5th-score tiebreaker) Maple River 419; 6. St. Clair 419; 7. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 456.

Individual Results (Top 10 – 1st Team): 1. Cordell Weber (MCW) 36-40-76; 2. Mike Sorenson (Madelia) 39-41-80; 3. Jordan Henry (Madelia) 41-44-85; 4. Dylan Prange (St. Clair) 44-45-89; 5. Conner Anderson (MCW) 43-47-90; 6. Tyson Crosby (MCW) 45-47-92; 7. (tie) Michael Dallager (GHEC) 46-47-93 and Tate Myers (Madelia) 50-43-93; 9. Eli Hallman (AC) 49-46-95; 10. Logan Pytleski (GHEC) 48-48-96.

Other MCW scores: Jacob Buntjer 50-48-98; Hunter Olson 51-49-100; Hunter Scofield 48-57-105. Other GHEC scores: Anthony True 49-50-99; Tyler Mathiason 56-61-117; Eian Denton 69-54-123; Chris Crissinger 76-63-139.

Girls Division

Team Standings: 1. Alden-Conger 451; 2. Martin County West 493; 3. Maple River 499; 4. (won 5th-score tiebreaker): St. Clair 540; 5. Madelia 540; 6. LCWM 597.

Individual Results (Top 10 – 1st Team): 1. Jamie Dunham (AC) 49-50-99; 2. Kia Ruch (LCWM) 55-52-107; 3. Elynn Johnson (AC) 59-50-109; 4. Kelci Russenberger (MCW) 51-59-110; 5. Haley Simpson (Madelia) 59-52-111; 6. Kelsey Behnke (Maple River) 55-63-118; 7. (tie) Hannah Benning (Maple River) 58-61-119 and Jessica Landsteiner (Maple River) 59-60-119; 9. Hannah Murphy (Maple River) 63-61-124; 10. Brenna Van Englenburg (AC) 60-65-125.

Other MCW scores: Morgan Larson 58-68-126; Jennifer Peterson 67-60-127; KaLeigh Russenberger 62-68-120; Taylor DeVary 62-70-132.