The Willmar Thunder 13AA baseball team received the Youth 1st Team Award from the Youth 1st and the Minnesota Sports Federation. Youth 1st Director Mark Arjes presented the award to the team Aug. 17 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. The Thunder were honored for outstanding sportsmanship during the 2017 MSF State Baseball Tournament.
Prep football rounded into high gear around the area this week, with coaches and players taking advantage of superb weather on Tuesday to maximize their workouts before expected rain-outs on Wednesday. With early preseason drills limited to minimal contact, Willmar worked through offensive plays and reading defenses. In position drills, running backs worked on techniques with the help of garbage cans while quarterbacks focused on read options and route progressions with receivers.
Willmar High School graduate and North Dakota State track and field athlete Rose Jackson was selected as the Summit League's representative in the NCAA Woman of the Year process. Jackson, who graduated from Willmar in 2013, was named the Summit League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, as well as the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year for her standout senior season this spring. She won nine Summit League titles this season and finished 12th in the heptathlon at the USA Track and Field Championships.
Adam Backes had three hits and drove in a run to lead Richmond to a Region 15C playoff win over New London-Spicer and eliminate the Twins from the postseason on Sunday. The Twins also fell to Lake Henry 10-3 on Saturday. NLS' Mike Danielson homered and drove in two runs and Ben Kulset, Jake Rambow and Scott Rambow all had two hits for the Twins. Richmond 5, NL-Spicer 3 Richmond 000 131 000-5 10 1 NL-Spicer 001 010 010-3 11 4
Hunter Fischer and Haley Knorr won the Open Singles championships in the Cardinal Classic tennis tournament at the Willmar High School courts. Fischer won three matches, downing Tyler Hagen 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-8 in a spirited championship match on Saturday. Knorr also won three matches, defeating Chloe Hansen 10-7 in the title match. In the men's A Singles championship, Rafael Zelaya defeated Adam Dawson 10-4, and in the women's A Singles title match, Britney Prahl defeated Abby Stauffenecker 10-1.
Minnesota PGA pro golfer Tim Herron will conduct a clinic prior to, and he will play in, the Midwest Cup "Am-Am" today at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. The Midwest Cup, a 54-hole event that begins Friday, features 10-player teams from eight states. Team Minnesota includes Eagle Creek golfers Andy Jacobson, Danny Anderson and Matt Gorans. The "Am-Am" pairs local golfers with Midwest Cup competitors. The Cup event continues on Saturday and the championship matches are Sunday at Eagle Creek.
BIRD ISLAND - There are lopsided baseball games and then there's what happened Tuesday night in game one of the Division II District 7 South championship. The BOLD Mudhens tallied an impressive 32 runs in four innings with 24 hits in a shutout against Minneota. The Mudhens started strong with 10 runs in the opening frame and just kept that momentum going with 13 more in the second inning. Twelve Mudhens recorded hits on the evening including James Woelfel who finished the game 5-for-6 with four RBIs.
WILLMAR - Heavy rain didn't slow down anything in Monday's VFW baseball game between Paynesville and Willmar at Baker Field. Paynesville's bats provided plenty of thunderous cracks in the late innings as Post 271 scored four runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat Willmar 6-3. Grady Fuchs led the charge with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. He knocked in a pair of runs for the visiting team as Max Weidner and Sam Oehrlein combined to limit Post 1639 to three runs.
WILLMAR - Entering Friday night's game against Duluth, Willmar Stingers right-hander Polo Portela had allowed just one earned run in 38-1/3 innings. The Huskies had plans to change that. Duluth plated nine runs thanks to two big offensive innings, tagging Portela for five earned runs in five innings, as they went on the beat the Stingers 9-7 at Bill Taunton Stadium. Portela was sharp early on, holding the Huskies to one hit over the first three innings as the Stingers jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
The Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards are presented annually to the Tribune-area's outstanding senior male and female three-sport athletes. The awards are named for Herb Hengstler and Lefty Ranweiler, two long-time Tribune Sports Editors. Nominees must have competed in three sports through their senior years and earned all-conference honors in at least two of their sports at some point in their careers. Athletes who have had a Minnesota State High School League violation are not eligible for the award.