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Goblirsch advances to state gymnastics meet

Submitted photo The New Ulm gymnastics team took second at the Section 2A meet on Friday in New Prague with a team score of 134.625. Kayla Goblirsch also advanced to next week’s state meet in the all-around.

NEW PRAGUE — New Ulm’s Kayla Goblirsch advanced to the state gymnastics in the all-around, taking first in the beam (9.3) and first in the vault with a 9.1 at the Section 2A gymnastics meet on Friday.

It is the third time Goblirsch has qualified for the state gymnastics meet in her career.

New Ulm finished second overall at the meet with a team score of 134.625. Mankato West won the event with a score of 143.725 and Mankato East was third with a 132.65. The state meet will be next Friday and Saturday.

Girls’ basketball

WEM 54, Springfield 38

WATERVILLE — Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ended Springfield’s season with a 54-38 win on Friday in the Section 2A, South Subsection girls’ basketball playoffs.

Springfield did not report any stats. The Tigers end their season at 10-8.

Boys’ basketball

Mankato West 87, New Ulm 56

MANKATO — Mankato West defeated New Ulm in the Section 2AAAA boys’ basketball playoffs on Friday night.

New Ulm ends the season at 5-11 and did not report any statistics.

College softball

ST. PAUL — The Martin Luther College softball team opened its season with a pair of losses against Finlandia by the scores of 8-3 and 10-2 (five innings) following a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Northwestern-St. Paul.

Finlandia 8, MLC 3

The Knights opened the day and the season with an 8-3 defeat to the Lions.

Finlandia jumped on top early 2-0 in the first inning, and then added six more runs the rest of the way off MLC starting pitcher Brett Burger (0-1).

The Knights were held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Lisa Hoffer and Elena Hoffman each drove in one run with base hits. Hoffer also drove in the team’s final run in the seventh inning with a double, giving her a 4 for 4 game at the plate in her MLC softball debut.

Burger pitched a complete game for the Knights, allowing all eight runs on 10 hits and six walks while striking out three.

First-year outfielder Jordyn Heckendorf scored two of the team’s three runs.

Finlandia 10, MLC 2 (five innings)

The Lions completed the sweep with a 10-2 win in five innings in the second game.

MLC erased a 1-0 deficit in the top of the third inning with another RBI base hit by Hoffer, but Finlandia answered with two runs in the home half, and then seven more runs in the next two frames to score the win.

Hoffer had another strong game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI to push her two-game total to 6-7 with two doubles and three runs batted in.

Megan Pung (0-1) started on the mound for MLC and took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out four in four innings.

MLC fell to 0-2 on the season after the two defeats. Finlandia improved to 2-4 with the two wins.

The Knights will return to action on March 30, when they host Minnesota Morris in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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