The Northwestern High School boys golf team carded a season-low score of 303 to win its third straight Heart O’ North Conference title Wednesday, May 15, at Barron.
“The boys picked the course apart,” NHS coach Ryan Teal said.
Kordell Swanson continues to stay dialed in as he was tournament medalist with a 1-over par 72.
Spencer Anttila was a stroke back at 73; Brett Botten chipped in a 76; and Trent Meyer carded a season-low 82.
Swanson, Botten, Trevor Priem and Anttila all received HON All-Conference honors by finishing in the top 10 in season points.
The Tigers also completed an undefeated regular season Tuesday, May 13, when they shot a season low 147 to beat Spooner at Botten’s Green Acres in Lake Nebagamon.
Swanson and Priem shared medalist honors with 1-over-pars 36s. They were followed by Botten, 37; and Anttila, 38.
The WIAA Division 2 sectional meet is at Medford on Tuesday, May 21.
The first four teams and top four individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, qualify for the sectional meet, which is May 29 at Hayward.
Northwestern literally stole one from the Bloomer Blackhawks with a 6-5 eight-inning victory Tuesday, May 14, at the Brule softball fields.
Shantelle Ruf’s second home run of the game tied it at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Northwestern’s Alyssa Little reached base in the bottom of the eighth inning when her infield pop up was misplayed. Little then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
On another passed ball, Bloomer's catcher retrieved the ball and attempted to get Little going back to third base. But the ball sailed into left field allowing the winning run to score.
Allison Luoma was the complete-game winning pitcher, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while striking out nine and walking five.
Emily Kuchl took the loss, allowing five earned runs on 13 hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Tory Anderson had a big game on offense for the Tigers with a home run, double, single and two RBIs. Anderson doubled in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third, and singled and scored on Jayda Klobucher's home run in the fifth.
Klobucher also singled, while Brecken Oswskey had two hits; Kennedy Nelson and Brooke Ogren doubled; and Mac Correll hit an RBI single.
Ruf also hit a home run in the fourth inning; Kuchl doubled and singled; and Sammy Bucholtz singled twice.
Luoma's complete-game shutout led the Tigers to a 5-0 win over the Spooner Rails on Monday, May 13, in Brule.
Luoma allowed five hits and struck out 12 as the Tigers improved to 16-3.
Northwestern had seven hits, including a triple by Kennedy Nelson and singles by Correll, Anderson, Ogren, Tayva Plasch, Oswskey and Little.
Nelson tripled and scored on an error in the first inning.
Oswskey hit an RBI single in the second; Plasch walked and stole home in the fourth; and in the fifth, Correll singled and scored on Jones' ground out, and Ogren singled and eventually scored on an error.
The Tigers are at Amery at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16, then host Ladysmith in a WIAA Division 3 playoff game Tuesday, May 21. The Tigers are the No. 2 seed and Ladysmith No. 7.
A chance to clinch at least a share of the HON title were put on hold for the Tigers with an 11-4 loss at Spooner on Tuesday, May 14.
With the victory, the Rails pull into a first-place tie with the Tigers with 10-2 records.
The HON season wrapped up with doubleheaders Thursday, May 16, as Northwestern hosted Cumberland (9-3) Barron (0-12) went to Spooner.
The Tigers led 1-0 after three innings and 3-2 in the top of the fifth, but Rails erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Justin Sedin suffered the loss for the Tigers, allowing 11 runs (4 earned) on nine hits and four walks while striking out three.
Nolan Gustafson had three of the Tigers’ 10 hits. Sedin added a home run, single and two RBIs; Brennan Werner had a double and RBI; and Jake Brill doubled.
For Spooner, AJ Buchman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs; Tom Kissack was 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Bridger Klein had a hit and three RBIs; Chase Melton and Caleb Potaczek had two hits apiece; and John Nauertz doubled.
The Tigers began the week with a 7-6 no Monday, May 13, at Rice Lake.
The Tigers built a 6-0 lead through three innings.
After the Warriors plated single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Northwestern made it 7-2 in the top of the sixth.
Rice Lake made things interesting with four runs in the bottom of the sixth with five straight hits off Bryson Mazur, who took over for Tiger starter Andrew Klobuchar.
The first two Rice Lake batters also reached base in the seventh, but Mazur settled down and retired the next three winners to complete the win.
“It was a good team win in Rice Lake. Andrew pitched really well, and the boys overcame some adversity in the end to hold on for the win,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “Bryson really dug down to close it out, and props to Dayne Evanson for stepping in and making a big play late behind the plate to help the team get out of the seventh.”
The Tigers finished with 15 hits, led by Carson Holsclaw, who was 3-for-5.
Sedin, who homered three times and had 11 RBIs in a weekend sweep of Ladysmith, was also 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.
Also for the Tigers, Werner had two hits and two RBIs; Brill and Dylan Ronchi both had two hits and an RBI; and Klobucher singled twice.
Isaac Rouge and Trevor LaPoint both doubled twice for Rice Lake, and Joe Kroeger was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Klobucher was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out two.
The Tigers, who wrap up the regular season at Grantsburg on Tuesday, May 21, is the No. 1 seed for the WIAA Division 2 playoffs and will host the Ashland-Osceola winner Tuesday, May 28.