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Kernel golfers take 4th at Warrior-Lynx invite

The Mitchell High School boys golf team moved up two spots as play concluded at the Warrior-Lynx Invitational Tuesday.

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SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell High School boys golf team moved up two spots as play concluded at the Warrior-Lynx Invitational Tuesday.

Mitchell and Harrisburg were tied for sixth place after Day 1 in Brandon with 330s. But Mitchell shaved 22 shots off its Day 2 score at Willow Run Golf Course and finished with a 638 for the tourney.

Sioux Falls Lincoln (601), Sioux Falls O’Gorman (602) and Watertown (626) were first-through-third, respectively.

Mitchell’s 308 on Tuesday was the third best round in school history since 2001.

“We dug ourselves a little hole yesterday and we climbed out of it today as much as we could and it was nice to see that fight in them,” Mitchell coach Ryker Kreutzfeldt said. “It was really close coming down the stretch there. It was tied, one, two strokes and they gutted it out and I am really proud of them.”

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Sioux Falls Lincoln’s Bennett Geraets (143) was the individual medalist, edging Watertown’s Jake Olson by two strokes.

Macon Larson made the biggest jump for the Kernels from Day 1 to Day 2. One day after shooting an 84, Larson fired a 70 for a two-day total of 154. He shot a 31 on the front nine and 39 on the back nine. He placed ninth in the individual standings.

“He finished really strong,” Kreutzfeldt said. “He ended up birdying his last three holes. That's going to make him tough to beat because he’s really solid. He doesn’t make many mistakes and he showed that today.”

Seventh-grader Asher Dannenbring finished 14th in his first varsity action. He shot an 80 on Monday and a 76 on Tuesday, shooting 38s on both nines at Willow Run.

“You can’t ask much more from a seventh-grader playing his first varsity meet,” said Kreutzfeldt, who noted how Dannenbring still wasn’t pleased with his round. “He wasn’t happy he wasn’t top-10, and to have a seventh-grader be shooting those kind of scores, and be upset he’s not top-10, that shows what his drive is and he played really, really well. He should be proud of himself.”

Noah Larson tied for 21st place with a 161, including a 79 on Tuesday. Lincoln Bates (169) tied for 33rd and Jackson Childs (173) tied for 43rd.

The Kernels will host Huron in a 10 a.m. dual on Thursday at Lakeview Golf Course.

Warrior-Lynx Invitational

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Monday at Brandon Golf Course

Tuesday at Willow Run Golf Course

Team scores: 1. Lincoln, 601; 2. O’Gorman, 602; 3. Watertown, 626; 4. Mitchell, 638; 5. Pierre, 642; T-6. Harrisburg, 647; T-6. Roosevelt, 647; 8. Yankton, 663; 9. Brandon Valley, 664; 10. Spearfish, 694; 11. Aberdeen Central, 698; 12. Rapid City Central, 719; 13. Sioux Falls Jefferson, 722; 14. Brookings, 726; 15. Washington, 740; 16. Stevens, 743.

Top-15 individual scores: 1. Bennett Geraets, Lincoln, 143; 2. Jake Olson, Watertown, 145; T-3. Radley Mauney, O’Gorman, 146; T-3. William Sanford, O’Gorman, 146; 5. Luke Honner, Lincoln, 150; 6. Dawson Vellek, Yankton, 151; 7. Austin Merrow, Roosevelt, 152; 8. Will Hurd, O’Gorman, 153; 9. Macon Larson, Mitchell, 154; T-10. Kaden Rylance, Watertown, 155; T-10. Nick Bothun, Pierre, 155; T-10, Easton Vellek, Yankton, 155; T-10. Andy Noble, Jefferson, 155; 14. Asher Dannenbring, Mitchell, 156; T-15. Jack Hilgenberg, Lincoln, 157; T-15. Jacob Stewart, O’Gorman, 157; T-15. Charlie Mickelson, Lincoln, 157; T-15, Adam Knigge, Lincoln, 157.

Other Mitchell golfers: T-21. Noah Larson, 161; T-33. Lincoln Bates, 169; T-43. Jackson Childs, 173.

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