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
GRANITE FALLS - Yellow Medicine East overcame a five-run deficit to down Central Minnesota Christian School 9-6 in a Camden Conference makeup game on Saturday at Richter Field. Will Jeseritz got the win in relief and the Sting staff allowed just one run after the Bluejays scored five runs—four of them unearned—in the second inning. Nick Peterson doubled and drove in three runs and Austin Friese also doubled, drove in two runs and scored three times.
SUNBURG - A look at just the hitting statistics would have indicated a different outcome in a County Line League matchup between the New London-Spicer and Norway Lake-Sunburg amateur baseball teams on Sunday. NL-Spicer managed just three hits while NL-Sunburg banged out 10 hits and drew a pair of walks. But a ninth-inning walk, a Scott Rambow single and Mike Danielson's fielder's choice scored pinch runner Josh Soine with the game's lone run as the Twins prevailed 1-0 at Willie Reigstad Park.
The QRF rankings are out and the WCT Sports Show is here to break things down. BOLD baseball is ranked No. 5 thanks to an impressive pitching staff while the Warriors' softball team has an offense that is very tough to beat. Jake thinks New London-Spicer baseball is disrespected and Curt gushes about KMS softball.
Willmar's Kaden Bohlsen was the Des Moines Buccaneers' top pick and the No. 10 overall pick in Phase I of the U.S. Hockey League's 2017 draft. The 6-foot-1, 166-pound Bohlsen, 16, could make the Buccaneers' roster this season, or his rights would be retained while he returned to play at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault. Bohlsen had 33 points in 47 games for Shattuck's under-16 team last season. Kaden has already committed to play at the University of Minnesota.
WILLMAR - Natalie Neumann was a stalwart in the pitching circle and Kaitlynn Kienholz hit a three-run homer in the opener as the Ridgewater softball team swept Riverland in an MCAC doubleheader on Saturday at the Ridgewater College fields. The Warriors won the first game 3-1 on Kienholz' second-inning homer and Neumann's strong outing. Neumann followed that with a four-hitter in Ridgewater's 4-0 win in the second game.
With the professional baseball season well under way and the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League set to kick off their campaign in about one month, Curt and Jake take a look at how past Stingers players are performing in the pros. This group includes Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes, the lone former Stinger to appear in the Major Leagues this season, who had yet to surrender a run as of Wednesday afternoon. The Stingers season opens on May 30.
Cross country runners Jessa Hanson and Kayla Rudie are the newest Willmar athletes to commit to NCAA Division I athletic programs as they declared for Northern Arizona University and Lipscomb University, respectively. Hanson and Rudie helped lead the Cardinals to a second-place finish at the Class AA state tournament last fall and round out a strong senior class of Division I commits. Teammate Sophie Schmitz (University of Minnesota) also plans to run collegiately.
Former Minnesota Twin Tom Brunansky will be this year's Willmar Stingers opening night guest. Brunansky will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 2017 Home Opener against Thunder Bay at 7:05 p.m., May 30, at Bill Taunton Stadium. Fans will be able to meet Tom Brunansky, take photos and get his autograph when gates open at 6 p.m. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a 2017 magnet schedule and there will be a post-game fireworks show!