The final push for a berth into the state Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament begins today in the Region 9C tournament at Benson. In the first game, Willmar will face host Benson at 1:30 p.m. and Raymond will play Dumont at 4:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 7:30 p.m., with the winner earning the second spot in the state tournament. The victor of the 7:30 p.m. game will play Clinton at 2 p.m. Sunday for the region title.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander improved her score by four strokes Friday, but it wasn't enough to make the cut at the LPGA Tour's Canadian Open in London, Ontario. Lovander, who shot a 77 on Thursday, shot a one-over-par 73 Friday, recording three birdies and four bogeys. She missed the cut by one stroke.
Whatever momentum New London native Aaron Barber had from his even-par 70 at the Nationwide Tour's Xerox Classic Thursday was lost after posting a seven-over-par 77 Friday at Irondequoit Country Club in Rochester, New York. Barber missed the cut by six strokes.
Former American League Cy Young Award winner and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen has been coaching first base for the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods League for the past four days. Saberhagen's son, Drew, plays for the Beetles. Bret came to Alexandria to stay for a week so he could watch his son play. Saberhagen pitched 16 season in the major leagues. He won Cy Young Awards in 1985 and '89 with the Kansas City Royals.
Saturday Amateur Baseball REGION 9C TOURNAMENT At Benson 1. Willmar vs. Benson, 1:30 p.m. 2. Raymond vs. Dumont, 4:30 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Amateur Baseball REGION 9C TOURNAMENT At Benson Winner-3 vs. Clinton, 2 p.m. (second game to follow, if necessary) Fitness Green Lake Triathlon (start and finish at Saulsbury Beach, Spicer), 8 a.m.
Legion Baseball Midwest National Division II tournament Kansas City 11, Montevideo 7
Central Minnesota Christian and Belgrade-Broot-en-Elrosa have yet to play a match for the 2006 season, but they're all ready being recognized for their potential by making the preseason Coaches' Association volleyball polls in their respective classes, which was released Thursday. The Bluejays, which finished third last year's Class A Tournament, were voted to the No. 4 spot in the Class A poll. Minneota was first. CMCS, coached by Traci Grussing, was 28-6 last season. The Jaguars, who made their first-ever state trip last season and finished 28-4 under Mimi Knutson, is No.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander shot a five-over-par through her first nine holes and finished the first day of the LPGA Tour's Women's Canadian Open with a 77 Thursday. Lovander double-bogeyed her first hole, which set the tone for the day in London, Ontario.
The Ridgewater College Warriors football team, under first-year coach Rob Baumgarn, will be opening camp today. Several area players will be reporting at noon today to kick off the season. The Warriors' first game is on Aug. 26 at St. Cloud State University against Northland Community College at 2:30 p.m. Ridgewater's first home game is scheduled for Sept. 9 at Hodapp Field at 1:30 p.m. The Red and White scrimmage, which is open to the public, is slated for Aug. 18 at Hodapp Field. For more information, call Baumgarn at 320-231-5124.