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.
REDWOOD FALLS—The BOLD girls track and field team placed second and the Warriors boys team placed third at the Redwood Valley Indoor Meet on Thursday. The BOLD girls got first-place finishes from Haley Ackerson in the 60-meter dash and in the long jump, and Autumn Montgomery won the pole vault. The girls 4x100 relay team also placed first. The Warriors boys 4X100 relay placed first, Nathan Frank won the 1,600 run and Austin Frank placed first in the pole vault. Redwood Valley Indoor
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Getting in an early round at the Ortonville Golf Course
Wings win division meet Willmar Wings I gymnastics team took first place in their division March 17 in Minnetonka. First row, from left, are Emma Brown, coach Steph Thompson, Libby McGeary, Kaitlyn Preheim, Ciera Anderson, Myah Johnson, Lyndi Koosman and Kamryn Quenemoen. Second row, from left, are coaches Rob Esse, Kris Egge, Cassie Johnson and Tammy Esse Willmar Peewees place second
The Eagle Creek Golf Club's new Director of Golf, Joe Wisocki, will be at the club's Annual Spring Kickoff Event on April 2. The Kickoff is open to all Eagle Creek members and a chance to meet Wisocki. Wisocki joins Eagle Creek from Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club in Dinuba, California, where he served as the General Manager/Director of Golf. Originally from Duluth, Joe and his wife Ana have two children, Joey and Lucas.
Two Noahs from the Tribune-area teams will be among 40 of the state's outstanding senior boys basketball players competing in the 36th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series. Willmar's Noah Slagter will play for the Gold team while Hancock's Noah Kannegiesser will play for the Maroon team. Doubleheaders are Friday, April 6 at Halenbeck Hall at St. Cloud State University, and Saturday, April 7 at Leonard Center at Macalester College in St. Paul.
SAUK RAPIDS—The Granite City Lumberjacks have had the Willmar WarHawks' number this season. Entering Friday's West Division playoff opener, the Lumberjacks had a 7-1 regular-season record against Willmar, they outscored the WarHawks by 40 goals and only once allowed more than two goals in those eight games. The trend didn't waver on Friday as Granite City got goals from four different players and outshot the WarHawks 44-20 in a 4-1 victory before 794 fans at the Armadillo Sports Deck.