Finally after a long winter, the spring sports season is in full swing. The Twin Towns have been busy cramming in all the postponed events, so here’s a recap of how they’ve been doing so far.
For the seventh spring in a row, Breckenridge and Wahpeton weren’t able to fit a Border Battle in.
The Cowboys have been a pleasant surprise on the diamond this season, boasting a record of 9-4. Only returning two of their starters from last year, BHS has poured on the runs against their Heart O’ Lakes foes. They swept Hawley, Minnesota, earlier in the year and recently picked up a pair of conference victories over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Minnesota. The top batters in the order, Hunter Feigum, Jeremy Stack and Brayden Wahl, have been consistent hitters for the Cowboys.
Wahpeton’s still fighting for their first conference win of the year in the always tough Eastern Dakota Conference. They’ve been in multiple games, but their bats haven’t been able to come through at key times. The fielding has been a bright spot for WHS with multiple diving catches from different players.
Breckenridge Boys Golf
Seth Schreiber and Charlie Boldingh, the team’s top returning golfers for the Cowboys, are consistently shooting in the upper-80s. Boldingh will be looking to get back to the section meet this spring.
Breckenridge Girls Golf
On the Breck girls side, Kennedy Schuler and Kayley Ceroll are two section qualifiers from last season. They’ve been steady as the team’s top two golfers. Anya Maack, Georgia and Olivia Hirschey have also shown improvement from last season.
Bridger Hansen and Tucker Hermes lead a solid Wahpeton squad in their spring season. The Huskies usually finish in the middle of the pack amongst their EDC competitors. If scores continue to drop across the board, they’ll have a good shot at making the state meet. They’ll finally play their home meet on Monday, May 20.
The young Breckenridge-Wahpeton softball team are in a rebuilding year after losing almost of their starters from last season. Only four of the players on the team are older than freshmen. Seniors Nina Jirak, the new pitcher for BW, and Lauren Johnson, first baseman, have been leading the squad so far. They have one win so far.
Returning a pair of All-Americans from last year’s third-place finish at the national tournament in infielder Salavao Veu and pitcher Brooke Harder, North Dakota State College of Science had high expectations coming into this season. Veu has kept her play at a high level, batting .422 with 35 RBIs on the year so far. Harder’s ERA is 3.76 and she’s struck out 108 batters in 22 starts. Savannah Constant and Madison Towle have also done some heavy lifting for NDSCS to help them to a 17-18-1 record. They’re heading to Dakota College at Bottineau this weekend for the regional playoffs.
The new-look Wahpeton tennis team returned only two of their varsity team members from last year. Ellie and Liv Dodge, who recently moved to Wahpeton, have been strong additions to the team. In the team’s last home match, Paige Mennis and Ellie Dodge picked up a doubles win and Ellie Dodge also won her singles match.
Breckenridge Boys Track and Field
Most years, Breckenridge is known for their sprints and jumps. This season is a different story with long-distance running and throwing being their best events. Hunter Gowin and Zach Haire have been tearing it up in the mile and two-mile and could both have a trip to the Minnesota State Track Meet in the future. Carter Fredericksen is another Breck athlete racking up points. The Bemidji State football commit is one of the best shot put and discus throwers BHS has had in recent memory.
Breckenridge Girls Track and Field
Grace Conzemius is once again the top point-getter for the Cowgirls this year. Whether it’s the 400-meter dash or high jump, Conzemius has made her impact felt. Other events Breckenridge has seen success in has been the sprint relays.
Wahpeton Boys Track and Field
Josh Darwin continues to be undefeated in high jump in his senior campaign. The North Dakota State commit is the favorite to take home the title at the state meet this year. He also qualified in long and triple jump. Isaac Wohelrs has been a force in pole vault for Wahpeton and Jared Bartels is constantly improving in the middle-distance races.
Wahpeton Girls Track and Field
Emily DeVries has proven herself as one of the top 300-meter hurdle runners in the state, qualifying for the state meet. She frequently places at the many meets the Huskies run in. Olivia Erickson’s high jumping and Bailey Bernstein’s sprints are two other standouts for WHS. The sprint relays have also been consistent placers for the Huskies.