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Cardinals’ track team at 8AA prelims today; finals in Section 5A also today

Willmar is at Cold Spring today for the preliminaries of the Section 8AA Track and Field Meet. Competition begins at 3 p.m. The finals are Saturday in Thief River Falls starting at 9:30 a.m.

Also today in Collegeville at St. John’s University, Section 5A has its finals starting at 10 a.m. Area teams competing are Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Community Christian, Litchfield, New London-Spicer and Paynesville.

On Thursday the remainder of the Tribune’s teams will be at two different venues for finals — Section 3A (2 p.m.): BOLD/BLHS, Central Minnesota Christian School, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, MACCRAY/RCW, Montevideo and Yellow Medicine East at Redwood Falls … Section 6A (11 a.m.): Benson/KMS, Hancock, Minnewaska and Morris Area at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Two Cardinals honored by Central Lakes Conference

Willmar senior McKenzie Hastad and sophomore Hailey Mottinger were recently named Central Lakes Conference Performers of the Week.

Hastad was named the CLC’s top defensive player in softball after making four putouts and an assist last week.

Mottinger was cited in track events after placing third in the pole vault at the CLC meet with a season-best effort of 9 feet, 1 inch. She also placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.

West Central Conference Performers of the Week


North: Ashlee Denny, Sauk Centre

South: Rylie Wilner, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City


Jacob Guertin, Yellow Medicine East


Leah Jeseritz, Yellow Medicine East

Grizzlies extend Joerger’s contract

The Memphis Grizzlies signed coach Dave Joerger to a contract extension on Tuesday.

The team did not disclose terms of the deal, which comes after Joerger spoke with the Minnesota Timberwolves last week about their coaching vacancy. Joerger made a decision to remain with the Grizzlies during the past weekend.

The Grizzlies finished with a 50-32 record in their first season under Joerger and lost in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

After the season, the Grizzlies fired Jason Levien and Stu lash from front-office positions and it was speculated that Joerger also might be on the chopping block. But after the Timberwolves expressed interest in Joerger, an agreement was reached to keep him in Memphis.

Joerger replaced Lionel Hollins last year despite the Grizzlies winning 56 games during the regular season and reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2012-13.