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.
The high school baseball season is over for all area teams except New London-Spicer so that means it's time to announce the 2017 All-Area baseball team. This year's squad is full of young guys with a proficiency to pitch. Don't get this wrong, though; this team has some incredibly talented hitters. Many of the selected players also saw their teams make impressive postseason runs.
Area golfers remain in contention after the first day of the Class A, Class AA and Class AAA boys and girls golf tournaments on Tuesday at the Pebble Creek in Becker, Sand Creek in Jordan and Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. In girls Class AA, Minnewaska's Ashlyn Guggisberg shot 73 and leads by two strokes over Visitation's Anni Heck. Minnewaska shot 347 and is in fourth place behind leader Lake City (332), second place Detroit Lakes (337) and third place Visitation (345).
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnewaska's Carter LaMont and the Litchfield doubles team of Jon Madsen and Jordan Green are still alive after Thursday's first individual rounds of the Class A Minnesota State Tennis Tournament at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Minnewaska's Carter LaMont is in the singles consolation semifinals after splitting a pair of matches, and Madsen and Green are in the doubles consolation semis after also going 1-1 on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Litchfield tennis team claimed the Class A consolation championship in emphatic fashion on Wednesday, defeating Crookston 7-0 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Singles players Josh Prahl, Trevor Meyer, Jordan Green and Matthew Wedin won their matches in straight sets, and the Dragons' doubles teams of Jon Madsen and Zach Kaizer, Cody Lendt and Andrew Fisher, and Griffin Kinny and Payton Prahl followed suit.
EDINA—Minnewaska's Ashlyn Guggisberg and MACCRAY's Brady Madsen are among eight girls and eight boys finalists for the Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf award, according to the award committee and sponsor Windsong Farm Golf Club. Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf awards will be presented at 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence. The annual award was created in 2016 to recognize the outstanding male and female high school senior golfer based on their performance on the golf course, academic achievement and character.
ST. CLOUD - Peyton Fischer just missed earning a state tournament spot and a Cardinals doubles team placed third at the Section 8AA individual tennis tournament on Saturday at St. Cloud Apollo High School. Fischer defeated Sartell's Kyle Harthan in his first match but lost to eventual section champion Tanner Lundberg of Brainerd in the semifinals. Fischer defeated Bemidji's Spencer Konecne in a third-place match but lost to Becker's Jacob Lukkarila in a True Second match, dropping the second set in a tiebreaker.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers have added 12 players to their 2017. With these signings, the roster is now nearly complete for the upcoming season, the organization's eighth in the Northwoods League. Pitchers: • Calvin Coker — RHP (Auburn) • Nick Mears — RHP (Sacramento City) • Kale Latorre — RHP (Montevallo) • Gus Varland — RHP (Concordia St. Paul) • Myles Smith — LHP (Georgia Gwinnett) • Nick Lackney — LHP (Minnesota) • Joe Vranesic — RHP (Kent State) Position Players:
WILLMAR — Kayla Rudie and Brady Reigstad were named winners of the Lions Award as Willmar High School's top senior athletes for 2017. Reigstad is a three-time All-State wrestler with second- and fourth-place finishes at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. He also competed in track and field and football. Rudie was an All-State cross country runner and a basketball and track and field competitor.
LITCHFIELD - Ethan Schultz did not allow an earned run and ACGC used a seven-run fifth to take down Litchfield 8-3 on Monday afternoon at Optimist Field. ACGC's Kobe Holtz and Jaren Kaddatz each had two hits and two runs batted in and Josh Kinzler, David Kingery, Adam Johnson and Elijah Albrecht all drove in a run. Schultz was solid on the mound, working a complete game and allowing just three unearned runs on four hits. Litchfield's John Kiehn was 2-for-3 and drove in a run and Sam Tibbits also had an RBI. ACGC 8, Litchfield 3