16 Tigers named to All-Southwest Conference teams

The Southwest Conference recently announced its all-conference teams for all winter sports, excluding boys’ basketball. Athletes representing the Marshall Tigers accounted for 16 of the possible 94 all-conference spots, including honorable mentions.

The Tigers were best represented in girls’ hockey with six all-conference nods, while Marshall’s boys’ hockey and girls’ basketball teams each received four all-conference selections. Marshall/Lakeview wrestling saw two grapplers rewarded for their efforts by the conference, while the youthful Marshall gymnastics team was shut out of individual conference awards.

With both Redwood Valley and Marshall qualifying for the state boys’ basketball tournament in Class AA and Class AAA, respectively, the conference will announce its boys’ basketball all-conference selection following its conclusion.

Girls’ basketball

Behind a 24-4 overall record and 12-0 mark in the Southwest Conference, the Marshall girls’ basketball team climbed as high as No. 4 in the Class AAA polls. A scrappy defensive team, the Tigers received a vast majority of their scoring from four players, three of whom were named to the All-Conference team, while the fourth picked up an honorable mention.

Juniors Hannah Bennett and Kenzie Beekman, along with senior guard Kelsey Saugstad, picked up all-conference nods for their outstanding seasons. Sophomore guard Sarah Buysse was Marshall’s lone honorable mention.

The Tigers had the same amount of all-conference selections as second place Worthington. Luverne and Windom (fourth and third place in the SWC, respectively) had two individuals honored by the conference.

Boys’ hockey

Despite a banner year for the Tigers boys’ hockey team, which saw them make their first trip to the state tournament in program history, and a first-place split with the Luverne Cardinals; it was Luverne who was rewarded with the lion’s share of all-conference accolades.

Marshall and Luverne finished with identical 8-2 records in the conference, each beating the other once during the regular season. The Tigers knocked off the top-seeded Cardinals in the Section 3A quarterfinals 5-3, as well, but

picked up seven all-conference awards to Marshall’s four. Luverne’s spilt was five all-conference and two honorable mentions, while Marshall was two and two.

Seniors Beau Mikel and Quinn Horvath picked up Marshall’s all-conference nods, while fellow seniors Austin Leek and Corey Clark were honorable mentions.

Also honored by the conference were two of the state’s top scorers during the season in Windom’s Travis Janssen and Morris/Benson’s Tanner Picht.


Of the 28 possible all-conference selections for wrestling, just two went to members of the Marshall/Lakeview Tigers.

Justin Varpness, who wrestled at 220 pounds as a senior for the Tigers this season, and school career pin record-holder Austin Nath were honored by the conference for their seasons.

A resurgent year for the program, Marshall/Lakeview also sent two individuals to state in seniors Campbell Hofstetter and Riley Roth.

Jackson County Central led all teams with seven honorees.

Girls’ hockey

The Southwest Conference was dominated by the Luverne Cardinals and Marshall Tigers in girls’ hockey this past season, and the all-conference awards reflect that. Of the 18 possible all-conference spots, 13 were split between the Cardinals and Tigers.

On the back of its undefeated conference season, Luverne picked up seven all-conference nods while the Tigers nabbed six.

Juniors Lizzie Archbold and Megan Vogl were responsible for the bulk of Marshall’s goals this season and were each rewarded with all-conference selections. Sophomore forward Hanna Peterson and senior defenseman Morgan Larsen were also named to the all-conference team for the Tigers, who finished the season with a 9-14-1 overall record.

Sophomores Miranda Fischer (a forward) and Sara Antony (a defenseman) were honorable mentions for the Tigers.

All-Southwest Conference Honorees:

Girls’ Basketball

JCC: Kaylee Burmeister

Luverne: Kaitlin Wohnoutka, McKayla Schilling

Marshall: Hannah Bennett, Kelsey Saugstad, Kenzie Beekman

Windom Area: Gina Hauge

Worthington: Ana Boever, Lydia Kemper, Paige Gravenhof

Honorable Mention: Sarah Buysse (Marshall), Amanda Haupert (Pipestone), Steph Jensen (Redwood Valley), Kelsey Hanefeld (Windom), Abbie Landgaard (Worthington)

Boys’ Hockey

Luverne: Austin Maxwell, Gunnar Olson, Kendall Meyer, Logan Norman, Skyler Wenninger

Marshall: Beau Mikel, Quinn Horvath

Morris/Benson: Jordan Staples, Mac Beyer, Tanner Picht

Windom: Travis Janssen, Zach Bartosh

Honorable Mention: Chaz Smedsrud (Luverne), Jonny Solma (Luverne), Austin Leek (Marshall), Corey Clark (Marshall), Brody Gimberlin (Morris/Benson), Devin Nielsen (Windom)


JCC: Cameron Henning, Darick Vancura, Eliot Jurries, Jordan Biehn, Keegan Moore, Luke Norland, Paden Moore

Luverne: DJ Reker, Spencer Oeltjenbruns, Wyatt Aubert

Marshall/Lakeview: Austin Nath, Justin Varpness

Pipestone Area: Alex Ossefoort, Brady Bos, Cole Nordmeyer, Michael Suda, Walker Kor

Redwood Valley: Dillon Thooft

Windom/Mountain Lake: Ben Matter, Jared Willaby, Joe Fischenich, Vince Johnson, Wyatt Stevens

Worthington/Round Lake-Brewster: Anthony Luft, Blake Schroeder, Carson Hagen, Hser Eh Pwae, Zach Kempema

Girls’ Hockey

Luverne: Ellen Dahl, Katie Eeten, Makayla Sterrett, Madisyn Dingmann

Marshall: Lizzie Archbold, Hanna Peterson, Megan Vogl, Morgan Larsen

Windom: Addison Beaty, Emily Steen

Worthington: Allison Kremer, Betsy Thompson

Honorable Mention: Monique Aanenson (Luverne), Madi Oye (Luverne), Morgan Hohn (Luverne), Miranda Fischer (Marshall), Sara Antony (Marshall), Hanna Lindblad (Morris/Benson)


JCC: Sydnee Donnelli, Brandi Sether-Hassing, Adriane Rentschler, Haley Bass

Redwood Valley: Ashley Bunting, Abby Schmidt

Windom/Mountain Lake: Miki Bolin, Megan Muller

Worthington: Paige Kinley, Maria Conteras

Honorable Mention: Brooklyn Schuett (JCC), Abby Schneekloth (JCC), Autumn Altman (Luverne), Hannah Kloss (W/ML), Ann Koepsell (Worthington)