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Wildcats’ Zylstra displays vast talents no matter the sport
Two area athletes brought home fourth-place medals from the Minnesota State High School Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Hamline University’s Klas Field
Willmar sophomore Sophie Schmitz placed sixth in the Class AA 800-meter run this morning at the Minnesota State Track and Field Championships at Hamline University's Klas Field
Reimers, Krieger highlight team that features eight All-Staters
Twenty nine area individual athletes — including a defending state champion — and 11 relay teams will compete in the Class AA and Class A Minnesota State Track and Field Meets Friday and Saturday at Hamline University’s Klas Center. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Josie Lilja, the 2014 Class A pole vault champ, and Paynesville’s Katelyn Mrozek both are in this year’s field. New London-Spicer’s Shane Zylstra will again be gunning for medals, this time in the Class A triple jump and long jump. Zylstra, who placed third in last year’s long jump and medaled in the high jump, enters this year
Minnewaska left-handed pitcher Morgan Hess begins her windup rocking back, then forward, firing off the rubber and raising her right leg waist-high and locked straight, like a spear aimed at her catcher’s mask. As she windmills the ball from above her head and around her left shoulder, she digs in her lead foot at the front edge of the pitching circle, creating great torque as her arm slingshots past her thigh and reaches its release point. It’s a pretty involved pitching motion that requires a lot of skill and coordination, especially from a player who picked up the game just a few years ag
Willmar School District voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of bond referendum questions exceeding $52 million. The referendum seeks to address challenges related to aging buildings and a lack of classroom space.
The Vikings last week exercised tackle Matt Kalil’s fifth-year contract option. Now, it’s up to Kalil to show it was a good move
Tennis is an individual sport but, in high school, it’s also a team game. The Willmar boys tennis team’s embrace of that concept has led the Cardinals to a memorable season and a crack at a state tournament berth for the first time since 1979. Willmar’s 7-0 win over St. Cloud Apollo on Friday ran the Card’s record to 9-2 in the Central Lakes Conference, 13-2 overall, and on Sunday were selected the top seed in this week’s Section 2AA-South tournament. After rounding out the regular season against Alexandria today, Willmar will receive a first-round bye and then play either the No.