In conjunction with the University of Minnesota Gophers football mini clinics, Benson will host the 1st annual High School Coaches Clinic on Wednesday. The clinic will be held from 6-9:15 p.m. at DS Lageson's (part of the Country Inn and Suites) in Benson. The cost is $15 per coach or $50 for an entire grades 7-12 staff. Gophers head coach Tim Brewster and his staff will be on hand for the clinic, hosted by Benson football coach Scott Gonnerman. For further information or to register, call Gonnerman at 320-843-4057.
New London-Spicer Community Education and Youth Services is taking registrations for the Tuesday Night Men's Slow-Pitch Softball League in Spicer. Teams must register and pay the $275 fee by May 18. The cost will be $300 after that. Games begin on May 22. The first 12 teams to register will be accepted. For more information or to sign up, call Dave at 320-905-1761 or the NLS Community Ed office at 320-354-1406.
The Central Lakes Conference boys golf meet postponed earlier this spring and rescheduled for today has been cancelled because one of the teams has a conflict. The meet will not be made up and the conference will go with nine meets instead of 10 this season.
The Willmar Cardinal baseball and softball teams will both be playing in tournaments this weekend. The baseball team plays at Marshall in a four-team tournament. The Cardinals open against West Fargo, N.D. at 12:15 p.m. Marshall plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 10 a.m. and the losers meet at approximately 2:30 p.m. and the winners to follow. The Cardinals softball team plays a round-robin format in Hutchinson beginning at 10 a.m. against Dassel-Cokato.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Former Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City football standout Jake Nordin is chronicling his attempt to take the next step and become an NFL tight end. Nordin, a tight end, is a senior at Northern Illinois University. He has been showcasing his talents in workouts with NFL teams in hopes of getting picked in the April 28-29 draft. By Jake Nordin Well, these last couple of weeks have been really exciting. Last week, I was in Seattle and Miami visiting with both the Seahawks and Dolphins.
WILLMAR -- Ashley Lensing of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa was the only West Central Tribune area athlete, not including Willmar, to win two events at the Willmar Optimist Relays Thursday. Lensing won the girls 100-meter hurdles in 17.32 seconds, then cleared 8 feet to win the pole vault. Kolt Therkilsen of New London-Spicer was the only other area athlete to win, leaping, 38-4.25 in the triple jump. Six area athletes finished second, including Max Derichs of BBE in the 400 (53.92), Wade Powers of NLS in the pole vault (10-6) and Wade Powers of NLS in the discus (155-11) in the boys division; Hei
Prep Baseball NON-CONFERENCE Marshall Invite (Marshall vs. Lac qui Parle Valley, 10 a.m.; Willmar vs. West Fargo, 12:15 p.m.; Third Place, 2:30 p.m.; Final, 4:30 p.m.) Morris Invite (MACCRAY, Pelican Rapids, Sauk Centre), 10 a.m. SOUTHWEST Luverne at Redwood Valley (2), noon Prep Softball NON-CONFERENCE Hutchinson Invite (Hutchinson vs. Holy Family, 10 a.m.; Willmar vs. Dassel-Cokato, 10 a.m.; Hutchinson vs. Dassel-Cokato, 11:30 a.m.; Willmar vs. Holy Family, 11:30 a.m.; Hutchinson vs. Willmar, 1 p.m.; Dassel-Cokato vs.
Events/competitions Earth Day Open House -- The Redwood County Environmental Office will sponsor an Earth Day Open House at the Redwood Falls National Guard Armory from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 27. Free BBQ and pop will served (while supplies last) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit with Bernie the Burn Barrell, Nature photographer Ron Bolduan and Clancy the Mercury Detecting Dog. For more information, contact the Redwood County Environmental Office at 507-637-4023. Weekly/monthly, etc. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will select no later than 10th in the NBA draft in June. The league held random drawings Friday to break ties between lottery-bound teams that finished with idential regular-season records, and Portland was picked over Minnesota.
GRANITE FALLS -- Livi Jeseritz and Abby Finken both delivered two-run singles that fueled a seven-run fourth inning that vaulted Yellow Medicine East to an 11-5 victory over Renville County West in a non-conference softball on Friday. Molly Anderson threw five strong innings for the win, departing with a 11-1 lead after giving up three hits. Ashley Vikander and Emma Volstand each added a pair of hits for the Sting. Amanda Schultz, the losing pitcher, and Trista Kleinhuizen each had a pair of hits for the Jaguars. YME 11, RCW 5 RCW 100 001 3 -- 5 5 6 YME (1-2) 101 720 x -- 11