WILLMAR - Willmar's Ashley Prahl drove in four runs and pitcher Mackenzie Jones helped her cause with three hits and three runs batted in as the Cardinals defeated Monticello 11-6 to open Section 5AAA play on Tuesday at Willmar High School. Prahl hit a triple and a double and Makenna Hogan had two hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored twice. Jordyn Swoboda had two hits and scored three runs and Hannah Johnson had two hits, drove in a run and scored three times.
STILLWATER—The Willmar boys track and field team won the Class AA state championship at the 2018 Minnesota True Team Track & Field Meet on Saturday at Stillwater High School. The Cardinals boys team scored 588 points. Jordan placed second with 531 points and Rocori was third at 479.5. Willmar's boys team has now won three straight AA state titles and the Cards also finished third in 2014. The Cardinals girls team placed second in Class AA, the team's third-straight runner-up finish. Rocori won the girls AA meet with 588 points while Willmar posted 548 points.
WILLMAR - Mackenzie Jones was solid in the pitching circle and Willmar salted away an 8-1 non-conference win with multi-run innings in the fourth and sixth innings on Saturday. Jones worked a complete game, allowing an unearned run on just three hits while not allowing a walk and striking out seven. Willmar's Josie Muller had three hits and drove in two runs, Natalie Amon drove in a run and scored twice and Hannay Johnson and Ashley Prahl both had RBIs.
BENSON - Willmar Community Christian's Brett Reid shot 73 to earn medalist honors and Lac qui Parle Valley's Harrison Patzer shot 76 to finish second and lead his Eagles team to first place at the Benson Invitational on Wednesday at the Benson Golf Club. New London-Spicer's Peyton Cochran shot 81 to place third and the Wildcats finished six strokes back of LQPV. Benson Invite Boys Golf At Benson Golf Club Team scoring
Prep Tennis Minnewaska 5, LQPV/DB 2 Minnewaska won all four singles matches to become the West Central Conference Champions Monday afternoon. LQPV/DB won two of the three doubles matches but the Lakers earned a three-set victory at No. 3 doubles to win the fifth match. Singles (1) Carter LaMont, M, def Ryan Borstad 6-2 6-3 (2) Tate Reichmann, M, def Gavin Olson 7-6 6-1 (3) Evan Palmer, M, def Colton Husby 6-1 6-3 (4) Sam Peters, M, def Micah Olson 6-1 1-6 6-2 Doubles
WILLMAR — Cayle Hovland and Noah Slagter were named winners of the Lions Award as Willmar High School's top senior athletes for 2018. WHS athletes were honored at the school's annual awards program on Sunday. Among many honors, Hovland earned 16 varsity letters, was an all-state basketball player and a multiple state track and field entrant and a member of the Cardinals' state-tournament basketball team.
PRINSBURG - Despite 14 walks, Central Minnesota Christian was in the game until Lac qui Parle Valley closed the deal with a seven-run seventh as the Eagles defeated the Bluejays 12-1 on Saturday. LQPV's Wyatt Halvorson allowed a hit and three walks while striking out 10 over six innings. Brett Baldwin finished up. The Eagles' Korbin Kells was 2-for-3 with a double and Braiden Kittelson, Evan Benson and Baldwin all drove in two runs. CMCS' Braden Swart got his team's lone hit. LQPV 12, CMCS 1 LQPV 004 100 7-12 5 4
EDEN PRAIRIE - The Willmar softball team split a pair of games at the Hutchinson Invitational, which was played at Eden Prairie's dome on Saturday. The Cardinals defeated Hutchinson 3-2 and lost to Eden Prairie 17-7. Against Hutchinson, Willmar scored three runs in the third to back winning pitcher Mackenzie Jones. Jones worked seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Hannah Johnson had three hits and drove in a run, Jordyn Swoboda had two hits and an RBI and Jones helped herself with a run-scoring single in the third.
ALEXANDRIA—A trio of Fischers earned the Willmar tennis team's points in a 4-3 loss to Alexandria on Thursday. Peyton Fischer defeated Matt Vogel 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 singles, and Will Fischer took home a 7-6, 6-4 over Jacob Partington at No. 2 singles. Hunter Fischer earned the Cardinals' other point with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win over Alex Jost a No. 3 singles. Alexandria 4, Willmar 3 Singles
MINNEAPOLIS — Long-time ACGC coach Doug Torgerson was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Torgerson was one of six 2018 inductees honored at the April 7 banquet. The class included Mike Berseth of Hutchinson, Steve Fedie of Orono, Ray Tri of Eden Valley-Watkins, Terry Turek of Le Sueur Henderson and Brainerd Dispatch sports editor Mike Bialka. Torgerson, a 1964 Belgrade High School graduate, competed in football and basketball as a prep athlete, earning five letters.