WILLMAR— After suffering an opening-set loss, Ridgewater rallied for three-straight wins to top Ellsworth in four games to finish 2-0 on the first day of the Ridgewater Volleyball Classic Friday. The Warriors downed Ellsworth 21-25, 25-16, 25-17, 27-25. Ridgewater opened the tourney with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 win over Riverland. Ridgewater opens day two of the Classic today against face Lake Region at 1 p.m. before facing Central Lakes, which also went 2-0 Friday, at 4:30 p.m.
BENSON—Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won three of four singles matches to edge Annandale 4-3 and secure a 2-0 finish at the Benson Triangular Thursday. The Braves, who entered the day 4-0, opened with a seven straight-set wins in a 7-0 win over Morris. The Cardinals presented a much stiffer challenge, but four more straight-set victories helped Benson/KMS stay unbeaten. Katie Samuelson won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, Kellie Enderson won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 and Sophia Curriel won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4.
BELGRADE — The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa girls tennis team showed some depth on Monday against Long Prairie/Grey Eagle/Upsala/Swanville but couldn't complete the comeback, losing 4-3. Long Prairie won each of the top three singles matches including a close battle between Ally Ecker and BBE's Morgan Meyer that Ecker won 6-4, 6-4. BBE's Mallory Bents won convincingly at fourth singles, though, beating Maddie Hall 6-1, 6-1.
LUVERNE — The Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd girls tennis team struggled in its opener Saturday, dropping two matches at Luverne. The Eagles suffered a 7-0 loss to United South Central and a 6-1 defeat to the host Cardinals. The No. 1 doubles team of Karissa Jahn and Courtney Hanson earned LQPV/DB's lone win when they topped Luverne's Sierra Weinke and Kayla Rud 6-2, 7-5. All three Eagles doubles teams went to three sets against United South Central, but none were able to seal the deal.
DASSEL—A big seven-run second inning and solid relief pitching helped Raymond down Delano 9-6 in the first round of the 2016 Class C Amateur Baseball State Tournament on Friday. The Rockets advanced in the single-elimination tournament to face Lamberton at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Dassel. Walks, two errors and RBIs from Eric Hulterstrum, Mike Jeseritz, Kyle Knott and Calvin Kosminskas accounted for the Rockets' big second inning. Raymond added two more runs in the third off Delano reliever Jordan Flick to build a 9-0 lead.
SPICER—Montevideo's Sheena Dauer and Wayzata's Jordan Roby won Olympic races and Ramsey's Jennifer Neuman and St. Joseph's Larry Hosch won Sprint championships at the Green Lake Triathlon on Sunday. The Olympic race was comprised of a three-quarter mile swim, a 21.3-mile bike and a 6-mile run. The Sprint race was a one-quarter mile swim, a 13.4-mile bike and a 3-mile run. The Olympic race drew 34 athletes (21 men, 13 women) and the Sprint race field was 162 (86 men, 76 women).
FERGUS FALLS—The Willmar VFW I team at least has a couple of wins to show for their work at the VFW State Tournament. Post 1639, which lost in the first round Thursday and faced a long trek back through the losers' bracket, had their season come to an end in a 5-0 loss to Mendota on Friday at Farmers Field. Willmar I entered the tournament on an 18-game and, after an opening-round loss to Hibbing on Thursday, defeated Luverne 3-2 Thursday night, then knocked out New Ulm Gold 6-4 in nine innings on Friday.
SPICER—The Willmar Stingers had a tough start at their new home on Friday but Greg Lambert found a way to make them settle right in. Lambert hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning as Willmar rallied from a five-run deficit to salvage a 7-6 victory in the second game of a doubleheader with Waterloo at Green Lake Diamond. With Bill Taunton Stadium still underwater, the Stingers took to Green Lake Diamond in Spicer for the final four games of the 2016 season, starting with a doubleheader against Waterloo on Friday.
PAYNESVILLE—New London-Spicer's amateur team couldn't find a solution for Regal's Shane Rademacher on Sunday and was sent to the losers' bracket of the Region 15C tournament with a 5-1 loss. Rademacher led off and pitched for the Eagles, going the distance in the win. The Twins managed to get him out in his first at-bat of the game but they weren't so lucky when he came around to bat in the second inning with a 1-0 lead and runners on second and third. He hit a single to left-center field, driving in two runs to make it a 3-0 ball game.
WILLMAR—Nick Simar of Willmar, Dustin Virkus of Clarfield, Randy Laage of Brooten, Keith Thell of Foley, Dan Ebert of Lake Shore, Tim Johnson of Brainerd and Dave Mass of East Bethel all won features on Thursday at KRA Speedway. Simar won the Hobby Stocks after placing second in his heat race, and Virkus won the Hornets after a third-place finish in the second heat. Laage won the Midwest Modifieds second heat and carried that momentum to victory in the feature.