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2 area golfers headed to state high school tournament

A number of area golfers were still alive Monday afternoon in their respective section tournaments with a chance to make the state meet.

With three schools and one individual still in the hunt, just Alden-Conger’s Annika Riebe and United South Central’s Andrew Heggen emerged with a state berth.

In the Section 2AA tournament at New Prague Golf Course, the entire Albert Lea girls’ team was still in contention, along with the lone competitor from the boys’ team, Tucker McKinney.

The best finish for the girls’ Tigers team was senior Charley Fleek, finishing her second round with a +24 and an overall score of +46. Fleek missed an opportunity at state by two placings. Whitney Mullenbach was close behind with a 14th-place finish with a final score of +56. Alyssa Jensen came in 17th place (+59), Makenzie Herr came in 22nd place (+76) and Grace Nelson came in 26th place (+118).

Freshman Tucker McKiney had a tremendous first round Friday, shooting a 79 and putting him well within contention of earning a trip to the state meet. However, a second round of 89 landed him in a tie for 17th place, missing out on advancing by 10 places and 12 strokes.

The Section 2A meet in Mankato yielded a little more success as both the Alden-Conger girls’ team and the United South Central boys’ team competed in the second round.

Riebe, a returning state qualifier, will be heading back to the competition after a fifth-place finish overall with a score of +55. The rest of the Knights team battled to a fourth-place finish with a team score of +381. Ahnika Johnson finished with a score of +70, Autumn Soost with a score of +118, Mikenna Erickson with +138 and Emma Kleinschrodt with +146.

The Rebels had the same sort of luck in the boys’ half of the tournament. Andrew Heggen finished in a tie for second place with an overall score of +14, just two strokes behind the winner to earn him a spot in the state tournament.

Other Rebels who competed were Nolan Magnuson (+26), Blake Legred (+28), Carson Wegner (+34), Adam Stenzel (+41) and Luke Pederson (+45).

Riebe and Heggen will both compete in the Class A state tournament starting Tuesday at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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