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New London-Spicer's volleyball team will have plenty of new faces this season. The Wildcats started practice Monday and began the effort to replace a bevy of graduated seniors, including All-Area first team setter Brooke Beuning. Three other Wildcats earned All-Area honorable mention honors last season but will need to replace all three this season. Hunter Paffrath is the team's only returning player that logged any starts last season. She'll be joined by three other seniors on this year's squad.
WILLMAR—Imagine a volleyball team stocked with some of the top graduated seniors from around the area and you'd probably get a team that looks a lot like Ridgewater's this season.
The VFW State Baseball Tournament gets underway today in Willmar and many of the athletes looking to make their mark have their sights set the same way Post 1639 did 40 years ago. The 10 teams enter with impressive records and talent, but there's a chance many couldn't have kept up with Ellsworth "Elsie" Klemmentson's team in 1977. It's the 40th anniversary of Post 1639's near-perfect season when the squad finished 23-1 with the lone loss coming to St. Paul Harding 6-1 in the state championship game in Waseca.
Five Willmar Stingers are set to participate in the Major League Dreams Showcase August 8 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Northwoods League itself is a chance for some of the best college baseball players to showcase their talents but on this particular Tuesday in August, the League will bring 77 of the top prospects together for a doubleheader and workouts with Major League Baseball scouts. The 77 players were selected by a panel of scouts.
Willmar WarHawks fans are going to have their patience tested if they want to see the team at home this year. The North American Tier 3 Hockey League's schedule was announced July 18 and the WarHawks start their second season with a seven game road trip before the home debut Oct. 14 against West Division rival and reigning Silver Cup champions Granite City.
The Willmar Stingers had it all on display Sunday afternoon as they cruised to a 7-1 win over La Crosse and completed a two-game series sweep on the road. That moves the Stingers into a virtual tie for first place in the North division with Mankato on the back of a four game winning streak. Tyler Oldenberg had things going early on the mound. His lone blemish was a run allowed in the sixth inning. That proved to be the only time the Loggers could scratch a run across Sunday. Oldenberg finished his start with seven strikeouts and five hits allowed in six innings.
If Jack Peppel wasn't already destined for the Division II District 7 All-Tournament team his performance Sunday sure locked it up. The BOLD infielder stepped up to the plate with his team trailing 4-3 to Glenwood/Lowry in the seventh inning of game two Sunday afternoon and lined a shot to left-centerfield to drive in a pair of runs and give his team a win and berth in the state tournament. The Mudhens will get their state tournament effort underway at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Springfield at Green Lake Diamond in Spicer.
For the second time in three days, Willmar Legion Post 167 fell just short to Marshall. This time, however, it also ended their season. Willmar entered the Division I Sub-State 15 tournament as the No. 4 seed but it was the fifth-seeded Marshall team that was able to tag Post 167 for a pair of losses, including Friday's 14-11 ballgame. Just like Wednesday's playoff opener, Willmar opened the game with the lead but Marshall was able to claw back and post crooked numbers in the later innings.
SPICER - Glenwood/Lowry inched closer to another state tournament trip Thursday night. They survived a seventh-inning scare and held off New London-Spicer to win 4-3 and take the best-of-three series in Thursday's Division II District 7 North Championship.
Only a couple of months into his first season as a track and field athlete Cody Schlecht qualified for the Class A state meet. That's a pretty impressive start for anybody. When he got to the state meet, though, he was forced to change the way he threw the discus and the shot put. After a couple of warm-up throws from a seated position, Schlecht recorded his first official throw of 18-05.50, a state record.