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DULUTH—The Willmar Stingers' biggest offensive inning of the summer came at a very opportune time on Monday afternoon against the Duluth Huskies at Wade Stadium. Trailing 9-4 heading to the top of the seventh, Willmar (17-18) scored a season-high nine runs to overcome its largest deficit of the year and beat Duluth (18-17) 16-12 in the series opener. The Stingers wrap up a two-game set in Duluth at 6:05 p.m. today, then returns home on Wednesday for Bill Taunton Bobblehead night at Taunton Stadium.
WATKINS—Logan Nissen had himself a day against Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday. The recent BOLD grad drove in six runs at the plate and threw a no-hitter, leading the BOLD legion team to an 8-0 win. Despite walking six, Nissen got out of every jam on the mound, striking out 11 in the hitless effort. He then delivered the biggest blow in the second inning, blasting a grand slam to put BOLD up 7-0. Nissen was one of six BOLD players to have multiple hits. Jordan Sagedahl and Luke Ryan had three hits apiece.
SPICER—New London-Spicer proved against Litchfield that quality is better than quantity when it comes to hitting in a 6-4 win on Monday at Green Lake Diamond. Carson Deal opened the game with a double for Litchfield but the remaining eight hits for the team were all singles. NLS, on the other hand, had a pair of extra base hits with a slew of runs batted in. Five different batters knocked in a run for NLS and had six different hitters with hits, spoiling Stan Ridgeway's complete game performance.
Willmar's Colten Carlson and New London-Spicer's Espi Austvold are recipients of the Tribune's 2016 Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards
Meet the 2016 Tribune All-Area Baseball Team
ST. PAUL — Willmar boys athletes set school records in three relays, Nadir Yusuf ran a personal-record in the 3,200 and Sophie Schmitz qualified for today’s 800-meter run final at the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet on Friday at Hamline University’s Klas Field. The Willmar boys 4x200 team of Bello White, Isaac Kobienia, Ryan Liimatta and Max Doering also qualified for today’s final. Willmar’s 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams set school marks. The 4x400 record stood since 2001. But only the 4x200 team advanced.
ST. PAUL — In the Class A meet, two New London-Spicer relay teams and two from Montevideo advanced to today’s finals, and four individual area athletes also qualified for finals. The Montevideo 4x200 team of Denis Maldonado, Nate Heig, Preston Herfurth and Adam DeZeeuw qualified seventh in 1:32.46. The Monte girls 4x100 team of Anais Sorenson, Molly Reeves, Morgan Reidinger, Jessica Tastad qualified fifth in 50.54. The NLS 4x100 team of Cody King, Gideon Mische, Kelly Bennetts and Jackson Ness qualified seventh in 43.85.
Despite competing in one of the most individualistic team sports, the Willmar boys and girls track and field teams stress community. The Willmar boys won the Class AA state True Team championship in Stillwater in late May, and the Cardinals girls team placed second. So it’s no big surprise that, out of eight possible relay events, the Card boys and girls placed seven teams in the Minnesota State Track and Field Class AA Meet, which begins today at Klas Field on the Hamline University campus in St. Paul. The Cardinals boys placed all four of its relay teams.
Meet the Tribune's 2016 All-Area Softball Team
WILLMAR -- Area hockey fans now have five team names to choose from as Willmar's new entry in the North American 3 Hockey League prepares for its inaugural season this...