The New London-Spicer Wildcats football team worked on their new turf field on Friday in preparation for their Aug. 31 opener on the road against Holy Family Catholic. The Wildcats open at home on their new field against St. Cloud Cathedral on Sept. 8.
The Ridgewater football team opens the 2017 season on Sept. 2 against Fond du Lac in Superior, Wis. The Warriors are practicing at the college in preparation for the new season after posting a 6-4 record and playing in the MCAC playoffs in 2016. In the photos, Ridgewater head football coach Lloyd Danziesen explains a drill with offensive linemen during Monday's practice at Ridgewater College. Ridgewater quarterback CJ Borleis fakes a handoff in one drill while a Warriors wide receiver catches a pass.
THUNDER BAY, Ontario - There are some players that a team simply can't replace and for the Willmar Stingers, two of those players bade adieu this week and their absence was felt Thursday in Thunder Bay. The Stingers fell to the Thunder Bay Bordercats 8-2 in the first of a four game series and the team's first without centerfielder Marcus Still and first baseman Danny Rodriguez.
Seven Willmar Stingers displayed their skills at the Northwoods League Major League Dreams Showcase Tuesday night in Madison, Wisconsin.
SPICER - New London-Spicer defended their home turf well with a 9-0 victory over Giantvalley to close out day one of the Division II American Legion State Tournament Friday evening. NLS stranded the bases loaded in the first and second inning but they made up for it with seven runs in the third inning to take a comfortable lead. Will Roguske helped his own cause with a bases-clearing double to get the offense going. He finished the day 3-for-5 with the double and four RBIs. His more impressive work, however, was on the bump, where he allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings.
For one day, the best golfer at Eagle Creek Golf Club wasn't named Jacobson, Gorans or Anderson. Willmar's lone 18-hole course said hello to PGA Tour professional Tim "Lumpy" Herron Thursday afternoon prior to the Midwest Cup "Am-Am" tournament. The event opened up the Midwest Cup, a 54-hole tournament that features 10-player teams from eight states. Willmar's Andy Jacobson captains Team Minnesota and is joined by fellow Eagle Creek members Matt Gorans and Danny Anderson. The tournament officially gets underway at 10 a.m. Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday.
MONTEVIDEO - Cottonwood edged away from Montevideo in the middle innings and capped the game with a four-run seventh in a 9-3 win in the District 7 Southwest Sub-District quarterfinals on Thursday. Cottonwood's Seth Plotz got the win, working all seven innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out seven. Tristen Groff had two hits and drove in three runs. Montevideo's Jackson Snell was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and Tyler Blue had a hit and an RBI. In the other Southwest Sub-District game, Minneota defeated Madison 9-7.
WILLMAR - Plenty of teams excel offensively or defensively but Willmar's VFW team proved their dominance is dual-sided Friday evening against Benson. Post 1639 racked up 18 runs as Jayden Dierenfeld and Jared Elkjer tossed a combined no-hitter in a game that only lasted 4-1/2 innings. Dierenfeld struck out every batter he faced aside from a pair of walks to Benson's Pat Minchow in his three-inning start. He paved the way for Elkjer who struck out two batters in as many innings.
WILLMAR - Andy Jacobson put forth a scorching Sunday performance to capture the championship at the 87th annual Lakeland Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Jacobson shot a 68 to start the day on Sunday then posted an even par 36 on his second time through the back nine to win the tournament for the eighth time.
WILLMAR - Willmar's legion dropped into an early 6-0 hole but used a strong comeback to take down Tri-Town 12-7 Tuesday evening. The Black Sox jumped to an early lead thanks to strong hitting and some fielding errors providing some run support for starter Kobe Holtz. Holtz looked strong in the first three innings but Post 167 appeared to figure him out as the game wore on. They tied the game back up at seven in the fourth inning, in part due to a three-run home run from catcher Noah Vreeman over the left field fence.