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S orts Winthrop News Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Page 6 Spencer Kruggel makes a catch in right field and plants to make a throw to third base. Photo by Michael Mattison Platz and boys 4x800 win championships The GFW track team hosted the Tomahawk Conference meet with the boys finishing fourth with 54 points. Minnesota Valley Lutheran won the meet with 108 points, Cedar Mountain Comfrey Springfield finished second with 107 points, Sleepy Eye Unified fin- ished third with 72 points and Wabasso finished fifth with 12 points. GFW's 4x800 again ran a great race winning it with a time of 9 minutes 3.8 seconds. Conference champs in this event were Sam Gatton, Kyle Sassenberg, Jesse Rider and Tyler Dummer. Jack Bussler, a fantastic eighth grader, ran a time of 2:08 to place second in the 800 meter run. The 4x400 relay team also ran very well, placing second with a time of 3:48.4. Members of that team are Frank Fairchild, Bussler, Lucas Woods and Kevin Taralseth. Shawn Jensen had his best showing of the season throwing the discus 122 feet 4 inches to place second in the conference, while teammate Kyle Hillmann placed third with a throw of 102 feet. Gatton did a great job in the high jump, placing third with a jump of 5--4, while Mitch Kiecker placed fourth with a jump of 5--2 and Jesse Rider placed fifth with a jump of 5 feet. The 4x200 relay team ran well placing third with a time of 1:40.9. Members of that team are Tristan Schmidt, Thomas Weikle, Franz Metzger and Woods. Gatton ran a nice race in the 800 run, placing fourth with a time of 2:13. Taralseth finished fourth in the 400 dash with a time of 55.6. Senior Jesse McDurmont, fin- ished fourth in the 3200 run with a time of 12:01 and fifth in the 1600 run with a time of 5:13. Woods jumped well, placing fourth in the long jump with a jump of 17--2 1/4. The 4x100 relay placed fourth with a time of 52.6. Members of that team are Schmidt, Connor Renneke, Weikle and Leighton Messner. Fairchild in the 110 hurdles placed fifth with a time of 19.0. Kyle Hillmann placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 35-- 8. The GFW girls finished fifth with 23 points. Sleepy Eye Unified won the meet with 125 points, MVL finished second with 101 points, CMCS finished third with 61 points, and Wabasso placed fourth with 43 points. Lexi Platz had another nice meet in the throwing events, win- ning both the shot and discus with throws of 35--7 1/2 and 107--1, respectively. She also placed fifth in the long jump with a jump of 14-- 1 1/4. Steph Palmer ran well, placing fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:06. The 4x100 relay ran well plac- ing fourth with a time of 1:03. Members of that team are Jamie Brown, Brianna Holmquist, Jordan Valdez and Katie Becker. The 4x800 relay team also placed fourth with a time ofi 1:54. Members of that team are Maria Muske, Brown, Samantha Valdez and Gabby Passmore. T-Birds finish conference schedule strong by Michael Mattison Six straight wins were how the GFW Thunderbird baseball team finished the Tomahawk Conference season as the team tied for second with an 11-5 record and 11-7 overall. On Tuesday, the T-Birds scored eight runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-0 win over Sleepy Eye in the first game of a double header. Mason Bleick put up another shutout as he went five innings and allowed just five hits. Bleick struck out six hitters and walked none. Austin Black and Lucas Seehafer each had two RBI with Black and Bryce Lindeman each collecting two hits. The nightcap was much closer as the teams were tied 2-2 going into the seventh inning. That's when GFW scored three runs for a 5-2 win. The runs scored on singles by Angel Munoz, Brady Krueger and Seehafer. Munoz was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Seehafer pitched six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and seven walks while striking out five. GFW dominated the first game of a doubleheader against Cedar Mountain on Thursday 12-2. GFW trailed 2-1 after two innings but scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. The T-Birds pounded out 16 hits in the game. Lindeman, Munoz, Klenk, Bleick and Kruggel each had two hits while Munoz added three RBI and Bleick drove in two. Neither run that Klenk gave up in the complete-game effort was earned. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six. Again the second game of the doubleheader was much closer with GFW prevailing 3-1. GFW struck first in the third inning. Black was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a single by Lindeman. The T-Birds extended the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the fourth inning. Bleick and Arthur Forst walked to lead off the inning. With one out, Joel Munoz singled home Bleick and Black followed suit with a single that scored Forst. Cade Leitheiser got the win, going 4 1/3 innings. