The Insider: Jordan Smith hits for cycle
Former Willmar Cardinal and Willmar Stinger Jordan Smith hit for the cycle on Sunday in a 6-4 road win for the Akron RubberDucks over the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
The Cleveland Indians property smacked a two-run triple in the ninth inning to complete the feat.
Smith finished 4-for-5 on the afternoon, collecting a double in the second inning, a lead-off homer in the sixth, a single in the seventh and the ninth-inning triple. The only time he was successfully retired by the Phils was in the fourth when he flied out to center field.
The big game lifted Smith’s average on the season to .251 for the Double-A team.
Registration ends today for Card Classic tennis tourney
The Cardinal Classic Tennis Tournament is Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Willmar. Friday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the middle school courts is the 10U bracket. 15U boys/girls starts at noon at both the middle school and high school courts.
Open men's/women's singles begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and is scheduled to finish up at midday Saturday. Mixed doubles play will be from 1-5 p.m. Saturday. All other doubles play starts Sunday morning.
Registration for the tournament is through the WCER by calling 320-231-8490. Today is the deadline to register.
Lynx’s Moore named Player of Week for third straight week
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named the WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the third straight week.
Moore has won the award four times this season and nine times in her career.
The highlight of Moore's week was a franchise-record 48 points in a 112-108 double-overtime victory over the East-leading Atlanta Dream at Target Center on July 22. The University of Connecticut product also tied club single-game records with 16 field goals and seven three-pointers made in the game. Her 48 points are the second-highest total in WNBA history (Riquana Williams, 51).
Moore's historic performance capped a four-game stretch that saw her total 139 points. She helped the Lynx win their ninth straight game at Target Center on July 25, an 88-78 victory over San Antonio, by tallying 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Moore closed out her week with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Minnesota won their seventh straight game, defeating Connecticut 76-65.
Bertram cards ace at Little Crow Country Club
Gene Bertram of Willmar scored a hole-in-one on Saturday at Little Crow Country Club.
Bertram shot his ace on the Willows course's 135-yard, par-3 No. 2 hole using a 9 iron.