OLIVIA -- Benson/KMS placed its top four golfers in the top seven en route to winning the West Central South Conference opener by 13 shots over runner-up Montevideo.
MONTEVIDEO -- Megan Bredeson shot a match low 86 to win medalist honors, but her Yellow Medicine East team was no match for Marshall at the Montevideo girls golf Invite Thursday. Bredeson ran away with the individual title, five strokes better than Marshall's Kristi Ziegenhagen.
WILLMAR -- Sam Warzecha shot a 75, tying for third individually, leading Willmar to second place on its home course in the Central Lakes Conference opener for boys golf. Willmar is back on the same Eagle Creek course today for the first day of the Willmar/Litchfield Invitational, starting at 1 p.m. Junior Tyler Johnson, new to the varsity line-up, followed Warzecha with an 80 and senior Tom Wagner came in at 82. Alex Baker shot the fourth counting score, an 84. Willmar finished at 321 to Brainerd's winning score of 308.
MONTEVIDEO -- The New London-Spicer doubles team of David Bloomquist and Ryan Woodhall came back from a tough tiebreaker loss to earn the Wildcats a West Central victory Thursday. Bloomquist and Woodhall, at 1-doubles, lost the first set to Trevor Kittleson and Chris Tastad 8-6 in the tiebreaker, but captured the next two 6-1, 6-3 to earn the Wildcats a 4-3 victory over Montevideo. NLS 4, Montevideo 3 Singles (1) Peter Mohagen, Mon, def. Brennan Sietsema 6-0, 6-0 (2) Jackson Wright, NLS, def. Taylor Jarman 6-3, 6-2 (3) Elijah Wilson, NLS, def.
BRAINERD -- Willmar swept all four singles matches and stayed unbeaten with a 4-3 Central Lakes Conference victory over Brainerd on Thursday. "Our singles has been our strength and that's where we have the most experience," said Willmar coach Loren Holter. Marco Vazquez at 1-singles, Cass Magnuson at 2-singles and Jim Neis at 4-singles all won in straight sets.
NEW LONDON -- Melrose scored three runs in the first three innings and made the lead stick, beating New London-Spicer 3-1 in West Central South softball Thursday. Becky Reimann's two-run single in the first put Melrose ahead for good. The Wildcats (0-2, 1-2) scored a run in the fifth on a Kelsey O'Fallon single. She finished with two hits and Whitney Herman had the other. Bridget Bergeson went the distance in the loss for NLS.
RAYMOND -- MACCRAY pitchers Justin Koenen and Zach Thissen teamed up on a two-hitter as the Wolverines blanked Renville County West 5-0 Tuesday in a Camden Conference game. Koenen went the first four innings, fanning six and walking one. Zach Thissen walked none and fanned two over three frames.
MADISON -- Ryan Sigdahl and Adam Paulson combined on a six-hitter and Justin Stamp keyed a five-run third inning with a two-run single to lead Lac qui Parle Valley to an 8-2 win over Morris in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday. It was the opener for LQPV after five postponed games. Sigdahl worked the first five innings, allowing six hits and both runs. He walked three and struck out four. Paulson hurled two hitless innings, striking out two. Matt Enger had two hits for LQPV.
Adam Kampsen, a junior infielder from Paynesville, was recently name the NSIC Player of the Week after hitting .571 in six games for Northern State University. He is leading the team in hitting (.419), doubles (10), home runs (4) and RBI (20) this season. Justin Downes, a senior pitcher/first baseman from Atwater, is hitting .293 and has three homers and 19 RBI. He is 4-4 pitching. Junior pitcher Brock Pashen of Morris and freshman infielder Jamie Paul of Paynesville are both starting for Northern State.
Alex Marcus, a Calvin College junior outfielder from Willmar, has been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week. Marcus went 9-for-21 over the weekend with two homers, a double and six RBI as the Knights split a four-game series with Adrian College. Marcus is hitting .339 this season.