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Local Roundup: Thunder honored for sportsmanship

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The Willmar Thunder 13AA baseball team received the Youth 1st Team Award from the Youth 1st and the Minnesota Sports Federation.

Youth 1st Director Mark Arjes presented the award to the team Aug. 17 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

The Thunder were honored for outstanding sportsmanship during the 2017 MSF State Baseball Tournament.

The award recognizes positive behavior by players, coaches, and the team's parents, fans and spectators. The team was presented a plaque, individual certificates and Minnesota Twins tickets for an upcoming game, at which the players and coaches will be recognized.

"We place an emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose," Arjes said.

The Thunder are: In front from left, Logan Bass, Francisco Lara, Jason Malmgren, Eli Nelson, Isaac Strommer and Jackson Sportel.

In back from left, are Simon Radermacher, Brody Forsell, Sam Raitz, Alex Call, Mason Swanson and Zach Bagley. Mason Madsen was not pictured.

Coaches, from left, are Troy Raitz and Zach Nelson, and Arjes is far right in back.

Prep Tennis

Dragons second at Pine City

Litchfield's girls tennis team started the season with a strong second place finish at the Pine City Power Tournament Monday afternoon.

Mounds View won the eight-team tournament.

Elise Bierbaum was the lone Litchfield champion, going 3-0 in the No. 2 singles category without dropping a set. She wasn't the only Dragon to have success, though. Every player except the No. 4 doubles trio finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. Vaida Behnke (No. 4 singles) and the Neriah Lara/Taylar Smith duo (No. 2 doubles) each took second place.

The Dragons will get back to the courts Wednesday as they host Willmar, Minnewaska and BBE for a quadrangular.


(1) Shanna Kinny 2-1, third place (2) Elise Bierbaum 3-0, champion (3) Natalie Nelson 2-1, consolation champion (4) Vaida Behnke 2-1, second place


(1) Laney Huhner/Avery Stilwell 2-1, consolation champions (2) Neriah Lara/Taylar Smith 2-1, second (3) Alyssa Ross/Maddy Shoultz 2-1, third (4) Livia Behnke/Taylor Draeger/Allayna Francisco 1-2, fourth