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and two walks. Leitheiser struck out five. Bleick pitched the final 2 2/3 innings. He gave up two hits and struck out one in picking up the save. The save was his fourth on the season and sets a new school record. Bleick has been impressive on the mound that last half of the sea- son. He currently has a 20 2/3 scoreless innings streak going which he will take into the Section 2A playoffs that begin Thursday when the T-Birds host Sleepy Eye at5 p.m. Girls sweep final two doubleheaders by Michael Mattison Two doubleheader sweeps last week placed GFW fourth in the Tomahawk Conference with a record of 9-7 and 12-8 overall. On Tuesday, GFW defeated Sleepy Eye 12-1 and 7-4. Paige Sikkila and Whitney Vorwerk got things going for GFW in the fLrSt inning, leading off with back- to-back singles and scoring on a sin- gle by Kelly Lehrke. Breanna Ahlers made it 3-0 when she hit a one-out triple and scored on Sikkila's single. GFW added five runs in the fourth. Ashley Rickheim, Ahlers, Lehrke and Efin McDurmont each had singles with Lehrke driving in two more runs. GFW would scored single runs in the fifth, arid sixth innings' before scoring the final two rtms in the sev- enth inning. Ahlers was 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Lehrke, McDurmont and Karissa Schwecke each had three hits while Siklila scored three times. Lehrke drove in four runs. McDurmont struck out 10 while giving up six hits and two walks. GFW would score six runs in the second game and hold on for the 7-4 victory. Samantha Kretsch and Ahlers led off the third with singles. Sikkila and Vorwerk both walked as one run scored. With two outs, Schwecke doubled home a pair of runs and Rickheim drove a run home with a double as well. Heidie Sloot's single plated the fmal nm of the inning. GFW added its fmal mn in the fifth when Schwecke, who doubled, scored on a Sloot double. The Indians scored one in the fourth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Schwecke had two doubles and two RBI while Sloot had two RBI and two hits. McDurmont went six innings, allowing 10 hits and three walks while striking out four. GFW pounced all over Cedar. Mountain on Thursday in the opener 13-3. The T-Birds scored a pair of runs in each of the fwst two innings. Schwecke drove in two runs in .the first with a single while Kretsch and Vorwerk each had RBI in the second. Cedar Mountain scored one in the second and two in the third to cut the lead to 4-3. The T-Birds left the bases loaded in the third inning after scoring one run before Sloot knocked one over the fence for a two-run homer in the fourth to put GP-W up 7=3. The T: Birds scored six in the fifth to end the game and Lehrke and Morgan Sanken each had two RBI in the innmg. Sikkila, Vorwerk and Sanken each had three hits while Schwecke went the distance, giving up 10 hits and four walks while striking out three. GFW set the tone early, scoring three runs in the first inning of game two and three more in the third to take a 7-1 lead over Cedar Mountain. Schwecke, Lehrke and Kretsch each had three hits. Schwecke again went the distance for the win. dePartearroyo, Radtke earn All-Conference honors The boys and girls GFW golf teams lost their final dual meet of the year at Oakdale against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart. Ann dePartearroyo was medalist by five shots, carding a 42, but the T-Birds lost on one stroke 213-214. Danielle Polzin shot 56 while Hannah Neuman and Jenna Albrecht each Shot 58. The boys lost 171-176. Aaron Radtke and gogan Van Hon tied for medalist at 38 while all four other GFW golfers, Jordan Albrecht, Jordan Black, Zach Haugen and Logan Miller shot 50. The GFW girls finished eighth in the Tomahawk Conference Touriiament scoring a 466. Sleepy Eye won with a 406, followed by Springfield 409, BL=H-S 419, Wabasso 434, New Ulm Cathedral 443, MVL 455, Cedar Mountain 456, GFW and SE St. Mary's 496. dePartearroyo led GFW with a 105 and finished in a tie for llth. Polzin was next at 116 in 24th, Albrecht shot 119 for 28th, and Katelyn Seehafer 126. Melanie Jandl came in with a 139. GFW also finished eighth in the overall team standings in the confer- ence with de Partearroyo earning All-Conference honors. The boys played their third con- ference tournament of the season and placed fifth at 370. Sleepy Eye was first at 318, followed by Springfield 331, St. Mary's-346, Cedar Mountain 355, GFW, BLHS 371, Cathedral 384, MVL 398 and Wabasso 434. Radtke posted an 82 which placed him in a tie for seventh. Black shot 94, Van Hon 96 and Albrecht 98. Also competing were Miller 109 and Haugen 114. Radtke, like dePartearroyo on the girls side, earned his way onto the All-Conference team. 1) NU Cathedral TBA 4) GFW 5) Sprilfield ,3) LP/HT 6) Sleepy Eye 2) SESM TBA 2011 Section 2A Softball Playoffs Sat., May 28 Sat. May 28 Tues., May 31 Tues., May 31 Tues., May 31 Thurs., June 2 Cawsell Mankato 11 p.m. Cawsell Mankato 11 p.m. Cawsell Mankato 3p.m. Cawsell Mankato 5 p.m. Caswell Mankato 5 p.m. Caswell Mankato 7 p.m. Caswell Mankato 5 p.m. game two if needed Champion Shawn Jensen launches the discus and winds up finishing in second place in the Tomahawk Conference track meet. Photo by Michael Matfison Thur., May 26 1) NU Cathedral LPHT 4) GFW 5) Sleepy Eye 3) WEM 6) MVL t 2) SE St. Mary's 7) Nicollet t 2011 Section 2A Baseball Playoffs Tues., May 31 Thurs. June 2 Sat., June 4 SaL, June 4 'Sat., June 4 Tues., June 7 High Seed 5 p.m. High Seed 5 p.m. Mankato 5 p.m. Mankato 10 a.m. Winner of South Sub-Section 'i. Mankato I Noon . Mankato 2 p.m. Mankato 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m. if needed Champion