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WILLMAR - Team Minnesota's Danny Anderson shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to claim the Midwest Cup individual championship by a stroke over three other competitors at Eagle Creek Golf Course. Anderson, of Eagle Creek, shot a three-day total of 208, one shot better than Minnesota teammates Andy Jacobson, also of Eagle Creek, and Justin Burleson. Team Kansas' Bradley Lane also tied for second. Jacobson made a spirited run on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65 for a runner-up finish.
Team Missouri holds a four-point lead over Team Minnesota and two Minnesota golfers are tied just one stroke off the lead after Day Two of the Midwest Cup on Saturday at Eagle Creek Golf Club
WILLMAR - Justin Burleson shot a 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead and two of his Team Minnesota teammates edged into the top five during the first round of the Midwest Cup on Friday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. After Day One, Team Minnesota leads the 54-hole, eight-team tournament with 117 points. Missouri is second with 107 and Kansas is third with 85. Twenty five of the 79 competitors shot par or better on the first of three 18-hole rounds.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers scored nine runs in the first four innings, then held off Rochester from chipping away a six-run lead and defeated the Honkers 10-7 on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Stingers, led by Alex Reyes' six runs batted in, ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 14-8 in the Northwoods League North Division second-half standings. The Stingers are a game behind first-place Eau Claire and get a chance to make up ground on the Express with a pair of games in Eau Claire today and Sunday.
Spicer's Green Lake Diamond will be host to the American Legion Division II State Baseball Tournament this weekend, and the nine team field includes the New London-Spicer and BOLD Mudhens teams. NLS received an automatic berth as the tournament host and the BOLD Mudhens won the District 7 also are in the field. Two of the six opening-day games on Friday will be played in Paynesville, with the remaining games on Friday, Saturday and the third-place and championship games on Sunday played at Green Lake Diamond.
Teams from eight states competing for the 2017 Midwest Cup will tee it up beginning Thursday at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. Ten-player teams from Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin compete annually in the rotating event at host courses in one of the eight states. At least two seniors compete on each state's team. The Midwest Cup features the top Mid-Amateur golfers in the Midwest. More than one-sixth of the players are former state amateur champions and hold more than 100 state championships.
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.