Congratulations to our Hardware Hank “Nuts & Bolts” Athletes of the Week: T. J. Schiltz, sophomore, NRHEG boys’ track & field and Ashley Betzold, junior, Farmington softball.
Name: T. J. Schiltz
Position: Distance runner
Sport: Boys’ track & field
School: New Richland-Heartland-Ellendale-Geneva
Information: TJ had a career year, winning more meets in the 1600- and 3200-meters than ever before. He was the conference champ in those races and topped the 16-year-old school record in the 1600 with a time of 4:41, then beat his own time by 0:05 seconds a week later.
Name: Ashley Betzold
Information: Ashley helped lead the Tigers to the state softball tournament for the first time since 2003, throwing a three-hitter as Farmington beat Rochester John Marshall 5-1 in the Class 3A, Section 1 finals. She also went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a solo home run.