Molly Stevens

Northfield senior Molly Stevens finished second overall at Wednesday’s Section 1AAA championships at Faribault’s Legacy Golf Course to qualify for the state tournament. It’s Stevens’ fourth consecutive trip to state. (Mike Randleman/Faribault Daily News)

For the first time since 2011, Northfield girls golf will have multiple representatives at the Class AAA state championships.

On the second day of the Section 1AAA meet Wednesday at Faribault Legacy Golf Course, senior Molly Stevens blazed to a one-over 73 to finish at +10 for the two-day tournament. That was good enough for second place individually behind Lakeville North's Emma Welch, who won at +7 overall.

It's Stevens' fourth consecutive individual qualification for state, although for the first time she'll have some company this year after sophomore Sylvia Koenig snagged the fifth and final individual qualifying spot for the state tournament after shooting an 87 Wednesday for a two-day score of of +35 to edge Lakeville South's Julia Bevans, who finished one spot out at +37.

The top five individuals not on the advancing team, in this case Lakeville North, qualify individually for state.

Stevens and Koenig helped the Raiders finish second in the section behind Lakeville North and ahead of third-place Lakeville South, fourth-place Rochester John Marshall and fifth-place Hastings. In addition to Stevens and Koenig, sophomore Paige Steenblock shot an 89 and freshman Anna Nesseth shot a 95 to complete the four scoring positions for the Raiders.

At the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Northfield boys golf freshman Nate Stevens nabbed an individual qualifying spot for the state tournament after he shot a two-over 73 on Wednesday for a two-day score of +9. He finished tied for fifth overall.

Lakeville North's Joey Thomas won the individual competition at +2, while Nate Stevens had a four-shot cushion from the first individual below the state cut line.

The boys and girls Class AAA state championships will take place June 11-12 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.

Northfield baseball stays alive with walk-off

Anchored by a complete-game, 11-strikeout performance from senior Blake Christensen, fifth-seeded Northfield baseball did just enough to edge sixth-seeded Kasson-Mantorville 3-2 on Wednesday at Sechler Park in a Section 1AAA tournament elimination game.

Entering the bottom of the seventh deadlocked at two, junior Justin Pascua drove in the game-winning run. Christensen limited the KoMets (5-15) to six hits, while the Raiders (8-14) slapped five of their own. 

Northfield advances to play Saturday, when it will travel to Austin to take on second-seeded Winona (13-8) at 1:30 p.m. in another elimination game. With a win, the Raiders will then play again at 4 p.m. against the loser of top-seeded Austin (12-8) and fourth-seeded Albert Lea (9-12).

Reach Sports Editor Michael Hughes at 645-1106. Follow him on Twitter @NFNSports. 

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