Medalist Jake Olson leads Arrow golfers to their fourth-straight tourney win at Yankton


YANKTON — The weather has cooled off a bit this week but it didn't do the same to Watertown High School's boys golf team on Friday in the Yankton Invitational.

The Arrows, led by medalist Jake Olson shot an 8-under 280 and won their fourth-straight tournament by two shots over Harrisburg. O'Gorman was third at 284 and Pierre fourth at 285.

Other teams included Brandon Valley (302), Mitchell and Sioux Falls Lincoln (304), Aberdeen Central and Brookings (314), Yankton (316), Sioux Falls Jefferson (317), Rapid City Stevens (318), Sioux Falls Washington (336), Sioux Falls Roosevelt (337) and Huron (430).

"Today was a great test for us on the course where the ESD (Eastern South Dakota Conference) tournament is going to be held in a couple of weeks," said Watertown head coach Corey Neale.

"We didn't start as fast as a few teams and were in fourth place, seven shot back, halfway through the round. The guys continued to trust themselves and their game, kept a positive mindset and finished the round on top. It's exactly what we need to do from here on out to contend for ESD and state Class AA titles."

Olson won his third tournament of the season by winning a sudden-death playoff on the third extra hole over teammate Kaden Rylance and Riley Christensen of Harrisburg. All three golfers shot 68s to lead the pack. Luke Olson and Sawyer Sonnenschein of Pierre tied for fourth with 69s.

Other Watertown Golfers: 7. (Tie) Gabe Norberg, 70; 21. (Tie) Ty Lenards 74; 25. (Tie) Jaden Solheim, 76; 35. (Tie) Jerome Zebroski, 78.

Aberdeen Central Golfers: 29. (Tie) Peyton and Cole Brust, each 77s; 46. (Tie) Carter Blanchard and Jackson Ravellette, 80s; 63. (Tie) Kyler Senger, 84; 73. (Tie). Quincy Madsen, 86.

Watertown Girls Tennis

BROOKINGS — Watertown High School's girls tennis team picked up three more wins on Friday and Saturday.

The Arrows (10-2 overall) beat Rapid City Central 8-0 with junior varsity players on Friday and then followed on Saturday with an 8-1 wins over Huron and Pierre.

"I thought the girls played well today and got a couple of nice wins against ESD (Eastern South Dakota Conference) opponents," said Watertown head coach Ryan Zink. "We will need to have a good practice on Monday to get ready for our home matches on Tuesday."

Watertown hosts Harrisburg and Sioux Falls Roosevelt in a triangular starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Park. The Arrows will play Harrisburg at 10 a.m. and Roosevelt at about 3 p.m.

Watertown 8, Huron 1 — Singles: Ellie Zink, W, def. AnneClaire Rubish, 10-6; Leyla Meester, W, def. Elizabeth Heinen, 10-1; Faith Berg, W, def. Ann Hoek, 10-6; Say Glay, H, def. Sophia Nichols, 10-6; Cayda Weiss, W, def. Paw Kler Moo, 10-7; Karlie Schulte, W, def. Madeline Kleinsasser, 10-2. Doubles: Zink-Meester, W, def. Rubish-Heinen, 10-2; Berg-Nichols, W, def. Hoek-Kleinsasser, 10-9 (7-4 tiebreaker); Weiss-Schulte, W, def. Moo-Glay, 10-7.

Watertown 8, Pierre 1 — Zink, W, def. Jocelyn Corrales, 10-2; Meester, W, def. Caitlin Ott, 10-2; Berg, W, def. Adrian Hand, 10-1; Sophia Nichols, W, def. Bailey Jessen, 10-9 (7-5 tiebreaker); Weiss, W, def. Breanna Tedrow, 10-1; Schulte, W, def. Genevieve Oxford, 10-1. Doubles: Zink-Meester, W, def. Elise Bowers-Jessen, 10-2; Corrales-Ott, P, def. Berg-Nichols, 10-6; Weiss-Schulte, W, def. Tedrow-Oxford, 10-9 (7-0 tiebreaker).

Watertown 8, RC Central 0 — Singles: Hannah Pesek, W, def. Angela Limon, 10-2; Jade SMith, W, def. Chenoa Wright, 10-2; Olivia Whiting, W, def. Kili Cole, 10-0; Kaia VanDerMerwe, W, def. Kirsten Steinbeck, 3-0 (injury); Emma Ofstehage, W, def. Lilly Deming, 10-0; Savannah Sovell, W, def. Raegan Patton, 10-0. Doubles: Pesek-Smith, W, def. Limon-Wright, 10-5; no second flight doubles match was played; Sovell-Kendalyn Marie Swanson, W, def. Deming-Patton, 10-0.

