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Cards’ Courtney, doubles team earn CLC honors

Baseball, offense: Patrick Courtney, senior catcher, Willmar — in 3 games, 8 hits, 2 doubles, 3 steals, 3 RBI.

Boys Tennis, doubles: Nicholas Courtney, junior; Nick Revier, freshman, Willmar — won two matches at section individual tournament.

Kotila’s Ducks are NJCAA Division III runner-ups

Gloucester County College (N.J.) cruised to a 16-4 victory over Century College (Minn.) Wednesday to win the 2013 NJCAA Division III Baseball National Championship. A 10-run fifth inning at Mike Carter Field in Tyler, Texas, propelled the Roadrunners (49-3) to their seventh World Series title.

The Wood Ducks ran out of pitching coming back through the elimination bracket with four straight wins after bowing to the Roadrunners 9-0 in the first round.

It was the eighth JC World Series appearance for Ducks’ coach Dwight Kotila, a Dassel-Cokato graduate and former amateur player at Cold Spring. Kotila guided Riverland College to the World Series in 1999 and then Ridgewater College six times in the new century before becoming athletic director at the White Bear Lake campus. Century finished 42-13 in the program’s third year.

Prep Clay Target League sets state tournament

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League has announced the 2013 Conference Champions of the spring league and it includes New London-Spicer in Conference 4A.

The conference champions represent 114 teams and 3,400 student/athletes.

The season culminates with the State Tournament at Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria June 7- 9. Individual and team champions in Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity classifications in addition to conference champions will be recognized during the three-day tournament.

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League has three priorities: safety, fun and marksmanship.

NIE disc golf tournament set for June 15 in Willmar

The second annual NIE Disc Golf Tournament is June 15 at Robbins Island in Willmar.

The 18-hole tournament will be singles competition, with a maximum of 75 players. Anyone can play in the tournament, regardless of skill level. 

All participants will receive a T-shirt, pizza and water. There will also be door prizes, and the top three advanced finishers will receive cash prizes.

Registration is $20 for advanced players and $10 for beginners. Proceeds from the event will go toward Newspapers in Education, which provides the Tribune to schools in west central Minnesota.

For more information or to register for the tournament, contact the Tribune at 320-235-1154 or email