Jake Schultz and Tom Larson
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Willmar girls cross country team placed three runners in the top four and won the 5,000-meter Heartland Preview on Saturday. The Willmar boys team finished fourth. Minnetonka won the boys race. Willmar's Heidi Schmitz placed second, Leah Hansen was third and Amel Dayib was fourth. Brookings' Ellie Abraham won the girls race. The girls' win was their third straight Heartland win and their fourth in the last five years. Fuad Bashir was the Cardinals' top boys finisher in 10th place, and Mason Wendt placed 16th.
MARSHALL - Paynesville proved undaunted by a seven-run deficit and, as such, the Bulldogs are a game away from the Class AA state tournament. Paynesville fell behind 7-0 after two innings but pounded out hit after hit the rest of the way and defeated Luverne 12-8 in the Section 3AA winners bracket final on Saturday. The Bulldogs now await the losers bracket winner—either Luverne or Pipestone—for the section championship at 5 p.m. Thursday in Marshall. Luverne and Pipestone play Tuesday.
OLIVIA - Minnewaska's Isaac Burgess claimed medalist honors and teammate Drew Nelson placed third to lead the Lakers to a West Central Conference meet victory Friday morning at the Olivia Golf Club. Minnewaska edged Melrose by four shots and BOLD was third, 16 shots off the Lakers' pace. No results from the other West Central boys and girls meets was provided. West Central Meet At Olivia Golf Club Team scoring
MURDOCK - KMS scored 17 runs in the second game of a Camden Conference doubleheader to earn a sweep of Renville County West on Friday afternoon. Lexy Swanson and Savanna Hagen each finished with three hits and a double. Hagen led the team with five RBIs. In the first game, Katie Krieger came one error away from a perfect game as the Saints racked up 16 runs against RCW. Savanna Hagen knocked in three runs with a pair of hits, leading a team that finished with 12 hits. KMS starts a big week Tuesday with a trip to Granite Falls to take on Yellow Medicine East.
GLENWOOD - Matthew Gruber scattered five hits to help his Minnewaska Lakers past New London-Spicer 2-1 in a narrow non-conference pitching duel Friday afternoon. The Wildcats' lone run came in the fourth inning but the Lakers responded in their own half inning and added another run in the sixth to earn the win. Will Roguske, who was tagged with the loss, went all six innings for the Wildcats, striking out 11 batters with only one earned run to his name. Roguske also scored his team's only run in the fourth inning.
SPICER — The Annandale boys and girls track and field teams both placed first in the inaugural Little Crow Invitational at the Wildcats' new facility on the NLS High School campus. The Annandale girls edged Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball and Minnewaska was third, 4.5 points out of first. Morris/Chokio-Alberta was fifth, Litchfield placed sixth and NLS finished seventh. The Annandale boys team scored 109 points to beat Glencoe-Silver Lake by 19 points. Morris/CA placed third and NLS placed fourth. Little Crow Invite
WILLMAR - Mackenzie Jones was dominant in the pitching circle and Hannah Johnson homered as Willmar blanked St. Cloud Tech 4-0 on Thursday at Willmar High School. Jones one-hit the Tigers, allowing no walks and striking out eight. Johnson drove in two runs, Jordyn Swoboda was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Savana Knutson had two hits and Josie Muller doubled and drove in a run. Ashley Prahl had a hit and scored a run. Willmar 4, SC Tech 0 SC Tech 000 000 0-0 1 0 Willmar 300 100 x-4 8 1
BIRD ISLAND - BOLD continued to dominate teams from the mound, blanking Morris/Chokio-Alberta twice on Thursday in a West Central Conference doubleheader. The Warriors won 6-0 and 10-0. In the 6-0 victory, Hayden Tersteeg fired a two-hitter and also had two hits and drove in a run. Luke Ryan and Matt Moorse joined Tersteeg with multi-hit games, and Ryan scored twice and stole a base to lead the Warriors.
SAUK CENTRE - Minnewaska's Cole Harste shot a 78 to help lead the Lakers to a second-place finish in the Streeter Invitational on Wednesday at GreyStone Golf Club in Sauk Centre. Harste placed second individually behind Melrose medalist John Brang, who shot a 72 to lead the Dutchmen to the title by 24 shots. Streeter Invite At GreyStone Golf Club Team scoring (1) Melrose 313 (2) Minnewaska 337 (3) Pierz 363 (4) BOLD 365 (5) BBE 368 (6) Morris/Chokio-Alberta 372 (7) Heritage Christian 397 (8) Sauk Centre 402 (9) Osakis 439 Individual
ATWATER - Fans of offensive softball would have loved to be on hand for ACGC's sweep of a West Central Conference doubleheader against Benson on Tuesday. The Falcons and Braves combined for 67 hits and 44 runs, with ACGC winning 15-11 and 13-5. In the second game, Rachel Wilner had four hits, including a home run and a double, and she drove in three runs. Rylie Wilner had four hits and drove in four runs and Sydni Hoffmann had three hits and drove in two runs.