Saturday Prep Baseball SECTION 2AAA Loser's bracket at Mankato East 1. Worthington vs. Mankato West, noon 2. Willmar vs. Mankato East, 2:30 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 5 p.m. Winner's bracket St. Michael-Albertville at Hutchinson, 5 p.m. SECTION 3AA At Granite Falls Winner's bracket Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Pipestone, 11 a.m. Loser's bracket 1. Montevideo vs. Windom, 1 p.m. 2. BOLD vs. Jackson County Central, 3:30 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 5:30 p.m. SECTION 3A At Marshall Winner's bracket Southwest United vs.
ALEXANDRIA -- Since losing 3-1 to Willmar on May 11, Alexandria had won eight of its last nine games entering the finals of the Section 8AAA tournament. The momentum didn't stop Thursday as Alexandria won its seventh straight game by posting a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. Willmar, which had its six-game winning streak halted, will now have to win two games today -- starting at 3 p.m. in Willmar -- in order to make its fourth straight trip to the Class AAA State Tournament. "I can see us winning twice," said Willmar coach Guy Nelsen.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Litchfield's Natalie Devine won four events and led the girls track and field team to second place at the Section 5A track meet Wednesday. Devine, who qualifies for the State Track and Field meet in all four events June 9-10, won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.45 seconds, the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches, the long jump with a leap of 16-10½ and the triple jump with a 36-7½. The Dragons finished with 72 points, behind St.
Because the Willmar high school baseball team won Thursday in the Section 2AAA playoffs, the American Legion baseball tryouts won't be held on Sunday as planned and will instead be on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Orange Field at the Swansson Athletic Complex. For further information, call Dave Oehrlein at 320-214-1579.
Mohamed Bedel, a junior from Willmar, finished second in the 3,200-meter run at Section 2AA track meet Wednesday, which qualifies him for the State Track Meet June 9-10 at Hamline University. Bedel finished with a time of 9:43.51 and finished second to Dan Greeno of St. Michael-Albertville. The top two from each race and anyone finishing under the state qualifying time qualifies for the state meet.
New London native Aaron Barber made three birdies and a bogey to finish the first day of the Nationwide Tour's Rex Hospital Open at two-under par Thursday at Raleigh, N.C. Barber is tied for 37th after the first 18 holes. Paul Claxton leads the field at six-under.
HOWARD LAKE -- John Hemingson hit his fourth home run in as many days to lift Paynesville to a 4-3 win over Litchfield in the Section 5AA-20 championship game, which is also the start of the Section 5AA final four tournament, Thursday. The Bulldogs (17-4) will face the winner of Delano vs. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at 7 p.m. Monday at Faber Field in St. Cloud. The Dragons will play the loser at Putz Field in St.
PIPESTONE -- Jacob Henderson of Yellow Medicine East, Daniel and Joey Fragodt of Benson/KMS, Justin Peters and Anthony Bongard of Redwood Valley, Kaelene Lundstrom and Sam Broderius of BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, and Nikki Swenson of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd all qualified for the Class A State Tournament in two events after competing in the Section 3A meet Thursday. The top two finishers and those that met a standard time or distance qualify for state, which begins June 9 at Hamline University. Swenson won the 800 (2:13.73) and 1,600 (5:04.19) meter runs, Broderius took gold in shot pu
REDWOOD FALLS -- Pipestone edged Benson/Hancock for the second time in the Section 3AA softball tournament Thursday, this time ousting the Brave/Owls with a 5-4 victory. Pipestone handed Benson/Hancock its first loss in the double-elimination tournament, 1-0 on Saturday. Benson/Hancock finished the season 21-6. No details were available.
Prep Softball SECTION 8AAA Championship (best-of-3) Game 2: Alexandria at Willmar, 3 p.m. (second game to follow if necessary) Track and Field SECTION 2AA Section meet at Gustavus-Adolphus College (Willmar), day 2 of 2, 10 a.m. Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Bird Island at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. LAND O'DUCKS WOOD Clinton at Morris, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Roscoe at Regal, 1:30 p.m. Norway Lake-Sunburg at Benson, 7 p.m. Starbuck at Elrosa, 7:30 p.m.