TRACY -- Adam Rambow singled in the eventual winning run for MACCRAY in the seventh inning and Ben Ruter added insurance with a two-run double as the Wolverines stayed unbeaten by upending Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 9-6 Monday in the Camden Conference. MACCRAY (5-0, 9-0) scored only three earned runs as TMB (5-1, 5-4) committed five errors, but the Panthers kept pace with the help of Isaac Dolan's two-run homer and two-run double. Ruter finished with three hits while Tyler Dammann, who scored on Rambow's single, collected two singles and scored three times.
MORRIS -- Justin Schroeder's two-run double in the fifth inning broke a 3-3 tie and led Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to a 9-5 win over Morris in West Central South Conference baseball Monday. Schroeder went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI overall.
The West Central Tribune sports department received four awards in the 2006 Minnesota Associated Press contest. Competing in the under-20,000 circulation category, the Tribune was awarded second place in design and editing and third place in general excellence. Sports editor Scott Thoma was third in feature writing and reporter Rand Middleton tied for third in column writing.
The Minnewaska girls golf team continues its quest for perfection at Long Prairie today. The Lakers, the state Class A defending champs, will try to win their 14th straight meet. They will compete in the fifth West Central North meet, held at Long Prairie Country Club beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Willmar athletes and fans will see a lot of St. Cloud Tech today, as three Cardinals teams will take on the Central Lakes Conference rival Tigers. The baseball team hosts Tech at 5 p.m. at Bill Taunton Stadium, the softball team travels to St. Cloud for a 4 p.m. game and the tennis team hosts the Tigers at 4:30 p.m. at the High School tennis courts. The track and field will also be in action today, traveling to the Hopkins Invite, which starts at 4 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tip Bethany Lutheran JV 4-3 in the Warriors' regular-season finale Monday. Tyler Horning's double drove in the tying run, then the Willmar native stole third and scored on Matt Bauer's game-winning single. Originally scheduled as two 7-inning games, the format was changed to one 9-inning affair to accommodate Bethany Lutheran's lack of pitching depth after playing a number of games last week. "It was good for us to play in a nine-inning game, because that's how its played in the World Series," said Ridgewater co
WILLMAR -- Samantha Sommers won her third straight Cardinal Invitational championship on Monday afternoon, firing a one-under par-72 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club. "I hit the greens when I needed to," said the St. Cloud Apollo senior and two-time defending Class AA individual champion. "I was pretty straight off the tee and never got in trouble. This is my best score (so far)." Willmar's 12-team invitational was also the fourth stop on the Central Lakes Conference circuit. Alexandria shot a torrid 333, compared to a 366 for second-place Sartell.
GLENWOOD -- After falling behind New London-Spicer 2-0, Minnewaska pushed in four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth for an 8-2 victory over New London-Spicer in the West Central North Conference Monday. Cassie Jacobs' two-run homer in the fifth made it 6-2. Nine players hit for the Lakers, including Alica Pfeninger who had two hits. Minnewaska has won three straight games. Kali Cordes threw a three-hitter for the win.
BENSON -- Katie Razink of Benson/Hancock struck out 13 Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross batters in a 5-2 non-conference softball victory Monday. Razink saw her four-game shutout streak end in the third inning. She has given up only one unearned run in 56 innings pitched. Sarah Ahrndt broke up a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly. The Brave/Owls added two more runs in the fifth. Ashley Lindahl led the team with two hits and an RBI. Benson/Hancock 5, Chokio-Alberta/HN 2 CA/HN 002 000 0 -- 2 1 1 Benson/Han.
CLARA CITY -- The Yellow Medicine East boys and Renville County West girls claimed closely-contested titles at the eight-team MACCRAY Invitational Monday. YME had 14 top-three finishes to edge New London-Spicer, who had 12 top-three finishes, by 12 points. Dan Johnson won the 100-meter dash (11.626) and the long jump (19-5) for the Sting. RCW had the same number of top-three finishes (10) as BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, but the Jaguars had four more place in the top five to clip BOLD/BLH by 4½ points.