SUNBURG - KMS piled up runs and won two games Saturday in a baseball "triangular" at Willie Reigstad Field. The Saints scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up a 12-2 win over Hancock, and they pulled off another five-run inning, this time in the bottom of the sixth, to down Renville.County West 11-1. Against Hancock, KMS' Josh Peterson had a double among his two hits and drove in four runs, and Ryan Torkelson was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
ST. CLOUD - The Willmar tennis team dropped just four games in a 7-0 win over St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday at the Apollo High School courts. No. 1 Hunter Fischer downed Nick Richert 6-1, 6-1, and No. 2 Peyton Fischer, No. 3 Will Fischer and No. 4 Rafael Zelaya all won 6-0, 6-0. The Cardinals' No. 1 doubles team of Ryan Ackerman and Ben Hisken dropped just one game in their victory, the No. 2 doubles team of Josh Curtiss and Marquis Christenson prevailed in just 12 games, and the No. 3 team of Ethan Gustafson and Andrew Haugen also dropped just one game.
WILLMAR - Alexandria edged Brainerd by a stroke in a Central Lakes Conference meet on Monday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Alexandria shot 312, Brainerd shot 313 and Sartell was third at 322. Willmar shot 355 to place seventh. Brainerd's Erik Stoxen earned medalist honors with a 72 and Fergus Falls' Aaron Shelstad was second carding a 74. Willmar's Tristen Reed led the Cards with a 79. CLC Meet At Eagle Creek Golf Club, Willmar Team scoring
WILLMAR - In just his freshman year, Willmar Community Christian's Brett Reid continues to show experience beyond his years. Reid shot a 77 to pace the field in Friday's Willmar Invitational at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Sartell's TJ Raden followed with a 78, well-ahead of his third-place teammate Michael Webster, who shot an 83. Sartell captured the team title with an impressive 329 on a windy afternoon. Robbinsdale Armstrong took second with a 352, followed by Hutchinson's 355. CCS took fourth with a 366 to clinch the best score by an area team.
Joe Sussenguth has resigned as the head volleyball coach for Ridgewater College, leaving a void in one of the most successful NJCAA Division III programs of the last couple of decades. The former head coach began his tenure in 2006 and the Warriors won three national championships—in 2006, 2010 and 2011—under his direction. The Warriors also played in four national championship matches, most recently in 2016. Ridgewater won eight Region 13A titles since 2006.
HOPKINS - Both the Willmar boys and girls track and field teams delivered solid performances en route to second-place finishes at the Hopkins Invite on Tuesday. Hopkins Invite GIRLS TEAM SCORING—(1) Stillwater 1,001.5 (2) Willmar 983.5 (3) Edina 931.5 (4) Hopkins 898.5 (5) Hudson 878 (6) Mounds View 786.5 (7) Lakeville North 713.5 Winner and area top 10 110 HURDLES — (1) Evelyn Adams, Edina, 14.91 300 HURDLES — (1) Adams 46.71 (10) Jaida Reiman, Willmar, 52.97
NEW LONDON - Paynesville's Olivia Haines helped the Bulldogs with some early-season dramatics, launching a two-run home run as part of a four-run seventh inning in Friday's 5-4 win over New London-Spicer. Haines' two-run shot sparked the Bulldog comeback that all came with two outs in the top of the seventh at the New London-Spicer High School football field.
LITCHFIELD—Litchfield tennis kicked off their 2018 campaign with a narrow 4-3 defeat against perennial power St. Cloud Tech on a cloudy Thursday afternoon. Litchfield took three victories in the singles portion of the match but the Tigers grabbed all three doubles wins and a win at No. 2 singles to take the match. Griffin Kinny played the only three-set match of the day, hanging on for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win. The Dragons will look to get back on the court Tuesday with a trip to Delano. St. Cloud Tech 4, Litchfield 3 Singles
MARSHALL—Minnewaska has perfected the art of the comeback. For the third time in as many games, the Lakers completed a second half comeback to stay alive in the playoffs. Thursday's version just happened to have a bit more on the line. Minnewaska is heading to the Class AA state tournament with a 56-54 victory over Pipestone for the Section 3AA title Thursday night at Southwest Minnesota State University after trailing nearly the entire game.
The Willmar WarHawks are set for their first-ever playoff trip but their second-season welcoming comes at the hands of a familiar foe. Granite City is set to host the WarHawks Friday night in the NA3HL playoff-opener at Sports Arena East in Sauk Rapids. Willmar will host the second leg of the best-of-three series Saturday night at the Willmar Civic Center.