FERGUS FALLS -- Sparked by Evan Peters' first-place finish, Minnewaska won the Section 6A tournament by 18 shots over defending champion Perham Tuesday to return to the state tournament. The Lakers will be making their third trip to state after carding a 302. Evan Peters fired a two-under 70, while his younger cousin, Pierce Peters, tied for third at 73. Ben Henke tied for ninth at 77 and Ryan Kollman tied for 19th at 82. Morris senior Max Martin placed fifth at 74 to also qualify for the Class A State Tournament, which begins June 7 at 8:35 a.m.
FERGUS FALLS -- The youth of Minnewaska didn't show Tuesday as the seniorless-Lakers beat Staples-Motley by 25 shots in the Section 6A tournament Tuesday to advance to the Class A State Tournament. The Roering sisters Emily, a freshman, and Sarah, an eighth-grader, tied for medalist honors with rounds of 78 to help the Lakers win for the 13th time this season.
The Willmar Cardinals track and field team competes today for spots in the Class AA state meet in the first of two days starting 3 p.m. today at the Gustavus Adolphus track in St. Peter. Five field events and the 3,200 will be complete. The other finals will be contested on Friday starting at 10 a.m.
Tickets for the 46th annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards Banquet on Monday at Ridgewater College will go off sale at noon today. Tickets are by reservation only and can be paid for at the door the night of the banquet. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $9 and include a meal. To order, e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-450-1150 (ext. 332) by noon.
BUFFALO LAKE -- The Willmar boys team put together its best score of the season, and in the process qualified one golfer for the state Class AA meet, but it wasn't good enough to overcome a strong Mankato West finish on the second day of the Section 2AA meet Tuesday at Oakdale Country Club. Willmar's Derek Hilding finished in a tie for third place overall, shooting 75s on both days to end with a 150. Tom Wagner tied for 10th with a 79-76-155. The Cardinals shot a season-low 306, but Mankato West trumped it with a 298 to beat Willmar by 15 strokes.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville scored 19 runs in the first three innings and pounded out 15 hits overall to devastate Maple Lake 19-1 in Section 5AA baseball Tuesday. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the first, then plated 10 runs in the second, followed by four in the third. "We found some spots today," said Paynesville coach Brad Skoglund. "It was one of those games where whatever we hit fell in." Trent Hansen, John Hemingson and Mark Andrie each went 3-for-3. Hemingson hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Hansen scored four runs.
WILLMAR -- Hot bats can make this game look easy. The Willmar Cardinals banged out 10 hits to sail by Mound-Westonka 8-0 Tuesday evening at Bill Taunton Stadium. The 10 hits were two more than the Cardinals had all day Saturday when they split two Section 2AAA games on Baker Field. Willmar (14-8) gets another home game Thursday when the Cardinals host New Ulm at 5 p.m. The Eagles ousted Buffalo 5-4 Tuesday. Willmar cleanup hitter Matt Seehusen continued to hit the ball hard Tuesday as the junior designated hitter doubled and singled to drive in three runs.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Benson/Hancock pitcher Katie Razink allowed one run in 12 innings to lift the Brave/Owls to the championship game of the Section 3AA softball tournament Tuesday. Razink blanked Lac qui Parle Valley 10-0 in five innings, then led Benson/Hancock (21-5) to a 3-1 win over two-time defending Class AA champion Jackson County Central in the loser's bracket final. The Brave/Owls will face Pipestone Area in the section championship game at 5 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Justin Koenen hurled a complete game and collected three hits at the plate Tuesday to spark MACCRAY past Yellow Medicine East 7-4 in a loser's bracket game of the Section 3AA tournament. The Wolverines (12-8) will now take on Montevideo today at 7 p.m. in Granite Falls in another loser-eliminated game. Koenen singled twice and doubled to drive in a run while striking out nine and limiting YME (12-8) to four hits.
NEW LONDON -- Michael Danielson and Brian Pieh combined for a two-hit shutout to lead New London-Spicer to a 2-0 win over Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted in the Section 5AA quarterfinals Tuesday. Danielson picked up the win in five innings, allowing both hits. He struck out six. Pieh earned the save in two innings, striking out three. The Wildcats scored both runs in the fifth inning on an Austen Hadley single and Pieh's double. Hadley and Pieh finished with two hits each. NLS plays Litchfield at 4:30 p.m.