Milbank Girls Tennis

BRANDON — Milbank broke into the win column with a 5-4 dual win over Spearfish in a high school girls tennis triangular on Friday.

The Bulldogs, 1-8, also lost to Vermillion 7-2.

Milbank plays in a triangular at Madison on Tuesday.

Milbank 5, Spearfish 4 — Singles: Hope Karels, M, def. Kate Mondloch, 10-4; Ashlynn Lamp, M, def. Jill Heizler 10-2; Jenna Korstjens, M, def. Kim Heizler, 10-2; Allie Mondloch, S, def. Amelia Pederson, 10-5; Ava Berberick, S, def. Caitlyn Frerichs, 10-1; Emma Gotlobb, S, def. Jericho Jones, 10-2. Doubles: Karels-Lamp, M, def. K. Mondloch-A. Mondloch, 10-6, Korstjens-Pederson, M, def. J. Heizler-K. Heizler, 10-1, Berberick-Gotlobb, S, def. Charlotte Swanson-Payton Lamp, 10-1.

Vermillion 7, Milbank 2 — Singles: Karels, M, def. Annika Barnett, 8-5; Mya Halverson, V, def. A. Lamp, 8-2; Abby Hanson, V, def. Korstjens, 8-1; Saige Jorgensen, V, def. Pederson, 9-8 (10-8 tiebreaker); Sahara White-Davis, V, def. Frerichs, 8-0; Mia Barnett, V, def. Jones, 8-2. Doubles: A. Barnett-Halverson, V, def. Karels-A. Lamp, 8-2; Hanson-Delaney Smidt, V, def. Korstjens-Pederson, 8-6; Swanson-P. Lamb, M, def. Davis-M. Barnett, 8-1.

Watertown Soccer

SIOUX FALLS — Watertown High School's soccer teams each posted 1-1 draws in matches against Sioux Falls Lincoln on Saturday.

The Arrow boys improved to 4-3-2 overall with their draw against Lincoln (5-0-2), which is currently second in the Class AA standings. The Arrows girls (2-6-1) ended a five-game losing skid against Lincoln (2-3-2).

Tommy Foley scored on a free kick for Watertown's boys, which got 12 saves from goalkeeper Owen Muller.

"We played a solid team especially against one of the top teams in the state," said Arrow boys coach Jesse Hauck. "The draw definitely helped as we moved from No. 14 to No. 10 in the standings. The game should help us build momentum for Tuesday."

Aspen Reynolds scored for the Arrow girls and Katie Fischer assisted. Madison Enstad made 10 saves and Mya York added one while stepping in for three minutes.

The WHS teams visit Brandon Valley on Tuesday. The boys play at 5 p.m. and the girls at 7 p.m.

Milbank Grandstay Invite Cross Country

MILBANK — Payton Brown of Milbank and Faith Wiese of Flandreau won individual titles Saturday in the Grandstay Invitational cross country meet at the Whetstone Creek Golf Course.

Brown won the 72-runner boys' 5,000-meter race in 16 minutes and 0.91 seconds. He was followed by Dylan Gerdes of Madson (16:28.52), James Batchelor Milbank (16:32.53), Gavin Carl of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Minn. (17:05.92), Bryan Meyer of Milbank (17:23.89) and Isaac Graham (17:36.24).

Milbank Grandstay Invite Results:

Wiese won the girls 5,000 in 18:11.62, topping 42 runners. Ashlynn Batchelor of Milbank was second (18:47.89), followed by Bianca Berry of Milbank (19:56.88), Lucie Comstock of Breckenridge, Minn. (20:03.57) and Danielle Zirbel of Waubay-Summit (20:11.34).

Milbank's boys and Flandreau's girls won team title.

De Smet Invite Cross Country

De SMET — Isabelle Bloker won the girls' 5,000-meter race and led Sioux Valley to the team title in the De Smet Invitational cross country meet on Thursday at the Kingsbury County Country Club.

Bloker won the 52-runner girls' race in 18 minutes and 18.75 seconds, followed by Kamryn Nesheim of Clark-Willow Lake (19:52.9), Kaelyn Ulschmid of Arlington (20:16.7), Jaycee Hourigan of Deuel (20:33.56) and Liberty Trygstad of Sioux Valley (21;:06.98).

Sioux Valley topped Clark-Willow Lake 16-21 to win the girls division.

Complete De Smet Invite Results:

Miller won the boys division with a score of 10, led by race champion Alex Schumacher (16:40.28) and runner-up Pierce Baumberger (16:45.35). Cooper Schaefer of Estelline-Hendricks was third (17:49.58), Caden Schwader of Howard fourth (17:56.52) and Carson Wosje of Sioux Valley fifth (18:08.38) in the 61-runner race.

Estelline-Hendricks took second (25) in the boys division.

Complete results for South Dakota cross country meets are posted on

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