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WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers surrendered a three-run lead in a big way, with Thunder Bay scoring six runs in the fifth inning and riding a strong effort from the Border Cat relief corps to win 7-5 on Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Colin Rosenbaum homered and drove in three runs for the Border Cats. Willmar's Josh Bissonette had a hit and drove in two runs and Tyler Reichenborn and Luke Becker also had hits and drove in runs. Caleb Ledbetter that 2-for-3 with a double. The Stingers wrap up a two-game set against the Border Cats at 7:30 p.m. today at Taunton.
Jacob Zosel is a humble sort, with an ever-present, almost impish smile and a grounded maturity so atypical of most teenagers that he lists youth pastor or maybe elementary teacher as his vocational goals. But move Zosel into his given competitive arena—be it gridiron, court or course—and opponents are probably quick to ask how it is that Mr. Nice Guy can be so good at relentlessly tearing them up.
When a coach calls you one of the best players she's ever coached, you're probably a pretty impressive talent. When that kind of praise comes from a coach who one day will be in her sport's hall of fame, you're the kind of player who will be the standard for all who come after you. When your coaches in your other two sports say pretty much the same thing, you're Samantha Gjerde. And you are also the West Central Tribune's Hengstler-Ranweiler Award winner as the area's top female three-sport prep athlete.
WILLMAR - Buffalo scored four seventh-inning runs to cement a 7-2 victory over Willmar Legion Post 167 on Monday in a game that was a one-run affair after six innings. Buffalo's Mitch Gabrekcik had two hits and also worked a complete game to earn the win. Willmar's Noah Vreeman and Tyler Johnson both had two hits and Dalton Rambow and Jack Baumgart had Post 167's other hits. Willmar travels to play at Kerkhoven at 6 p.m. today. Prior to Monday's game, Post 167 and fans honored several veterans, and former Legion player Jim Buisman threw out the first pitch.
GLENWOOD - Matt Gruber worked a complete game and a four-run sixth inning helped Glenwood/Lowry overcome a two-run deficit and down Willmar 5-3 on Saturday. Gruber allowed just three hits and struck out eight. Ryan Christianson had a pair of hits for G/L. Willmar's Avery Smith doubled and drove in a run and Tyler Johnson and Jack Baumgart had Post 167's other hits. Willmar plays host to Buffalo at 7 p.m. today at Taunton Stadium. G/L 5, Willmar 3 Willmar 100 200 0-3 3 1 Glenwood/Lowry 000 014 x-5 5 3
WILLMAR - Josh Proehl defeated Ryan Ackerman in three sets to win the Willmar Fests Men's Open Singles championship over the weekend at the Willmar High School courts. Michael Gutman won the Men's A Singles, Chad Schmiesing and Brent Gloege won the Men's Doubles and Corey Spencer and Brett Rodenberg won the Men's A Doubles. Maddy Spencer won the Women's Open Singles title, Haley Knorr won the Women's A Singles, Cayle Hovland and Marissa Toivonen won the Women's Open Doubles and Manny Obregon and Elise Bierbaum won the A Mixed Doubles.
WILLMAR - Spicer's Frank Gustafson and Willmar's Katie Reigstad were the men's and women's Foot Lake 4 winners on Saturday. Gustafson finished in 22 minutes, 2 seconds to edge Sauk Rapids' Sam Ringger by 37 seconds. Willmar's Mason Wendt was third, Dawson's Mike Kvaal was fourth and Willmar's Breck Erickson was fifth. Reigstad finished in 25:19. Benson's Roxanne Lorenz was second in 26:28, and Linda Keller of Carrboro, N.C., was third, Raymond's Becky Graves was fourth and Grace Graves of Flower Mound, Texas, placed fifth. Foot Lake 4 Run/Walk
WILLMAR - Matt Flaig worked six strong innings and Willmar Post 167 downed Morris 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at Taunton Stadium. Flaig allowed a run on five hits and struck out six. Brandon Elseth worked a clean seventh, striking out one. Post 167's Tyler Johnson singled and drove in two runs, Noah Vreeman had two hits, Jack Baumgart had two hits, including a double, and Noah Streed had a double in three trips. Chase Metzger, Toby Sayles, Parker Dierks, Brock Anderson and Chandler Vogel had Morris' hits.
WILLMAR - Bismarck's Scooter Bynum hit a grand slam in the third inning and Willmar never recovered, falling to the Larks 7-4 in a Northwoods League game on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Bynum connected off Stingers' starter Hayden Petrovick, who struggled with his control in 3-2/3 innings. Petrovick gave up five hits and walked five, and the Larks touched him for three more runs in the fourth inning. Willmar's Myles Smith worked 5-1/3 strong innings in relief, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out six.
Area golfers remain in contention after the first day of the Class A, Class AA and Class AAA boys golf tournaments at the Pebble Creek, Sand Creek and Bunker Hills courses on Tuesday