HAMBURG - The Raymond Rockets took another step in the Class C amateur baseball state tournament title defense with an impressive 7-0 victory over Buckman on Saturday. Raymond's Alex Lothammer, who allowed just a run in last week's win over Mora, allowed just four hits and struck out 10 in seven innings of work. Cole Christianson again relieved and pitched two scoreless innings. Tyler Steen and Kyle Knott both his home runs, and Steen and Calvin Kosminskas both drove in a pair of runs.
MONTICELLO Willmar graduated a number of soccer players last season, including All-State forward Jesus Nevarez and goalkeeper Manny Obregon, but if Friday was any indication, the Cardinals could contend for another Section 6A title this season. The Cardinals started slow but battled back to earn a 3-2 overtime win over Southwest Christian at the Monticello Tournament behind a pair of goals from senior midfielder Blake Hisken including the gamewinner in overtime.
The Ridgewater volleyball team traveled west to scrimmage the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars on Tuesday in Morris. The Tribune's Jake Schultz stopped by to get some photos of the action.
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.