As baseball season begins for all the local prep teams, Curt and Jake take a look at the upcoming year. The two make their picks for the best team, sleeper team and most exciting team to watch. Additionally, voting for the WCT Game of the Week is open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night.
Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball put forth dominant performances for both the boys and the girls divisions at the Benson Invitational Tuesday. Montevideo boys followed up with a second place finish while ACGC girls earned a second place finish ahead of BOLD/BLHS who finished third in the boys and girls division. Benson Invitational Boys TEAM SCORING—(1) Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 231 (2) Montevideo 141.5 (3) BOLD/BLHS 115 (4) Benson/KMS 91 (5) ACGC 84.5
ACGC Falcons West Central Conference Head Coach: Brad Nelson (8th year, 48-79) 2016 Records: 4-15 overall, 2-12 WCC, 0-1 Section 4A Key Players: Rylie Wilner (Jr. CF), Micayla Hobson (Sr. 1B/P), Miranda Lang (Sr. SS/2B), Maree Lee (Sr. 3B), Madison Denton (Jr. LF), Shauna Wehking (Sr. C), Taryn Reinke (Sr. P)
The WCT Sports Show hits the road for the softball season opener between KMS and Lakeview in Murdock. Curt and Jake discuss who they expect to be the area's best team, the most exciting team and sleeper teams. Now that the spring season has started the WCT Game of the Week poll is back as well. Make sure to vote for the game you think Curt or Jake should cover this week.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons West Central Conference Head Coach: Mike Kingery (2nd year, 7-16) 2016 records: 7-16 overall, 4-10 WCC, 1-2 Section 2A Key players: P/IF Payton Kinzler (Sr.), OF Adam Johnson (Sr.), IF Michael Dallmann (Sr.), IF Ethan Schultz (Sr.), P/OF Kobe Holtz (Jr.), IF David Kingery (Jr.), C Jaren Kaddatz (Jr.), Jeremy Nelson (Jr.), Noah Cunningham (Jr.)
North Dakota State senior Rose Jackson had the meet of a lifetime, turning in career-best performances in three out of five events in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10 in College Station, Texas, finishing eighth to earn the first All-America honor of her career. In a span of five hours, Jackson posted the best marks of her life in the 60m hurdles, shot put and long jump, and she had the second-best performances of her career in the high jump and 800 meters. It was enough to total 4,142 points — a new school record.
WILLMAR—New London-Spicer guard Shea Oman was one of 10 players named to the Minnesota Girls High School Basketball Coaches Association Class AA All-State team. Two other area players—BOLD's Makenna Steffel and Lac qui Parle Valley's Kelsea Lund—were named All-State Honorable Mention in Class A. All three players were on the Tribune's five-team All-Area First Team. Oman, a junior, led the Wildcats to a 27-4 record and a spot in the Class AA state tournament's final four.
ROCHESTER - The Ridgewater softball team dropped four games over the weekend at an MCAC crossover tournament. Raelin Radke had seven hits over the weekend, including a home run, two doubles and eight runs batted in. Abby Oberg had four hits in the four games, and Payton Wilner and Lauri Hopp both hit home runs. The Warriors are off until an April 4 game against St. Cloud Technical College at the Ridgewater diamond. Mesabi Range 13, Ridgewater 4 Ridgewater 001 03-4 7 1 Mesabi Range 151 24-13 9 0
With Jake out of the office, sports editor Tom Larson adeptly fills in as he and Curt preview Central Minnesota Christian boys' basketball's upcoming trip to the State Tournament. After a 73-37 dismantling of Westbrook-Walnut Grove in the Section 3A final, the Bluejays advanced to their third consecutive State Tournament. CMCS opens up play on Thursday at 5 p.m. against North Woods at the Williams Arena.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers are excited to announce that Eli Wilson (University of Minnesota), Josh Bissonette (Baylor University) and Eric Del Prado (Willamette University) have been added to the Stingers roster for the 2017 season. With these signings, the team's roster is now at eleven players for the upcoming season, the organization's eighth in the Northwoods League.