MARSHALL -- Lac qui Parle Valley posted two victories against teams a class bigger than itself Saturday to win the Marshall Invitational. The unbeaten Eagles (4-0) never trailed against Marshall en route to opening the tournament with a 7-4 over the host school. Lac qui Parle Valley then pounded out 11 hits against Willmar and scored in every inning but the first to claim the championship with a 15-2 win in five innings. Willmar (1-3) picked up its first win of the season in its opening-round game by upending West Fargo 6-3.
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Four Willmar High School basketball teams competed on Saturday and Sunday at the Special Olympics Spring Games held at Eden Prairie High School. About 1,200 athletes participated. It was the final year of competition for Kenny Kight, Robert Hinseth and Bobby Nelson. Eric Wankerl earned his Willmar varsity letter and Danny Kulset earned his letter from New London-Spicer. An awards banquet was held for the team Monday night at the Elk Club lodge.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Sauk Rapids at Willmar, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 5 p.m. Benson at Morris, 5 p.m. Montevideo vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH St.
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.