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So High So Early: Pipestone’s Woelber Makes His Mark 4/13/2017
LUVERNE -- Tyl Woelber had a pretty good day at his first track and field competition of the 2017 season. The junior from Pipestone competed in three field events, finished first in all three, and ran a leg on the Arrows’ winning 4x400 relay team at Tuesday’s Cardinal Relays.

The high jump stood out, with Woelber surpassing his own expectations and posting a mark that rang out statewide. The 6-foot Woelber cleared 6 feet, 7 inches, matching his personal best as well as his school record. He finished second at last year’s Class 1A state meet with a height of 6-5, and Tuesday’s 6-7 is the best performance in the state so far this season.

That he went so high so early in the spring was a surprise to everyone, maybe especially to Tyl.

“I was hoping to get to 6-5 because that was the meet record here,” he said. “But it’s the first meet of the year and I didn’t really know if it was going to happen.”

That meet record had stood for 20 years, and Woelber joined some familiar company among the record-holders at the Cardinal Relays. His sister Bree, a 2011 Pipestone grad, holds meet records in the girls 300-meter hurdles and long jump.

Bree was a two-time state champion in the 100 meters, also won a title in the 300-meter hurdles and was a state runner-up in the 100 hurdles and long jump. She competed in track at Iowa State for three years before transferring to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she was a first-team All-American in the high jump, was named Field Athlete of the Year in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and earned All-Region honors in the heptathlon, high jump and javelin. She is now a graduate assistant coach at Augustana.

Tyl has three older sisters; Bree, Sarah and Brooke were all athletes.

“It’s a track family,” said Tyl, who watched Bree compete at Pipestone, Iowa State and Augustana. “I just wanted to grow up to be like Bree. She’s great. My other sisters were athletes, too, and I wanted to keep the family name going.”

Ty went to state in all three jumps and as part of the Arrows’ 4x400 relay team last year. Along with his runner-up finish in the long jump, he placed fifth in the triple jump, seventh in the long jump and joined Carter Nesvold, Devin Tinklenberg and Eli Stevens in a fifth-place 4x400 fifth.

With Stevens graduating, Woelber ran the third leg Tuesday on Pipestone’s winning 4x400 team along with Justin Kooiman, Nesvold and Tinklenberg.

“The 4x4 is my most favorite event, because it gets so hyped at the end. Everyone’s screaming and it’s awesome,” said Tyl, who also plays football and basketball.

Woelber’s winning distances in Tuesday’s other events were 21-2 ½ in the long jump and 43-2 ½ in the triple jump. The Pipestone school records are 22-2 ¾ (a mark that has stood since 1970) and 45-6 ½ (set in 1990).

In the high jump, he made three unsuccessful cracks at clearing 6-foot-8 on Tuesday. The state record in the high jump is 7-1, a mark first set by Rochester John Marshall’s Rod Raver in 1973 and matched by Chaska’s Jon Markuson in 1993.

“6-8 is super high,” Tyl said. As for 7-1? He smiled and said, “Maybe next year I’ll get it.”

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Class 2A Boys Tennis Rankings4/12/2017
Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Minnetonka
2 Rochester Century
3 East Ridge
4 Mounds View
5 Lakeville South
6 Rochester Mayo
7 Wayzata
8 Edina
9 Eastview
10 Benilde

1 Ben van der Sman, East Ridge
2 Nikita Snezhko, Armstrong
3 Sebastian Vile, Rochester Mayo
4 Ben Wheaton, Minnetonka
5 Gavin Young, Eastview
6 Maxim Zagrebelny, Eagan
7 Varun Iyer, Century
8 Connor Olson, Orono
9 Chase Roseth, Lakeville South
10 Sam Hochberger, Maple Grove
Class 1A Boys Tennis Rankings4/12/2017
Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 St. Paul Academy
5 Litchfield
6 Hibbing
7 Holy Family Catholic
8 Mound Westonka
9 St. Peter
10 Luverne

1 Ben Ingbar, Blake
2 Jack Barker, Blake
3 Joe Mairs, Blake
4 Peter Erickson, Rochester Lourdes
5 Karthik Papisetty, Breck
6 Thomas Metz, Breck
7 Mathew Metz, Breck
8 Ryan Ortega, Winona Cotter
9 Rafait Solaiman, St. Peter
10 Jose Williamson, Minnehaha
Class 4A Baseball Rankings4/12/2017
The Associated Press rankings for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

1. Minnetonka
2. Burnsville
3. Woodbury
4. Maple Grove
5. Eden Prairie
6. Champlin Park
7. Wayzata
8. Lakeville North
9. Forest Lake
10. Edina
11. Centennial
12. Eastview
13. Chanhassen
14. Chaska
15. Blaine
16. Stillwater Area
17. Anoka
18. Cretin-Derham Hall
19. St. Michael-Albertville
20. Coon Rapids
Also receiving votes: Totino-Grace, Shakopee, Duluth East, Hill-Murray, Apple Valley, Elk River, Grand Rapids, Buffalo, Osseo, Moorhead, Andover, Eagan, Hopkins
Class 3A Baseball Rankings4/12/2017
The Associated Press rankings for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

1. Henry Sibley
2. Northfield
3. Mahtomedi
4. Little Falls
5. New Ulm
6. Marshall
7. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
8. Winona
9. Delano
10. Rocori
11. Mankato West
12. Waconia
13. Fridley
14. St. Cloud Tech
15. Bemidji
16. South St. Paul
17. Chisago Lakes Area
18. Hibbing
19. Faribault
20. Worthington
Also receiving votes: Albany, Hutchinson, Sartell-St. Stephen, Albert Lea, Alexandria, Kasson-Mantorville, Mankato East, St. Thomas Academy, Detroit Lakes, Red Wing, North Branch, St. Anthony Village, Orono, Austin, Willmar, Holy Angels, Jordan